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Branches of Biology

Science is divided into two major branches: natural sciences,he study of natural world and social
sciences, the systematic study of human behavior and society.Social sciences include
psychology,sociology, history, political science and anthropology. The natural sciences are further
classified into the physical and biological sciences. Physical sciences deal with the study of matter and
energy and it includes like meteorology, hydrology, oceanology, geography among others.

Biological sciences or Biology is the scientific study of life or more appropriately the study of living things.
The two main areas of study in biology are botany and zoology. Botany is the study of plants and zoology
is the study of animals. Each of these ares is subdivided into many branches. A partial list is given below:

1. Anatomy-study of structure and form of organisms.

2. Animal behavior- study of the management and training of wild and domestic animals.
3. Bacteriology- study of bacteria.
4. Biochemistry- study of chemical substances in living organisms.
5. Cytology-study of cells.
6. Ecology-study of the relationships of organisms and the environment.
7. Embryology-the study of the development of the individual from fertilization to birth.
8. Entomology- the study of insects.
9. Genetics-the study of heredity and variation.
10. Herpetology-the study of reptiles.
11. Ichthyology- the study of fishes.
12. Malacology-the study of mollusks.
13. Microbiology- the study of microbes.
14. Mycology-the study of fungi.
15. Nutrition- the study of the use and transformation of substances.
16. Parasitology- the study of parasites
17. Pathology-the study of diseases.
18. Phycology- the study of algae.
19. Physiology- the study of processes and functions in living things.
20. Protozoology- the study of unicellular organisms or protozoans.
21. Taxonomy-the study of classification and naming of organisms.
22. Virology- the study of viruses.
23. Biochemistry - the study of the chemical reactions required for life to exist and function, usually a
focus on the cellular level
24. Bioengineering - the study of biology through the means of engineering with an emphasis on
applied knowledge and especially related to biotechnology.
25. Bioinformatics - also classified as a branch of information technology (IT) it is the study,
collection, and storage of genomic data
26. Biomathematics or Mathematical Biology - the study of biological processes through
mathematics, with an emphasis on modeling.
27. Biomechanics - often considered a branch of medicine, the study of the mechanics of living
beings, with an emphasis on applied use through artificial limbs, etc.
28. Biophysics - the study of biological processes through physics, by applying the theories and
methods traditionally used in the physical sciences
29. Biotechnology - a new and sometimes controversial branch of biology that studies the
manipulation of living matter, including genetic modification

Botany - the study of plants

30. Cell Biology - the study of the cell as a complete unit, and the molecular and chemical
interactions that occur within a living cell.
31. Conservation Biology - the study of the preservation, protection, or restoration of the natural
environment, natural ecosystems, vegetation, and wildlife
32. Cryobiology - the study of the effects of lower than normally preferred temperatures on living
33. Developmental Biology - the study of the processes through which an organism develops, from
zygote to full structure.
34. Ecology - the study of the ecosystem as a complete unit, with an emphasis on how species and
groups of species interact with other living beings and non-living elements.
35. Entomology - the study of insects
36. Environmental Biology - the study of the natural world, as a whole or in a particular area,
especially as affected by human activity
37. Epidemiology - a major component of public health research, it is the study of factors affecting the
health and illness of populations
38. Ethology - the study of animal behavior.
39. Evolution or Evolutionary Biology - the study of the origin and decent of species over time
40. Histology - The study of cells and tissue, a microscopic branch of anatomy.
41. Mammology - the study of mammals
42. Marine Biology - the study of ocean ecosystems, plants, animals, and other living beings.
43. Medicine - the study of the human body in health and disease, with allopathic medicine focusing
on alleviating or curing the body from states of disease
44. Molecular Biology - the study of biology and biological functions at the molecular level, some
cross over with biochemistry
45. Neurobiology - the study of the nervous system, including anatomy, physiology, even pathology
46. Oceanography - the study of the ocean, including ocean life, environment, geography, weather,
and other aspects influencing the ocean. See Marine Biology
47. Ornithology - the study of birds
48. Paleontology - the study of fossils and sometimes geographic evidence of prehistoric life
49. Agriculture - study of producing crops from the land, with an emphasis on practical applications

Animal Tissue
In multicellular organisms, a group of similar cells with intercellular substances perform specific function,
such an aggregation of cells is called tissue. Organs are functional group of many tissues. The study of
tissue is known as histology. The study of tissues in connection with diseases of tissues is known as

The word tissue is derived from a Latin word which means 'weave'. Cells that form tissues are woven
together to form tissues. Tissues are sometimes held together by a sticky substance that coat the cells.

Animal Tissue Definition

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Any distinct type of material animal cells are made of, which consists specialized cells and cellular
products, which show inflammation reaction to any infection or injury are known as tissues. In animal
organs are made up of four basic types of tissues epithelial tissue, connective tissue, muscle tissue and
nerve tissue. These tissues have distinctive features and specific functions which combine to form
functioning organs.
Four Types of Animal Tissue
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Animal tissues are of four basic types: Epithelial, Connective, Muscular and Neural tissues. Multiple
tissues compose organs and body structures. Generally animals are said to made up of these basic four
type of tissues, but the presence of these tissues may differ, depending on the type of organism. The
origin of the cells of a type of tissues may differ in development stages in different classification of
Animal Tissues and their Function
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The structure of the cell varies according to its function. The tissues are different and are classified into
four types:

Epithelial tissue
Connective tissue
Muscular tissue and
Neural tissue.

Epithelial Tissue
Epithelial tissue is commonly referred to as epithelium. The epithelial tissue forms the outer covering or
lining for some part of the body. It is composed of closely packed cells, arranged in flat sheets. Epithelial
tissues forms the surface of the skin, lines many cavities of the body and covers the internal organs.

There are two types of epithelial tissues - Simple Epithelium and Compound Epithelium.

Simple epithelium is composed of single layer of cells. It functions as a lining of cavities of body, ducts
and tubes.

Compound epithelium or stratified epithelium is made of two or more cell layers.It functions as a
protective covering, like it does in our skin.
Modifications of Simple Epithelium

On the basis of structural modification the simple epithelium is divided into three
types: Squamous, Cuboidal, Columnar cells.
The squamous epithelium is made of a single layer of irregular, thin, flattened cells with irregular
boundaries. They are found in the walls of blood vessels and in air sacs of lungs. They are
involved in functions like forming a diffusion boundary.
The cuboidal epithelium is made of a single layer of cube-like cells. They are commonly found in
ducts of glands and tubules of nephrons. Its main functions are secretion and absorption.
Columnar epithelium is composed of single layer of tall and slender cells. The free surface of
these cells may have microvilli. They are found in lining of stomach and intestine. It helps in
secretion and absorption.
If the columnar epithelium bears cilia on their free surface they are called ciliated epithelium. They
help to move particles or mucus in a specific direction. They are present in the inner surface of
branchioles and fallopian tubes.

Compound Epithelium

It is made up of more than one layer of cells and has a limited role in secretion and absorption. They main
function is to provide protection against stress. They cover dry surface of skin, moist surface of buccal
cavity, pharynx and inner lining of salivary glands.

Connective Tissue
Connective tissues are the most abundant tissues of complex animals. They link and support other
tissues/organs of the body. The connective tissues include cartilage, bone, adipose, and blood. All
connective tissues except blood, secrete structural proteins called colagen or elastin.

Connective tissues are classified into three types - Loose Connective tissue, Dense Connective tissue,
and Specialized Connective tissue.

Loose Connective tissue - These tissues have cells and fibres that are loosely arranged in a semi-fluid
ground substance.
Areolar tissue - It is present beneath the skin, it serves as a framework support for epithelium.
Adipose tissue - This type of tissues is specialized to store fats.
Dense Connective tissue - Fibres and fibroblasts are packed compactly in dense connective tissue.
Tendons are dense regular tissue that attach skeletal muscle to bones and ligaments attach bone to
another bones. Collagen is the dense irregular tissue present in the skin.

Specialized Connective tissue - Cartilage, bones and blood are types of specialized connective tissue.
Cartilage - Cartilage is solid, pliable tissue. The cells of this tissue is chondrocytes. Cartilage is present in
the tip of the nose, outer ear joints, between bones of vertebral column.

Bones - They are hard and non-pliable, rich in calcium salts and collagen fibres. It provides structural
frame to the bosy. The bone cells are osteocytes. The bone marrow in some bones is the site of
production of blood cells.

Blood - It is a fluid connective tissue. It contains plasma, RBCs, WBCs and platelets.
Muscle Tissue
Muscle tissues are made of long cylindrical fibres, arranged in parallel arrays. These fibres are composed
of fine fibrils known as myofibrils. The contraction and relaxation of moves the body to adjust to the
changes in the environment. Muscles are of three types skeletal, smooth, and cardiac.

Skeletal Muscle - Skeletal muscle is also known as striated muscle. It is closely attached to the bones,
example biceps.

Smooth Muscle - Smooth muscle fibres do not have striated. The wall of internal organs contain smooth

Cardiac Muscle - Cardiac muscle tissue is a tissue present only in the heart. Cell junctions fuse the
plasma membranes of cardiac cells. Communication junctions allow the cells to contract as a unit.

Neural Tissue
Neural tissues controls the body's responses to the changing conditions. Neurons are the units of neural
system, they are excitable cells. The glial cells forms the rest of the neural system, they protect and
support neurons. Its functions in receipt, processing and transferring information.
Structure of Animal Tissue
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Structure of the animal tissue

Epithelial tissues cells are closely packed with junctions.

Simple cuboidal epithelium are dice shaped cells.

Simple columnar epithelium are large brick shaped cells.

Simple squamous epithelium are single layer plate-like cells, thin and leaky.

Columnar epithelium are single layer of cells, varying in height and ciliated in many vertebrates.

Loose connective tissue gets its name from its loose weave of fibres.

Fibrous connective tissue are dense with collagenous fibres.

Blood has a liquid extracellular matrix called plasma, which consists of water, salts and dissolved
proteins. The blood cells are suspended in the plasma.

Cartilage contains collagenous fibres which is embedded in a rubbery protein-carbohydrate

complex called chondroitin surface.

Bone is a mineralized connective tissue, bone forming cells osteoblasts deposit collagen. Ions of
calcium, magnesium and phosphate combine into a hard material within the matrix.

Smooth muscle lack striations, perform involuntary functions.

Cardiac muscle are striated. It is has fibres that interconnect via intercalated disks. Cells are

Muscle tissue contains filaments containing proteins actin and myosin.

Nervous tissue are made of neurons and glial cells.