The intricacies of life — from the processes and activities of organisms to the anatomy, physiology, pathology and neurobiology of the human system — are the subject of the physiological sciences. The physiological sciences major provides a foundation in biology, cell biology and genetics before moving into the specialized areas of neurobiology and physiology.

Stay ahead of the curve.

Marquette's physiological sciences major is a hot major for students interested in studying the complexities of human physiological systems. Undergraduates at other major universities can only dream about the courses you'll take as an undergraduate physiology major: neurobiology, human physiology and exercise physiology.

On the road to medical school.

Physiology is the foundation of the medical sciences, so this major is excellent preparation for medical school or other health-related professional schools.

Ever wonder how the heart really works?

Or nerves? Or muscles? Or kidneys? With the physiology major, you'll experience the body up close and personal through top-notch laboratory courses taught by your professors. You'll have the opportunity to study the mechanisms of nerve-cell communication, muscle contraction, ion channel function, regulation of cell volume, space biology and biomathematical modeling.

SUGGESTED CURRICULUM

Freshman

First Term Sem. Hrs. Second Term Sem. Hrs.
BIOL 1001
CHEM 1001
ENGL 1001
Foreign Language
PSYC 1001
3
4
3
3-4
3
BIOL 1002
CHEM 1002
ENGL 1002
Foreign Language
MATH 1410 or 1450*
3
4
3
3-4
3-4
  16-17   16-18

 

 

Sophomore

First Term Sem. Hrs. Second Term Sem. Hrs.
CHEM 2111 or 2113
BIOL 2301
MATH 4740
Literature
PHIL 1001
4
3
3
3
3
BIOL 2201
CHEM 2112 or 2114
Literature
THEO 1001
HIST 1001 or 1002
3
4
3
3
3
  16   16

 

 

Junior

First Term Sem. Hrs. Second Term Sem. Hrs.

PHYS 1001 or 1003
BIOL 3701
BIOL 3702
PHIL 2310

Elective

4
4
3
3
3

BIOL 3501
BIOL 3502
PHYS 1002 or 1004
History/Social-Behavioral Science
Diverse Cultures Electives

3
3
4
3

3

  17   16
 

Senior

First Term Sem. Hrs. Second Semester Sem. Hrs.
BISC 2125 or 2135
Biological Sciences elective***
Theology (second level)
Elective
4
6-7
3
3

BISC 2136**

Biological Sciences elective***

PHIL 4335****

Theology (third level)

Elective

2

6-7

3

3

3

  16-17   17-18

*The courses listed in the junior and senior year may be interchanged.

**BISC 2136 is recommended but not required.

***BIOL 4101 is strongly recommended as a Physiological Sciences elective for students intending to apply to medical, dental, graduate or pharmacy school.

****THEO 4450 is interchangeable with PHIL 4335 for Medical Ethics



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