Human Physiology

Human Physiology is home to students seeking training in human physiology and anatomy in preparation for careers in medicine, allied health professions, and biomedical research. Future researchers, educators, physicians, physical therapists and other health care providers receive multidisciplinary training in the physical, biological, and chemical sciences for most professional health care-related programs. In addition to completing core science courses, students are challenged to question critically, think logically, and communicate clearly. Students also examine the health sciences from a perspective that explores the functional and structural mechanisms underlying human movement across health and disease, using a variety of physiological methods.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Learn about the fundamental functions of the human body.

  2. Gain a broad base of training across the physical and life sciences.

  3. Prepare to make a difference in people's health and wellbeing

  4. Equip yourself for a variety of career possibilities in health and medicine.

  5. Lay the groundwork for in-depth research and further study.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

A degree in Human Physiology can take you in multiple directions. Students in Human Physiology may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS), a Master of Science (MS), or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Human Physiology provides students with a foundation for employment in:


Outpatient clinics/private practice

Nursing and residential care facilities

Sports and fitness facilities

Rehabilitation centers

Physician offices


Schools, universities and colleges

Federal and state government health services agencies

Research and biotechnology industry
Alumni Jobs


Physician assistant

Physical therapist

Occupational therapist



Medical scribe

Medical technician

Courses You
May Need

1st Year
MATH 112, MATH 246 OR 251, CH 221, CH 222, CH 223, CH 227, CH 228, CH 229

2nd Year
BI 211, BI 212, BI 213 or 214, HPHY 211, HPHY 212

3rd Year
HPHY 321, HPHY 322, HPHY 323, HPHY 324, HPHY, 325, HPHY 371

4th Year
Upper Division HPHY Electives (16 credits); PHY 201, PHY 202, PHY 203

Major Credits
Required 82
Electives 16

Total 98

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

US: Difference, Inequality, Agency

Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Anatomical and physiological terminology

Critical thinking and synthesis of ideas

Critical evaluation of scientific information

Medical research and analysis

Clinical decision-making and application

Ethics and professional behavior

Life-long learning

Effective communication
Experiential learning opportunities

Practicum in Scientific Teaching

HPHY Practicum in Athletic Training

UO Health Center Practicum in Physical Therapy

Internships in Healthcare

Volunteering in Medicine

Peer Advising

Human Cadaver Dissection

Laboratory Research
Specialized Courses


Metabolism and Nutrition

Motor Control

Sleep Physiology

Physiology of Aging

Physiology of Obesity

Neurophysiology of Concussion

Therapeutic Techniques
Add A Minor Or Certificate




Global Health


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