I’m in college majoring in Biology and I told the professor I didn’t want to dissect. So I just always made sure I studied the diagrams really really well so I would know the body parts without dissecting.
I feel like the classes that allow you to do computer/diagram alternatives are the ones us non-dissection folk often do best in. I mean, you study EXACTLY what will be tested. If the exam is on paper for everyone, you have the advantage because you’ve been using diagrams all along. If the exam uses a real dead animal, you have double the advantage by taking a paper exam, since other students have to deal with the fact that every animal is a bit different. It’s way easier to identify organs or brain structures in an image. I finished a biological psychology course last year with a 99%, dissection exam and all. I never touched a sheep brain, and I did just fine!
That said, I did drop my freshman biology class back in high school because the teacher refused to let me do the alternative. Sometimes it happens, but the world is changing. The mandatory frog dissection I had to sit and pout throughout in middle school was canceled by the time my siblings got there, seven years later.
I haven’t. In my school, if you don’t want to dissect, the alternative assignment is an online interactive dissection. It’s still pretty gross but it’s a lot better than killing an animal for it, and cutting it yourself.