The Department of Human Physiology
Human physiology is the science of the mechanical, physical, and biochemical function of humans, and serves as the foundation of modern medicine. As a discipline, it connects science, medicine, performance, and health to create a framework for understanding how the human body adapts to stress, physical activity, and disease. This is an ideal major for students who plan to pursue advanced degrees in biomedical research and/or the health professions.
Each course in our curriculum emphasizes an integrated study of humans across the hierarchy of structure and function. Consequently, a reductionist approach of separating the curriculum into specific courses such as "molecular physiology," "cell physiology," "histology," or "organ physiology," has been purposely avoided. Topics covered across the revised degree include:
- General Physiological Concepts: body organization, homeostasis, control systems, biochemistry, cell structure, cell function, histology, metabolism, membranes, and cellular communication.
- Systems Physiology: neurophysiology, muscular physiology, cardiovascular physiology, respiratory physiology, renal physiology, fluid and acid-base physiology, digestive physiology, endocrinology, immunology, and reproductive physiology.
- Integrative Physiology: exercise physiology, environmental physiology, physiology of aging, biomechanics, and nutrition.
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Gonzaga students that have graduated from our program usually pursue graduate study necessary for a variety of careers. These possible careers are represented by the graduate and professional schools listed below that have accepted our graduates. A recent survey of our majors on career goals indicates they are interested in pursuing the following careers: Physical Therapist - 52 %, Medicine 31 %, Other - 17 % (including Sports Medicine, Occupational Therapist, Pharmacist and others).
Graduate and professional programs and institutions that have accepted our graduates include: