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General Description

Physiology is the Study of biological function-of how the body works, from cell to tissue, tissue to organ, organ to system and how the organism as a whole accomplishes particular tasks. The study of physiology shows you the means and method of scientific endeavors and how to understand and research the challenging and mysterious mechanisms that are responsible for the existence of life.

A bachelor's degree is usually the minimum requirement for entry into the field of physiology. Relevant on-the-job training is extremely helpful for any career. It is becoming increasingly important for graduates to seek an advanced degree or specialized training, perform research, analyze data, have good written and oral communication skills and have a natural curiosity about living things.

Career Options

Graduates with this major have found work as: physiologist, physician, physical therapist, medical illustrator, speech pathologist, dentist, pathologist, pharmacologist, nurse, chiropractor, veterinarian, teacher, and researcher. Most of these careers require additional education or experience. Various entry-level trainee positions in business and industry are available for graduates regardless of academic discipline.

Typical Employers

Colleges and universities, hospitals or clinics, private and public schools, research laboratories, governmental agencies, industry, publishers of technical magazines and textbooks, and pharmaceutical companies.

Salary and Employment Outlook

Employment opportunities will vary with specialty. Graduates with bachelor's degrees may experience keen competition for available jobs. Opportunities will be better for those with advanced degrees.

Salaries will vary by size and type of employer, geographic location, coursework and related experience. Consult the Career Development Center for current local and national salary information.

For further information, contact

Career Development Center
Brotman Hall, Room 250
Chairperson or Undergraduate Advisor
College of Science and Math
Biological Sciences Department

(562) 985-4806
American Physiological Society
9640 Rockville, Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814