Anatomy and Cell Biology

Graduate Courses

The department offers a selection of courses at the Indianapolis campus that are open to all Indiana University graduate students. These include introductory courses in the anatomical sciences as well as specialized courses in advanced topics.

Introductory Courses in Anatomy Fundamentals

Prerequisite: 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, especially those who intend to pursue a career in the health professions. Through the use of cadaveric dissection, prosected materials and digital images, students explore the structural details of the human body with a particular emphasis on functional anatomy and clinical correlations. This course is an intensive learning experience for motivated undergraduate students. Yard and Organ

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 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. Deane

Enrollment requires consent of instructor. This gross anatomy lecture and laboratory course provides an introduction to the concepts, terminology and basic structure of the human body. Dissection of the body uses 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. Organ

Enrollment requires consent of instructor. A graduate level anatomy course for students in the physician assistant, physical therapy, and occupational therapy programs. 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. McNulty

Prerequisites: D501 or D528 or concurrent registration. A correlative study of prenatal and neonatal form and function. Byram

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. Byram

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 is placed on deficits of motor function resulting from injury or disease. The functional anatomy of the brain and spinal cord is studied using histologic atlas cross-sections and neuroradiologic images. Working as interdisciplinary teams, doctoral students in the biomedical sciences and rehabilitation sciences explore relevant clinical cases in team-based activities. Jones

Graduate-level neuroscience course providing an introduction to terminology, pathways, organization and current research-based concepts of the human nervous system. Emphasis on 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

Prerequisite: X620, D501, or D528. Functional, clinical, and developmental gross morphology of specific regions of the human body; special topics may vary. Staff

Prerequisites: X620 or D502. In-depth consideration of selected topics on the microscopic anatomy of cells, tissues and organs. Staff

Prerequisites: D527 or D701. Examination of the anatomy and related physiology and neurochemistry of selected brain areas. Topics 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

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 Indiana. Deane

This course provides students with a functional understanding of experimental design and statistical testing in the biological sciences. Students learn why a thoughtful approach to the design of their experiments and a rigorous, unbiased testing of results are both important to their work and future careers. Students 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—are worked through for a variety of real situations in biomedical research. Williams

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. Staff

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

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 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.  Brokaw

Enrollment in this course requires 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. Byram

Enrollment in this course requires 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

Required of all graduate students in residence. Presentations of papers by students, staff and invited distinguished visitors. Includes post-seminar discussion. Bidwell

Prerequisite: Admission to PhD candidacy. Enrollment requires consent of instructor. Bidwell