*Not a baccalaureate degree program
Physiology courses provide students whose majors are in the life and health sciences with an understanding of body functions at the cellular and organ-system levels. A number of courses serve as prerequisites for majors with a healthcare focus. Students whose majors are not directly associated with the health professions are encouraged to take physiology courses as long as students satisfy course prerequisites.
Courses are either in lecture format or independent study. The lecture classes range in size from 20 to 450 students, and for the largest classes, some students receive instruction during class via remote video feed in overflow classrooms. We offer two types of introductory Physiology courses. One is a one-semester Human Physiology course, while the other extends over two semesters for students who want a more extensive view of the field. In addition, we offer a Pathophysiology course and a specialized course in Cell and Membrane Physiology.
Independent research takes place in individual faculty’s laboratories, which are equipped for a wide range of cutting-edge methods, ranging from single-channel electrophysiology to multiple types of cell imaging, to stem cell technology. Students have hands-on experience that contributes to their gaining a deeper understanding of the experimental basis of physiology and allows them to determine whether they wish to pursue a career in research.
The Department of Physiology and Biophysics has a total of 17 faculty, including 1 SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, 1 SUNY Distinguished Professor, 9 Professors, 2 Associate Professors, 1 Assistant Professor, and 3 Research Faculty members. Many of our faculty study the structure and function of ion channels and have led their field in developing sophisticated methods for interpreting data that show how small changes in structure have major impacts on the functions of molecules. The channels in question range from those at the neuromuscular junction, where nerves control muscle contraction, to those that control the balance of sodium in the body’s fluids, to potassium channels that determine whether lungs function normally or are afflicted with cystic fibrosis or whether the heart works properly. The Department faculty have amassed numerous awards such as SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, SUNY Chancellor's Award for Research, SUNY Distinguished Inventor Awards, National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) Independent Investigator Award, Asian Institute of NanoScience and Technology Award, Kenneth S. Cole Award of the Biophysical Society, among other.
Please visit the Department of Physiology and Biophysics website for additional information about our faculty.