Admission to Physiology & Developmental Biology Program

All degree programs in the Department of Physiology and Developmental Biology are open enrollment programs.  

The Discipline

Physiology is the study of the functions of the body systems. Developmental biology is the study of how specific genes govern differentiation of cells, tissues, and organs with unique structure and functions. Both disciplines require a firm foundation of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and cellular biology. The related area of biophysics uses the methods of physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology to investigate the physical basis of life. Upper division courses require synthesis and integration of information from many areas of science to allow understanding of such remarkable processes of how the heart pumps blood, how neurons communicate with one another, how insulin regulates blood sugar, or how specific gene products determine the morphology and functional capacity of the nervous system. Knowledge in these areas is expanding rapidly due to application of new techniques in molecular biology. Hence, significant exposure to concepts and techniques of molecular biology is an important component of the major.


Career Opportunities

A major in physiology and developmental biology prepares students to pursue advanced degrees in the biological sciences and non-biological fields or to directly enter into employment This major provides outstanding preparation for students seeking admittance into professional programs in medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, chiropractics, and pharmacy. For students who have aspirations of doing health-related research, this major will provide a challenging, thorough preparation for entrance into graduate programs and beyond. Graduates of this program will also have the academic and laboratory skills necessary for employment in medical, biotechnological and pharmaceutical industries. This degree provides students pursuing advanced degrees in business, public management, or law knowledge and training necessary to be admitted into professional schools and work in governmental agencies, health care and biotechnical industries, and patent or health care law.