The Department of Physiology offers instruction designed to provide a working knowledge of the fundamental aspects of physiology and a foundation for understanding the functional basis of human health and disease. The course work seeks to balance broad coverage of the many physiological subspecialties with in-depth analysis of topics that are particularly illustrative of basic principles and methods. In this way, students acquire both background knowledge and a rational approach to the organization and evaluation of conceptual and factual information, the prerequisites of continuing self-education.

Andre Biuckians
Andre Biuckians, '01
Watertown, MA
BS in Chemistry, George
Washington University, 1995
MPH, Boston University, 1997
"I picked UMass because of the curriculum, which offers flexibility to pursue varied interests. As an independent learner, I appreciate not spending all my learning time in a classroom." Interested in combining public health with patient care, Biuckians learned of UMass' reputation while working as a laboratory technician. "The faculty are very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Their down-to-earth attitude enhances the learning experience. "

The course begins with a consideration of the basic aspects of cellular physiology and emphasizes the functional properties of biological membranes. It later examines the major physiological systems — cardiovascular, endocrine, gastrointestinal, renal and respiratory — that, in concert, regulate the cellular environment. A series of lectures in neurophysiology explores model systems dealing with integration in the central nervous system.

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