A Word of Advice

Studying Physiology

Enthusiastic students may be fortunate enough to master elementary physiology with little or no background in the natural sciences (CHM, MAT, PHY) - the function of the human body being a topic that frequently motivates interest. Success at the more advanced levels of physiological study, however, is strongly dependent on a good background in both natural sciences and life sciences. This is particularly true of research. Undergraduate students are therefore urged to supplement their PSL program with appropriate courses from CHM/CSC/MAT/PHY.

Note: The PSL (or JBO) 302Y lecture course is required or given credit in the following programs: BIO, Biophysics, Comparative Animal Physiology, Human BIO, Genes, Genetics & Biotechnology, Health and Disease, Human Behavioral Biology, Life Science, NFS, Pathobiology, PCL, PSL, PSL, TOX. Students with appropriate interests will find that PSL300H and PSL301H is a suitable supplement to programs in CHM/MAT/PHY/PSY/STA/ZOO, even though PSL is not required in these programs. Such students will find it useful to have taken PSL300H and PSL301H should they later wish to switch to graduate studies in PSL.

Advice for First Year Students:

Students who are interested in studying physiology should take BIO 120H1 - Adaptation and Biodiversity and BIO130H1 - Molecular and Cell Biology, CHM138H - Introductory Organic Chemistry 1 and CHM 139H1 - Chemistry: Physical Principles, an introductory calculus course, and physics course.


The development of air and space travel, and of the northern regions, an increased emphasis on exercise and fitness, and the advent of "artificial intelligence" based upon nervous system principles, all provide exciting problems and research opportunities for those trained in physiology.
Students often continue their studies at the graduate level (MSc or PhD), a requirement for research and teaching at universities and colleges.

Direct career options include:

  • Cardiovascular tech

  • Geneticist assistant

  • Health care administrator

  • Home care worker

  • Lab assistant

  • Practical nursing

  • Medical laboratory technician

  • Personal trainer

  • Therapist assistant

  • Physiologist Research assistant

  • Science technical writer