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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.



  • Physiology (specialist, major and minor options)
  • Biophysics (joint program with Physics)


First-Year Courses

The Department of Physiology does not offer any courses at the first-year level.


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 135H1 – Chemistry: Physical Principles and CHM 136H1 – Introductory Organic Chemistry I , an introductory calculus course, and a physics course.


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