Program of Study
The Department offers graduate programs leading to a Master’s and a Ph.D. in Physiology. The Master’s program usually requires at least two years and the Ph.D. no less than four years of study. During the first three semesters the student’s time is devoted mainly to basic course work. During this time the student is also expected to become acquainted with the departmental research projects and to select an area in which he/she will work. Ph.D. students must take a Comprehensive Examination, usually at the end of their second year of study. The program includes courses in Human Physiology, General Physiology, Biochemistry, Biostatistics, Membrane Physiology, Instrumentation, Cellular Physiology, Neuroscience and Exercise Physiology. Students are also required to participate in the departmental seminars and other elective courses. As the student advances, more time is dedicated to thesis research under the direction of a faculty member. Upon completion of this research, a written thesis is submitted and a final oral examination is given.