Minor in Human Physiology

A minor in human physiology is offered to undergraduate students at Boston University wishing to enhance their knowledge of physiology, anatomy, neuroscience, exercise science, or nutrition. With a strong foundation in the prerequisite courses in the basic sciences and human biology and with the help of a departmental faculty advisor, the student will plan a program of five courses that will best accomplish the student’s specific objectives. Related international study opportunities include the science programs offered in Madrid, Dresden, or Grenoble or the Auckland University Studies Program.

A student wishing to complete a minor (20 credit hours) may use no more than two courses from another concentration to fulfill the requirements for the minor. The student will be required to complete the two core courses (8 credits) and an additional three courses (12 credits) from the following list.

Core Courses

  • SAR HS 369 Gross Human Anatomy (Prereq: CAS BI 105, 106, or BI 107, 108)
  • SAR HS 370 Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology (Prereq: CAS BI 211 or BI 315, SAR HS 369 recommended)

Additional Courses

  • SAR HS 251 Human Nutrition Science
  • SAR HS 281 Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle (Prereq: SAR HS 251 and CAS BI 211 or BI 315)
  • SAR HS 300 Epidemiology I
  • SAR HS 342 Exercise Physiology (Prereq: CAS BI 211 or BI 315)
  • SAR HS 360 Muscle Biology in Health and Disease (Prereq: CAS BI 315)
  • SAR HS 361 Introduction to Computational Neuroscience of Speech, Language and Hearing (Prereq: CAS MA 226 and either CAS CN 210 or CAS NE 204)
  • SAR HS 375 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology (Prereq: SAR HS 342)
  • SAR HS 550 Neural Systems (Prereq: one or more courses in basic neuroscience)
  • SAR HP 252 Health and Disability Across the Life Span
  • SAR HP 353 Organization and Delivery of Health Care in the U.S.
  • SAR HP 565 Biomechanics

Students are required to have a GPA of 2.0 or higher to qualify for a minor in human physiology and must receive a grade of C or better in each course to complete the minor.