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Courses Offered by the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Below you will find listings of the courses that are regularly taught by the faculty of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology with short descriptions taken from the Graduate College Catalog.

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403. Human Neuroanatomy
(Course Director - James R. Unnerstall , Ph.D.) 3 Hours. Morphological organization of the nervous system. Functional correlations of neural structures. (For Graduate Students - requires the consent of the Course Director.)

BMS 658. Human Neuroanatomy.
(Course Director - Conwell H. Anderson , Ph.D.) 3 Hours. Morphological organization of the nervous system. Functional correlations of neural structures. (For Medical students only)

414. Neuroanatomy for Allied Health Program.
(Course Director - Conwell H. Anderson, Ph.D.) 3 Hours. 3 hours. Basic Development and gross features of the central nervous system and systems neuroanatomy; motor, sensory and integrative functional areas. (Requires consent of instructor)

439. (BMS644 - Medical Human Anatomy) Gross Human Anatomy I.
(Course Director - Maurice Pescitelli, Ph.D.) 5 Hours. Functional and structural anatomy and embryology of the body. (For Medical and Graduate students - Graduate Students require the consent of the instructor.)

440. (BMS645 - Medical Human Anatomy) Gross Human Anatomy II.
(Course Director - Maurice Pescitelli, Ph.D.) 2 Hours. Gross morphology and function of the human body. (For Medical and Graduate students - Graduate Students require the consent of the instructor.)

441. Gross Human Anatomy for Allied Health Program.
(Course Director - Maurice Pescitelli, Ph.D.) 5 Hours. For allied health students. Functional and structural anatomy of the body. (Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of the Course Director; or enrollment in the Physical Therapy program or Biomedical Visualization program.)

BMS646. Medical Cell and Tissue Biology.
(Course Director - Jonathan Art, Ph.D. ) 4 Hours. Structure and function of cells and fundamental tissues. Function and microscopic anatomy of organs. (For Medical Students.)

520. Concepts of Synaptic Function and Morphology.
2 Hours. Overview of current and classical methods employed in the study of synapses. A review of some of the most interesting aspects of synaptic function, such as sources of synaptic vesicles, synaptic pat-terns, synaptic plasticity, and synaptic specificity. (Prerequisite: Consent of the Course Director.)

521. Plasticity in the Nervous System.
(Course Diector - James R. Unnerstall, Ph.D.) 2 Hours. Neural plasticity is the ability to adaptively modify neural structure or function. Topics range from developmental plasticity to aging, including response to injury and neurodegenerative diseases, trophic factors, learning and memory, and neural transplantation. (Prerequisite: Anat 403 or consent of the instructor.)

523. Biology of MicroRNAs and other Small RNAs.
2 hours. History, overview and biology of small RNA pathways, including microRNAs, siRNAs, RNA interference, roles in various biological processes, implication in disease pathophysiology, and potential therapies. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only.

525. Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Neurodegenerative Diseases.
2 hours. Molecular, cellular and physiological mechanisms underlying neuropathology in neurodegenerative diseases and trauma to the central and peripheral nervous system of humans. Same as NEUS 525. Recommended background: A basic course in neuroscience.

527. Cellular and Systems Neurobiology
(Course Directors - Anna Lysakowski, Ph.D. and Jonathan Art, Ph.D.) 3 Hours. The course is concerned with the understanding of ion channel properties of neurons and sensory cells, and on their modulation (signal transduction mechanisms) by neurotransmitters and other stimuli. Students learn how channel activity results in neuronal and sensory system function. The topics focus on vertebrate (mainly mammalian) brain and sensory systems.

554. Neuroendocrinology.
(Course Director - Conwell H. Anderson, Ph.D.) 2 Hours. Neuroendocrinology with a particular emphasis on current studies in reproduction and the mechanisms of the stress response, and upon the role of the hypothalamo-hypophyseal axis from both morphological and functional perspectives. (Prerequisite: Anat 403 or consent of the Course Director.)

560. Practicum in the Teaching of Anatomy.
(Course Director - Conwell H. Anderson, Ph.D.) 1-3 Hours. For Anatomy and Cell Biology Teaching Assistants. Provides an opportunity for supervised discussion and evaluation of materials and methods in teaching the basic anatomical sciences. No graduation credit. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade only. May be repeated for credit. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Anatomy and consent of the Course Director.)

586. Cell and Molecular Neurobiology.
(Course Director - Simon Alford, Ph.D.) 3 Hours. Structure and function of voltage-dependent and neurotransmitter-gated ion channels; the role of these ion channels in synaptic transmission, synaptic modification, and neuromodulation. (Prerequisite: BioS 442 or consent of the instructor.)

595. Department Seminar.
(Course Director - Conwell H. Anderson , Ph.D.) 1 Hour. This course represents our Departmental "Journal Club". Oral presentations are made by students each session on timely research topics, followed by in depth discussions of the reported research. Presentation of research by invited lecturers. Graduate students in the Department are required to register for this course each semester. All are invited to join and participate.

599. Research in Anatomy.
0 to 16 Hours. S/U grade only. Independent research conducted toward the attainment of the Doctoral degree, directed by a faculty member.

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Further information about the course offerings in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology can be found in the Graduate College Catalog.