5: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

General Information | Programs and Degrees Offered | Admission Information
Financial Assistance | Graduate Academic Regulations
Requirements for Specific Graduate Degrees | Departments and Programs | Faculty

Non-Departmental | Anthropology | Art | Asian and Middle Eastern | Asian Studies | Astronomy
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Department of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics
Course Descriptions | Departmental Degree Requirements

Course Descriptions

PHY 704 - (8) (Y)
General Physiology

Study of selected topics in cellular physiology, including the physiology of the human cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, renal, and endocrine systems. Emphasizes the cellular mechanisms involved in the functions of the various organ systems, the roles of the organ systems in homeostasis, and the control of the organ systems by neural and hormonal mechanisms. Lectures, discussions, and clinical correlations.

PHY 801, 802, 803, 804 - (2) (S)
Seminar in Physiology

Topics of current interest in physiology and related sciences are presented and discussed.

PHY 806 - (4) (Y)
Molecular and Cellular Biophysics

Prerequisite: BIOC 503, GSAS 812 and one advanced physics and/or physical chemistry course is desirable
Study of various aspects of molecular physiology and biophysics of cells, including the electrical properties of membranes, ion transport processes, and intracellular signal transduction. Methodological approaches to be discussed include the use of electron probe X-ray microanalysis, electron energy loss spectroscopy, laser scanning confocal microscopy, cryoelectron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and molecular biological, electrophysiological, and spectroscopic approaches to the study of cell function.

Note   The following advanced courses will be offered as required.

PHY 831 - (2) (IR)
Topics in Cellular Physiology

Topics vary and include mathematical methods in physiology, electrophysiology, contractile systems, transport mechanisms.

PHY 842 - (2) (IR)
Topics in Cardiovascular Physiology

Study of selected areas in circulatory physiology, including physiology of cardiac muscle, cardiac control, and regulation of peripheral vasculature.

PHY 852 - (3) (E)
Vascular Biology

Prerequisites: A course in mammalian physiology and one in cell biology A broad interdisciplinary course considering the basis for vascular function from a physiological and pathophysiological perspective. Topics include basic microcirculatory function, smooth muscle and endothelial cell function and development, capillary exchange, inflammatory processes, leukocyte endothelial cell interactions, and the pathophysiology of atherogenesis.

PHY 862 - (2) (Y)

Study of selected topics in neurophysiology, emphasizing synaptic organization of the brain. Builds on how neurons convert physical stimuli into the sensations they evoke and how movement is controlled through integrative neuronal action. Explores those mechanisms of learning and memory that can be explained at the neuronal and molecular levels.

PHY 892, 893 - (1-3) (S)
Directed Readings in Physiology

Readings in particular fields of physiology under supervision of the instructor.

PHY 897 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research

Taken before a thesis director is selected.

PHY 898 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research

For masterís thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.

PHY 995 - (3-12) (S)

Directed research on an approved problem in physiology.

PHY 996 - (3-12) (S)

Directed research on an approved problem in physiology.

PHY 997 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research

For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.

PHY 999 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research

For doctoral dissertation.

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