Major in Physiology and Medical Sciences

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

The Physiology and Medical Sciences major at the University of Arizona College of Medicine -- Tucson 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 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 undergraduate program 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 and Medical Sciences Major at UA?

  • The UA is the only university in the U.S. to offer a physiology major through a medical school.
  • Physiology and Medical Sciences is one of only two undergraduate majors offered at the UA College of Medicine.
  • 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.