Discoveries in physiology have a broad impact upon health and medicine, environmental science, industry, nutrition, exercise, and reproductive biology. Many of the discoveries from the human genome rely on physiology to understand their impact on the human body.
The Physiology major teaches you how the body works. You will learn how cells, organs and the whole body function. You will examine disturbances in whole-body systems, such as those relating to the endocrine, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, developmental and neural control systems. The experimental bases of physiology are emphasised and you will use contemporary techniques to examine questions in physiology.
This major is available in the Bachelor of Biomedicine and the Bachelor of Science.
- Career Options
Upon completion of this major you are well equipped to find biomedical career opportunities in universities, specialist institutes, industry, teaching, government or hospitals. Physiology is also a perfect undergraduate area of study for students aiming to progress to graduate study in medicine and health sciences.
- Graduate Pathways
Bachelor of Biomedicine graduates with a Physiology major are very well placed for further study in honours, graduate professional entry degrees or, upon completion of appropriate research training preparation following the Bachelor of Biomedicine, research higher degrees.
Depending on the major undertaken, students may apply for an Honours program upon completion of the Bachelor of Biomedicine.
Graduate Professional Entry Degrees
For students who wish to continue professional studies at graduate level, the degree provides a pathway into a range of graduate professional entry programs, some of which also provide research training.
Research Higher Degrees
For students who wish to explore biomedicine research questions in greater depth, there will be opportunities to proceed to Research Higher Degrees at masters and doctoral level. Research training preparation within the Honours year, Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters degree will be required as preparation for a research higher degree.
MDHS Graduate Pathways advice is available at the Health Hub.
Sample Course Plan
Bachelor of Biomedicine - Physiology Major
|Semester 1|| BIOL10002|
Biomolecules & Cells
Experimental Design & Date Analysis
Chemistry for Biomedicine
Science & Pseudoscience
|Semester 2|| BIO10003|
Genes & Environment
Mathematics for Biomedicine
Physics for Biomedicine
Sports coaching: Theory & Practice
|Semester 1|| BIOM20001|
Molecular & Cellular Biomedicine
Relating Health & Learning
Sport, Education & the Media
|Semester 2|| BIOM20002|
Human Structure & Function
Evolution: Making Sense of Life
|Semester 1|| BIOM30002|
Biomedicine: Molecule to Malady
Cardiovascular Health: Genes & Hormones
Wellbeing, Motivation & Performance
|Semester 2|| BIOM30001|
Frontiers in Biomedicine
Frontiers in Physiology
Muscle & Exercise Physiology
Youth & Popular Culture
*This is a sample course plan only. Subjects offered may change from year to year. Current subject offerings available in the University Handbook.
*The breadth subjects featured in this plan are examples only. You must complete at least four breadth subjects in this degree.
|Course Core Subjects||Major Core Subjects||Other science areas of study to complement the major|
|Subjects leading to major||Major Elective Subjects||Breadth Subjects|