In the 2012-2013 school year Anatomy and Physiology was added as an elective course. In its first year at Gull Lake there are already three full classes, one course in each trimester. When students look for electives to fill their schedule, science is not usually a first choice. So why was Anatomy and Physiology so popular?
“I think students chose it partly because it is new, but students also tend toward the medical field such as nursing or physical therapy. It is a prerequisite for a lot of those college programs which is why we are offering it,” Anatomy and Physiology teacher Beth Rhodes said.
So was Mrs. Rhodes theory correct? Or did students have other motives for taking Anatomy and Physiology?
“I really enjoy learning about the systems, especially the reproductive system. The descriptive diagrams are my favorite,” current Anatomy and Physiology student Mila Abushmaies said. “But really, I am interested in the medical field, and I think the human body is really interesting.”
For fellow senior and current Anatomy and Physiology student Cara Marolt, her reasoning was not much different than Abushmaies’.
“Anatomy and Physiology has not been offered at Gull Lake before and I was so excited when I found out it was going to be a class. I am fascinated with what I know about the human body and would like to delve deeper in this particular science,” Marolt said.
Students said they are attracted the newness and originality which no other science classes or electives provide.
“It’s a class that has never been offered before, and it covers an area of science that other science classes don’t cover,” senior Elizabeth Lane said.
Given the popularity of Anatomy and Physiology because to its novelty and subject matter begs the question: Should Gull Lake offer more beneficial and rigorous electives like Anatomy?
By Emma Zielinski