Prospective Students

Experience Life as a Physiology Wildcat

Connecting science, medicine, and health since 1892.

What is the Physiology & Medical Sciences program?

Physiology is the study of human life and how the body works. Th Physiology & Medical Sciences program explores the biological functions of the human body and how these functions are affected by stress and disease.

As a Physiology & Medical Sciences student, you will receive a basic grounding in biological and physical sciences and extensive instruction in the physiological sciences taught by dedicated faculty members.

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Why Choose Physiology & Medical Sciences?

Physiology is an internationally recognized field of study that provides valuable preparation for future studies and a wide variety of exciting careers. Our department is currently ranked #19 in the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research (BRIMR) rankings of National Health Institute (NIH) funding, so you can feel confident in the quality of education you'll receive. 

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Degree Customization

Choose one of four emphasis areas to best suit your academic goals and personal interests. 

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High Quality Training

Gain interdisciplinary skills through rigorous coursework and ample engagement opportunities.

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Award-Winning Faculty

Take classes are taught by award-winning faculty, some of whom are alumni of the program.

What Can I Do with a Physiology & Medical Sciences Degree? 

Through the Physiology & Medical Sciences program, you'll have the opportunity to gain: 
  • An ability to communicate information, facts, ideas, and perspectives clearly and effectively.
  • An ability to gather and analyze information to fully understand complex problems.
  • An ability to use innovative thinking to solve problems.
  • An ability to prioritize and complete necessary tasks.
  • An ability to collaborate with others to achieve a common goal.
Upon completion of the Physiology & Medical Sciences program, you'll be prepared to pursue a wide range of opportunities:

Possible Careers

  • Medical/Health Science Writer
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Medical Sales/Marketing
  • Blood Bank Technologist 
  • Epidemiology 
  • Clinical Research
  • Health Educator/Promoter 
  • Community Health Worker
  • Wound Care Specialist

Preparedness for Further Education

  • Dentistry
  • Nursing
  • Medicine
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Speech-Language Pathology

Talk to a PSIO Ambassador

Our PSIO Ambassadors are currently enrolled students who are excited to share their experiences in the program with you and answer your questions.

Connect One-on-One

Talk directly to a current student with similar interests and goals or ask questions about being a PSIO student.

Attend an Info Session

Want to learn more? Attend one of our information sessions!

Interested in Becoming Part of the W.A. Franke Honors College?

Being a Physiology student who is part of the Honors College offers many advantages, including earlier registration, smaller class sizes, and more faculty attention.

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Visit Our Campus

Experience life as a Wildcat! There are many ways to see our campus, including in-person tours and events, virtual tours, and self-guided virtual tours.

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See what PSIO students are up to, check out alumni stories, learn more about research, and stay informed about the happenings in our department.


Already a current University of Arizona student wanting to change your major to Physiology & Medical Sciences?

You can learn more about degree requirements and major courses to make sure the degree is a good fit before submitting your change of major request. 

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