The faculty of the the Department of Physiology participate in the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Physiological Sciences and in the Medical School of the University of Arizona. The Department also offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a major in Physiology.
Undergraduate Physiology Major
- The undergraduate Physiology major prepares students to continue their studies at the graduate level in health professions such as medicine, dentistry, or in academic and research programs in physiology, biology, neuroscience, etc. Majors receive basic grounding in calculus and the biological and physical sciences, and more extensive instruction in the physiological sciences such as advanced human physiology, cell physiology, endocrine physiology, exercise and environmental physiology, cardiovascular physiology, and neurophysiology.
Graduate Interdisciplinary Program
- The interdisciplinary nature of the Physiological Sciences Graduate Program is reflected in the involvement of over 50 faculty members from 19 departments in basic and clinical sciences at the University of Arizona, located in beautiful Tucson, Arizona. The program offers a breadth of research opportunities for students that span from the molecular and cellular to the systems levels of physiology. Students begin their research education in Physiological Sciences with laboratory rotations that are matched to their potential fields of interest in order to identify a project and faculty advisor for their research project.
- The Department of Physiology has a major role in the medical curriculum (Arizona
Med). Physiology faculty members instruct students during their pre-clinical
years, teaching the normal function
of organ systems of the body. Physiology from the molecular to cellular
to system levels is addressed within a curriculum that integrates
the traditional basic science disciplines into organ systems and disease
units. Physiology faculty members collaborate with faculty from other
basics science and clinical departments to play a major role in six of the eight
integrative blocks, including Foundations, Nervous System, Musculoskeletal
System, Cardio-Pulmonary-Renal Systems, Digestion-Metabolism-Hormones, and
Life Cycle. Within these blocks, thirteen faculty members participate as
authors and facilitators for multiple teaching formats, including lectures,
small and large group discussions, and virtual laboratory sessions. In
addition to direct student contact, certain faculty members from Physiology
have served principal roles in the design of Arizona Med,
launched in 2006, and continue to revise and monitor its progress.