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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.
Professor W.A. MacKay, Medical Sciences Building, Room 3226 (416-978-2675)
Enquiries and Counselling:
Medical Sciences Building, Room 3209 (416-978-8779)
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.
(14 full courses or their equivalent, including at least two 400-series course)
BIO150Y1; CHM138H1, CHM139H1; MAT135Y1/MAT137Y1; PHY110Y1/PHY138Y1/PHY140Y1 (PHY138Y1 recommended)
BCH210H1; BIO250Y1; CHM247H1/ CHM220H1; MAT235Y1/PHY238Y1; PSL302Y1/ZOO252Y1
1. BCH370H1; BIO349H1; PSL303Y1, PSL372H1, PSL374H1
2. One full-course equivalent from: ANA300Y1; BCH304H1, BCH305H1; IMM334Y1; JZP326H1; PCL201H1, PCL302H1; STA250H1; ZOO325H1, ZOO332H1, ZOO346H1, ZOO347H1
Two full-course equivalents from: PSL 400-series
(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.
BIO150Y1; CHM138H1, CHM139H1; MAT135Y1/PHY110Y1/PHY138Y1
BCH210H1; BIO250Y1; PSL302Y1
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
(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.
(16 full courses or their equivalent, including at least one 400-series course)
BIO150Y1; CHM138H1, CHM139H1; CSC108H1, CSC148H1; MAT135Y1/MAT137Y1; PHY138Y1/PHY140Y1 (PHY140Y1 recommended in First Year)
BIO250Y1; CHM220H1; MAT223H1, MAT235Y1/MAT237Y1; JBO302Y1
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:
BIO370H1; BCH210H1; BIO349H1; IMM334Y1; ZOO347H1
CSC260H1, CSC270H1, CSC350H1
MAT224H1, MAT244H1, MAT334H1, MAT335H1
PHY225H1, PHY251H1, PHY255H1, PHY346H1; CHM326H1, CHM328H1
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