Graduate Courses

IPHY 5100 (2). Colloquium in Integrative Physiology
Introduces a small group of students to current research topics in integrative physiology, evaluation of current research, and discussion of critical issues.

IPHY 5102 (2). Molecular Genetic Analysis of Physiology and Behavior
Utilizes molecular, classical, and quantitative genetics as a method for understanding the molecular basis of human and animal physiology and behavior. Prereqs., EBIO 2070 or 2670, or MCDB 2150.

IPHY 5200 (3). Physiological Genetics and Genomics
Introduces genetic and genomic concepts as they apply to mammalian physiology. The course covers fundamental concepts and methods in molecular genetics and genomics and their applications towards understanding the role of genetics in the normal and pathological function of physiological systems. Required of first year students in Behavioral Genetics certificate program.

IPHY 5232 (3). Molecular Genetics and Behavior
Covers fundamental mechanisms of gene action, including DNA structure and regulation of gene expression. Discusses molecular techniques used to examine human genetic diseases. Emphasizes genetic diseases with behavioral and neurological abnormalities.

IPHY 5440 (4). Endocrinology
Introduces mammalian endocrine system. Course provides a thorough analysis and integration of chemical communication by hormones, paracrines, and semiochemicals.

IPHY 5550 (3). Exercise Biochemistry
Examines the underlying biochemical mechanisms that are responsible for the physiological adaptations to short- and long-term dynamic exercise. The interaction of key biochemical alterations as it relates to disease (diabetes, aging) and exercise will be addressed. Prereq., one year of chemistry. Prereq. or coreq., IPHY 4650 or instructor consent.

IPHY 5580 (3). Sleep Physiology
Describes the physiology and neurobiology of sleep and impact of sleep, sleep deprivation, and sleep disorders on immune, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, and neural systems, as well as examines changes in sleep across the life span. The integrative nature of sleep and circadian rhythms in normal physiological and cognitive function and their importance in health and disease processes will be emphasized.

IPHY 5600 (4). Immunology
Studies the immune system, a multi-cellular system that functions to protect us from disease. Introduces concepts associated with the development and function of individual cells of the immune system (T-cells, B-cells, neutrophils, dendritic cells, macrophages), as well as their integrative roles in physiology and host defense.

IPHY 5730 (3). Motor Control
Examines the central and peripheral neural structures responsible for the control and coordination of human movement. Theories of motor control are also investigated from a behavioral and biomechanical view. Concepts in reflexive and voluntary movement control are emphasized.

IPHY 5740 (3). Theory of Motor Skill Learning
Offers a critical analysis of motor learning theories, including Adam's closed loop theory, Schmidt's schema theory, and the influence of contextual interference on learning and performance. Also covers feedback and practice organization. Projects and presentations required.

IPHY 5800 (5). Advanced Statistics and Research Methods in Integrative Physiology
Focuses on how descriptive, correlational, and inferential statistics apply to physiological data. Provides instruction and experience in using related computer programs and examines the many considerations involved in physiological research methods.

IPHY 5830 (3). Writing for the Research Scientist
Promotes understanding of the rhetorical goals, structure, design, and language for effective scientific texts, emphasizing research reports and grant proposals. Supports students in executing advanced cognitive processes in planning, drafting, and revising. Involves instructor-guided procedural facilitation and peer-review workshops based on students' current writing projects in courses and laboratory research. Prereq., basic proficiency in English. Restricted to graduate students.

IPHY 5840 (1-6). Graduate Independent Study
Restricted to IPHY graduate students. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.

IPHY 6010 (3). Physiology of Aging
Primary emphasis is on the human cardiovascular system in health, chronic disease, and normal aging.

IPHY 6010 (1). Seminar-Sleep Medicine

IPHY 6010 (3). Molecular Genetics of Addiction

IPHY 6100 (1-3). Independent Study---Doctoral
Mentor-supervised academic experience designed to develop and enhance the professional/research skills of the doctoral candidates from the department.

IPHY 6650 (3). Cellular Cardiovascular Physiology
Focuses on the cellular control of cardiac and smooth muscle contraction, at rest and in response to acute and chronic exercise. Addresses certain pathophysiological and physiological adaptive mechanisms.

IPHY 6660 (3). Locomotion Energetics and Biomechanics
Critiques and discusses both classic and cutting edge scientific research in the area of terrestrial locomotion.

IPHY 6670 (2). Hypothesis Testing in Locomotion Biomechanics
Focuses on the scientific process including formulating and testing hypotheses in studies of locomotion. Students analyze primary articles to determine whether the studies tested hypotheses and to generate new hypotheses that logically follow from previous studies.

IPHY 6680 (3). Matlab for Physiological and Biomechanical Research
This introduction to Matlab programming will teach the skills needed to write and modify programs for data acquisition and analysis, statistics, plotting, and simulation.

IPHY 6830 (3). Professional Skills for the Research Scientist
Focuses on delineation of research problems, types of research, design of experiments, specific research procedures and tools, and instruction in preparation of proposals, research papers, and theses.

IPHY 6840 (1-3). Research Project
Involves a scholarly investigation of a selected topic using literature and/or experimental techniques. Advisor required. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.

IPHY 6940 (3). Master's Degree Candidate

IPHY 6950 (1-6). Master's Thesis
Restricted to IPHY graduate students.

IPHY 8990 (1-10). Doctoral Dissertation
All doctoral students must register for not fewer than 30 hours of dissertation credit as part of the requirements for the degree. For a detailed discussion of doctoral dissertation credit, refer to the Graduate School section.