Physiology has its roots in many of the basic sciences including biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Physiology overlaps with other biomedical sciences such as anatomy, biochemistry, pathology and pharmacology, and with psychology and biomedical engineering, and is one of the prime contributors of basic scientific knowledge to the clinical medical sciences.
Members of the Department of Physiology at McGill are engaged in studies dealing with molecules, single cells, or entire systems in a variety of vertebrates, including man. A wide range of interest and expertise is represented, including cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal and renal physiology, the physiology of exercise, neurophysiology, endocrinology, immunology, biophysics and biomathematics. Some faculty members have formal or informal links with the departments of mathematics, physics, electrical engineering, and chemistry, and with clinical departments (medicine, surgery, pediatrics, neurology, obstetrics, psychiatry, anesthesia), reflecting and reinforcing the close ties between physiology and other disciplines.
Graduates at the B.Sc. level have found rewarding careers in teaching, in secondary schools and CEGEPs, government service, and laboratory technical assistance, such as in pharmaceutical houses, hospitals, and institutions of higher learning. Moreover, physiology provides an excellent background for medicine, dentistry or other postgraduate work, in such fields as physiology, experimental medicine, pharmacology, biochemistry or physiological psychology.
The programs offered in Physiology differ in their orientation but they all have a common core of material covering cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal and renal physiology, neurophysiology, endocrinology and immunology. The specified U1 courses are identical for all programs except the Joint Major Programs in Physiology and Physics, Physiology and Mathematics, and the Joint Honours Program in Immunology and thus afford the student maximal flexibility before deciding on a particular program to follow in U2 and U3.
Academic advising is compulsory. All new students to the Department, Freshman and CEGEP, must see an adviser upon entering the program. Contact the Student Affairs Officer at 514-398-3689 for more information.
Returning students are required to consult with their advisers during the advising period for returning students, and regularly throughout the year. It is important that graduating students have their record checked by their adviser at the beginning of their final year.
The difference between Complementary courses and Required courses is that Complementary courses are defined as offering an element of choice, however small that choice may be. Students may choose from the two (or more) courses specified within Complementary Course segments of a program description, but ONLY from those. For further information, refer to University Regulations and Information > Course Information and Regulations.
|Thomas M.S. Chang; B.Sc., M.D.,C.M., Ph.D.(McG.), F.R.C.P.(C)|
|G. Melvill Jones; B.A., M.A., M.B., B.Ch., M.D.(Cant.)|
|Kresmir Krnjevic; O.C., B.Sc., Ph.D., M.B., Ch.B.(Edin.), F.R.S.C.|
|Monroe W. Cohen; B.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Ellis J. Cooper; B.Eng.(Sir G. Wms.), M.Sc.(Surrey), Ph.D.(McM.)|
|Kathleen Cullen; B.Sc.(Brown), Ph.D.(Chic.) (William Dawson Scholar)|
|Leon Glass; B.S.(Brooklyn), Ph.D.(Chic.) (Isadore Rosenfeld Professor of Cardiology)|
|Phil Gold; C.C., B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., M.D.,C.M.(McG.), F.R.C.P.(C.), F.R.S.C. (joint appoint. with Medicine)|
|David Goltzman; B.Sc., M.D.,C.M.(McG.) (Antoine G. Massabki Professor of Medicine) (joint appoint. with Medicine)|
|John Hanrahan; Ph.D.(Br. Col.)|
|Mortimer Levy; B.Sc., M.D.,C.M.(McG.), F.R.C.P.(C) (joint appoint. with Medicine)|
|Gergely Lukacs; M.D., Ph.D.(Budapest)|
|Michael Mackey; B.A., Ph.D.(Wash.) (Joseph Morley Drake Professor of Physiology)|
|Jacapo P. Mortola; M.D.(Milan)|
|John Orlowski; B.Sc.(McG.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Qu.) (James McGill Professor)|
|Premsyl Ponka; M.D., Ph.D.(Prague)|
|Alvin Shrier; B.Sc.(C'dia), Ph.D.(Dal.) (Hosmer Professor of Physiology)|
|Douglas G.D. Watt; M.D., Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Erik Cook; Ph.D.(Baylor College, Houston)|
|Maurice Chacron; Ph.D.(Ott.)|
|Julie Desbarats; Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Pejmun Haghighi; Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Russell Jones; Ph.D.(Tor.)|
|Julio Martinez-Trujillo; Ph.D.(Tübingen)|
|Riaz Farookhi; B.Sc., M.Sc.(MIT), Ph.D.(Tufts)|
|Mladen Glavinovic; B.Sc.(Zagreb), M.Sc.(Tor.), Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Michael Guevara; B.Sc., M.Eng., Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Sheldon Magder; M.D.(Tor.) (joint appoint. with Medicine)|
|Ursula Stochaj; Ph.D.(Cologne)|
|Teresa Trippenbach; M.D., Ph.D.(Warsaw)|
|Ann Wechsler; B.A.(Tor.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)|
|John White; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Car.), Ph.D.(Harv.)|
|Associate Professor (Part Time)|
|Nicole Bernard; B.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(Duke)|
|Anaesthesia: Steven Backman, Fernando Cervero|
|Biomedical Engineering: Robert E. Kearney, Satya Prakash|
|Electrical and Computer Engineering: Sam Musallam|
|Kinesiology and Physical Education: Dilson Rassier|
|Medicine: Albert Aguayo, Volker Blank, Mark Blostein, Andrey Cybulsky, Abraham Fuks, Claude Gagnon, Raymonde Gagnon, Imed Gallouzi, Harry Goldsmith, Geoffrey Hendy, Louise Larose, Anne Marie Lauzon, James Martin, Shree Mulay, Mariana Newkirk, Barry Posner, Shafaat Rabbani, Mary Stevenson, Simon Wing, Hans Zingg|
|Nephrology: Serge Lemay, Tomoko Takano|
|Neurology: David Ragsdale|
|Neurology & Neurosurgery: Jack Antel, Massimo Avoli, Charles Bourque, Sal T. Carbonetto, Daniel Guitton, Christopher Pack, Melissa Vollrath|
|Ophthalmology: Curtis Baker|
|Otolaryngology: Bernard Segal|
|Pediatrics: Charles Rohlicek|
|Pharmacology: Terence Hebert|
|Psychiatry: Nicolas Cermakian, Bernardo Dubrovsky, Christina Gianoulakis|
|Roy Caplan, Montreal|
|Pierre Drapeau, Montreal|
|John Milton, Chicago|
|Malmur R.I. Sairam, Montreal|
|Peter Swain, London|
For more information, see Liberal Program - Core Science Component Physiology (50 credits).
The Major program includes, in addition to some intensive studies in Physiology, a strong core content of related biomedical sciences. Admission to the Major program will be in U2, upon completion of the U1 required courses, and in consultation with the student's adviser. If not previously taken, CHEM 212 "Introductory Organic Chemistry 1" must be completed in ...
For more information, see Major Physiology (65 credits).
For more information, see Major Physiology and Mathematics (77 credits).
This program provides a firm foundation in physics, mathematics and physiology. It is appropriate for students interested in applying methods of the physical sciences to problems in physiology and allied biological sciences.
For more information, see Major Physiology and Physics (80 credits).
All admissions to the Honours program will be in U2, and the student must have a U1 GPA of 3.30, with no less than a B in PHGY 209 and PHGY 210. Admission to U3 requires a U2 CGPA of 3.20 with no less than a B in U2 Physiology courses. Decisions for admission to U3 will be heavily influenced by student standing in U2 courses. The Department reserves the right ...
For more information, see Honours Physiology (75 credits).
For more information, see Immunology Interdepartmental Honours. This program is offered by the Departments of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, and Physiology. Students interested in the program should contact Dr. C. Piccirillo, Microbiology and Immunology, ciro [dot] piccirillo [at] mcgill [dot] ca, 514-398-2872 or Dr. Monroe Cohen, Physiology, monroe [dot] cohen [at] mcgill [dot] ca, 514-398- 4342.