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Cellular and Integrative Physiology
School of Medicine

Departmental E-mail: cellphys [at] iupui [dot] edu

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Degrees Offered

Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

Graduate training in the department reflects the modern view of physiology as an integrative science, utilizing information ob­tained from several different levels to gain a better understand­ing of organ system functions. State-of-the-art techniques are used to study physiological responses at the molecular, cellular, and whole-organ levels. The research interests of the faculty span cardiovascular physiology, cell growth and development, respiratory biology, cancer biology, and signal transduction mechanisms.

Special Departmental Requirements

(See also general University Graduate School requirements.)

Admission Requirements

Students should have a background in biology, chemistry, phys­ics, and mathematics. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores are required as a part of the application and are used as guidelines for admission together with GPA and letters of recommendation.

Master of Science Degree

Course Requirements

A total of 30 credit hours is required; two options are offered, non-thesis and thesis.
The non-thesis option consists of 30 credit hours of didactic course work. Required courses include: F702 (1 cr.), G715 (3 cr.), G716 (3 cr.), G717 (3 cr.), F613 (5 cr.), G655 (1 cr.), G651 (3 cr.), and G504 (2 cr.). In addition, 9 credits of elective course­work will complete the degree requirements.

The thesis MS option consists of 30 credit hours of both didac­tic courses and laboratory research. Required courses include: F702 (1 cr.), G715 (3 cr.), G716 (3 cr.), G717 (3 cr.), G735 (2 cr.). The student must also take both G736 (1 cr.) and G735 (2 cr.) or F613 (5 cr.), 3-6 credits of elective, G655 (1 cr.), and either G505 (1 cr.) or G504 (2 cr.). In addition, 12 credits of research (F701) are required.



Final Examination

Oral defense of dissertation with MS thesis option

Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Course Requirements

A total of 90 credit hours, including 30 credit hours of formal course work, (of which 12 are in the minor field). Required courses include: G717 (3 cr.), G735 (1 cr.), G736 (1 cr.), G718 (6 cr.), F702 (1 cr.), G855 (1 cr.), G655 (1 cr.), G505 (1 cr.). Three credits of Physiology electives complete the 18 credit hours of course work for the major.

Comprised of 12 credit hours in one of the following fields: anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology and immunology, phar­macology, medical genetics, neurobiology, life sciences, aging diabetes, imaging, bioinformatics, or cancer biology.
Qualifying Examination

Written and oral.

Final Examination

Oral defense of dissertation.
Other Provision

Participation in Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program or de­partmental teaching is required.

Ph.D. Minor in Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Students outside the department desiring to obtain a doctoral minor in physiology must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours in physiology courses other than research (F701) and seminar (F702).

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