A degree focused on the mechanisms of how biological organisms function

The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Physiology enables students to further their knowledge and understanding of how living organisms function.

This major offers a broad catalog of coursework, allowing students to customize their experience to pursue careers and specific interests in a variety of biomedical science-related fields, including human healthcare, veterinary medicine, and the life-science industries.

It is strongly advised that students completed BIOL 1108 plus lab and CHEM 1212 plus lab before taking the introductory physiology course VPHY 3107-3107D. Students should successfully complete VPHY 3107-3017D before taking VPHY 3108 or upper-level VPHY electives.


Requirements and Coursework

Program Requirements

A baccalaureate degree program must require at least 21 semester hours of upper-division courses in the major field and at least 39 semester hours of upper-division work overall.
Students in the College of Veterinary Medicine must earn a grade of “C” (2.0) or better in major-required courses.

Courses / Programs of Study

Bachelor of Science with a Major in Biomedical Physiology

Total Degree Hours 120 hours
(This total does not include the 1-hour P.E. requirement.)
(Note that once Environmental Awareness, Experiential Learning, and Cultural Diversity requirements are met, they remain met even if you transfer between colleges.)

ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101E or ENGL 1101S (3 hours)
ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1102E or ENGL 1103 or ENGL 1050H or ENGL 1060H (3 hours)
MATH 1113 or MATH 1113E or MATH 2200 or MATH 2250 or MATH 2250E or MATH 2300H or MATH 2400 or MATH 2400H or MATH 2410 or MATH 2410H or STAT 2000 (3-4 hours)

At least one of the physical science or life science courses must include a laboratory.
Physical Sciences (3-4 hours)
Preferred Course(s):
(CHEM 1211, CHEM 1211L) or (CHEM 1311H, CHEM 1311L) or (CHEM 1411, CHEM 1411L)

Life Sciences (3-4 hours)
Preferred Course(s):
(BIOL 1107 or BIOL 1107E, BIOL 1107L) or (BIOL 2107H, BIOL 2107L)

Preferred Course(s):
PHYS 1111-1111L or 1211-1211L

World Languages and Culture (9 hours)
No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.

Humanities and the Arts (3 hours)
No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.

Students who have not met the Georgia and U.S. Constitution requirement by examination should enroll in POLS 1101 or POLS 1101E or POLS 1105H .
A passing grade on an examination on the history of the United States and Georgia is required to satisfy the United States and Georgia History Requirement for all persons receiving a baccalaureate degree from the University, unless exempted by one of the following courses: HIST 2111, HIST 2111E, HIST 2111H, HIST 2112, HIST 2112E, HIST 2112H, HIST 3080H. Examinations are given at University Testing Services. Reexamination is permitted. Contact University Testing Services at (706) 542-3183 for information.

No preferred courses for this area. See core curriculum view.

(BIOL 1108, BIOL 1108L) or (BIOL 2108H, BIOL 2018L) (4 cr, 2nd basic biology)
(CHEM 1212, CHEM 1212L) or (CHEM 1312H, CHEM 1312L) or (CHEM 1412, CHEM 1412L) (4 cr, 2nd basic chem)
(CHEM 2211, CHEM 2211L) or (CHEM 2311H, CHEM 2311L) (4 cr, 1st organic chem)
MATH 2250 or MATH 2250E or MATH 2300H or MATH 2400 or MATH 2400H (4 cr, calc I or differential calc)
PHYS 1112-1112L or PHYS 1212-1212L (4 cr, 2nd physics)

If any of the courses taken in Area VI have been used to satisfy Areas II-V of the Core Curriculum, General Electives may be taken here.

A baccalaureate degree program must require at least 21 semester hours of upper-division courses in the major field and at least 39 semester hours of upper-division work overall.
Students in the College of Veterinary Medicine must earn a grade of “C” (2.0) or better in major-required courses.

Required Courses (28-32 hours upper division)
BIOS 2010 or BIOS 2010E (4 cr), or STAT 2000 or STAT 2000E (4 cr), or STAT 2010 (3 cr), or STAT 2100H (4 cr), or STAT 3110 or STAT 3110E (3 cr) (3-4 credits, statistics)

(BCMB 3100 or BCMB 3100E) or BCMB 4020 (4 vs 3 credits, biochemistry)

VPHY 3107-3107D (4 credits, Integrative Concepts Physiol I, preferred) or (VPHY 3100 (3 credits, Elements of Physiology) and VPHY 3101 (1 credit, Elements of Physiology Seminar)) or (VPHY 3100E and VPHY 3101)

VPHY 3107L (1 credit, Integrative Concepts Physiol Lab)

VPHY 3108 (3 credits, Integrative Concepts Physiol II)

VPHY 3110 (2 credits, Careers Biomed Physiol & Prof Skills)

Complete 6 hours minimum:

VPHY 3990 (4 credits, Herd Health Study Away Program, Fall)

VPHY 3995-3995L (4 credits, Course-Based Research Experience Physiol, Fall, Spring; This course satisfies the UGA Experiential Learning requirement for BIPH majors.)

VPHY 4050 (3 credits, Peer Learning Assistant in Physiology, Fall, Spring; This course satisfies the UGA Experiential Learning requirement for BIPH majors.)

VPHY 4200E/6200E (3 credits, Physiologic Basis of Disease, Summer); VPHY 4200/6200 not offered after Fall 2022

VPHY 4300/6300 (3 credits, Endocrine Physiology, Spring)

VPHY(POPH) 4330W/6330W (3 credits, Scientific Writing- Communication Across Audiences, Fall.)

VPHY 4400/6400 (3 credits, Principles Neurophysiology, Fall)

VPHY 4401/6401 (3 credits, Advanced Neurophys and Neurological Disorders, Spring)

VPHY 4500/6500 (3 credits, Integrative Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiol, Fall)

VPHY 4600/6600 (3 credits, Physiological Toxicology, Fall)

VPHY 4700/6700 (3 credits, Gastrointestinal Physiology, Spring.)

VPHY 4800/6800 (3 credits, Comparative physiology, Spring.)

VPHY 4950 (1-4 credits, Special topics in Biomedical Physiology.)

VPHY(KINS) 5690/7690 and VPHY(KINS) 5690L/7690L (4 credits, Skeletal Muscle and Mitochondria Physiology and Lab, Spring)

Choose two courses from the following: (6-8 hours)
CBIO 2210-2210L (4 credits, Anatomy and Physiology II) or CBIO 3000-3000L (4 credits, Compar Vertebrate Anat) or CBIO 3010-3010L (4 credits, Functional Human Anat) or CBIO 3200L (1-3 credits, Medical Anat) or BMSC 4999E (3 credits, Comparative Vet Anat)

CBIO 3400 (4 credits, Cell Biology)

(CHEM 2212, CHEM 2212L) or (CHEM 2312H, CHEM 2312L) (4 credits, 2nd organic chem)

GENE 3200-3200D or GENE 3200H (4 credits, Genetics)

(MIBO 2500, MIBO 2500L) or (MIBO 2500E, MIBO 2500L) or (MIBO 3500, MIBO 3500L) or (MIBO 3500E, MIBO 3500L) (4 credits, microbiology, earlier version mistakenly omitted the lab)

BMSC 4500 (3 credits, Basic Medical Histology) or BMSC 4997E (3 credits, Pre-Veterinary/Pre-Medical Histology) or CBIO 3050 or CBIO 3050E (3 credits, Medical Histology, only 3050E is currently offered) or VPAT 3200 (3 credits, Histology and Histopathology)

Major Electives (9-12 hours)

Choose 3 courses from the physiology-related courses below for a total of 9 hours minimum.
Note: A maximum of 4 research hours in the sciences, e.g., 4960R courses, can count toward the required Major Electives hours.

ADSC 3300 (3 cr, Animal Nutrition & Metabolism)
ADSC 3400 (3 cr, Physiology of Reproduction in Domestic Animals)
ADSC 3420 (3 cr, Physiology of Lactation in Farm Animals)
ADSC(POUL) 4380/6380 (3 cr, Food Animal Growth and Development)
ADSC 4390/6390-4390L/6390L (3 cr, Equine Nutrition)
ADSC 4410/6410-4410L/6410L (3 cr, Applied Reproductive Management in Cattle and Swine)
ADSC 4420 (3 cr, Engineering Living Organisms)
ADSC 4430/6430-4430L/6430L (3 cr, Equine Exercise Physiology)
ADSC 4520/6520 (3 cr, Animal Cognition and Behavior)
ANNU(ADSC) 4360/6360 (3 cr, Ruminant Nutrition)
ANNU(ADSC) 4370/6370 (3 cr, Monogastric Nutrition)
BCMB 3433 (4 cr, Biology for Medicine)
BCMB 4010/6010 (4 cr, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology I)
BCMB(CHEM) 4110/6110 (3 cr, Physical Biochemistry)
BCMB 4120/6120 (4 cr, Human Biochemistry & Disease)
BCMB 4130 (3 cr, Human Biochemistry II)
BCMB(ENTO)(BTEC) 4200/6200 (3 cr, Biotechnology)
BIOL(WILD) 3700W (3 cr, Animal Behavior)
BIOL 4200W (3 cr, Science and Health Writing)
BIOL 4300W (3 cr, Scientific Research Writing)
BMSC 4500 (3 cr, Basic Medical Histology)
BMSC 4997E (3 cr, Pre-Veterinary/Pre-Medical Histology)
BMSC 4998E/6998E (3 cr, Principles Endocrine Physiology and Pharmacology)
BMSC 4999E (3 credits, Comparative Veterinary Anatomy for Pre-Veterinary Students)
BTEC(BCMB)(PBIO) 4000L (4 cr, Methods in Biotechnology)
CBIO 3000-3000L (4 cr, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy)
CBIO 3010-3010L (4 cr, Functional Human Anatomy)
CBIO 3050 or 3050E (3 cr, Medical Histology, only 3050E is currently offered)
CBIO 3200L (1-3 cr, Medical Anatomy)
CBIO 3400 (4 credits, Cell Biology)
CBIO 3600 (4 cr, Developmental Biology)
CBIO 3710 (3 cr, Principles of Physiology)
CBIO 3800 (4 cr, Neurobiology)
CBIO(MIBO)(IDIS) 4100/6100-4100D/6100D (4 cr, Immunology)
CBIO 4500/6500 (3 cr, Medical Parasitology)
CHEM 4120 (3 cr, Chemistry of Drug Design and Drug Action)
ECOL 3820 (3 cr, Evolutionary Medicine)
ECOL 4050/6050-4050L/6050L (4 cr, Ichthyology)
ECOL(BIOL) 4150/6150-4150L/6150L (4 cr, Population Biology of Infectious Diseases)
ECOL 4240-4240L (4 cr, Physiological Ecology)
ECOL 4775/6775-4775L/6775L (4 cr, Ecol Develop Biol and Ecotox)
EHSC 3060/3060E (3 cr, Intro to Environmental Health Science)
EHSC 4490 (3 cr, Environmental Toxicology)
EHSC 7010/7010E (3 cr, Fundamentals of Enviro Health Science)
ENGL 3860W (3 cr,  Science Writing for General Audiences)
ENTO 3645 or ENTO 3650 (3 cr, Medical Entomology)
ENTO 4000/6000-4000L/6000L (4 cr, General Entomology)
ENTO 4450/6450 (3 cr, Insect Behavior)
FISH(ECOL)(MARS)(WILD) 4300 (3 cr, Environmental Biology of Fishes)
FISH 4500/6500 and 4500L/6500L (4 cr, Fish Physiology and Laboratory)
GENE 3200-3200D or GENE 3200H (4 cr, Genetics or Honors Genetics)
GENE 4200/6200 (3 cr, Advanced Genetics)
GENE(CBIO) 4310/6310 (3 cr, Genetic Approaches to Developmental Neuroscience)
GENE 4500/6500 (3 cr, Human Genetics)
GRNT 3100E (3 cr, Early Life Influences on Aging)
GRNT 3400E/7400E (3 cr, Cognition and the Aging Brain)
GRNT 7600E (3 cr, Pharmacology, Health, and Aging)
IDIS 3100 or IDIS 3100H (3 cr, People, Parasites, and Plagues)
IDIS(POPH) 3110 (3 cr, Food Animal Infectious Diseases)
IDIS(NUTR) 4200/6200 (3 cr, We Are What We Eat! How Your Gut Influences Your Overall Health)
KINS 3115E (3 cr, Structural Kinesiology)
KINS 3450S (1-3 cr, Wellness Practicum for People with Disabilities)
KINS 3500-3500L (3 cr, Personal Training)
KINS 3600 (3 cr, Applied Biomechanics)
KINS 3700 or KINS 3700E (3 cr, Applied Exercise Physiol)
KINS 4150/6150 (3 cr, Global Issues in Sports Medicine)
KINS 4600/6600 (3 cr, Measurement and Surveillance of Physical Activity)
KINS 4630/6630 (3 cr, Exercise Physiol)
KINS 4680/6680 (3 cr, Integrative Cardiovascular Physiology)
KINS 4690/6690-4690L/6690L (4 cr, Neuromuscular Physiology)
KINS 4750S/6750S (1-3 cr, Service Learning in Kinesiology)
KINS 4780/6780 (3 cr, Neural Control of Human Mvmt & Skill Learning)
KINS 5140/7140 (1-3 cr, Current Problems in Kinesiology)
KINS 5690/7690 (3 cr, Skeletal Muscle & Mitochondria Physiology)
LAMS 3000E (1 cr, Foundations of Clinical Medicine I)
LAMS 3010E (1 cr, Foundations of Clinical Medicine II)
LAMS 3020E (1 cr, Foundations of Clinical Medicine III)
MARS 3550 (3 cr, Life in Fluids)
MIBO(POPH) 4220/6220 or MIBO(POPH) 4220S/6220S (3 cr, Pathogenic Bacteriology)
MIBO 4700/6700 (3 cr, Medical Mycology)
NUTR 3100 (3 cr, Macronutrients & Energy Balance)
NUTR 4050 (3 cr, Optimal Nutrition for the Life Span)
NUTR 4100/6100 (3 cr, Micronutrient Nutrition)
NUTR(KINS) 4220/6220 (3 cr, Nutrition in Physical Activity, Exercise, Sport)
NUTR 4530/6530 (4 cr, Medical Nutrition Therapy II)
NUTR 4590/6590 (3 cr, Metabolism & Physiology of Energy Balance and Obesity)
NUTR 4800/6800 (3 cr, Nutrition and Pharmacotherapy for Disease Management)
PATH(PBIO)(ANTH) 3010 (3 cr, Fungi: Friends & Foes)
PHIL 3220 (3cr, Biomedical Ethics)
PMCY 3000 or PMCY 3000E (4 cr, Human Physiology)
PMCY 3800 (3 cr, Introduction to Pharmacology)
PMCY 4000 (3 cr, The War on Cancer)
PMCY 4200/6200 (3 cr, Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacodynamics)
PMCY 4300/6300 (3 cr, Medicinal Chemistry)
PMCY 4600/6600 (3 cr, Biological Therapeutics)
PMCY 5050/7050 (3 cr, Abused Drugs)
POUL 3000-3000L (4 cr, Avian Surgical Techniques)
POUL 3123 (3 cr, Avian Biology: Ecology, Physiology, and Behavior)
POUL 3750 (4 cr, Integrated Animal Nutrition)
POUL(BIOL) 4060/6060 (3 cr, Reproductive Endocrinology)
POUL 4175 (3 cr, Avian Anatomy & Physiology)
POUL 4200/6200-4200L/6200L (4 cr, Avian Anatomy & Physiology)
POUL 4300/6300 (3 cr, Nutritional Immunology in Health & Production)
PSYC 3700 (3 cr, Schizophrenia)
PSYC 4120 (3 cr, Sensation & Perception)
PSYC 4130 (3 cr, Physiological & Comparative Psychology)
PSYC 4140 (3 cr, Cognitive Neuroscience)
PSYC 4150 (3 cr, Biological Foundations of Health Psychology)
PSYC 5850 (3 cr, Psychopharmacology – Drugs and Behavior)
VPAT 3100H (3 cr, Intro to Disease)
VPAT 3200 (3 cr, Histology and Histopathology)
VPAT 4000/6000 (3 cr, On the Origins of Disease)
VPAT 4100 (3 cr, Common Diseases of Production Animals)
VPHY 3990 (4 cr, Herd Health Study Away)
VPHY 3995-3995L (4 cr, Course-Based Research Exper Physiol)
VPHY 4050 (3cr, Peer-Learning Assistant in Physiology)
VPHY 4200E/6200E (3 cr, Physiologic Basis of Disease); VPHY 4200/6200 offered variably
VPHY 4300/6300 (3 cr, Endocrine Physiology)
VPHY(POPH) 4330W/6330W (3 cr, Scientific Writing- Communication Across Audiences)
VPHY 4400/6400 (3 cr, Principles Neurophysiology)
VPHY 4401/6401 (3 cr, Advanced Neurophys and Neurological Disorders)
VPHY 4500/6500 (3 cr, Integrative Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiol)
VPHY 4600/6600 (3 cr, Physiological Toxicology)
VPHY 4700/6700 (3 cr, Gastrointestinal Physiology)
VPHY 4800/6800 (3cr, Comparative Physiology)
VPHY 4950 (1-4 cr, Special Topics in Biomedical Physiology)
VPHY(KINS) 5690/7690 and VPHY(KINS) 5690L/7690L (4 credits, Skeletal Muscle and Mitochondria Physiology and Lab)
WILD(ECOL) 4040/6040-4040L/6040L (4 cr, Herpetology)
WILD(ECOL) 4060/6060-4060L/6060L (4 cr, Ornithology)
WILD 4400/6400 (3 cr, Wildlife Physiology and Nutrition)

General Electives (14-22 hours)

Sample 4-Year Plan

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