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, '01
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.