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Bachelor of Science in Biology: Concentration in Physiology

The rapid growth of knowledge about the nature and function of biological mechanisms has made physiology a corner-stone of the biological and medical sciences. The Physiology program at San Francisco State University is designed to provide students with a strong background in the basic sciences and an opportunity to obtain either a general overview of the field or to specialize. Emphases in Physiology include the neurosciences, reproductive and endocrine physiology, and comparative and ecological physiology, and aging.  Studies at the master's level may include, in addition to the above, emphases in ethology, the neural mechanisms of behavior, and human psychophysiology.

Teaching and research facilities include a modern, fully-equipped eight-story building with a variety of laboratories for behavioral, biochemical, electrophysiological, and anatomical studies. Additional fieldwork may be done in association with the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, Sierra Nevada Field Campus, the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, the San Francisco Zoo, and Marine World. Research internships are currently being conducted in cooperation with the University of California, San Francisco; Veterans Administration Hospital; and the Pacific Medical Center.

The highly competent faculty, all with Ph.D. degrees, have research interests in comparative biochemistry, endocrinology, reproductive physiology, human sexuality, ecological physiology, environmental enrichment and behavior of captive wild animals, population biology and physiology of marine mammals, neurophysiology, and sensory electrophysiology.

*Meets lower division requirements.  **Graduate seminar courses may be taken by qualified seniors with permission of the instructor.   #No more than one BIOL 699 or BIOL 865 course may be used as an elective.

Students interested in pursuing graduate study in physiology should take the one-year organic chemistry sequence (CHEM 333/233 and CHEM 335) and the one-year biochemistry sequence (CHEM 340 and CHEM 341) in place of CHEM 130 and CHEM 349.

Students are strongly urged to consult with a Physiology advisor early in the program.

Students interested in pursuing a health profession (eg. medicine, dentistry ...) please consult "Pre Health Professions" information in the SFSU Bulletin.

Bachelor of Science in Biology: Concentration in Physiology
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