Physiology is the study of how the body works in health and disease. As such it is the foundational science underlying medical practice. Physiology involves an understanding of function at the molecular, genomic, cellular, organ and whole body level. Physiologists are dedicated to investigating fundamental mechanisms of body processes and translating this information into a useful framework to inform health-related decisions and improve clinical care.
- Apply to the Life Sciences admission category on the St. George campus
- Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English and Calculus and Vectors are required
- Senior high school credits in Biology and Chemistry are required for first-year courses
- Senior high school Physics required for Biological Physics and recommended for Physiology
- Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits
Bachelor of Science Programs
- Physiology (specialist, major and minor options)
- Biological Physics (joint program with Physics)
- PSL 190 - Biomedical Research at the Cutting Edge - New for 2012-13
Advice for First Year
Students who are interested in studying physiology should take BIO 120H1 – Adaptation and Biodiversity and BIO 130H1 – Molecular and Cell Biology, CHM 138H1 – Introductory Organic Chemistry I and CHM 139H1 – Chemistry: Physical Principles, an introductory calculus course, and a physics course. Students with a particular interest in biomedical sciences and/or pursuing a research career should consider applying to the course PSL 190H1 – Biomedical Research at the Cutting Edge (see above).
The development of air and space travel, and of the northern regions, an increased emphasis on exercise and fitness, and the advent of “artificial intelligence” based upon nervous system principles, all provide exciting problems and research opportunities for those trained in physiology.
Students often continue their studies at the graduate level (MSc or PhD), a requirement for research and teaching at universities and colleges.
Direct career options include:
|Cardiovascular tech||Medical laboratory technician|
|Geneticist assistant||Personal trainer|
|Health care administrator||Therapist assistant|
|Home care worker||Physiologist|
|Lab assistant||Research assistant|
|Practical nursing||Science technical writer|