Human physiology is the science of how the human body functions in health and disease.
A degree in human physiology provides excellent preparation for careers or graduate study in biomedical research and the health professions or related disciplines.
Students examine human physiological systems from the molecular and cellular levels to the human body as a whole. This area of study uses basic science to measure human responses to internal and external stimuli (such as changes in activity levels, varying environmental conditions, and disease processes), and applies this knowledge to the promotion of human health.
Students interested in this major need to meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Students majoring in human physiology (BS) may not earn a second major in health and human physiology (BA).
Also, students who major in human physiology may not earn the minor in human physiology or the minor in physical activity and nutrition science.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
The curriculum includes courses in human anatomy, physiology, and physical activity along with foundational course work in the sciences: biology, mathematics, statistics, and chemistry. Elective courses provide in-depth study across a broad range of topics in human physiology, including those related to health and disease.
Students in this major also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core requirements.
See Human Physiology in the General Catalog for details on required course work for the major or minor, graduating with honors, and for information about the minor in human physiology or physical activity and nutrition science.