Physiology is the study of the mechanisms that drive living organisms. As such, it is a branch of biology with the aim of understanding how biological and chemical mechanisms in an organism carry out physical functions of organs, cells, and systems such as the nervous system — including how cells communicate with one another. Physiology divides into animal, plant, cellular, and microbial physiology, each of which concentrates on different physical functions that are important to their study; each studies both normal and abnormal functions, and is thus vital to understanding both health and illness.
The core topics introduce the field of physiology and give students the skills and understanding to choose and pursue their interests in the specialized topics. On completing the core, students will be able to independently read the historical and academic literature. The core topics are:
Specializations should be discussed with the Director of Studies. On completing specializations, students will be able to independently read advanced literature and conduct a final project in that topic. Some suggested specializations are:
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