Physiology - PHSLB13948

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Faculty: MED - Faculty of Medicine

School: School of Medical Sciences


Program: 3948 - Adv Science (Honours) / Arts


Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) (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 in Advanced Science programs is comprised of 66 units of credit of courses as follows:

Stage 1
PLUS 6 UOC from:
  1. 1. MATH1031 Mathematics for Life Sciences, MATH1131 Mathematics 1A, MATH1141 Higher Mathematics 1A, or MATH1151 Mathematics for Actuarial Studies and Finance 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):


For further information on Honours in Physiology, please see the Physiology Honours entry in this Handbook.
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