Course Descriptions


Introductory Courses in Anatomy Fundamentals  

BIOL N461 Cadaveric Human Anatomy (5 cr., Spring) - Prerequistite: BIOL N261 Human Anatomy or permission of instructor. This course is designed for upper-level undergraduate students who desire an advanced understanding of human anatomy, esepcially those who intend to pursue a career in the health professions. Through the use of cadaveric dissection, prosected materials, and digital images, the student will explore the structural details of the human body, with a particular emphasis on functional anatomy and clinical correlations. This course will be an intensive learning experience for motivated undergraduate students. Yard and Jones 

MED X620 Human Structure (8 cr., Fall) - 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, doctor of physical therapy students, and graduate students in the Education Track PhD Program in Anatomy. Deane and Allen

ANAT D501 Functionally-Oriented Human Gross Anatomy (5 cr., Spring) - Prerequisite: Concepts of Biology I (K101), Concepts of Biology II (K103), or Embryology (K331), or equivalent. Enrollment: 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. Shew 

ANAT D528 Gross Anatomy for Physician Assistants (5 cr., Sum1) - A graduate level anatomy course for the Master of Physician Assistant, School of Health and Rehabilitation.  This course is an intensive introduction of human gross anatomy with lecture and a full gross dissection laboratory.  This course also has an emphasis on clinical application of anatomy. Shew

ANAT D853 Human Developmental Anatomy (3 cr., Spring) - Prerequisites: D501 or D528 or concurrent registration. A correlative study of prenatal and neonatal form and function. Brokaw 

ANAT D502 Basic Histology (4 cr., Fall) - Lecture and laboratory instruction on the microscopic structure of the basic tissues and organs of the body. Previous exposure to gross anatomy principles and dissection encouraged. Condon

ANAT D701 Translational Neuroscience (5 cr., Fall) - 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.  Jones and Brown 

ANAT D527 Neuroanatomy: Contemporary and Translational (3 cr., Spring) - 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. Byrd

Advanced and Research-Oriented Courses  

ANAT D864 Advanced Gross Anatomy (1-5 cr.) - Prerequisite: D850 or D501. Functional, clinical, and developmental gross morphology of specific regions of the human body; special topics may vary. Staff

ANAT D856 Advanced Histology (1-5 cr.) – Prerequisites: D851 or D502. In depth consideration of selected topics on the microscopic anatomy of cells, tissues, and organs. Staff

ANAT D875 Advanced Neuroanatomy (1-5 cr.) - Prerequisites: D852 or D527. 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. Staff

ANAT D899 Senior Elective in Anatomy (hrs. and cr. arr.) - A variety of 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. Deane

GRDM G855 Experimental Design and Research Biostatistics (1 cr., Fall) - 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. Williams 

GRDM G801 Experimental Approaches to Cell Structure and Function (var. cr.) ­- The overall objective of this graduate course in cell biology is to present, in an experimental context, information integrating cell structure with cell function. The focus is on topics in which new information on cell structure has enhanced or reformulated our understanding of cell function. Staff

GRDM G819 Basic Bone Biology (3 cr., Spring, even years only) - Prerequisite: 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. Allen

ANAT D526 Methods in Cell and Neurobiology (4 cr., Sum1, even years only) - Methodology and theory of the latest techniques in analyzing biological structure, including chemistry of cell structure, chemical and molecular neuroanatomy, imaging neurochemistry, quantitative image analysis, and cell-cell interactions. Lab provides experience with 15 commonly used methods in current cell biology and neurobiology research. Staff

ANAT D870 Tissue Culture: Lecture (2 cr.) - Study of living animal cells and tissue maintained in an artificial environment with emphasis on growth, differentiation, and their response to various factors.  Staff

ANAT D700 Educational Research Practicum (2 cr., Fall, Spring, Sm1) 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. Brokaw

ANAT D878 Anatomy Teaching Practicum (2 cr., Fall, Spring, Sm1) 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. Torbeck

ANAT D861 Seminar (1 cr., Spring) - Required of all graduate students in residence. Presentations of papers by students, staff, and invited distinguished visitors. Includes post-seminar discussion. Bidwell

ANAT D860 Research (cr. arr.) Bidwell

ANAT G901 Advanced Research (6 cr.) Bidwell

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