Jul 22, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Physiology, BS

The B.S. in Physiology is a 120-credit major that provides a strong foundation in physiology while offering the flexibility for the student to tailor their degree to suit a variety of specializations.  Integrated into the major are both the broad elements of the biological sciences and the foundations of anatomy and physiology.  The curriculum includes an advanced Cellular and Integrative Physiology lecture and laboratory course and a seminar course highlighting cutting edge investigative techniques in physiology.  Finally, with a broad selection of upper-level courses spanning the breadth of physiology, the curriculum prepares the student for a vast array of continuing and emerging career paths in the biomedical arena and the physiological sciences.

Physiology Curriculum

   Department and Number - Descriptive Title of Course Fall Cr. Spr. Cr. 

First Year

 MAJOR (GE NSCI)                     BIOL 141 - (E) (FYOC, FYDT Lab only) General Biology  with Lab1 — BIOL 142 - (E) (FYOC, FYDT Lab only) General Biology  with Lab 4.5 4.5
 COGNATE   CHEM 112-113 - (E) General and Analytical Chemistry  — CHEM 112L-113L - General and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory   4.5 4.5
 GE WRTG  WRTG 107 - (FYW) Composition   3  
 GE ELECT  FREE ELECT - Free Elective   3
 GE PHIL  PHIL 120 - Introduction to Philosophy   3  
 GE HUMN  HUMAN ELECT - Humanities Elective   3
 GE FSEM  First Year Seminar2    
                            15 15

Second Year

 MAJOR  PSIO 220 - Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology I /PSIO 220L - Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory  — PSIO 221 - Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology II /PSIO 221L - Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory   5 5
 COGNATE  CHEM 232 - (E) Organic Chemistry /CHEM 232L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory  — CHEM 233 - (E) Organic Chemistry /CHEM 233L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory   4.5 4.5
 GE QUAN  MATH 114 - (Q) Calculus I   4  
 GE S/BH  S/BH ELECT - Social/Behavioral Elective   3
 GE PHIL - T/RS  PHIL 210 - Ethics  — T/RS 121 - (P) Theology I: Introduction to the Bible   3 3
    16.5 15.5

Third Year

 MAJOR  PSIO 320 - Cellular and Integrative Physiology /PSIO 320L - (EPW) Cellular and Integrative Physiology Laboratory  — PSIO/BIOL ELECT - Physiology Elective 6 3
 MAJOR  PSIO 390 - Experimental Approaches in Physiology Seminar     2
 COGNATE  PHYS 120/PHYS 120L - (E) General Physics I  — PHYS 121/PHYS 121L - (E) General Physics II   4 4
 GE S/BH  S/BH ELECT - Social Behavioral Elective 3  
 GE HUMN  HUMN ELECT - Humanities Elective   3
 GE T/RS  T/RS 122 - (P) Theology II: Introduction to Christian Theology   3  
 GE ELECT  FREE ELECT - Free Elective   3
    16 15

Fourth Year

 MAJOR  PSIO/BIOL Electives3 6 3
 GE PHIL OR T/RS  PHIL ELECT - Philosophy Elective or T/RS ELECT - Theology Elective   3
 GE HUMN  HUMN ELECT - Humanities Electives 3 3
 GE ELECT  FREE ELECT - Free Electives 6 3
    15 12

Total: 120 Credits  

1 Successful completion of BIOL 141 L /BIOL 142 L  satisfies the EP Foundational requirement.

2 The selection of a First Year Seminar is likely also to fulfill a General Education course requirement.  Thus, the First Year Seminar should not add any extra credits to the major.

3 PSIO electives are divided into three domains listed below:  Molecular & Cellular; Systems; and Comparative.  In fulfilling their twelve Physiology elective credits, Physiology majors must include at least three credits from each domain. These elective credits also must include at least one of the courses marked with the + below that indicates that in-class oral presentations are included as part of the curriculum.  With the approval of the Program Director, other research experiences may substitute for the oral presentation requirements.