Master of Science (M.S.)

The master’s degree is offered only under special circumstances and upon recommendation by the program COGS and approval by the Graduate Dean.

Physiology is the study of the structure, and function, and integration of the human body.  In the pioneering days, research efforts were primarily directed at tissues and organs.  This research continues to this day and has resulted in a comprehensive picture of the function of the human body.  As molecular and genetic methods have come of age, physiologists have implemented these techniques to elucidate the molecular mechanisms that underlie physiological function.  It is now clear that in order to develop a complete understanding of the normal and dysfunctional human body, we must ask questions at all levels, from the molecular to the cellular, to the organ, to the whole organism.

Graduate studies leading to a Doctor of Philosophy degree in the basic biomedical sciences are offered in the Integrated Multidisciplinary Graduate Program (IMGP).  In this program, all incoming students have a common entry point.  Within the first year, students select one of nine research tracks based on their specific interests.  The Department of Physiology administers the Physiology track.  

Physiology Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 credit hours and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is required for the M.S. degree. In addition, all master’s candidates must register for PHYL 6098 Thesis for at least one semester in order to graduate. The student must successfully defend a thesis and be recommended by their program COGS for approval of their degree to the Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Physiology Plan of Study

First Year
FallCredit Hours
IBMS 5000Fundamentals Of Biomedical Sciences 8
IBMS 5008Lab Rotations 2
Spring
IBMS 5008Lab Rotations 2
PHYL 5045Mammalian Physiology 1 4
Summer
PHYL 6097Research 1-12
Second Year
Fall
PATH 5021 or CSBL 5095Biostatistics 3
PHYL 6091Selected Topics Of Physiology 2
PHYL 6090Seminar 1
PHYL 6097Research 1-12
Spring
INTD 6002Ethics In Research 0.5
PHYL 6091Selected Topics Of Physiology 2
PHYL 6090Seminar 1
PHYL 6097Research 1-12
Qualifying Exam (QE) proposal due prior to May 1st.  
Summer
PHYL 6097Research 1-12
Third Year
Fall
PHYL 6097Research 1-12
PHYL 6090Seminar 1
Spring
PHYL 6097Research 1-12
PHYL 6090Seminar 1
Summer
PHYL 6097Research 1-12
Fourth Year
Fall
PHYL 6097Research 1-12
PHYL 6090Seminar 1
Spring
PHYL 6097Research 1-12
PHYL 6090Seminar 1
Summer
PHYL 6097Research 1-12
Fifth Year
Fall
PHYL 6097Research 1-12
PHYL 6090Seminar 1
Spring
PHYL 6097Research 1-12
PHYL 6090Seminar 1
Summer
PHYL 6097Research 1-12
 Total Credit Hours: 111.5-133.5
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Students may take the full course but are only required to take three out of the four modules (PHYL 5041 Excitable Membranes, PHYL 5042 Cardiovascular Physiology, PHYL 5043 Respiratory & Renal Physiology, and PHYL 5044 Metabolism/Hormones/GI System).

Other courses – Selected Topics in Physiology or coursework as desired by mentor.

All students are required to submit a thesis research proposal the Spring semester following passing the Qualifying Exam. The thesis research proposal is presented during the spring PHYL 6090 Seminar.

Students are required to attend Monday Physiology Department Seminars/Special Seminars followed by student roundtable luncheon.

Physiology Objectives/Program Outcomes

  1. The student will be able to critically review and interpret research literature.
  2. The student will be able to demonstrate proficient understanding of core physiological principles.
  3. The student will be able to communicate effectively in verbal presentations.
  4. The student will be able to demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research.
  5. The student will be able to effectively communicate in writing.