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Leslie B. Zeman
BIOL 360
Seattle Campus

Cellular Anatomy

Recognition of cellular and tissue structures in plants and animals with correlations to normal physiology and disease states. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in either BIOL 220, B BIO 220, or TESC 140; may not be taken for credit if credit earned in BIOL 403.

Class description

The features of cells and tissues in light microscopy will be correlated to physiologic function at the molecular, organelle, cellular, tissue and organ level. Tissues of plants and vertebrate animals will be emphasized, but a small number of invertebrate animals and protists will also be considered. Please select either Biology 360 or Biology 403, as there is considerable overlap between these two classes.

Student learning goals

Recognize different organelles, cells, tissues and organs in plants and animals. Extrapolate three dimensional anatomies from thin sections. Describe microscopic appearance using appropriate nomenclature.

Relate cell and tissue anatomy to physiological processes and identify the species and organ system from which the tissue was harvested.

Be able to describe the cellular basis for current public health challenges.

Find and critique review articles relating structure to function in the recent scientific literature.

General method of instruction

Lecture will focus on the correlation between celular anatomy and physiology, the differences between taxa and the effect of disease processes. In lab, students will look at histologic sections of plants and animals.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

There will be assigned readings in the textbook, assigned scientific papers and some web-based reference material.

There will be three written exams assessing lecture material and three lab practical exams, using prepared slides.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Leslie B. Zeman
Date: 12/04/2013