Human Physiology

Chairperson: David B. Thorp
Professors: C. Geithner, D. McCann
Associate Professors: B. Higginson, D. Thorp

The Department of Human Physiology offers courses that provide students with an opportunity for specialized work in and original investigation of human structure and function. The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Human Physiology provides an introduction to the physical and life sciences, followed by a concentrated study of human structure and function spanning the hierarchy of structure and function from molecules to the entire organism. Acute physiological responses and chronic adaptations to normal activity, exercise, disease and aging are emphasized. Laboratory experiences are used to introduce students to the methods of investigation, evaluation, and remediation of human structure and function. In concert with Gonzaga University’s Jesuit tradition and academic core, the program attempts to fulfill the University Mission in developing general knowledge and skills as well as specialized competence in a least one discipline: that of human physiology. The degree is unique within the University because it emphasizes the scientific basis and mechanisms of human function, adaptation, aging, health and disease, and performance. All majors must complete the University core (31 credits) the Human Physiology requirements (82 credits) and an additional 15 general elective credits for a total of 128 credits to graduate with the degree.

Courses recommended for Human Physiology majors pursuing career paths requiring graduate study: Because prerequisites for admission to different graduate programs vary, students are advised to obtain the specific prerequisites from programs and schools of interest as early in their academic career as possible.

Prerequisites: In all 100-level prerequisites for HPHY classes (specifically, BIOL 105; CHEM 101; MATH 112, 147, 148, or 157: PHYS 101; and HPHY 105), a minimum grade of C- is required. In all 200-level prerequisites for upper division HPHY classes (specifically, HPHY 205, 210, 241, and 242), a minimum grade of C is required.