FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Below is a list of frequently asked questions from students interested in the Physiology and Medical Sciences. If you don't find the answer to your question, please consult an advisor.


Physiology and Medical Sciences Advising


Physiology and Medical Sciences Major

 


Minor

 


Registration for Classes

 


Physiology Research Opportunities

 


Graduation with a Physiology and Medical Sciences Major

 


Plans Following Graduation

 


University Policies

 



Student Health and Wellness

 

 


Physiology Advising

  1. Who provides academic advising for undergraduates majoring in Physiology and Medical Sciences?

See our current academic advising page for information about our advising team. Their offices are located in the Ina Gittings Building (1713 E. University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85721), East Wing. Appointments can be scheduled here.

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Physiology Major

  1. What is required for a Physiology and Medical Sciences major?

Students wishing to earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Science (BSHS) in Physiology and Medical Sciences, including transfer students, can be admitted to the Physiology and Medical Sciences (PSIO) major upon admission to the University of Arizona.  Current UA students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.250 in order to switch into the major. The Physiology Undergraduate website describes in detail the requirements of the Physiology and Medical Sciences major, the process for applying for Advanced Standing, the major curriculum, and the requirements for completion of the BSHS degree in Physiology and Medical Sciences.

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  1. What is the difference between the Physiology and Medical Sciences major and the minor?

The Physiology and Medical Sciences major requires completion of a 36-unit curriculum. The Physiology minor requires completion of 20 Physiology units. Double-dipping between minor and major electives is not permitted. Please note that only those students who have fulfilled the specified prerequisites may take upper-division (300-400 level) PSIO courses. Click here to access a list of the required courses for the Physiology and Medical Sciences minor.

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  1. What courses count towards my major grade point average (GPA)?

All Physiology (PSIO) courses you take (even if they are above and beyond the 36-unit minimum number of Physiology units required) will be counted in your major GPA.Your major GPA does not include any pre-major course work (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Math, or Physics).

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  1. I need a college dean signature. Where do I go?

Several University of Arizona forms require the signature of a college dean (e.g., "Change of Schedule" or "Drop-Add" form, University General Petition, Leave of Absence form, etc.) before they are turned in to the Office of the Registrar. Physiology students should obtain the signature of the College of Medicine dean's representative by emailing Bertha Corrales (bertha@email.arizona.edu). A "college stamp" and the signature and date of the college representative will be applied to the form IF the student's request is approved. Then the student will be responsible for following further instructions for submission to the Office of the Registrar.

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Minor

  1. Do I need a minor if I am a Physiology and Medical Sciences major?

Students pursuing a Physiology and Medical Sciences undergraduate major in the College of Medicine are not required to complete a minor. However, any student may declare a minor. Minors are discipline-based and the department that offers the minor defines its content. The Academic Advisor Directory by Minor on the Advising Resource Center (ARC) website is a good place to start browsing minor options.

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  1. I've heard that I can get a Biochemistry minor by just taking a one additional upper division life science course beyond my regular Physiology coursework. Is that true?

Students who are pursuing the previous requirements of the 30-unit Physiology degree must complete both BIOC 384 and 385 as well as two additional life science courses in order to earn the Biochemistry minor. Students in the newer 36-unit Physiology and Medical Sciences major are required to complete both BIOC 384 and 385 and one additional life science course to fulfill the requirements for a minor in Biochemistry.

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  1. How do I officially declare a minor?

Each minor has its own process to follow in order for students to be able to declare. Some departments will allow any advisor to help students declare their minor, while others require students to attend an information session or meet with a minor advisor. A good starting point is to look up information about the minor on the website of the department that offers the minor by typing the name of the minor into the search box in the upper right corner of the UA website. Another helpful place to look is the Academic Advisor Directory by Minor on the Advising Resource Center (ARC) website.

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Registration for Classes

  1. When do I register for classes?

Students who have been admitted to the UA may participate in Priority Registration during the semester prior to the term in which their classes begin. The priority registration schedule, using UAccess, is based on the student's current class standing or classification (not including the units for which they are currently registered). Links to information about Priority Registration are available on the Dates & Deadlines page on the Office of the Registrar website.

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  1. I want to take a Physiology class next semester. How do I get in?

Approximately 1-2 weeks before the beginning of the Priority Registration Period, you will receive notification via the Physiology Listserv about the Physiology classes offered for the upcoming semester.

Physiology classes fill up fast, so it is essential for you to register for classes during your registration period. You will be responsible for verifying that you have completed the required prerequisites for the PSIO courses in which you enroll. Wait lists will be established for full classes and students on the lists will be added to these classes if openings occur.

Students who wish to take PSIO courses who are not Physiology and Medical Sciences majors or minors must contact Bertha Corrales, 520-621-2785, to gain enrollment in these courses.

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  1. I'm trying to get into MCB 181R and MCB 181L, and also ECOL/MCB 182. However, these classes are full. Who can I contact to get into these courses?

 Here at the UA, each department handles enrollment and wait lists for their own courses. It is recommended that you contact the department that offers the course you are hoping to add for assistance, which in this case would be either Molecular & Cellular Biology (MCB) for MCB 181R and 181L or Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB) for ECOL 182R and 182L. You can look up advisor contact information for any major or minor by accessing the Advisor Directory available on the Advising Resource Center (ARC) website: advising.arizona.edu.

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  1. How can I register for more than the maximum units allowed per semester?

To register for more than the maximum number of units allowed per semester (19 units for undergraduate students), contact your academic advisor.

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Physiology Research Opportunities

  1. How can I become involved in research in Physiology?

There are many ways that Physiology and Medical Sciences undergraduate majors can get involved in research. You can sign up for independent study or directed research, take part in an established research program, volunteer in a lab, or find employment in a lab. Check out these and other options by visiting the undergraduate research website.

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Graduation with a Physiology and Medical Sciences Major

  1. Can I complete the Physiology and Medical Sciences major in 4 years?

It is definitely possible to complete the Physiology and Medical Sciences major in 4 years. However, students who transfer into the Physiology and Medical Sciences major as sophomores or juniors sometimes take longer than four years to complete the required science prerequisite courses and the sequence of major courses.

Those Physiology and Medical Sciences students who enter the UA with a good background in mathematics which qualifies them to take first- or second-semester calculus are usually more successful at completing the Physiology and Medical Sciences major in 4 years than are students who must first take college algebra.

View Sample four-year plans for completing the Physiology major.

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  1. What are upper division units and how many do I need for my degree?

Upper-division units are earned by completing courses numbered 300 or higher. For example, taking PSIO 420 or MUS 337 will earn you 3 upper-division units. The UA requires all students to complete a minimum of 42 units of upper-division coursework for graduation.

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  1. How many units do I need in order to graduate with a BSHS in Physiology and Medical Sciences?

You need at least 120 units to graduate with a BSHS in Physiology and Medical Sciences. The UA also requires all students to complete a minimum of 42 upper-division units in order to graduate. The Physiology and Medical Sciences major requires 36 units of which 14 units are in required courses and 22 are in major elective courses.

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  1. Do I have to maintain a minimum GPA to graduate from the University of Arizona with a major in Physiology and Medical Sciences?

The University of Arizona academic policy states that BOTH your cumulative GPA and your major GPA must be at least 2.000 for you to obtain your degree.

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Plans Following Graduation

  1. What can I do with a BSHS in Physiology and Medical Sciences degree?

The majority of graduates from the Physiology and Medical Sciences major plan to continue their studies in graduate school or in a professional school preparing for a career in health care (e.g., medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, etc.). However, a wide variety of career options are open to Physiology and Medical Sciences graduates, including research, teaching, law, and business. Examples of some of the jobs that our graduates have accepted are: pharmaceutical sales representative, personal trainer, research lab manager, teacher in the "Teach for America" program, lab technician, and manager of a health club.

Students can explore their career interests through the Physiology Career Advising page and at the UA Career Services website.

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  1. I am hoping to go to medical school (physician assistant school, physical therapy school). Is this the correct major for pre-health students?

There is no single "correct major" for students hoping to go to medical school or to a post-graduate school for one of the other health professions. Instead, you should select a major that is of greatest interest to you and that would allow you to follow your "Plan B" should you not get accepted into your desired program immediately after graduation. As long as you take the required/recommended courses that are prerequisites for medical school or for another health profession, you will be prepared to apply to a graduate school offering training for the health career of your choice.

The Physiology Major curriculum does include all the prerequisite courses for most medical schools and for many other health profession schools.

The best place to get information about medical school and other health professions is the Pre-Health Professions Advising Center.

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  1. If I am a Physiology and Medical Sciences major, will I have a better chance of getting into medical school?

The Physiology and Medical Sciences major is just one of several UA undergraduate majors that can prepare you to continue your studies at the graduate level in health professions such as medicine, physical therapy, dentistry, physician assistant, pharmacy, or in academic and research programs. Although Physiology and Medical Sciences is only one of two undergraduate majors located in the prestigious UA College of Medicine, this fact does not give you favored application status or automatic admission to the UA Medical School.

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  1. I want to go to graduate school. How do I begin the process?

First, you should think carefully about the discipline you wish to study in graduate school. For example, if you wish to study Physiology or Physiological Sciences at the master's or doctoral degree level, you could search the database of the American Physiological Society for schools whose programs interest you. The Directory of Graduate Schools and Peterson's Guide also list Physiology graduate programs in the USA. Peterson's Guide also serves as a resource for you to explore graduate programs in other disciplines.

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University Policies

  1. What is a GRO?

GRO stands for Grade Replacement Opportunity. Under the GRO Policy, students are allowed to repeat no more than 10 units or a total of 3 courses in which grades of C, D, or E were earned. The repeated course must be identical to the course originally attempted. The grade received in the repeated attempt under GRO is the grade used in the calculation of the student's GPA, even if the grade is lower than that earned in the first attempt. Students wishing to repeat a course under GRO must file a "GRO Request Form" with the Office of the Registrar during a specified GRO filing period early in the term when the course is repeated. GRO filing deadlines can be viewed at the Office of the Registrar’s web page.

You should be aware that repeating a course under GRO will NOT remove a low or failing grade from your college transcript. Also, medical and other health profession post-graduate schools will use all grades (including GRO courses) when they calculate your GPA.

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  1. Where do I send transcripts from other colleges?

The UA Office of the Registrar handles all transcript requests and the processing of transcripts from other institutions. The address to which transcripts should be sent is listed on the Office of the Registrar web page.

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  1. How do I know which catalog I should use?

Students who maintain continuous enrollment may select any catalog in use between their first fall or spring term at the University of Arizona (or an Arizona community college) and the term during which they graduate from the University. To establish continuous enrollment, a student must register for and complete a minimum of one course during a regular semester or term. Failure to meet this minimum enrollment standard for three consecutive semesters (and the intervening summer terms) requires that the student meet requirements of the university catalog in effect at the time of re-enrollment. Consult with your Physiology academic advisor or the UA General Catalog to learn more about policies affecting your choice of catalog.

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  1. How do I officially change my major?

How to Declare the Major: Interested in declaring the Physiology and Medical Sciences major? Click below to start the process!            

DECLARE THE MAJOR         

If you would like to change your major from Physiology and Medical Sciences to another major, make an appointment to see the advisor in the department of the major you hope to join. Academic advisors for all undergraduate majors are listed on the Advising Resource Center website.

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  1. Can I take community college credits and transfer them to count towards my degree?

While there is not a limit to how many community college credits you can transfer, 56 units of your degree must be completed at the UA. Keep in mind that all credits taken at a community college may not be transferable to the UA, and even some community college credits transferred to the UA may not be applicable to your Physiology and Medical Sciences major requirements.

While you are a registered UA student, if you plan on taking a community college course during the academic year or summer, you should meet first with your Physiology academic advisor to determine if the course will transfer to the UA and will apply toward your degree. Transfer credit is not given for courses in which you earn a grade lower than a "C". The grades for courses transferred from other institutions are not included in the calculation of your UA GPA

 

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  1. What is the Mid-Career Writing Assessment (MCWA)?

The MCWA is a university-wide assessment of your proficiency in college level writing. A grade of A or B in one of the following courses will satisfy this University writing proficiency requirement: English 102, English 108, or English 109H.

If you receive a grade of C or lower, you must meet with your Physiology academic advisor to determine the course of action needed to satisfy your MCWA requirement. Remember that completion of the MCWA is required in order to apply for Advanced Standing in the Physiology and Medical Sciences major. Therefore, Physiology and Medical Sciences students must fulfill the MCWA before registering for Physiology upper-division courses.

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     31. I have questions on Spring 2020 Grading Policies (Pass-Fail Option, GRO, Academic Eligibility), where can I get these answered?

Please visit the Office of the Registrar's FAQ page for Spring 2020 Information and Updates. If you still have questions after viewing this page, don't hesitate to reach out to your academic advisor.

 


Student Health and Wellness 

    32. I feel like I need more support for my personal health and wellness, where can I go?

Check out the Campus Health Stronger Than website.  They have an extensive resource list with everything from TED talks to books and resources recommended by CAPS clinicians.  From this page you can also access other Campus Health resources, services, initiatives, and information about resilience tools and strategies, as well as upcoming events and opportunities to connect to our community.

   33. Where can I find counseling services as a UA student?

Campus Health's Counseling and Psych Services (CAPS) is where students can speak to licensed mental health professionals. There are also Community Counseling Services offered in the Tucson area.

   34. Where can I find help dealing with stress related to the COVID-19 crisis?

CAPS has a variety of resources to support you during this time. If you are a University of Arizona student and would like to talk with a mental health counselor, please call Counseling & Psych Services (CAPS) at (520) 621-3334.