A Stepping Stone... The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology offers challenging courses that better prepare students to succeed in their subsequent studies in professional school programs in various health sciences: Medicine, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speach Therapy, Chiropractic, Veterinary Medicine, Optometry, Graduate Studies and Research.  Professional students at the University of Saskatchewan, and elsewhere, attest to the value of their earlier training in our Department.

The Department is actively involved in teaching and research with diverse interests ranging from classical anatomical sciences to medical imaging anatomy, neurobiology, cellular, developmental, and molecular biology.

Undergraduate Program

How can the Anatomy and Cell Biology degree programs help you forge a path to your career goals?

Study the exciting fields of human anatomy, cell biology, neurobiology, skeletal biology, embryonic development, histology, and anatomical imaging (click here to see our image gallery) in order to advance medical science with clinical relevance to osteoarthritis, Alzheimer's disease, peripheral nerve damage and repair, multiple sclerosis, aging, cancer, and pain.

The BSc Programs in Anatomy and Cell Biology provide education in the areas of human anatomy, cell biology, neurobiology, neuroanatomy, embryonic development, histology, and anatomical imaging.  Even though we are located in the College of Medicine, the degrees are awarded by the College of Arts and Science.

Bachelor of Science, BSc

  • Three-year
  • Four-year
  • Honours
  • Double Honours
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For further information, please contact:

Dr. William Kulyk, Professor
Chair of Undergraduate B.Sc. Programs
Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
College of Medicine
107 Wiggins Rd.
Saskatoon, SK
S7N 5E5


Through Anatomy and Cell Biology, you can start a career in academic research, biotechnology, teaching, or the health professions.

Professional School
Students with undergraduate training in Anatomy and Cell Biology and high academic standings can often gain admission to professional school programs in the various health sciences (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Veterinary Medicine, Optometry, Chiropractics, etc).

Opportunities in research include technical positions in biomedical research laboratories in universities, government research institutes, and industrial biotechnology companies. Some entry level positions may still be obtained with a B.Sc. degree alone, but many positions now require more advanced research training at the M.Sc. (or Ph.D.) levels.

Graduate School
Graduates of 4-year Majors and Honours programs in Anatomy/Cell Biology may continue on to further studies leading to the Masters (M.Sc.) or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in various disciplines of life sciences and health sciences at this university or other universities in Canada and abroad.  Advanced training at the post-graduate level is becoming increasingly important in today's high-technology workplace.

Anatomy and Cell Biology graduates with Ph.D. degrees have opportunities for academic research and teaching careers within universities and research institutions.  Teaching positions in colleges require advanced training at the M.Sc. or Ph.D. levels.

It is strongly recommended that all students majoring in Anatomy & Cell Biology make an appointment to see the Academic Advisor even if they have visited their Degree Works page.

About Degree Works

During the official advising period from mid March to April 30, students enrolled in BSc degree programs Anatomy & Cell Biology or any students interested in the Department's undergraduate programs can book an academic advising appointment by sending an email to one of the advisors indicated below.

TO MAKE YOUR ADVISING APPOINTMENT: follow the directions in the table below.

Tips from the the Advisors:

1. To access DegreeWorks:

  • Log into PAWS with your NSID and password;
  • Click the Academics tab;
    • Locate the My Academic Profile channel;
    • Click the DegreeWorks button or link.

2. Do some advance research and have a list of classes you are interested in BEFORE your meeting. There are some links at the bottom of the page to assist you.

Academic Advisor

Dr. Bill Kulyk

If you have problems booking your academic advising appointment email: Trish McArthur

Helpful Links

Course Catalogue Search
Arts & Science -Help and Advice for Students
Information for first year students
Important forms for Arts & Science students

Listing of the courses in the common core curriculum.  This common Year 1/2 course platform provides students with an educational foundation and skill set in the various biomedical sciences disciplines that enables them make an informed choice as to which specific degree major including ACB they wish to pursue as they progress into Years 3 and 4 of their B.Sc. program.

Program requirements

Listing of the courses for each specific ACB degree programs.

Courses offered

Quick list of courses to search

ACB 310.3 — Basic Human Anatomy
ACB 325.3 — Advanced Cell Biology
ACB 330.3 — Principles of Development
ACB 331.3 — Methods in Cell and Developmental Biology
ACB 333.3 — Cellular Neurobiology
ACB 334.3 — Introductory Neuroanatomy
ACB 400.3 — Imaging and Anatomy
ACB 401.6 — Undergraduate Research Project
ACB 405.3 — Current Topics in Cell Biology
ACB 406.3 — Comparative Vertebrate Histology

Club description:
The Anatomy and Cell Biology Club is a USSU-ratified student-run club. We host events throughout the year to foster faculty-department-student relationships. We have memberships for sale for $5.00, available to anyone. The perks include: access to our study-note bank, discounts on ACBC merchandise and events, and special deals at the Thirsty Scholar.
Executive members:

Co-Presidents Gabrielle Mercier & Anisa Buhay
Treasurer Emma Russel
Social Coordinators Avani Saxena, Shaylin Pillay & Sabryna McCrea
Graduate Rep Abdal Wahab Khawaja
4th Year Rep Valerie Rozwadowski
3rd Year Rep Nina Wingate

For inquiries regarding ACBC membership or events, please contact us via email or on Facebook

Graduate Program

The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Saskatchewan offers graduate programs leading to the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees.  A ‘fast track’ option exists for exceptional students to transfer from the M.Sc. to Ph.D. program after twelve months.  Our department also participates in the College of Medicine combined M.D./Ph.D. program, and opportunities exist for Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Most graduate students will enter the program on September 1, but admission to begin study on January 1 or May 1 is also possible under certain circumstances.  Study for the M.Sc. or Ph.D. degrees entails light course work, with the major emphasis on the development and completion of an original project in biomedical research. A full graduate thesis must be prepared and successfully defended in oral examination. The expected minimum time for completion is two years for the M.Sc. degree and four years for completion of the Ph.D. degree.

Areas of specialization for research training include:

- Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Biology
- Developmental Biology
- Neurobiology
- Functional Anatomy
- Advanced Anatomical Imaging

Students in our graduate programs work under the direct supervision of a Faculty Advisor who provides resources and mentorship.  Each student additionally receives the advice of other faculty members who form a Graduate Advisory Committee. Financial support to cover tuition and living expenses is provided in the form of yearly stipends, or scholarships from local or national sources.   To find opportunities for entry into our graduate programs, please see the Admissions Information page.

An outline of the rules and administrative procedures of the Graduate Program of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology can be found in the Policies and Procedures Manual. Please consult this document first if you have any questions about how the program operates:
Policies and Procedures (2016)

For additional information consult the Policies and Procedures manual of the College of Graduate Studies and Research
Graduate Studies and Research Policies

Please download the following forms (as appropriate) in preparation for meetings with your Graduate Advisory Committee.

Initial Program of Studies Form
Annual Progress Report Form

Are you preparing to write something, or make a seminar presentation?  You may wish to review the following document:

        Notes on Scientific Communication

Additional University of Saskatchewan support programs may be found at:

College of Graduate Studies and Research
Office of the Registrar
Student Health Services
Student Housing Services
Graduate Student's Association
Aboriginal Students' Center
International Student and Study Abroad Center

The Policies and Procedures manual for the Graduate Programs of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology can be found here
Policies and Procedures (2016)

The Policies and Procedures manual of the College of Graduate Studies and Research can be found here
Graduate Studies and Research Policies

Detailed instructions for the Chairs of Graduate Advisory Committees can be found here
Advisory Committee Chair Manual

All additional questions should be addressed to Evelyn Bessel or David Schreyer (contact information below)

Body Bequeathal Program

For more information on the Body Bequeathal Program, please follow the link below.


Thomas Fisher
Department Head
Phone: 306-966-6553
2D01.3 Health Sciences

Donna Dodge
General Office
Phone: (306) 966-6292
2D01 Health Sciences

Lori Luczka,
Graduate Support
Phone: (306) 966-4110
Fax: (306) 966-4298
2D01 Health Sciences

Graduate Chair
Helen Nichol
Phone: (306) 966-4094

Body Bequeathal Program
Phone: (306) 966-4075 (24-hour answering service)
Fax: (306) 966-4298
2D01 Health Sciences