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Physiology buttonGraduate training in Physiology aims at providing students with an understanding of the structure and function of the cells and organ systems of the body and the means by which these functions are regulated. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of a sound basic training in general physiology through individually planned programs of course work, tutorials, seminars and supervised research. Instruction leading to the degree of Master of Science is available in the following specialized areas: cellular neurophysiology, regulation of sleep and wakefulness, neural, endocrine and local control of the circulation and microcirculation, cardiac dynamics, cardiac metabolism, cardiac hypertrophy and failure, endocrinology, neuroendocrinology, renal physiology, oxygen metabolism, and the physiology of biological membranes.

Graduates with a degree in physiology can pursue careers in research, teaching or management in academia, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, private research institutions, government science or regulatory agencies, or medicine and health care.

Specific Program Requirements

A minimum of 30 credits and a Master’s Literature Review or 32 credits and a Master’s Thesis are required. Students must achieve an overall “B” average in all physiology courses (GPA ≥ 3.00). Elective credits are normally earned only through advanced physiology courses, but upper level courses offered by other departments may qualify for elective credit with the approval of the physiology program director. Only didactic (letter-graded) courses may be used to fulfill elective credit requirements. View the course descriptions here.

The Biomedical Science & Management track (Track C) requires 36 credits overall. This total includes a minimum of 24 credits from the science curriculum, a minimum of 8 credits from the professional skills curriculum, and an internship and capstone project report. A Master’s Literature Review may be substituted for the capstone report if proprietary concerns at the company hosting the internship preclude a formal report. In certain circumstances, with the approval of the program director and associate dean for the professional science Master’s program, a research rotation (PHYM 9800 or BMSM 9800, minimum 3 credits) may be substituted for the internship, along with either a Master’s Literature Review or a Master’s Thesis. 

Track A:   
Required Courses  
Mammalian Physiology I (PHYM 1010) 4 credits
Mammalian Physiology II (PHYM 1020) 4 credits
General Biochemistry I  (BCHM 1010) 4 credits
Cell Biology (CBAM 1360) 3 credits
Student Seminar Courses (7101, 7102 series) 2 credits
Choice of one of the following courses:  
   General Microbiology I (MCRM 1010) 4 credits
   OR Basic Immunology (MCRM 2010) 2 credits
   OR Introduction to Pathology (PATM 1080) 3 credits
   OR Pharmacology I (PHRM 1010) 4 credits
   OR Immunopharmacology (PHRM 2710) 2 credits 
Master's Literature Review (PHYM 9750) 0 credits
Electives (didactic credits only) 9-11 credits
TOTAL 30 credits


Track B:  
Required Courses  
General Biochemistry I (BCHM 1010) 4 credits
Mammalian Physiology I (PHYM 1010) 4 credits
Mammalian Physiology II (PHYM 1020) 4 credits
Responsible Conduct of Research (BMSM 2020) 2 credits
Life in Biomedical Research I (BMSM 3510) 2 credits
  OR Life in Biomedical Research II (BMSM 3520) 2 credits
Graduate Research Workshop (BMSM 8050) 1 credit
Master's Thesis Research (PHYM 9800) 1-5 credits
Master's Thesis (PHYM 9850) 0 credits
Electives (didactic credits only) 10-14 credits
TOTAL 32 credits


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Program Director:
Carl Thompson, Ph.D.
Basic Sciences Building - Room 611A
(914) 594-4106

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