Biology 354

The microscopic and ultramicroscopic structure of human cells, tissues and organs correlated with function and development including weekly lab work.


Histology is taught as a lab-driven course, meaning that there are no formal lecture sessions. You will be in the classroom with your microscope in front of you, viewing the histological specimens being discussed, as well as the appropriate visual clues that will enable you to diagnose these tissues and organ systems. At various times lab work will stop and more lecture/discussion will continue. The more I have taught histology the more I came to realize that the primary goal of a histology course should be present the material in a manner that allows students to learn how to visually diagnose an unknown histological specimen. Hence the organization for this course. At the completion of this course you should have had fun and enjoyed the term. In addition, you should have developed:

  • A visual understanding of the four basic tissues of the body.
  • A visual understanding of how the four basic tissues of the body interrelate to construct the various organs and organ systems of the human body.
  • A firm understanding of how structure and function relate histologically.
  • A mental picture of all of the specimens studied in the laboratory so that you will be able to give a minimum of three reasons for your diagnosis of the specimen in question.
  • A mechanism to develop logic trees in order to facilitate specimen diagnosis.
  • A firm understanding of histological terminology.
  • Accomplished the individual goals at the beginnning of each lecture section.


  • Histology: An Identification Manual (1st ed.) by Tallitsch, R.B. and Guastaferri, R. (2009) London: Elsevier Press