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Field of Study: Physiology


Physiology programs teach people how animals move and breathe, how plants grow, and how both reproduce.



Physiology programs include topics such as:

  • Reproduction and growth
  • Vascular function
  • Homeostasis
  • Physical function and malfunction
  • Evolutionary physiology
  • Disease processes
  • Cell biology
  • Genetics

Community colleges and other 2-year schools offer associate degree programs. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Few colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in physiology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in physiology. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.