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Major Requirements

These are the Requirements for Human Physiology Major

Lower-Division Requirements

  • General Chemistry (CH 221, 222, 223) or Honors General Chemistry (CH 224H, 225H, 226H)
  • General Physics (PHYS 201, 202, 203) or Foundations of Physics (PHYS 251, 252, 253)
  • General Chemistry Laboratory (CH 227, 228, 229) or Introductory Physics Laboratory (PHYS 204, 205, 206)
  • General Biology (BI 211, 212, and either 213 or 214) or Honors Biology (BI 281H, 282H, 283H)
  • Calculus (MATH 246 or MATH 251)
  • Medical Terminology (HPHY 211)
  • Evidence, Inference, and Biostatistics (HPHY 212)

Upper-Division Requirements

  • Human Anatomy and Human Physiology (HPHY 321, 322, 323, 324, 325)
  • Physiology of Exercise (HPHY 371)

Upper-Division Electives

  • Students must earn 16 upper-division credits that satisfy the following requirements
  • At least two of the following courses: Motor Control (HPHY 333); Tissue Injury and Repair (HPHY 362); Biomechanics (HPHY 381); Metabolism and Nutrition (HPHY 399*); Clinical Pharmacology (HPHY 399*); Clinical ECG & Exercise (HPHY 399*); Human Biological Variation (ANTH 362); Human Osteology Laboratory (ANTH 366); Human Growth and Development (ANTH 369); Advanced Evolutionary Medicine (ANTH 459); Diseases of Africa (BI 309); Molecular Genetics (BI 320); Cell Biology (BI 322); Investigations in Medical Physiology (BI 358); Neurobiology (BI 360); HIV in Africa (BI 410); Physiological Biochemistry (CH 360); Biochemistry (CH 462)
  • One of the following Capstone courses:  Experimental courses (HPHY 410*); Sleep Physiology (HPHY 412); Muscle Structure, Function, & Plasticity (HPHY 413); Muscle Metabolism (HPHY 414); Pathophysiology (HPHY 421); Physiology of Obesity (HPHY 410/422); Neurophysiology of Concussion (HPHY 433); Movement Disorders (HPHY 434); Clinical Exercise Physiology (HPHY 441); Clinical ECG/ECG (HPHY 442); Clinical Pharmacology (HPHY 443); Lumbar and Pelvic Functional Anatomy (HPHY 460); Therapeutic Techniques (HPHY 462); Environmental Physiology (HPHY 470); High Altitude Physiology and Medicine (HPHY 473); Science of Athletic Performance (HPHY 410/475); Technology Development in Human Physiology (HPHY 410/480); Gait Analysis (HPHY 485);  Orthopedic Biomechanics (HPHY 486); Older courses that are not currently offered but satisfy this requirement: Exercise Testing & Prescription (HPHY 410); Intro to Cardiac Rehab (HPHY 410); Clinical Histology (HPHY 410); Hypertension (HPHY 417); Alternative & Complementary Medicine (HPHY 419); Advanced Labs in Exercise Physiology (HPHY 472); Research Methods (HPHY 450); Forensic Biomechanics (HPHY 410)
  • Any number of the following courses: Anatomy/Physiology Teaching Assistant (HPHY 409); Human Cadaver Dissection (HPHY 420); Special Studies (HPHY 399); Research (HPHY 401); Thesis (HPHY 403); Internship (HPHY 404); Reading and Conference (HPHY 405); Special Problems (HPHY 406); Workshop (HPHY 408); Practicum (HPHY 409)

*For recent additions to these course options, visit the HPHY office in Esslinger 122. Additional University bachelor’s degree requirements are described in the Registration and Academic Policies section of the university catalog.

Need help planning your coursework? Try our HPHY Major Requirements worksheet (Opens PDF)

FAQ: Can I complete the HPHY 300-level required courses in a year?

Yes. HPHY 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, and 371 are designed to be taken as a year-long block. These required courses add up to 29 credits, so be cautious in what else you take along with these courses.

FAQ: Which courses do I have to take with a “graded” option? Each of the courses used to satisfy the major requirements must be be taken for a letter grade, except for HPHY 401, 403, 404, 405, 408, 409, and 420 for which only pass/no-pass is available. Required courses may be repeated only once, including attempts that result in a grade of “W”. Students MUST maintain a 2.0 overall GPA and a 2.0 GPA in courses required for the major with no course grade lower than a mid-C.

FAQ: Am I going to graduate on time?

Check your transcripts and degree audit often to make sure that you are successfully completing all the requirements. If any questions arise, ask a Peer Adviser.