Dissection and experimentation are essential tools for studying the anatomy and physiology of biological specimens, and are required practices in appropriate laboratory courses in the biological sciences department. Animal tissues are complex, subtle, diverse, and variable, and no simulation or model can adequately replace the benefits of real biological tissue. The Biological Sciences department affirms the mandatory use of dissection and experimentation in appropriate laboratory courses for the following reasons:
Dissections and experiments will be carried out with respect for the biological specimens, on the part of both instructors and students. Species will not be used that are endangered or whose populations would be substantially depleted by their use in the laboratory.* This statement was obtained and modified with permission from the Biology department at the University of Minnesota, Morris.
Dissections and experiments, carried out with respect for the biological specimens, help provide a better understanding of the complexity of animal tissues.