This Course and Program Catalogue is effective from May 2018 to April 2019.

Not all courses described in the Course and Program Catalogue are offered each year. For a list of course offerings in 2018-2019, please consult the class search website.

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As of 2005-2006, certain course abbreviations have changed. Students with credit for a course under its former label may not take the relabeled course for credit.

The following conventions are used for course numbering:

  • 010-099 represent non-degree level courses
  • 100-699 represent undergraduate degree level courses
  • 700-999 represent graduate degree level courses

The following term designations are used:

  • 1 - Term 1 only
  • 2 - Term 2 only
  • 3 - Term 3 only
  • 1&2 - Term 1 and 2
  • 1/2 - Either Term 1 or Term 2
  • P - Phases (Medicine and Dentistry)
  • Q - Quarters (Veterinary Medicine)

The following instructional code designations are used:

  • L - Lecture
  • P - Practicum/Lab
  • S - Seminar/Discussion
  • C - Clinical Service
  • R - Reading
  • T - Tutorial

Please use the following form to look up courses and find detailed information on course prerequisites, corequisites, and other special notes. To view all 100-level courses in a subject, select a Subject Code and type 1% in the Course Number field. (200-level = 2%, etc.)


ACB 002.0
MITACS Globalink Undergraduate Visiting Research

ACB 221.3 — 2(3L-3P)
Gross Anatomy

Especially designed for students in Kinesiology with applications to activities involving motion, locomotion and related injuries. The emphasis is on the structural, biomechanical and positional relationships of the skeleton, joints, muscles, blood vessels and peripheral nerves in the trunk and limbs. The anatomy of other major body systems is also covered, but less thoroughly.

Restriction(s): Students must be enrolled in the College of Kinesiology.
Prerequisite(s): (BIOL 120 and 121) or BIOL 224 or PHSI 208.6.
Note: Students with credit for ACB 310 will not receive credit for ACB 221.

ACB 310.3 — 1(3L-1.5P)
Basic Human Anatomy

This course covers the structure and functions of the human body. All major body systems are surveyed via lectures and practical laboratory sessions that focus on the direct study of human tissues.

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 224.3 or PHSI 208.6.
Note: Students with credit for ACB 202, 210, or 233 (discontinued courses) cannot take ACB 310 for credit.

ACB 325.3 — 2(3L)
Advanced Cell Biology

Recent concepts in the regulation of cell signaling, motility and chromatin dynamics are discussed, with a focus on how these processes are regulated, and involved in select disease pathogenesis, aging, pain and therapeutic interventions. Consideration is also given to the experimental findings and approaches leading to these insights.

Prerequisite(s): BMSC 220.3.
Note: Students with credit for ACB 300 (discontinued course) cannot take ACB 325 for credit.

ACB 330.3 — 2(3L)
Principles of Development

An introduction to the cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate embryonic development in animals. Topics include fertilization, establishment of the major tissue/organ types, and body axis patterning. The course covers examples of embryogenesis in both vertebrate and invertebrate species in order to highlight key developmental principles.

Prerequisite(s): BMSC 220.3 and BIOL 224.3 or PHSI 208.6.
Note: Students with credit for ACB 201 (discontinued course) cannot take ACB 330 for credit.

ACB 331.3 — 1(3P)
Methods in Cell and Developmental Biology

This course will provide laboratory experience in cell and developmental biology. Instruction on, and use of, techniques such as cell culture, expression of proteins in cells, basic cytology, and immunofluorescence microscopy will be some of the areas covered.

Prerequisite(s): BMSC 220.3 and BMSC 240.3.

ACB 333.3 — 1(3L)
Cellular Neurobiology

The cell biology of neurons and glial cells will be studied, with detailed discussion of neuron cell biology, electrical activity in neurons, synaptic signaling, sensory transduction, and the role of glial cells in supporting neuronal function.

Prerequisite(s): BMSC 220
Note:Students with credit for ACB 404 (discontinued course) cannot take ACB 333 for credit.

ACB 334.3 — 2(3L-2P)
Introductory Neuroanatomy

An introduction to the anatomy of the human brain and spinal cord through lectures and laboratory dissections.

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 224.3 or PHSI 208.6.
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): ACB 310.3
Note: Students with credit for ACB 234 (discontinued course), DENT 293, or MED 108 cannot take ACB 334 for credit.

ACB 398.3
Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

ACB 400.3 — 1(3L)
Imaging and Anatomy

Provides insight into how imaging modalities visualize anatomical structures in living systems. Conventional imaging methods (ultrasound, MRI, and x-ray imaging), and newer imaging modalities of the synchrotron will be presented as well as topics on the development of contrast and potential clinical uses.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 115.3, PHYS 117.3 (or 125) and ACB 310.3

ACB 401.6 — 1&2(6P)
Undergraduate Research Project

A course in which fourth-year students undertake an experimental research project under the direct supervision of an ACB faculty member. Students acquire hands-on experience in modern experimental techniques and approaches in the cellular and anatomical sciences. Course evaluation is based on oral and poster presentations, a written research report, and student initiative. This course is strongly recommended for students in the Honours Anatomy and Cell Biology program, and is optional for students in the 4-year ACB degree program.

Permission of the department required.

ACB 405.3 — 2(1L-2S)
Current Topics in Cell Biology

Recent developments and the state of the art of cell biology research will be examined in a seminar-discussion format. Students will present and evaluate selected publications from the current literature on a variety of topics related to cell biology.

Prerequisite(s): ACB 325.3 and 330.3.

ACB 406.3 — 1(2L-2P)
Comparative Vertebrate Histology

The organization of the basic tissues into organs and organ systems in vertebrates, with an emphasis on non-human mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and lower chordates. The lectures are accompanied by weekly lab sessions in which students learn to identify tissues from digital microscopic slides (virtual microscopy).

Prerequisite(s): BMSC 220.3; and BIOL 224.3 or PHSI 208.6

ACB 801.6 — 1&2(2L-6P-1S)
Human Gross Anatomy

A practical study of the macroscopic structure of the human body by regional dissection and study of prepared specimens. Lectures are closely integrated with the laboratory sessions. Correlation of structure and function is emphasized and surface and radiological anatomy are included.

Prerequisite(s): ACB 210; or equivalent and permission of the instructor.

ACB 813.6 — 1&2(8P)
Experimental Medicine

Provides advanced training in experimental methods to study the normal morphology and function of tissues and their reactions to pathogenic stimuli.

ACB 821.3 — 1/2(4S)
Advanced Topics in Developmental Biology

A review of recent advances in the study of developmental biology. Special emphasis is placed on the contributions of different experimental animal systems to research in a variety of areas in the field.

Prerequisite(s): ACB 330; or equivalent and permission of the instructor.

ACB 830.3 — 1/2(4S)
Advanced Topics in Cell and Molecular Biology

Recent developments in cell and molecular biology research will be examined. Students will present and evaluate selected publications from current literature. Among the topics of interest are: signal transduction, development and differentiation, apoptosis, gene expression/transcription, cell and organelle structure, and DNA dynamics and chromosome structures.

Prerequisite(s): At least one senior level course in biochemistry, genetics or cell biology; or permission from the instructor.

ACB 834.3 — 2(2L-2P)
Advanced Functional Neuroanatomy

Will provide graduate students with detailed neuroanatomical knowledge that will enable them to explain the location and basis for functional alterations that accompany a variety of neurological disorders.

Permission of the course coordinator required.

ACB 840.3 — 2(2L-2S)
Development of Nervous System

A comprehensive survey of the development of the vertebrate nervous system. Learning will be guided by examination of the experimental scientific literature. Topics include neurulation, cell migration, process outgrowth, trophism, differentiation, and extended consideration of the formation of synapses and refinement of patterns of connectivity.

Permission of the instructor required

ACB 898.3 — 1/2(2S/R)
Special Topics

Study in selected areas of morphological sciences may be undertaken with the consent of the faculty of Anatomy and Cell Biology. Involves reading assignments, lectures, and tutorials. Students will be required to critically analyse the scientific literature, participate in discussion, and give oral and/or written presentations.

Permission of the department required

ACB 899.6
Special Topics

Offered occasionally in special situations. Students interested in this course should contact the department of Anatomy and Cell Biology for more information.

ACB 990
Scientific Communication

Graduate students in the Anatomy and Cell Biology program will receive practical training in written and oral scientific communication. Topics include scientific writing technique and style, effective oral communication, electronic research tools and electronic presentation tools. Graduate students will also attend a student-run seminar series, and make one presentation in that series each year they are enrolled in the program.

Prerequisite(s): Open only to graduate students in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.

ACB 994

Students enrolled in the M.Sc. program must register for this course.

ACB 996

Students enrolled in the Ph.D. program must register for this course.