Physiology Undergraduate Major

Physiology is the study of human life. It is the foundation of life sciences, connecting science, medicine, and health. 

The undergraduate Physiology major at the University of Arizona emphasizes the integrated biological functions of the human body, ranging from the cellular to the organ system levels. Through coursework and research participation, students learn how these functions are affected by stress and disease.

Students majoring in Physiology receive basic grounding in calculus and the biological and physical sciences, and more extensive instruction in the physiological sciences, such as advanced human physiology, cell physiology, endocrine physiology, exercise and environmental physiology, cardiovascular physiology, and neurophysiology. 

The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences with a physiology major prepares students to continue their studies in graduate or professional school for careers in the health professions, such as medicine, dentistry, or in academic and research programs in physiology, biology, neuroscience, etc. Studying at a top-tier research institution gives students learning beyond the classroom with a multitude of laboratory activities.

Why Choose a Physiology Undergraduate Major at UA?

  • The UA is only university in the U.S. to offer a physiology major through a medical school.
  • Physiology is the only undergraduate major offered at the UA College of Medicine.
  • The UA is one of a few U.S. universities to offer an undergraduate in physiology.
  • Major courses are taught by dedicated faculty members, who also teach at the graduate level in the health sciences, as well as at the medical school.
  • Since 2002, the physiology major has been the second most popular major selected by incoming UA freshmen.