Physiology (BS)


This major is designed for students intending to pursue postgraduate training in biology or health sciences. This major is particularly well suited for students pursuing pre-professional health training in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and other health-related careers.

  • A minimum 105 credits are required for this major, including 35 upper-division credits in biology.
  • This major requires courses in ethics or the completion of an undergraduate research project. The ethics focus is appropriate for students interested in medical school or other professional health-science training. Undergraduate research is essential if you are interested in graduate studies in other areas.
  • Students should target a minimum 3.0 GPA in their science coursework if they intend to pursue postgraduate training.
  • If you are interested in pre-professional health-science training, consult with your advisor as early as possible to determine how best to meet your career goals. Please visit the Biology PPHS resource site for more information.

Entering and completing the major 

In order to earn a degree, you must complete at least one academic major. SPU encourages students to explore various academic paths, so if you change your mind about a major or minor, or want to include an additional program, you are able to do so, as outlined below.

Note that the University encourages you to enter your chosen major(s) and minor(s) by the start of your junior year. Students who transfer as juniors and seniors should enter a major within their first two quarters at SPU.

  • If this is your first quarter at SPU and you identified the Physiology major as your first choice on your application for admission to the University, you have gained entry to the major.
  • To change to or add a major or minor in this department, follow these instructions.
  • The University requires a grade of C- or better in all classes that apply to a major or minor; however, programs may require higher minimum grades in specific courses. You may repeat an SPU course only once for a higher grade.
  • To advance in this program, meet with your faculty advisor regularly to discuss your grades, course progression, and other indicators of satisfactory academic progress. If your grades or other factors indicate that you may not be able to successfully complete the major or minor, your faculty advisor can work with you to explore options, which may include choosing a different major or minor.
  • You must complete the major or minor requirements that are in effect in the SPU Undergraduate Catalog for the year you enter the major or minor.

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Course planning: Suggested course sequences