Homeschool High School Human Body, Including Anatomy and Physiology 

Award-Winning Exploring Creation with Advanced Biology: The Human Body 

Start your high school students off with a greater understanding of how they are fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image by selecting Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Advanced Biology: The Human Body as part of your homeschool curriculum plan. This high school course also incorporates anatomy and physiology. 

As Christian parents, we know that we are created in God’s image and that one generation will declare to the next all of God’s wonderful and powerful deeds. Give your homeschool student the gift of contemplating who they are and how they came into being. Instill in them the truth that our Creator knew us before we were born! 

 This homeschool high school human body course covers both the anatomy and physiology of each of the human body’s organ systems for those students who have successfully completed high school biology and chemistry classes. It is recommended for 12th grade, although it could be taken earlier if the science prerequisites are met. When fully completed, this course can be listed as honors and/or an advanced course on high school transcripts. You can rest assured that the subject matter covered in this course is rigorous enough to prepare students for college-level work. 

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Overview of Apologia’s Homeschool High School Human Body Course

In this course, students will explore the anatomy and physiology of the human body, understood from a creation-based foundation. As students make their way through the modules, they will begin to understand how every part of the body has a purpose, each part being necessary for the other parts to function.

This study will introduce the organizational levels of the human body from a single cell to the 11 major organ systems:

  1.  Skeletal
  2. Nervous
  3. Circulatory 
  4. Respiratory 
  5. Digestive 
  6. Muscular 
  7. Integumentary 
  8. Lymphatic 
  9. Urinary 
  10. Endocrine 
  11. Reproductive 

Homeschool students in high school will study the anatomy and physiology of the human body and the efficiency with which each system works, recognizing that each cell is its own incredible world containing basic knowledge on how to survive. Instead of living for itself, however, each cell cooperates with other cells to form and sustain the anatomy and physiology of the body. The seamless integration of one system with the others and the intricacy at the molecular level represents a feat of engineering and design that could only come from God. We are truly fearfully and wonderfully made! 

Detailed Topics Include

  • Organizational levels of the human body 
  • Homeostasis 
  • Structure, function, and repair of tissues in the body 
  • Basic structure of skin 
  • Skeletal System histology and movement 
  • The Muscular System histology and physiology 
  • Skeletal Muscle System 
  • Central Nervous and Peripheral Nervous Systems 
  • In-depth study of the nervous system at the cellular and molecular levels 
  • The Endocrine System: its make-up, chemical production, and function in the human body 
  • The Cardiovascular System 
  • The Lymphatic System: the vast network of lymph vessels and lymph tissues in the human body and their functions 
  • Detailed study of the digestive system: the anatomy and function of each of its parts, in-depth look at nutrition  
  • The Respiratory System: the functions it performs at the macro and micro levels 
  • The Urinary System: the processes that it performs to provide balance to the body while removing harmful toxins 
  • The Reproductive System

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Components Included with Apologia’s Human Body Course for High School Students 

This anatomy and physiology course consists of a student textbook, Solutions and Test Manual, a coloring book, and a Student Notebook. The notebook is designed with a daily schedule, note-taking pages (a critical skill needed for college), space to answer all study questions found in the textbook, lab report pages to help students document and master the process of writing a complete lab report, and additional materials not found in the textbook. Because biology is one of the prerequisites for this course, it is assumed that the student has dissection tools and access to a microscope. Students will need to purchase the prepared slide kit and the dissection specimens. 

Highly recommended, yet optional, materials include the video instructional content in which Sherri Seligson provides full instruction for the course and takes students on location to experience the material they are studying. The video coverage also includes every lab exercise found in the textbook. There is also an audiobook available for purchase and download in the Apologia online store. 

More detail for Exploring Creation with Advanced Biology: The Human Body course materials: 

  • The high-quality hardcover student text contains all student material, study questions, laboratory exercises, and module study guides with color photos and illustrations
  • The softcover Solutions and Test Manual contains answers to module review questions, as well as the tests and test solutions. A booklet containing an extra set of tests is shrink-wrapped with the manual
  • A Student Notebook so that your student can independently work on their science assignments 

How to Use This High School Human Body & Anatomy Course in Your Homeschool

Like all the other Apologia high school science courses, this course is designed so that a student should be able to complete it in two semesters, spending about 45 minutes, five days a week, on the subject. 

During this time, students read an assigned portion of their textbook, stopping throughout each predetermined section to answer  On Your Own questions to check their comprehension before moving forward. Students self-check their answers against the detailed answers provided at the end of each module. 

Laboratory exercises are conducted throughout each module so that students have a hands-on lab component in their scientific study. These have been designed to work in the homeschool environment. 

At the end of each of the modules, which take about 2 weeks each to complete, there are Study Guides to help students review their materials before taking their exams. Detailed answers to these questions are provided in the Solutions and Test Manual. 

Module exams, as well as detailed answers, are provided in the Solutions and Test Manual. 

My son used this book during his homeschool high school years. He loved it so much that it influenced him to become a Biology major in college. We were impressed with the high level of preparation this book gave him.

How the Student Notebook Integrates Into this Human Body Curriculum 

The study of human anatomy and physiology is fascinating. It can also be complicated or overwhelming. The Student Notebook was specifically designed to remove these potential barriers and simplify the process so that your student can anticipate a successful year. Starting with clearly marked daily assignments, the Student Notebook walks through each day with your student. Key components include: 

  • Daily flexible schedule that students can adapt to fit their family’s goals
  • Pages for taking notes to help students focus on what they are reading, pay closer attention to details (which will increase retention), review materials before exams, and provide a record of thoughts that connect ideas presented in the text with their own ideas
  • All “On Your Own” questions with space for personal answers
  • All Study Guide questions with space for personal answers  
  • All experiments with space to record all data collected
  • Photos of all microscope slides so students can know what they are looking for
  • Quarterly reviews to help students retain information
  • Rubrics for grading and grade recording charts
  • Case Studies to apply learned concepts to reallife situations
  • A Latin and Greek word-part list to help students learn roots so that they can expand their knowledge of scientific words they do not yet know

The Advanced Biology: The Human Body Student Notebook  is where students will record their observations, notes, and thoughts as they process and learn the new material. This notebook will serve two purposes. First, as they write about the experiment in the notebook, students will be forced to examine all of the concepts that were explored in the experiment. This will help them strengthen concepts into their minds. Secondly, certain colleges may ask for some evidence that students did, indeed, have a laboratory component to their human anatomy and physiology course. The notebook will not only provide such evidence but will also show the college administrator the quality of their human anatomy and physiology instruction

Taking good notes while reading a high school science text can make the difference between mastering a concept and not quite understanding it. Good notes provide the following advantages:

  • Students stay focused on what they are reading.
  • Students pay closer attention, which will increase their retention.
  • Students have their own version of the text to review for tests.
  • Students learn to connect new information to what they already know.

Apologia Student Notebooks for this homeschool high school human body course are specifically designed to help students be independent and take responsibility for their science studies as they gain and maintain the personal abilities to create structure and logic through note taking.


Apologia Student Notebooks are strongly linked to their corresponding textbooks. They provide structured space for:

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Lab and Experiment Components for Advanced Biology: The Human Body 

The experiments for this course are designed to help students study the anatomical details of each body tissue and system presented in the text more thoroughly and to gain a broad understanding of both anatomy and physiology. Tissue studies and dissections will help students see what the text describes. This hands-on method of learning enhances and strengthens what students learn through reading their text. 

 A key concept in human anatomy and physiology is that structure, or design, determines function. As students complete their experiments in this course, they keep that concept in mind. They should write their thoughts and ideas about this in the conclusion section of each lab. This will help them make connections that will ultimately make learning anatomy and physiology easier and more rewarding. 

The laboratory section of the notebook contains all of the experiments found in the text, plus two optional Getting to Know Yourself Better experiments that give students the opportunity to apply what they’re learning in a more personal way. While these experiments are not required, they are fun and informative, so we encourage students to try them. These optional Getting to Know Yourself activities include: 

  • DNA extraction – students extract some of their cheek cells, view them with microscopy, and extract their DNA.  
  • Determining blood type – students are given the opportunity to test their blood to determine their specific blood type. 

Why Include Dissections, Microscopy, Experimental Labs, and a Coloring Book in a high school human body and anatomy course? 

 This course contains laboratory exercises and coloring book exercises for students to perform. The laboratories come in three types:  

  1. Microscope labs 
  2. Dissection labs 
  3. Experimental labs 

 Why Microscopy  

Microscopy is very important to the study of anatomy and physiology. Students will obviously study gross anatomy using macroscopic investigation (i.e. using the naked eye). However much of the current knowledge of cell structure and therefore of tissues, organs, and systems has been gained through microscopic study. In their study of anatomy and physiology, students will begin to perfect their microscope skills as they study different tissue samples. Since structure (anatomy) often determines function (physiology), identifying cell and tissue structures can be key to understanding what they do. 

The microscope labs require a prepared slides kit, which contains several prepared slides of human tissue. Since this is a second biology course, we assume that students already have a high school quality microscope with which to view the slides. Photos of tissue specimens are included in the procedure sections of this notebook to aid students in locating the microscopic structures on their slide. The prepared slides kit also contains a blood-typing kit should students want to perform the optional lab. 

 Why Dissection? 

Dissection is more than just cutting things up. The term dissection means to expose to view. Two-dimensional pictures can’t convey the same understanding as real if preserved tissues. Dissection is a valuable and irreplaceable tool for studying and learning structure. This process allows students to see how skin, muscle, and blood vessels are all held together by connective tissue. It also enables them to see how the intestines are held in place by the mesentery and how the insertion of a muscle moves when pulled. Dissection enables students to see all the places where fat accumulates and so much more.  

While students won’t be dissecting the human body, comparative anatomy through animal dissections will teach students a lot about the anatomy and physiology of humans. A dissection is active, hands-on learning at its best! The dissection labs require a dissection specimen set.  

Why Experimental Labs? 

 There’s nothing better than a hands-on component to help students apply the text materials to their real-world experience. The experimental labs were specifically created to be easily completed using common household items.  

 Why a Coloring Book? 

The coloring book is a detailed coloring book commonly used in college courses. It is an excellent means of reviewing detailed drawing of all the anatomy that students need to learn in this course. As students color the pictures, they are reviewing the anatomy that is covered in the course. Of all the laboratory items available with the course, this is probably the most important.  

The review provided by the coloring exercises is invaluable, and it is also a way that students can see different illustrations for the same situation. Students should refer to their coloring pages when writing their experiment conclusions whenever possible. Also, the coloring book contains a lot more anatomy than what we cover in the course. Thus, if students want to learn more about bones, muscles, nerves, or blood vessels, they can use the coloring book to do so. 

Available Video, Audio, and Online Instruction Options

Enrich your high school student’s human body study with the video instruction course available for Exploring Creation with Advanced Biology. Your student will have a deeper and clearer understanding of human anatomy and physiology that goes beyond a textbook and static illustrations. Taught by Sherri Seligson, this course includes:

  • On-location footage and more than twenty hours of instruction 
  • PowerPoint lectures
  • Animated diagrams of difficult concepts 
  • Video presentations of every lab (microscope work, dissections, and experiments) from the textbook

If your homeschool student will learn this content better in an online environment, the Apologia Online Academy offers live instruction and the ability to interact with other students as well as ask questions to an instructor. If your student’s schedule doesn’t work with one of the live class options, there are recorded class options that are graded by the instructor.

I’m an RN and was very impressed with the level of detail and how complete it is. I’d say it’s almost on level with a college-level anatomy class. My 10th grader is using this for his science this year and has learned a lot.

Basic Set, Advantage Set, SuperSet

Exploring Creation with Advanced Biology: The Human Body is available as a Basic Set, Advantage Set, or a SuperSet. Components included in each are as follows:

  • Basic Set:  Hardcover textbook and softcover Solutions and Test Manual
  • Advantage Set: Hardcover textbook, softcover Solutions and Test Manual, and spiral bound Student Notebook
  • SupserSet: Hardcover textbook, softcover Solutions and Test Manual, spiral bound Student Notebook, MP3 audiobook CD, and video instruction USB

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