BS/MS in Human Physiology

The BS/MS in Human Physiology is an early-admission, accelerated program that prepares students for research careers in medical, pharmaceutical, or biotechnology settings. The program provides a strong foundation for doctoral-level studies in biology, physiology, or neuroscience while also strengthening professional school applications.

As with the BS in human physiology, the undergraduate portion of the BS/MS program has premedical courses built into the curriculum and includes a clinical or research internship. In the senior year, however, students begin taking graduate courses and start their thesis research. Working together with a faculty mentor, a graduate plan of study based on research interests and career goals is developed. Learn more about departmental research opportunities by investigating our renowned faculty and our human physiology research labs.

Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted after an interested student has completed two years of undergraduate study, including one year each of general chemistry, organic chemistry, and general biology, with minimum 3.2 GPA. The application deadline is April 1 of the sophomore year with official transcripts submitted by June 1 and decision made by July 1 for acceptance into the program for fall semester of the junior year. Admission is based on academic record, letters of recommendation, an interview, and involvement in college and community activities, as well as evidence of curiosity, responsibility, ethics and maturity. To remain in the program, students must maintain a 3.00 GPA both cumulatively and in the sciences, with no graduate-level course grade below B-.

Degree Requirements

The curriculum is similar to the BS in Human Physiology course of study through the junior year with the exception that students will be required to take the year-long Biochemistry sequence (CAS CH421/422) which is optional for BS only students. Students begin master’s thesis research in their senior year, graduate with a BS degree at the end of their 4th year in the program, and by the end of their 5th year will have completed a master’s thesis and will graduate with an MS degree.


Begin BS in Human Physiology


First Semester

  • CAS BI 107 Biology I
  • CAS CH 101 General Chemistry I
  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar
  • CAS PS 101 General Psychology
  • SAR HP 150 Freshman Experience Seminar

Second Semester

  • CAS BI 108 Biology II
  • CAS CH 102 General Chemistry II
  • CAS WR 150 Writing
  • SAR HP 151 Introduction to Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
  • PDP Activity


First Semester

  • CAS CH 203 Organic Chemistry
  • CAS BI 203 Cell Biology
  • CAS MA 121 Calculus
  • CAS HU XXX Humanities Elective

Second Semester

  • CAS CH 214 Organic Chemistry
  • CAS BI 315 Systems Physiology
  • CAS MA 122 Calculus
  • CAS Social Science elective*

*For students planning to apply to medical school, the department recommends taking CAS SO 100 Principles in Sociology or CAS SO 215 Sociology of Health Care to prepare for the MCAT exam.

Apply to BS/MS combined program


First Semester

  • CAS CH 421 Biochemistry I
  • CAS PY 105 Elementary Physics
  • SAR HS 251 Human Nutrition Science
  • CAS Social Science elective

Second Semester

  • CAS CH422 Biochemistry II
  • CAS PY 106 Elementary Physics
  • CAS Humanities Elective
  • CAS Humanities Elective


First Semester

  • SAR HS 342 Exercise Physiology or SAR HS 360 Muscle Biology
  • SAR HS 369 Gross Human Anatomy
  • SPH BS704 Biostatistics
  • SAR HS791 Research

Second Semester

  • SAR HS 370 Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology
  • SAR HS 375 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology
  • General Elective
  • SAR HS791 Research

Complete BS in Human Physiology

Begin MS in Human Physiology

MS Program

First Semester

  • SAR HS750 Analysis of Physiological Literature
  • CAS BI 552 Molecular Biology 1
  • Elective*
  • SAR HS791 Research

Second Semester

  • CAS BI553 Molecular Biology II
  • Elective*
  • Elective*
  • SAR HS791 Research

Complete MS in Human Physiology

* Electives to be chosen, in consultation with your advisor, from a list of graduate courses in the department of Health Sciences and other university graduate programs, e.g. Biology and GRS, or GMS.