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PSL Physiology


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Introduction

Physiology is the study of living matter in action. It explains body organ function in terms of physical and chemical principles. It is an integrating discipline dealing with controls, compensations, and interrelationships. Interaction with the environment is a major factor in Physiology. In addition, Physiology serves as a bridge between cellular biology, systems analysis, and behaviour.

Physiology provides a necessary background for the study of Pharmacology; a preparation for graduate work in Physiology and related areas; for the teaching of Biological Science in secondary schools; or for subsequent training in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, and the Health Sciences in general. Physiologists are needed also in hospitals and departments of medicine as teachers and research personnel. Other outlets would be in agriculture and veterinary schools, in military research establishments and in life science-based industry. The development of air and space travel, the exploration of the continental shelf, the development of Northern regions, and increased emphasis on exercise and fitness, all provide business and research opportunities for the person trained in Physiology.

Physiology at the research level covers a variety of specialties (e.g. Endocrinology, Cardiovascular Physiology, Neurophysiology, Respiratory Physiology, Reproductive Physiology, Sensory Physiology), each with very different technical and analytical methods. In fourth year, Specialist students are encouraged to select PSL courses within one of three thematic streams: 1) Cell and Molecular, 2) Systems and Networks, 3) Theoretical. These streams are described in detail in an Undergraduate Brochure (available in MSB 3209), and serve as a guide to planning a cohesive individual program.

Undergraduate Secretary:

Professor W.A. MacKay, Medical Sciences Building, Room 3226 (416-978-2675)

Enquiries and Counselling:

Medical Sciences Building, Room 3209 (416-978-8779)

Physiology Programs

Biophysics: see Physics
Neuroscience: see Neuroscience

Physiology (Science program)


Enrolment in this Program is limited. Selection is based on GPA in first year required courses.

Specialist program:
(14 full courses or their equivalent, including at least two 400-series course)

First Year:
BIO150Y1; CHM138H1, CHM139H1; MAT135Y1/MAT137Y1; PHY110Y1/PHY138Y1/PHY140Y1 (PHY138Y1 recommended)

Second Year:
BCH210H1; BIO250Y1; CHM247H1/ CHM220H1; MAT235Y1/PHY238Y1; PSL302Y1/ZOO252Y1

Third Year:
1. BCH370H1; BIO349H1; PSL303Y1, PSL372H1, PSL374H1
2. One full-course equivalent from: ANA300Y1; BCH304H1, BCH305H1; IMM334Y1; JZP326H1; PCL201H1, PCL302H1; STA250H1; ZOO325H1, ZOO332H1, ZOO346H1, ZOO347H1

Fourth Year:
Two full-course equivalents from: PSL 400-series

Major program:
(8 full courses or their equivalent)
Enrolment in this Program is limited. Students may apply after completing 4 courses including all the First Year requirements with a minimum GPA required of 2.5.

First Year:
BIO150Y1; CHM138H1, CHM139H1; MAT135Y1/PHY110Y1/PHY138Y1

Second Year:
BCH210H1; BIO250Y1; PSL302Y1

Higher Years:
1. PSL372H1
2. One full-course equivalent from: ANA300Y1; BCH304H1, BCH305H1; IMM334Y1; BIO349H1; JZP326H1; PCL201H1, PCL302H1; ZOO330H1, ZOO325H1, ZOO332H1, ZOO346H1, ZOO347H1
3. One full-course equivalent from: PSL303Y1, PSL374H1, 400-level courses

Minor program:
(4 full courses or their equivalent)
Enrolment in this Program requires the completion of 4 courses; no minimum GPA required. One 300-series course must be included in the program.
1. BIO150Y1; PSL201Y1/PSL302Y1
2. Two full-course equivalents from: BOT251Y1, 322Y1; JZP326H1; PSL303Y1, 400-series; PSY290H1, PSY391H1; ZOO252Y1, ZOO325H1, ZOO332H1, ZOO346H1, ZOO347H1
Physiology (Theoretical) (Science program)
Enrolment in this Program is based on GPA in first year required courses. See application procedure in the Registration Handbook and Timetable.

Specialist program:
(16 full courses or their equivalent, including at least one 400-series course)

First Year:
BIO150Y1; CHM138H1, CHM139H1; CSC108H1, CSC148H1; MAT135Y1/MAT137Y1; PHY138Y1/PHY140Y1 (PHY140Y1 recommended in First Year)

Second Year:
BIO250Y1; CHM220H1; MAT223H1, MAT235Y1/MAT237Y1; JBO302Y1

Third Year:
1. PSL303Y1, PSL372H1 STA250H1, STA247H1/STA255H1/STA257H1
2. 2.5 full-course equivalents from the following lists with no more than 1.0 FCEs from any one of the lists on the next page:

Group A:
BIO370H1; BCH210H1; BIO349H1; IMM334Y1; ZOO347H1

Group B:
CSC260H1, CSC270H1, CSC350H1

Group C:
MAT224H1, MAT244H1, MAT334H1, MAT335H1

Group D:
PHY225H1, PHY251H1, PHY255H1, PHY346H1; CHM326H1, CHM328H1

Fourth Year:
1. One full-course equivalent from: PSL432H1, PSL431H1/PSL433H1
2. Two full-course equivalents from the following lists with no more than 1.0 FCEs from any one of the lists:

Group A: PSL 400-level courses

Group B: CSC350H1, CSC351H1, CSC418H1, CSC446H1, CSC456H1

Group C: APM346H1, APM461H1, APM446H1, APM456H1

Group D: PHY1 252H1, PHY256H1, PHY307H1, PHY308H1


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