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Programs in anatomy teach students about organ systems and tissues that make up the physical structure of animals and plants.

Programs in anatomy teach about the structures and parts that provide the framework for animals and other living organisms. Students learn organ systems and tissue structure. They may also study the dynamics of structures that make up the whole organism.

Anatomy programs include topics such as:


Students can take courses in anatomy as an undergraduate, but almost no colleges offer a bachelor’s degree in anatomy. It is possible to major in biology with a focus in anatomy.

Some universities offer graduate degrees in anatomy. A master’s degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master’s degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree (usually in biology), good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Graduate Program Courses

A graduate degree program in anatomy typically includes courses such as the following:

In addition, graduate programs typically require the following:

Things to Know

This program can prepare students to teach anatomy or do research.

In a medical school you may be able to take a combined PhD/MD program. This prepares you to be a medical doctor as well as an anatomy teacher or researcher.


East Side Area

Washington State University - Pullman

King-Snohomish Area

South Seattle College