Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to provide depth and breadth in physiology, as well as experience in critical reading and presentation of the literature. Courses are selected with the help of the First Year Committee and the Thesis Committee, who may also recommend courses to fill in gaps in a student’s background. The purpose of courses is to assure that students are able to teach physiology in an academic setting. The Graduate School requires students to take a minimum of 51 graduate level course credits (including research credits) in order to qualify for the Ph.D. degree.

Core Courses

*Physiology 435 Human Physiology, 5 credits
Genetics 466 General Genetics, 3 credits
Neuroscience 610 Cell and Molecular Neuroscience, 4 credits
OBGYN 955 or equivalent Responsible Conduct in Research, 2 credits
Physiology 901 Student Seminar, 1 credit every semester
Statistics 541 or 571 Statistics, 3 or 4 credits

*This can be waived in consultation with the director and/or student’s advisory committee.

Electives Available to Physiology Graduate Students

Animal Sciences 875 Reproductive Patterns, Endocrine Physiology, Pregnancy, Parturition & Lactation 1-4 credits
Biochemistry 550 Topics in Medical Biochemistry, 2 credits
Biochemistry 602 Biochemistry Mechanisms-Regulation/Cell, 2 credits
Biochemistry 630 Cellular Signal Transduction Mechanisms, 3 credits
Biomedical Engineering 505 Biofluidics, 3 credits
Biochemistry 665 Biophysical Chemistry, 4 credits
Biomedical Engineering 505 Biofluidics, 3 credits
Biochemistry Biophysical Chemistry, 4 credits
Kinesiology 773 Cardiorespiratory Adaptations to Exercise and Environment, 3 credits
Kinesiology 774 Metabolic Responses to Exercise and Environmental Stress, 2 credits
Kinesiology 779 Human Muscle Function in Health and Disease, 2 credits
Math 801 Topics in Applied Math, 3 credits
Neuroscience 611 Systems Neuroscience
Neuroscience 625 Brain Cell Culture and Imaging: Lab Course, 2 credits
Neuroscience 675 Special Topics, 3 credits
Neuroscience 765 Developmental Neurobiology
Nutritional Sciences 875 Intermediary Metabolism of Macronutrients
Oncology 675 Topics in Cancer Research, 2 credits
Pathology 750 Cellular & Molecular Biology/Pathology, 3 credits
PBS 500 Molecular Biology Techniques
Pharmacology 711 Neurotransmitter Receptor/Ion Channels, 2 credits
Physiology 533 Molecular Physiology, 2 credits
Physiology 675 Cell Signaling in Cardiac Disease, 2 credits
Psychology 556 Hormones and Behavior, 3 credits
Psychology 610 Stat. Analysis & Psychology Experiments, 3 credits
Zoology 570 Cell Biology, 3 credits

A GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale excluding research credit) for graduate level courses must be maintained. The Graduate School may put a student on probation if minimum standards are not met. Incomplete grades remaining beyond the next semester are considered unsatisfactory.

Research Credits:

Along with formal coursework, students register for research credits.