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Prospective Students


Incoming Freshman

High school preparation for undergraduate studies in human physiology should include a strong background in mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics.  Don’t skimp while laying down this important foundation for your studies!  Even well prepared students often find that the rigor and workload of UO courses far surpasses what they are accustomed to.   Cultivating good study skills before you arrive will be to your advantage!

Many in-coming freshman focus their first year on math and chemistry.  To enroll in General Chemistry (CH221) students must have completed at least one high school chemistry course and have completed or be enrolled in concurrently, MATH112 – Elementary Functions.

A word about Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits:

Students hoping to get a jump on college credits can earn AP or IB credits that may fulfill general education and major requirements (  While AP and IB credits may be acceptable to fulfill requirements at UO, some graduate programs necessitate core sequences (for example, General Chemistry) be taken at the collegiate level.  Students planning to pursue an advanced degree are encouraged to learn about graduate school pre-requisites to avoid the need to re-take courses already completed.

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Incoming Transfer Students

Because of the sequential nature of the Human Physiology curriculum, transfer students should focus on completing as many preparatory core courses as possible prior to transferring.  These include the:

  • General chemistry sequence (CH221, CH222, CH223)
  • First two terms of general biology (BI211 & BI212
  • Calculus (MATH246 or MATH251), and
  • Medical terminology (HPHY211)

Transfer students who aim to start at UO fall term by enrolling in HPHY321 – Anatomy I, and HPHY322 – Physiology I, must have successfully completed with a ‘C’ grade or better, all preparatory core courses with the exception of HPHY212 – Evidence, Inference, and Biostatistics, which is only offered at UO.  As a result, first term transfer students should plan on co-enrolling in HPHY212 along with HPHY321 & HPHY322 during their first term.

The upper division Anatomy and Physiology core sequence of courses (HPHY321, 322, 323, 324 & 325) is an ‘in residence’ requirement.  The courses provide the bulk of upper division credits HPHY majors complete, and the sequence is the foundation on which students learn the HPHY culture, expectations as well as prepare students for senior level coursework.  The expectation is that students graduating with a Human Physiology degree from UO have completed Anatomy and Physiology coursework at UO.

Transfer students are encouraged to contact the Human Physiology office early, to help ensure the courses taken at other schools and universities will transfer in exactly as needed to fulfill UO requirements.

For example, BI101 – General Biology at Lane Community College would transfer to UO as ‘BI120T,’ not as BI211 and would therefore not fulfill the BI211 requirement.

The University’s Transfer Credit Equivalency Tool can help students make these assessments.

University-wide information on transferring to UO is available at the following link.


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