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Integrative Physiology

The mission of the Department of Integrative Physiology is to discover and promote knowledge of how humans and other animals function at the level of cells, organs, and systems. The program of study emphasizes both the role of physical activity in human health and function across the lifespan and the responses of different organisms to various forms of stress. Students can choose from a research program that includes the study of biomechanics, cell physiology, comparative physiology, endocrinology, immunology, exercise physiology, and neurophysiology.

In general, post baccalaureate programs of study are based around the research endeavors of the graduate faculty involving over 20 separate laboratories. Visit our web page at for details on each individual research lab.

Degrees Offered:

Degree Details: 

Master’s candidates entering the graduate program must complete 30 credits to graduate. They must select one of the three following options: 1) Thesis-course work should include 4-6 thesis hours; 2) Research project-course work should include 3 research project hours; or 3) Course work only. A comprehensive final examination is required for all Master’s candidates. The examination will consist of a defense of the thesis/research project that integrates the course work completed for the degree.

Doctoral students must complete 30 semester hours of course work at or above the 5000 level, 30 semester hours of dissertation research (IPHY 8990), the department’s preliminary review, plus comprehensive and final examinations.

Admissions Requirements: 
  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  2. Provide GRE scores.
  3. Provide three letters of recommendation.
  4. Provide a personal statement of academic interests and research focus.
  5. Provide one unofficial transcript for all undergraduate and graduate work.
  6. Provide a $50.00, non-refundable processing fee ($70 for international applicants).
  7. Please visit the Integrative Physiology website for details.
Fall Domestic Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 15, 2016
Fall International Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Contact Information: 

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Integrative Physiology
Clare Small 113
354 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0354
Phone 303-492-3122
Fax 303-492-4009