A new undergraduate major, the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Physiology, is now available from the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology in the University of Delaware’s College of Health Sciences.
Who should consider this major?
The major is intended for undergraduate students interested in careers in medicine, biomedical research, industry or other allied health professions for which a comprehensive knowledge of human physiology is required.
The major is particularly suited for those who plan to continue their studies at the post-baccalaureate level through graduate or professional training, including students looking to go to graduate school for medical or dental school, physical therapy, occupational therapy, public health or training as a physician assistant.
What does this major consist of?
The curriculum of the major includes core courses in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, along with extensive upper level courses in human anatomy and physiology. By selecting from a list of recommended electives, students can easily achieve all of the necessary prerequisite requirements for admission into medical and dental schools and be prepared to take the applicable entrance exams.
Alternatively, those interested in other careers within the health sciences can choose among a broader list of electives that further enhance their understanding of human health and disease. The curriculum is intentionally demanding with the goal of providing the next generation of leaders in the health sciences with foundational knowledge in human physiological function at the molecular, cellular and organism level.
What’s special about this program?
A unique aspect of the major is the broad focus on human physiology that includes 23 credits in anatomy and physiology, including 4 courses with a laboratory component that provide extensive hands-on exposure to anatomical structures and physiological mechanisms. A major strength of the program is the inclusion of a course in Functional Anatomy which utilizes human cadavers, prosected human specimens, models, EMG and electro-physiological demonstrations, X-rays, dry biological materials, interactive videodiscs and other instructional aids to provide in-depth understanding of the gross (dissectible) structures of the human body.
Students also have access to state-of-the-art research laboratories and facilities with advanced technology for specialized study in cardiovascular, muscular and neural physiology, biomechanics and motor control. Students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research through individualized independent study and senior-level honors theses. Valuable research experience is gained through involvement in funded research projects and interdisciplinary research groups.
To learn more and apply for the major, visit this page.