Physiology is the study of the functions, mechanisms and structures of living organisms. It utilises the experimental methods as well as the techniques and concepts of the physical and chemical sciences. Research is aimed at the integration of the various activities of cells, tissues and organs at the level of the intact organism. In many instances the solutions to physiological problems are of practical value in medicine or help in our understanding of our bodies and those of other animals.
What do Physiologists do?
Graduates who have majored in physiology are generally employed in the biomedical field, in occupations such as biomedical research, hospital science, sports science, health promotion, dietetics, chiropractic or medical journalism. Many of these professionals require further postgraduate study or training. Many of our graduates have also entered graduate medical and dental programs at the University of Sydney and other universities, while other graduates have become academics or teachers, or joined the public service or business sector.
Students can study physiology in the Bachelor of Medical Science (through the Human Life Science units) or through the Bachelor of Science, Advanced Science or Bachelor of Liberal studies degrees. Physiology is also an important part of an interdisciplinary major in neuroscience.
Although there are no first year units in physiology, it is recommended that students in first year study chemistry (required), molecular biology, maths and physics.