Spring 2023 - BPK 336 D100

Histology (3)

Class Number: 4621

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    WMC 3220, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 22, 2023
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    WMC 3510, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    One of BPK 325, 326, BISC 305, 316.



Light and electron microscopic study of mammalian tissues and organs with emphasis on human systems.


The course is 13 weeks in length, with two hours of lecture and one hour of lab time per week.

While the specific course schedule can be found on Canvas, topics covered include:

  • Introduction to histology
  • Introduction to microscopy
  • The four types of tissue

Histology of:

  • Skin and muscle
  • The skeletal system: cartilage and bone
  • The nervous system
  • The circulatory system and the blood
  • The respiratory system
  • The digestive system and associated organs; select endocrine glands
  • The renal and genito-urinary systems
  • The immune system
  • The reproductive systems


Learning outcomes: Successful students will:

  • Differentiate between and knowledgeably discuss a range of histological and microscopic techniques, working from images of tissue sections in the primary literature and wider media.
  • Confidently identify and eloquently describe histological sections (or cytological smears) of most tissues and organs.
  • Describe the structure and function relationships and common pathological processes (and microscopic manifestations) affecting a subset of organs/systems.
  • Discuss a set of studies from the primary literature with critical histological findings (in written scientific and lay summaries).
  • Develop an appreciation for the art and science of histology and histopathology.


  • Written Scientific Summary (1200 words): 20%
  • Quizzes 10%
  • Clinical Video Lesson 15%
  • Midterm Exam 20%
  • Final Exam 30%
  • Participation 5%



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Department Undergraduate Notes:

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