Anatomy represents a foundational science discipline that impacts all other disciplines in a profound manner. In the modern era of NIH-funded research programs, there has been an emphasis on basic scientists justifying their research as “translational” or “bench to bedside." The goal of the graduate specialization transcript designation in anatomy program is to provide trainees with a strong background in human gross anatomy, human neuroanatomy, human histology and human embryology. Gaining a better understanding of these fundamental principles will permit students to develop realistic bench-to-bedside research programs and increase the likelihood of successfully obtaining NIH funding.


James Cray, Faculty Liaison

Program Curriculum


In addition to the BSGP core requirements, students wishing to obtain a graduate specialization transcript designation of anatomy must complete a minimum of eight (8) credit hours of the approved courses in anatomy (ANAT) listed below:

  • ANAT 6600 Human Embryology (2 credits): provides students with the basic anatomic information on human development including the ontogenesis of all the organ systems, something that is fundamental to designing transgenic and tissue-specific expression mouse lines.
  • ANAT 6700 Human Histology (4 credits): Provides students with a better understanding of the cellular makeup and origins of all the tissues and organs in the body, which is critical in understanding human pathogenesis.
  • ANAT 6800 Human Neuroanatomy (4 credits): Focused on the structural and functional organization of the nervous system providing students, especially those interested in neurobiology, with the background necessary to understand these complex relationships in normal human development and disease.
  • ANAT 6900 Human Anatomy for Graduate Students (8 credits): Provides students with a thorough understanding of the structure and function of the human body that is truly foundational for any student wishing to pursue a translational research career.


Students are expected to meet the BSGP core requirements regarding seminars. However, the Division of Anatomy offers two focused seminars that are electives for students wishing to receive a graduate specialization transcript designation of anatomy and include:

  • ANAT 7890 Anatomy Seminar in Education: Focuses on the pedagogical approaches to anatomy education and its importance across the educational landscape.
  • ANAT 7891 Anatomy Seminar in Research: Focuses on the specific areas of research that directly utilize anatomy as a functional part of their approach.