2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Physiology (PGY)

Physiology & Biophysics

124 Sherman Hall
South Campus
Ph: 716-829-2738
F: 716-829-2344
W: www.smbs.buffalo.edu/phb/index.php
Dr. Susan Udin
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Leah Keefe
Department Staff

The Learning Environment

*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.

About Our Facilities

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.

About Our Faculty

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics has a total of 18 faculty, including 1 SUNY Distinguished Professor, 10 Professors, 3 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.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Department of Physiology and Biophysics website for additional information about our faculty.

PGY Courses


  • PGY 198SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • PGY 199SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • PGY 300LEC Human Physiology
    Lecture

    Functions of the human body; interrelationships of the organ systems as humans respond and adapt to their environment.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: ANA 113 or ES 207 or CHE 101 or CHE 105 or CHE 107 or CHE 111 or BIO 200 with a grade of C
    Other Requisites: PGY 300
  • PGY 405LEC Cell & Membrane Physiology
    Lecture

    Contemporary issues of cell structure and function and experimental methods used in modern cell biology research. Lectures concern basic principles and show how these principles are derived from research through reviewing original journal articles.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • PGY 412LEC Applied Physiology
    Lecture

    Physiological responses of the body to the internal stresses caused by disease.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: PGY 300 Or PGY 451 Or PGY 452
  • PGY 424LEC Developmental Neuro
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • PGY 428LAB Neurophysiology
    Laboratory

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • PGY 451LEC Human Physiology I
    Lecture

    First semester of a two-semester lecture course in human body functions.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: CHE 101 or CHE 202 CHE 107 or CHE 111 or BIO 200 or BIO 201 with a grade of C or better.
    Other Requisites: PGY 451
  • PGY 452LEC Human Physiology II
    Lecture

    Second semester of a two-semester lecture course in human body functions.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: PGY 451 Or PGY 551
  • PGY 495TUT Supervised Teaching
    Tutorial

    Undergraduate teaching assistants will work in pairs to facilitate a PGY 300 review session for 2 hours every other week. Includes a review of recorded lectures, answering student questions, and providing clear explanation of class material. Other duties include facilitating a class blog on Blackboard and assisting with logistical support on exam days.

    Credits: 1 - 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • PGY 498TUT Physiology Research
    Tutorial

    Students participate in original investigative work that includes both laboratory work and literature searching.

    Credits: 1 - 8
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • PGY 499TUT Independent Study
    Tutorial

    Undergraduate research tutorial.

    Credits: 1 - 8
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Physiology & Biophysics

124 Sherman Hall
South Campus
Ph: 716-829-2738
F: 716-829-2344
W: www.smbs.buffalo.edu/phb/index.php
Dr. Susan Udin
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Leah Keefe
Department Staff
Published: November 16, 2017 08:33:09 AM