Physiological Sciences Major

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.

Rare opportunities.

Undergraduates at other major universities can only dream about the courses you'll take as an undergraduate physiological sciences major: neurobiology, human physiology and exercise physiology.

Learn from pioneers in the field — and in space.

As a physiological sciences major, you'll have the opportunity to work with great professors, including one who is a world authority on locomotion and one who works with astronauts to study the effects of weightlessness on muscle atrophy and how exercise in space can prevent it.

Physiological sciences track for physical therapy students.

Designed for physical therapy students with an interest in basic and applied research, this specialized track mirrors the requirements of the physiological sciences major and adds physical therapy courses to your senior year.

Stay ahead of the curve.

Marquette's physiological sciences major is relatively new but is already a hot major for students interested in studying the complexities of human physiological systems.

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 physiological sciences major, you'll experience the body up close and personal through top-notch laboratory courses taught by your professors.

You've got a lot of nerve ... and muscles and organs.

You will study the mechanisms of nerve-cell communication, muscle contraction, ion channel function, regulation of cell volume, space biology and biomathematical modeling.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • General Biology I & II
  • General Chemistry I & II
  • Biology Matters (recommended)
  • Calculus for the Biological Sciences
  • UCCS - Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • General Psychology


  • Cell Biology
  • Biostatistical Methods and Models
  • Genetics
  • Organic Chemistry I & II
  • UCCS - Histories of Cultures and Societies*
  • UCCS - Introduction to Theology
  • UCCS - Philosophy of Human Nature
  • UCCS - Literature/Performing Arts*


  • Human Physiology
  • Experimental Physiology
  • Neurobiology
  • Experimental Neurobiology
  • UCCS - Theory of Ethics
  • General Physics I & II or General Physics with Calculus I & II
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Elective


  • Biology Elective
  • Clinical Human Anatomy
  • UCCS - Diverse Cultures
  • UCCS - Theology*
  • Electives

*Choose from list of approved UCCS (University Core of Common Studies) courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.