Programs by Campus


Anatomy, Cell Biology, and Physiology



Foundational Courses

  • BIOL-N461 Cadaveric Human Anatomy (5 cr.) P: BIOL N261 Human Anatomy or permission of instructor. This course is designed as an intensive learning experience for upper-level, motivated undergraduate students who desire an advanced understanding of human anatomy; especially those who intend to pursue a health professional career.
  • Through the use of cadaveric dissection, prosected materials, and digital images, students will explore the structure of the human body, with an emphasis on functional anatomy and clinical correlations.
  • GRDM-X620 Human Structure (9 cr.) The Human Structure course is designed to provide students with an integrated microscopic-to-macroscopic understanding of the structural organization underlying many of the functions of the human body. In addition, students are exposed to the developmental processes responsible for the unique structural and spatial relationships associated with the various organ systems of the body. On completion, students will have a sound framework of anatomical knowledge on which to build their future understanding of disease and treatment. Note: Enrollment is restricted to medical students and graduate students in the Education Track PhD Program in Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology. 
  • ANAT-D501 Human Gross Anatomy (5 cr.) Enrollment requires consent of instructor. Gross anatomy lecture and laboratory course. Introduction to the concepts, terminology, and basic structure of the human body. Dissection of the body will use a regional approach. Emphasis on providing fundamental knowledge of the structure/function of major organ systems, musculoskeletal system, peripheral nervous system, and vascular supply to the trunk, head and neck, limbs, and back. 
  • ANAT-D528 Gross Anatomy for Health Care Professionals (5 cr.) Enrollment requires consent of instructor. A graduate level anatomy course for students in the physician assistant, physical therapy, and occupational therapy programs. This is an introductory course in human gross anatomy designed to introduce the principal concepts, basic structure, and function of the human body. Students will have the opportunity to learn, through human cadaveric dissection, clinical and functional correlates of human anatomy.
  • ANAT-D502 Basic Histology(4 cr.) A graduate-level course designed to provide fundamental histological knowledge upon which to build a deeper understanding of the human body. The course uses Team-Based Learning (TBL) and optic and virtual microscopy to deliver course content. 
  • ANA-D853 Human Developmental Anatomy(3 cr.) P: D501 or D528 or concurrent registration. Graduate-level course that provides a detailed study of the developing human body from conception to birth. Classical anatomical embryology will be emphasized, including consideration of major congenital malformations. Will be taught as a directed self-study course with case-based learning exercises and assigned readings.
  • ANAT-D701 Translational Neuroscience (5 cr.) Enrollment requires consent of instructor. This graduate course uses a multidisciplinary approach to integrate the basic with the clinical neurosciences in understanding the human nervous system and select neurological disorders. Particular emphasis will be placed on deficits of motor function resulting from injury or disease. The functional anatomy of the brain and spinal cord will be studied using histologic atlas cross-sections and neuroradiologic images. Working as interdisciplinary teams, doctoral students in the biomedical sciences and rehabilitation sciences will explore relevant clinical cases in team-based activities. 
  • ANAT-D527 Neuroanatomy: Contemporary and Translational (3 cr.) Graduate level neuroscience course providing an introduction to terminology, pathways, organization, and current research-based concepts of the human nervous system. Emphasis on providing fundamental knowledge of the structure, neurochemistry, and molecular mechanisms of the central and peripheral nervous systems in health and disease. 
  • ANAT-D710 History of Anatomy (2 cr.) This graduate seminar course will survey the development of the anatomical sciences—gross anatomy, histology, neuroanatomy, and embryology—from antiquity to the present. Through assigned readings, lectures, and discussions, students will explore the work of the great anatomists and their discoveries. Particular emphasis will be placed on the evolution of anatomy as a discipline and the cultural influences, scientific controversies, and ethical dilemmas facing its practitioners. 
  • PHSL-F503 Human Physiology (5 cr.)P: Introductory biology (K101, K103), organic chemistry (C341, C342), and physics (P201, P202), or equivalent. Advanced course in human physiology designed for students with no prior exposure to the discipline. Emphasis on basic physiological mechanisms of control with regard to membrane, neural, endocrine, reproductive, muscle, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal, and multi-sys­tems physiology. 
  • PHSL-F504 Human Physiology Simulation Lab (2 cr.) Students will use computer simulations to study and understand fundamental concepts in human physiology. The areas covered include cardiovascular, skeletal, neural, muscular, respiratory, exercise, renal, endocrine and reproduction 
  • PHSL-F513 Human Systems Physiology (6 cr.) Neurophysiology, physiology of muscular activity, respiration, circulation, gastro­intestinal physiology, excretion, metabolism, and endocrinol­ogy. Emphasis on basic physiological mechanisms and control systems. 
  • PHSL-F603 Integrated Medical Physiology (3 cr.) P: PHSL-F 503 Human Physiology. This course will provide students and fellows with the opportunity to extend their knowledge of human physiology by investigating the mechanisms of human diseases and understanding how physiological systems interact in order to maintain homeostasis in health and disease. A combination of lectures and team-based learning will be integrated with discussion of articles from the primary literature to develop the students understanding of how diseases affect the integrated physiology of humans.

Advanced and Research-Oriented Courses 

  • ANAT-D856 Advanced Histology (1-5 cr.) P: X620 or D502. In depth consideration of selected topics on the microscopic anatomy of cells, tissues, and organs. 
  • ANAT-D864 Advanced Gross Anatomy (1-5 cr.) P: X620, D501, or D528. Functional, clinical, and developmental gross morphology of specific regions of the human body; special topics may vary. 
  • ANAT-D875 Advanced Neuroanatomy (1-5 cr.) P: D527 or D701. Examination of the anatomy and related physiology and neurochemistry of selected brain areas. Topics will include regional structures (in spinal cord, brain stem, diencephalon, or telencephalon) or specific neurological systems (sensory, motor, or autonomic-visceral). Area of study to be arranged with instructor. 
  • PHSL-F595 Advanced Physiology (1-4 cr.) Consent of instructor. This course focuses on in depth study of particular aspects of physiology; to be arranged with members of faculty. 
  • PHSL-F701 Research in Physiology (cr. arr.) Students cover fundamental concepts of cellular and integrative physiology of tissues and organ systems. Basic physiology of the neural, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, endocrine, and gastrointestinal systems is included. At the end of the course, students should have a basic understanding of the physiologic functions of cells, tissues, and organ systems and should understand modern approaches for the measurement and interpretation of physiologic functions. 
  • GRDM-G703 Physiology of the Coronary Circulation (1 cr.) P: Graduate physiology. Advanced study of the physiology, pharmacology, and pathophysiology of the coronary circulation using contem­porary methods. Overall goal is to provide a rational basis for functional genomics and modern therapy. 
  • GRDM-G707 Physiology of Smooth Muscle (1 cr.) P: Graduate-level physiology course. Advanced study of the physiology of the smooth muscle tissues with focus on the normal physiology and pathophysiology of airway smooth muscle and the airways. Biochemical and physiologic mechanisms in the regulation of contraction, growth, and phenotypic expression in smooth muscle tissues will be explored. 
  • GRDM-G708 Cardiac and Coronary Physiology of Exercise (1 cr.) P: Graduate integrative physiology. Exercise stimulus, quantifi­cation of work, and in vivo responses and adaptations involved in cellular and molecular mechanisms of myocardial and coro­nary artery responses and adaptations to exercise. 
  • GRDM-G761 Molecular and Cellular Physiology of Ion Channels (1 cr.) P: Graduate cellular physiology. Advanced ion transport topics selected from current research on channels, pumps, and exchangers. Topics include transporter biophysical characteris­tics, long-term regulation, and electrophysiological and optical methods for study. 
  • GRDM-G762 Renal Physiology (1 cr.) P: Graduate physiology. Reading and discussion of classical papers in renal physiology. Labora­tory experiences will include measurement of renal functions using clearance methods and demonstrations of micro-puncture and in vivo techniques. 
  • GRDM-G782 Physiology and Pathophysiology of Lipid Rafts (1 cr.) P: Graduate cell biology. To acquire a core of essential prin­ciples about lipid raft structure and comprehensive insight into the functional process of these membrane domains by means of introductory lectures, review of current literature, and group discussions with an emphasis on experimental techniques used to examine membrane physiology. 
  • GRDM-G801 Cell Biology of the Neuromusculoskeletal System (4 cr.) Enrollment requires consent of instructor. The overall objective of this graduate course is to present, in an experimental context, information integrating cell structure with cell function. The specific focus is on topics in which new information on cell function has enhanced or reformulated our understanding of cell biology of the neuromusculoskeletal system. 
  • GRDM-G819 Basic Bone Biology (3 cr.) P: one semester of introductory biology. An introduction to basic bone biology, including bone morphology, composition and physiology; cell biology of bone cells; measurement techniques; adaptation to the mechanical and metabolic environments; regulatory factors and mineral homeostasis; and growth and development. 
  • GRDM-G830 Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology (3 cr.) P: Graduate physiology Advanced (3 cr.) study of the physiology, pharmacology, and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular system using contemporary methods is emphasized. Concepts of cardiovascular structure, function, hemodynamics, excitation-contraction coupling, signal transduction and electrophysiology are reinforced. 
  • GRDM-G831 Concepts and Controversies in Cardiovascular Science (3 cr.) P: Graduate physiology. Reading and in-depth discussion of current concepts and controversies in the field. Classes involve student presentations of relevant manuscripts in journal club like format. 
  • GRDM-G855 Experimental Design and Research Biostatistics (1 cr.) This course will provide students with a functional understanding of experimental design and statistical testing in the biological sciences. Students will learn why a thoughtful approach to the design of their experiments and a rigorous, unbiased testing of their results are both important to their work and future careers. Students will receive an introduction to basic statistical theory with a practical focus on interpreting printouts from a variety of statistical programs (rather than a focus on students carrying out their own calculations). Practical examples of experimental design and statistical testing-both good examples and bad-will be worked through for a variety of real situations in biomedical research. 
  • ANAT-D700 Educational Research Practicum (2 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. This course is designed to provide students with structured and supervised educational research experiences, as well as critical reviews of individual performance. May be repeated for credit. 
  • ANAT-D878 Anatomy Teaching Practicum (2 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. This course is designed to provide each student with supervised teaching experiences in gross anatomy, histology, and neuroscience, as well as critical reviews of all teaching duties. May be repeated for credit. 
  • ANAT-D899 Senior Elective in Anatomy (cr. arr.) A variety of medical student electives are offered within the department. Specific information on each elective is available in the Senior Elective Program Course Listing, which is published in February each year. These electives are offered in the Medical Center facilities and in approved programs in clinics and hospitals throughout the state. 
  • PHSL-F898 Senior Elective in Physiology (cr. arr.) This course provides students with focused special topic to be arranged by student’s mentor with consent of program director. 
  • ANAT-D861 Seminar (1 cr.) Required of all graduate students in residence. Literature and research reports and discussions by faculty, students, and distinguished visitors.
  • ANAT-D860 Research (cr. arr.) Enrollment requires consent of instructor. 
  • ANAT-G901 Advanced Research (6 cr.) P: Admission to PhD candidacy. Enrollment requires completion of over 90 credit hours and consent of instructor. This course provides the advanced research student with a forum for sharing ideas and problems under the supervision of a senior researcher.
  • PHSL-G901 Advanced Research (6 cr.) P: Admission to PhD candidacy. Enrollment requires completion of over 90 credit hours and consent of instructor. This course provides the advanced research student with a forum for sharing ideas and problems under the supervision of a senior researcher.

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