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Anatomy and Cell Biology

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The Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology provides education in the main sub-disciplines of the anatomical sciences (cell biology, developmental biology, human anatomy, histology, neurobiology and biomedical imaging) and includes prerequisite courses for professional schools and graduate studies in many areas of the health and life sciences. Graduates have wide-ranging career opportunities, particularly in the fields of biomedical research, health sciences, and biotechnology.


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Bachelor of Science - Anatomy & Cell Biology

  • B.Sc. Four-year
  • B.Sc. Three-year
  • B.Sc. Honours
  • B.Sc. Double Honours

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What is Anatomy & Cell Biology?

Students in Anatomy & Cell Biology explore the structure, function and development of the human body at the cell, tissue and organ levels. In addition to disciplinary courses in cellular biology and human anatomy, our Anatomy & Cell Biology B.Sc. degree programs incorporate foundational courses in organic chemistry, molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, physiology, and laboratory methods.

Students in Anatomy & Cell Biology have opportunites to acquire hands-on experience in scientific discovery through participation in departmental research in areas of cell and molecular biology, neurobiology, developmental biology and biomedical imaging.

Anatomy and Cell Biology: Is it for you?

Anatomy and Cell Biology B.Sc. programs provide an excellent foundation of knowledge in the biomedical sciences for students seeking subsequent admission into health science professional schools such as medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, chiropractic medicine and optometry. Anatomy and Cell Biology B.Sc. program graduates are also well qualified to progress into more advanced biomedical research training at the M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels at various academic institutions worldwide. In addition, Anatomy & Cell Biology graduates have career opportunities in the biotechnology industry.

    Sample Classes

    • ACB 310: 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.
    • ACB 325: Advanced Cell Biology
      Recent concepts in the regulation of cell growth, development and function are considered. Topics covered include regulation of gene expression, synthesis and processing of RNA and protein, cell cycle regulation, and cellular signaling mechanisms. Emphasis is placed on how these processes are regulated and how they in turn combine to regulate overall cellular activities.
    • ACB 331: 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 will be some of the areas covered.

    Career Opportunities

    • Anatomist
    • Cell Biologist
    • Neuroscientist
    • Biomedical Researcher
    • Biotechnologist
    • Health Science Educator
    • Pathology Technician
    • Health Policy Developer and Program Administrator

    Skill Sets Gained

    • Critical and analytical thinking
    • Problem-solving skills
    • Scientific communication skills: written and oral
    • Training in laboratory research techniques
    • Experience in original biomedical research
    • Collecting and analyzing experimental data
    • Interpreting research findings

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