Physiology - PHSLA13154

Stream Summary

Faculty: MED - Faculty of Medicine

School: School of Medical Sciences


Program: 3154 - Actuarial Studies / Science


Bachelor of Science (Major)

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Stream Outline

Physiology is all about what makes human bodies work – how the organs – including the brain – function, how humans grow and develop, how humans sustain bodily functions and what happens to these processes during disease and ageing. More specifically, it considers how molecules in cells interact to provide specific functions (molecular and cellular physiology) and how organs, which are collections of cell types, have local and distal actions via neural and humoral (e.g. hormones) communication to sustain the life of an organism. The latter represents systems or integrative physiology. Physiology contributes to all major aspects of biology, including comparative biology, neuroscience, and the allied disciplines of pharmacology, anatomy and pathology.

Stream Structure

A major in Physiology is comprised of 66 units of credit of courses as follows:

Stage 1
PLUS 6 UOC from:
  1. MATH1031 Mathematics for Life Sciences, MATH1131 Mathematics 1A, or MATH1141 Higher Mathematics 1A may be taken instead of MATH1041

Stage 2
PLUS 12 UOC from:

Stage 3
18 UOC from:
Recommended elective (this course is not required but is recommended as a good complementary course for this major):


Students seeking to enrol into Honours in Physiology should refer to program 4500 – Science (Honours) and the plan page for Medical Science (Honours) in this Handbook.

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