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Welcome to the web guide for the Human Structure histology laboratory sessions. The laboratory modules were designed to help students achieve two principal course objectives:

  • Describe how cells divide, differentiate, and control their shapes and activities to produce basic tissue types, and explain how their microscopic characteristics produce the functions of these tissues and their specialized subtypes.
  • Identify the histology and microscopic morphology of tissues and organs through the use of light and electron microscopy and discuss the functional aspects of the identified tissues.

A strong foundation in normal cell and tissue biology establishes the basis for the study of pathology in the Understanding Diseases of Systems (UDOS) courses.  

Some of the virtual slides have an accompanying narrated screen capture detailing the salient features of the tissue. A small microphone icon identifies these slides.


Histological Techniques Cell Structure Epithelial Tissue
Connective Tissue Nerve Tissue Muscle Tissue
Skin Cartilage, Bone & Joints Blood Cells & Hematopoiesis
Heart and Circulatory System Respiratory System Lymphoid System
GI Tract Liver, GB & Pancreas Urinary System
Gonadal System Genital System Pituitary & Endocrine System
Eye Ear  
IUSM Statewide VM Glossary  
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