Anatomy - ANATA13529

Stream Summary

Faculty: MED - Faculty of Medicine

School: School of Medical Sciences


Program: 3529 - Commerce/Science


Bachelor of Science (Major)

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Stream Outline

Anatomy is the study of the structure of the human body. The word 'anatomy' is derived from the Greek, and means 'cutting up' or 'dissection'. However, anatomy today is much more than the descriptive study of the dissected body, although dissected specimens are still used for research and instruction. The study of anatomy now embraces separate but strongly related disciplines: gross anatomy deals with the description of form, arrangement and function of the bones, joints, muscles and internal organs, together with their blood and nerve supply; histology deals with the microscopic structure of tissues and cells; embryology is concerned with the normal development of the embryo and fetus from conception to birth and with the mechanisms of development and malformations; neuroanatomy deals with the internal organisation and functions of the brain and spinal cord; biological anthropology involves applying biological principles and approaches to the study of humans & non-human primates.

In all anatomy courses strong emphasis is given to the functional significance of the structures in health and in disease.

A major in Anatomy may be combined with elective courses in Biochemistry, Physiology, Microbiology, Pathology or Psychology.

Stream Structure

A major in Anatomy is comprised of 72 units of credit of courses as follows:

Stage 1
  1. MATH1031 Mathematics for Life Sciences, MATH1131 Mathematics 1A, MATH1141 Higher Mathematics 1A, or MATH1151 Mathematics for Actuarial Studies and Finance 1A may be taken instead of MATH1041

Stage 2
PLUS 12 UOC from:
* A mark of 55+ must be obtained in ANAT2111 for enrolment into Stage 3 ANAT3411

Stage 3
24 UOC from:
Recommended electives (these courses are not required but are recommended as good complementary courses for this major when choosing electives):


For information about Honours in Anatomy see the following links or contact the School of Medical Sciences:

Students in Science, Science and Business, Life Sciences, Science (International), or an associated Dual Degree:
Students in Advanced Science or an associated Dual Degree:

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