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 physiology, medicine, 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.
Click here for information about careers in physiology, in general, and human physiology in particular.

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 Fall 2017 incoming freshman class on career goals indicates they are interested in pursuing the following careers:

  1. Medicine (MD or PA) 55.5 %
  2. Therapy (PT or OT)  42.5 %
  3. Other or unsure 2 %
Graduate and professional programs and institutions (listed by discipline in alphabetical order) that have accepted our graduates include:
  • Biomedical Sciences
    • Creighton University
  • Biomechanics
    • University of Alberta-Calgary
    • University of Oregon
    • Uuniversity of Western Australia
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
    • University of Oregon
  • Chiropractic Medicine
    • Life Chiropractic College West
    • Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • Dental School
    • Oregon Health & Science University
    • University of British Columbia
  • Medical School
    • Creighton University
    • Georgetown University
    • Loma Linda University
    • Medical College of Wisconsin
    • Northwest Osteopathic Medical School
    • Oregon Health and Science University
    • Tulane
    • University of Colorado
    • University of Nevada
    • University of Southern California
    • University of Vermont
    • University of Washington
    • Virginia Commonwealth
    • Wake Forest
  • Physical Therapy
    • Chapman University
    • St. Catherine University
    • Columbia
    • Creighton University
    • Duke University
    • Eastern Washington University
    • Emory
    • George Washington University
    • Massachusetts General Institute of Health Professions
    • Midwestern University
    • Northwestern
    • Old Dominion University
    • Pacific University
    • Regis University
    • Sacred Heart University
    • Samuel Merrett College
    • University of California-Stockton
    • University of Colorado
    • University of Illinois
    • University of Maryland
    • University of Minnesota
    • University of Montana
    • University of New England
    • University of Pittsburgh
    • University of Puget Sound
    • University of Southern California
    • University of St. Augustine
    • University of Utah
    • University of Washington
    • Washington University, St. Louis
  • Exercise Physiology
    • Baylor University
    • Boise State University
    • Central Washington University
    • Long Beach State University
    • Montana State University
    • Oregon State University
    • Northern Colorado University
    • San Diego State University
    • San Jose State University
    • Springfield College
    • University of Denver
    • University of Oregon
    • University of Utah
    • Western Washington University
  • Molecular Physiology
    • University of Vermont
  • Neurophysiology
    • University of California, Davis
  • Nuclear Medicine
    • Swedish Hospital, Seattle, WA
  • Nursing
    • Linfield College
    • Seattle University
    • University of Utah
  • Nutrition
    • Bastyr University
    • Washington State University
  • Occupational Therapy
    • Belmont University
    • Colorado State University Public Health
    • Creighton University
    • Eastern Washington University
    • George Washington University
    • Idaho State University
    • Midwestern University
    • Nova Southeastern University
    • Oregon State University
    • Tufts University
    • Tulane
    • University of Puget Sound
    • University of Southern California
    • University of Washington
  • Optometry
    • Ferris State University
    • Midwestern University
    • Pacific University
    • University of Michigan
    • University of Southern California
    • Western University of Health Sciences
  • Physician's Assistant
    • Midwestern University, Phoenix
    • University of New Mexico School of Medicine
  • Public Health
    • George Washington University
    • Oregon State University
    • University of Washington
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Chair and Professor
Dan McCann
(509) 313-3487