Physiologists study the mechanisms by which the body functions, from the molecular and cellular levels through progressive differentiation to tissue, organs, systems and eventually the integrated interactions and control of body functions. Knowledge is applied during research investigations of normal and abnormal life processes. Basic and clinical research can be entered into at various levels, namely the molecular, cellular, structural and diagnostic levels. Human Physiology is a major for two programmes in biological sciences: BSc (Human Physiology) and BSc (Human Physiology, Genetics and Psychology). Specialised physiology modules form part of student training in medicine, dentistry, nursing, dietetics, biokinetics, communication pathology, food science, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, radiography and some consumer science programmes.
During the first year of study towards a BSc (Human Physiology) degree, students are exposed to a generic, basic range of subjects in biological and agricultural sciences. In the second year, physiological systems (neurophysiology, haematology, cardiovascular physiology, pulmonary physiology, renal physiology, nutrition and digestive physiology, endocrinology and reproductive physiology) are studied with biochemistry and genetics as compulsory subjects.
The programme is concluded in the third year with a selection of integrated physiology modules, namely sport physiology, nutrition and development, psycho-neuroimmunology and cell physiology, as well as industrial physiology. At the third-year level, students can select some elective modules. Psychology and genetics are compulsory subjects in the triple major degree programme.
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