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The undergraduate Physiology major emphasizes the integrated biological functions of the human body ranging from the cellular to the organ system level. Coursework and research participation provide students with opportunities to learn how the body functions and how these functions are affected by stress and disease. The physiology major prepares students to continue their studies, following completion of the BS in Health Sciences degree, in graduate or professional school pursuing a career in fields related to health science, basic research, or health care. The major curriculum includes the courses required for application to schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, etc.

Major Details

College: College of Medicine
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see the Physiology website for more information.

Website: http://www.physiology.arizona.edu/undergraduate
Math Required:

Substantial

    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Substantial
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: Yes
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 122A Functions of Calculus 1
MATH 122B First-Semester Calculus 4
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
2nd Semester
MATH 129 Calculus II 3
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II 4
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
PSIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
CHEM 241A Lectures in Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 243A Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
4th Semester
PSIO 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
CHEM 241B Lectures in Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 243B Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
5th Semester
MCB 181R Introductory Biology I 3
MCB 181L Introductory Biology Laboratory I 1
PSIO 303A Integrative Cellular Physiology 3
PHYS 102 Introductory Physics I 3
PHYS 181 Introductory Laboratory I 1
General Elective 3
6th Semester
ECOL 182R Introductory Biology II 3
ECOL 182L Introductory Biology II Lab 1
PSIO 303B Integrative Cellular Physiology 3
PHYS 103 Introductory Physics II 3
PHYS 182 Introductory Laboratory II 1
BIOC 384 Foundations in Biochemistry or 385 Metabolic Biochemistry 3
7th Semester
PSIO Elective 3
PSIO Elective 3
PSIO Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
8th Semester
PSIO Elective 3
PSIO Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit aztransfer.com

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of human biological function, cell biology, disease, and the human body’s responses and adaptions to stress, environment, and medicine gained from a major in Physiology forms a valuable and versatile foundation for many careers. Graduates in Physiology can pursue careers in fitness training and promotion, medicine and health sciences, research, and education with employers ranging from health care and athletic facilities to schools, universities, and laboratories.  This major is excellent preparation for medical, nursing, or pharmacy school, physical therapy programs, massage therapy training, and graduate study in exercise science, public health, and epidemiology. Many of the job titles listed below require an advanced degree or certificate.

Potential Career Areas

  • Athletic/fitness training
  • Exercise science/kinesiology
  • Pharmacology/toxicology
  • Physical therapy
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Health care support
  • Massage therapy
  • Forensics
  • Chiropractic
  • Prosthetics/orthotics
  • Research and development
  • Sports medicine

Sample Employers

  • Hospitals
  • Medical clinics
  • Physical therapy clinics and rehabilitation centers
  • Testing and research labs
  • Colleges and universities
  • Government
  • Fitness centers
  • Spas and resorts/wellness centers
  • Schools
  • Camps
  • Pharmaceutical companies

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Physiologist $40,500 - $58,000
Cytotechnologist $38,800 - $56,100
Massage Therapist $18,000 - $34,900
Biomedical Engineer $47,640 - $77,400
Biofeedback Therapist $30,000 - $50,000
Chiropractor $32,380 - $66,490
Physical Therapist $53,600 - $76,300
Orthotist/Prosthetist $33,700 - $65,100
Kinesiologist $30,000 - $66,780
Exercise Physiologist $33,700 - $40,000
Athletic/Fitness Trainer $25,000 - $41,600
Registered Nurse $25,800 - $64,700
Physician $53,500 - $166,400