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Program of Study

Master’s Degree

The master’s degree consists of a minimum of 45 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree. At least 30 of these credits must be completed through human physiology courses.  Specific requirements for an MS are as following:

  • Professional Skills (HPHY 611, 612, 613)
  • System Physiology (HPHY 621, 622, 623)
  • Students must earn 4 graded graduate credits in additional human physiology courses or courses determined in conjunction with their advisor to be most appropriate for their line of study.
  • Students must earn 8 graduate credits in statistical analysis.
  • Students must register for Seminar in Human Physiology (HPHY 607) during every term of enrollment.
  • Students must complete a substantial research project which will be their final master’s degree requirement. Department faculty, in consultation with the student, determine the format for presentation of the project, which will include an oral defense in combination with either a master’s thesis,  journal-style manuscript, or comprehensive project report.

 

Doctoral Degree

The doctoral degree consists of a minimum of 135 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree. At least 60 of these credits must be completed through human physiology courses. Students must complete all of the master’s degree requirements listed above if they have not done so previously.  Additional requirements for the doctoral degree are:

  • Students must complete one of the following: Advanced Respiratory Physiology (HPHY 670); Human Cardiovascular Control (HPHY 676); Kinematics of Human Movement (HPHY 684); Kinetics of Human Movement (HPHY 685)
  • Students must register for Seminar in Human Physiology (HPHY 607) during every term of enrollment.
  • Written and oral doctoral comprehensive examinations are taken after completing a substantial portion of the program of study. Upon passing these examinations the student is advanced to candidacy and must enroll in Dissertation (HPHY 603) during every subsequent term of enrollment. A final oral defense is held after completion of the dissertation and after all other degree requirements have been met.