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The degree program in physiology combines elements of a liberal education with thorough preparation in molecular, cellular and organ systems physiology. Built on a foundation of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, the physiology major is intended primarily for those students who wish to pursue careers in research, industry, medicine or other health-related fields for which a thorough knowledge of physiology is necessary. This major is particularly suitable for students in the life sciences who plan further studies at the graduate or professional level.

Students may also complete this major through Lyman Briggs College.


Graduates in physiology pursue careers in a range of industries, excelling in jobs that demand deep knowledge of human health, cellular biology and research.

Alumni work at: 

  • High schools and middle schools
  • Hospitals and health care agencies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Universities
  • Medical schools
  • Research laboratories/clinical settings
  • Veterinary schools

Alumni work as: 

  • Cardiology assistants
  • Disease control specialists
  • High school and middle school teachers
  • Laboratory technicians
  • Nuclear medicine attendants
  • Veterinary technicians
  • Resource specialists

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