Major/Minor/Specialisation !R01-AA-MAJ+1035 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Year and Campus: 2015


Dr Charles Sevigny

Department of Physiology




The Physiology major will teach students how the body works. Students will learn about the ways in which cells, organs and the whole body function in an integrated way. By understanding normal function, students will investigate disturbances in whole body systems such as those relating to the endocrine, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, developmental and neural control systems. The experimental bases of physiology are emphasized and students will use contemporary techniques to examine questions in physiology. Discoveries in physiology have a broad impact upon health and medicine, environmental science, industry, nutrition, exercise and reproductive biology. Many of the discoveries from the human genome project rely on physiology to understand their impact on the human body.

Learning Outcomes:

Physiology Major Graduates should demonstrate:

  • understanding of how the functional properties of cells and tissues determine the integrated responses of human organ systems including musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, nervous and reproductive systems;
  • understanding of the process of designing and conducting biomedical research, including the generation of experimental hypotheses, and analysis and interpretation of data derived from experiments;
  • expertise in the critical evaluation and appreciation of the scientific literature; and
  • capacity to communicate how physiology is able to provide functional and "real life" significance to on-going discoveries of genetic and molecular biological research.
Structure & Available Subjects:

Completion of 50 points of study at Level 3.

Subject Options:

Core subject

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Plus one of

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Plus two electives selected from

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2

An elective may also be selected from the range of biomedical science subjects (requires approval of the major coordinator)


This major is available to new generation Bachelor of Science students (B-SCI) and Bachelor of Biomedicine students. It is also available to Bachelor of Science students who commenced prior to 2008. The published structure of this major includes subjects available in the current year. Pre-2008 Bachelor of Science students who completed one or more Level 3 science subjects towards this major prior to 2010 should contact the Science Student Centre for advice on appropriate subjects to complete this major.

A quota has been applied to 3 optional subjects in this major.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Biomedicine
Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science

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