Prospective Students


Endocrinology (IPHY 4440) introduces the mammalian endocrine system. This course provides a thorough analysis of chemical communication by hormones and related bioregulators with emphasis on the major endrocrine systems. Major topics covered include:

  • Mechanisms of hormone actions
  • The brain as an endocrine regulator
  • Pituitary gland
  • Thyroid gland
  • Gonads (ovaries and testes)
  • Adrenal cortex
  • Metabolic and appetite-regulating hormones

Integrated with these topics is a discussion of experimental endocrine approaches and clinical presentations of endocrine-related diseases. Students come away from this course with an appreciation of some of the techniques and their limitations, an ability to evaluate experimental results, and an understanding of how and why endocrine symptoms are manifested.

Students participate in recitation sections to explore concepts in depth with the assistance of graduate student instructors. Concept mapping, small group discussion, and other modern instructional approaches are used.

The ability to understand chemical regulation in the body, and the interaction of different regulation systems, is an important skill for students going on to graduate study in physiology and the health sciences.

Video Introductions

Dr. David Sherwood answers some questions about Integrative Physiology

Human Anatomy Lab

Human Physiology Lab

Exercise Physiology Lab


Nutrition, Health, and Performance