Graduate Program

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  • Course Descriptions

    Medical physiology (PHYSIO 701)

    The course director is Dr. John E. Hall. For more information, e-mail Gerry McAlpin.

    Dental/Fundamental physiology (PHYSIO 725)

    The course director is Dr. Thomas Adair. For more information, e-mail Gerry McAlpin.

    The following is a brief description of courses included in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics curriculum for PhD candidates.

    Required courses for the PhD in Physiology and Biophysics

    • ANAT 713. Histology and Cell Biology. A study of the structure and function of cells, tissues and organs. (6 semester hours)
    •  BIOCH 710. Biochemistry. Comprehensive course in biochemistry including chemistry of amino acids and proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids; enzymology; metabolism and metabolic regulation; membrane structure and function; physical biochemistry; cellular energy production; hormonal control mechanisms; differentiation; molecular genetics; and protein synthesis. This course extends over two quarters. (10 semester hours)
    • ID 709. Responsible Conduct of Research. A course designed to provide an understanding of ethics in scientific research and the basic skills important for both oral and written scientific communication. (1 semester hour)
    • ID 710/BIOCH 742. Research Tools in Molecular Biology. A course designed to introduce students to contemporary methods in molecular biology including cloning, mutagenesis, transgenic animals, genomics, proteomics, and gene expression. (3 semester hours)
    • ID 714. Professional Skills. A course designed for early to late graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to acquire skills needed to be successful in a scientific work environment, with special emphasis on oral and written communication skills, grantsmanship, career choices, laboratory management, and academic teaching skills (3 semester hours)
    • ID 740. Statistical Methods in Research. This is an introduction to basic statistical methods for research and is designed to enable students to develop their data analysis and interpretation skills. In this course students will learn about experimental design, estimation, hypothesis testing, and how to apply statistical techniques such as point and interval estimation, tests of statistical significance, correlation, linear and non-linear regression, ANOVA, and longitudinal data (repeated measures) analysis. Analysis of small data sets (using non-parametric methods) is also covered. The emphasis will be on applied rather than theoretical statistics and on understanding and interpreting the results of statistical analyses. Data sets will be analyzed using the statistical package STATA. This is a "hands-on" class- in the computer lab. Data sets will be analyzed under the supervision of instructors.
    • PHARM 722 . Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Students are introduced to the principles underlying the use of pharmacology agents in practice. Concepts related to drug distribution, drug-receptor interaction and drug metabolism are considered. In addition, the mechanism of action, therapeutic effects, adverse side-effects and common clinical applications of various drugs and drug classes are presented through a combination of lectures and clinical correlations.(12 semester hours)
    • PHYSIO 701. Medical Physiology. Study of the functions of the body with special emphasis on the relationships of the different organs to each other. (12 semester hours)
    • PHYSIO 702. Physiological Concepts. Individual study of important papers and books in various areas of physiology. (2 semester hours)
    • PHYSIO 705. Seminar. (1 semester hour)
    • PHYSIO 707. Research in Physiology. A course designed to provide hands-on exposure to laboratory research prior to selection of a dissertation project. (2 semester hours)
    • PHYSIO 717. Circulatory Physiology. A reading and conference course that emphasizes regulation of cardiac output, body fluid volumes and arterial pressures. (7 semester hours)
    • PHYSIO 731. Renal and Body Fluid Physiology.  A seminar course that includes critical study of research methods, comparative renal physiology and literature on classical and contemporary principles of renal physiology and pathophysiology. (7 semester hours)
    • PHYSIO 744. Simulation of Physiological Mechanisms. Introduction to mathematical analysis of physiological phenomena. Topics include ordinary differential equations, numerical methods for solving differential equations, elements of digital computer programming in high-level languages and the use of simulation packages and appropriate demonstrations. (3 semester hours)
    • PHYSIO 798. Dissertation and Dissertation Research. (1 semester hour).

    Elective courses

    • ANAT 715. Neurobiology. A study of the human nervous system. (6 semester hours)
    • MICRO 761. Medical Immunology. This course comprises a section of the larger Medical Microbiology course (MICRO. 701) and is intended for students with an interest in immunology. (3 semester hours)
    • PHYSIO 715. Endocrinology. A course covering the historical, biochemical, and physiological aspects of the endocrine system. (2 semester hours)
    • PHYSIO 734. Pathophysiology. This course will integrate clinical and basic sciences and will include brief case presentations and discussion of the molecular and physiological basis of common human diseases. (2 semester hours)

    General Plan of Study@


    PHYSIO 702Physiological Concepts2
    YEAR 1 - FALL
    PHYSIO 701Medical Physiology6
    BIOCH 710Biochemistry10
    ANAT 713Histology & Cell Biology 3
    PHYSIO 701Medical Physiology6
    ANAT 713Histology & Cell Biology3
    ID 709Responsible Conduct in Research 2
    Elective* 2-6
    PHYSIO 707Research in Physiology 9
    YEAR 2 - FALL
    PHYSIO 717Circulatory Physiology7
    ID 740Statistical Methods in Research3
    PHARM 722Pharmacology and Therapeutics 6
    PHARM 722Pharmacology and Therapeutics6
    PHYSIO 727Physiological Applications of Molecular Biology2
    PHYSIO 728Scientific Communications in Physiology2
    PHYSIO 731Renal Physiology7
    PHYSIO 744Simulation of Physiological Mechanisms 3
    YEAR 3+ - SUMMER
    PHYSIO 735Special Topics in Physiology9
    YEAR 3+ - FALL
    PHYSIO 798Dissertation and Dissertation Research9
    ID 714Professional Skills 2
    YEAR 3+ - SPRING
    PHYSIO 798Dissertation and Dissertation Research9
    PHYSIO 705Seminar 1

    @This general plan of study may be supplemented or altered by the graduate advisory committee, depending on the student’s previous training and interests


    *Electives commonly taken by Physiology PhD candidates

    PHYSIO 715Endocrinology2
    PHYSIO 734Pathophysiology2
    ANAT 715Neurobiology6
    MICRO 761Medical Immunology3