The Physiology and Medical Sciences Major

Admission to Advance Standing

Qualification for advanced standing in the Physiology and Medical Sciences (PSIO) major involves fulfillment of several requirements, including prerequisite coursework, a cumulative GPA of 2.250, a major GPA of 2.000 in PSIO courses, and completion of the Mid-Career Writing Assessment (MCWA). The following prerequisite course work must be completed prior to applying for admission to the physiology major:

ENGL101 and ENGL102 or ENGL 109H
MATH122b or MATH125
CHEM 151, 152
PSIO201, 202 (Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in PSIO 201 & PSIO 202 before taking upper-division PSIO courses.)

Upon fulfillment of the admission criteria stated above, pre-major students must submit a formal application for admission to the Physiology and Medical Sciences major. Instructions for completing this application are available online or may be obtained from the Undergraduate Physiology Major Program Office, Ina Gittings Building, Room 101.


The Physiology and Medical Sciences Major

The Physiology and Medical Sciences major requires at least 30 units, most of which are upper division courses (300- and 400-level). The prerequisites for each physiology (PSIO) upper-division course must be completed before taking the course. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in PSIO 201 and PSIO 202 (Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II) before taking upper-division PSIO courses.

There are several sets of requirements that must be met for the BS in Physiology and Medical Sciences degree. These include University requirements, General Education requirements, Physiology Pre-Major requirements, and Physiology Major requirements (both required and elective courses). These program requirements for the BS in Physiology and Medical Sciences degree are summarized in the following documents:

University Requirements Summary
Physiology Academic Advisement Report for the Physiology and Medical Sciences major displays the requirements and approved courses for this program.
Physiology Major Curriculum Guideline check sheet and sample four-year plans for completing the Physiology and Medical Sciences major are provided to assist students in meeting university, college, and major requirements.

Sample Four-Year Plans for Completing the Physiology and Medical Sciences Major:

  • Plan #1 – Sample for the student who may take calculus (Math 122A/122B - Calculus I or Math 125) in the first year.
  • Plan #2A  – Sample for the student who may take calculus preparation (Math 120R) and chemistry in the first year.
  • Plan #2B  – Sample for the student who may take college algebra (MATH112) and general chemistry in the first year.
  • Plan #3A – Sample for the student who may take college algebra (MATH112) and general biology 1 (MCB181) in the first year
  • Plan #3B – Sample for the student who may take college algebra (MATH112) and general biology 2 (ECOL182) in the first year
  • Plan #4 – Sample for the student who may take preparation for University math (MATH100) and general biology 2 (ECOL) in the first year.          

It is strongly recommended that students meet with a physiology academic advisor each semester during their undergraduate career.