I'm an art / computer science double major right now, and my CS degree requires two semesters of a science class progression. I can choose between physics, chemistry, and anatomy. I'm told the anatomy classes are a ton of memorization of terminology, and much more difficult than the other science options at my college.
So I'm wondering, how useful would this type of anatomy class be to my development as an artist? I have taken a life drawing class which went into some depth with anatomy, and I plan to take as many life drawing classes as I can get my hands on. However, I'm uncertain whether scientific anatomy courses would be very beneficial to me as an artist. I doubt knowing all the details of digestion, for instance, is relevant to life drawing, and I don't want to go through a lot of extra coursework if it's not going to help me. I'm also not sure exactly what is generally covered in this sort of anatomy course.
On the other hand, if these courses were likely to give me deep and useful understanding towards my life drawing, I'd be happy to do the extra work.
So, I'm wondering:
Have you taken a scientifically approached anatomy course? If so, did it contribute to your understanding of the figure? Did you consider it worthwhile?
Am I better off taking easier science courses, and putting that extra time and effort into my art courses and personal practice time?