Introduction to Fish and Aquatic Invertebrate Histology (Spring)

This course is currently offered every other year and will be offered again in the Spring 2019.


Fish and Aquatic Invertebrate Histology teaches basic interpretation of the normal histology (fixed tissue microanatomy and physiology) of fish, bivalves, and corals and introduces common histopathologic (disease) findings.

Course Objectives

This course is intended to introduce the basic histology of clinically normal fish, bivalves, and corals, and to demonstrate common histopathology of diseased specimens. We include striped bass, pinfish, and common carp as our fish models, but other species may be used or substituted as needed. Bivalve models will include economically important species and coral species will vary.

A teaching digital slide set will be available with online access and use will be described by way of tutorial and a scheduled online discussion period. Additional slides and digital images will be made available as per each instructor. Weekly online discussions are scheduled to review lectures and associated materials for that week and to examine digital slides. It is important that students keep up with each module and assignment to optimize the learning experience.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to:

  • Be familiar with, and describe basic routine histological processing
  • Understand how gross anatomy correlates with microscopic anatomy, explain the relevance of histology for both research and diagnostic work
  • Identify normal microanatomical structures and their functions for a number of different aquatic vertebrate and invertebrate species
  • Understand common physiological and pathophysiological processes and how they alter microanatomy
  • Learn how to approach the microanatomy of other species based on similarities and differences between those studied in the course.

Course Information

Course Syllabus

Graduate Level

Course Number: FAS 6256 (3 credits)

Please see the Course Syllabus for information regarding course materials, grading, pre-requisites, course faculty, etc.


16 weeks: 12 Learning Modules, 20 Lecture Topics presented via MediaSite, access through E-Learning web site via Sakai, asynchronous access to material.


 Course Topics

  • Finfish: Basic Biology, Necropsy and Processing.
  • Pathology and immunology
  • Skin, Gills, and Psuedobranch
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Finfish Nervous System
  • Hematopoietic, Circulatory, and Excretory Systems
  • Digestive System and Swim Bladder
  • Endocrine and Reproductive System
  • Shellfish: Anatomy, Physiology, and Histopathology
  • Coral: Anatomy, Histology and Representative Diseases

How to Register

UF Students: This course is departmentally controlled so you must contact the department coordinator and pay the current UF cost per credit hour. Graduate students should be in good standing. The SFRC Distance Education Coordinator to contact is Mrs. Rhiannon Pollard:

Non-UF students: Non-UF students will need to register as a Non-degree student (and a UF transcript will be created with your grade upon completion of the course). Non-degree students can be currently enrolled at another educational institution or not (ex: post-baccalaureate). Please complete the Non-Degree Registration Request form (click the link) and select “COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL AND LIFE SCIENCES – SFRC Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences” from the College drop-down menu in the Program Information section. Questions regarding registration should be directed to Mrs. Rhiannon Pollard at


Registration Cost (Spring 2013)

Registration costs for UF students follow the standard tuition and fee rate of the University. Costs for non-UF students are detailed below. Registration includes access to the course materials (lectures, reading material, discussion sessions, etc), tuition, and fees. Students are responsible for any other costs (ex: microphone headsets are required for most courses).

Non-UF: Graduate/Post-Graduate/Veterinary students (3 credits)
Course Number: FAS6256
 $527.12* per Credit

*Cost for Spring tuition is subject to change by no more than 10% prior to January 4, 2013. Payment is not due until January 18, 2013 at 3:30pm EST. State employee waivers are accepted for this course.

Registration Deadline

Note: This class has limited enrollment and may fill up prior to the end of drop/add so we suggest registering early.

Registration for the Spring 2013 semester opens October 29, 2012. Registration Ends on January 7th (Late registration is open until January 11th, the last day of drop/add).

The course will begin on January 7, 2013.

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