Cell Biology and Physiology
The Physiology and Developmental Biology Department is being renamed the Cell Biology and Physiology Department.
Physiology is the study of the functions of the body systems. Developmental biology is the study of how specific genes govern differentiation of cells, tissues, and organs with unique structure and functions. Both disciplines require a firm foundation of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and cellular biology. The related area of biophysics uses the methods of physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology to investigate the physical basis of life.
Knowledge in these areas is expanding rapidly due to application of new techniques in molecular biology.
Biophysics is a field of study in which the methods of physics, chemistry, mathematics, and biology are implemented to investigate the physical basis of life.
A major in physiology and developmental biology provides outstanding preparation for students seeking admittance into professional programs in medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, chiropractic, or pharmacy. Students who have aspirations of doing health-related research will find a challenging, thorough preparation for entrance into graduate programs and beyond. Graduates of the program will also have the academic and laboratory skills necessary for employment in medical, biotechnological, and pharmaceutical industries.