Three major areas of study compose the department. Anatomy and Cell Biology involves the structure, function and development of organisms at the molecular, subcellular, cellular, tissue and organ levels. Physiology is the study of how living cells and tissues function, enabling organisms to live and interact with their environment. Pharmacology is concerned with the properties of chemical compounds, in relation to their interactions with living organisms. It provides the basis for the discovery and study of drug actions, either as therapeutic agents or as tools in physiological research.
Anatomy & Cell Biology
Anatomy and Cell Biology offers challenging courses that better prepare students to succeed in their subsequent studies in professional programs across the full range of health sciences.
Our faculty members in this field of study are actively involved in teaching and research with diverse interests ranging from classical anatomical sciences to medical imaging anatomy, neurobiology, cellular, developmental, and molecular biology.
Physiology & Pharmacology
Physiologists answer key questions ranging from the workings inside single cells to the interactions between human populations and our environment on earth and beyond.
In Pharmacology, research specialties include cancer, molecular biology and chemotherapy, cardiovascular and endocrine pharmacology, clinical pharmacology, neurochemistry, neuropharmacology, and psychopharmacology.
A Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Pharmacology provides the strongest possible scientific basis for further training in biomedical research medicine and in a variety of health care fields. Students will develop practical and critical thinking skills necessary to analyze and integrate the ever-growing amount of information in the health sciences.
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 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. Though we are located in the College of Medicine, the degrees are awarded by the College of Arts and Science.
- Double Honours
What are Physiology and Pharmacology?
Undergraduate Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree programs are offered through Physiology and Pharmacology. Our Physiology & Pharmacology Program integrates the knowledge within and between two biomedical science disciplines, utilizing the strengths of two departments.
A B.Sc. degree in Physiology & Pharmacology provides the strongest possible scientific basis for further training in biomedical research medicine and in a variety of health care fields. Students will develop practical and critical thinking skills necessary to analyze and integrate the ever-growing amount of information in the health sciences.
Physiology plays a crucial role in integrating environmental influences and new molecular discoveries with the function of tissues and organs, and ultimately the whole body. Pharmacology is concerned with the properties of chemical compounds, in relation to their interactions with living organisms. It provides the basis for the discovery and study of drug actions, either as therapeutic agents or as tools in physiological research.
Students majoring in Physiology & Pharmacology are positioned favorably for application to a variety of health care professional schools. If you are interested in professions such as medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, nutrition, naturopathic medicine, nursing, chiropractic, optometry or other health-care related professions, a degree in Physiology & Pharmacology will provide a relevant study route.
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.
Learn more about these programs on our Graduate Studies program page.
Research opportunities are available in the following areas: comparative respiratory and cardiovascular physiology; neurophysiology (electrophysiology, cellular imaging in neurons and glial cells, in vitro and in vivo studies of cerebral ischemia); vascular function, ion channels and endogenous gases; calcium channels and neuroendocrine secretion; hemoxygenase system and cardiovascular pathology. Opportunities are also available for collaborative training with faculty in clinical departments of the College of Medicine.
Learn more on our Graduate Studies program page.
The laboratory of Dr. Lixin Liu in the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Saskatchewan has a position currently opening for a PhD student to study the cellular and molecular mechanisms of leukocyte recruitment in inflammation.
Learn more on our Graduate Studies program page.
Body Bequeathal Program
GA20 Health Sciences Building
Department Head Assistant
Department Head Assistant Email
Anatomy Graduate Chair
Physiology Graduate Chair
Pharmacology Graduate Chair
APP Joint Graduate Chair
Phone: (306) 966-4075