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Physiology is all about what makes human bodies work - how the organs - including the brain - function, how humans grow and develop, how humans sustain bodily functions and what happens to these processes during disease and ageing. More specifically, it considers how molecules in cells interact to provide specific functions (molecular and cellular physiology) and how organs, which are collections of cell types, have local and distal actions via neural and humoral (e.g. hormones) communication to sustain the life of an organism. The latter represents systems or integrative physiology. Physiology contributes to all major aspects of biology, including comparative biology, neuroscience, and the allied disciplines of pharmacology, anatomy and pathology.
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Minimum Units of Credit


Specialisation Type


Specialisation Structure

Students must complete 66 UOC.

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Recommended Elective

The following course is not required but is recommended as a good complementary course for this major:

BIOC3261 Human Biochemistry (6 UOC)

Additional Information


Students interested in pursuing Honours in Physiology should refer to program 4500 I Science (Honours) and the Physiology Honours handbook entries.

Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

Access past handbook editions (2018 and prior)

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