College of Medicine
940 Stanton L. Young Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73190
Jian-Xing Ma, PhD, Chair
Willard M. Freeman, PhD, Program DIrector
For a complete listing of the departmental graduate faculty visit this web site http://www.oumedicine.com/physiology/department-information/faculty
Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Angiogenesis and Inflammation in Diabetic Retinopathy; Retinal Degeneration/Inflammation/Vitamin A Metabolism; Insulin Receptor/Phosphoinositide Signaling in Retinal Diseases; Obesity-Associated Metabolic Disorders; Systems Neurobiology of Aging and Diabetes; Cardiovascular Physiology and Neurophysiology; Geroscience; Gastrointestinal Disorders; Tumor Progression and Metastasis.
The Physiology graduate program provides comprehensive training in integrative sciences incorporating the tools and techniques of physiology with other disciplines to conduct research at the molecular, cellular, organ, and whole animal levels. The PhD program prepares students for academic careers involving research and teaching, as well as oter careers in industrial, government, and other areas where physiological training is required.
The department supports both the MS and the PhD Programs. For the PhD program, the department of Physiology is a participant in the interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (GPiBS). Students wishing to enter the Physiology PhD program apply to GPiBS as described in the GPiBS section of the Bulletin. Applicants can also be admitted directly into the Physiology PhD program with the same requirements as the GPiBS admission process.
MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
The MS degree is offered with a thesis (30 credit hours) or non-thesis (32 credit hours) option. For the thesis option four hours of PHYO 5980 are required. For either option, no more than one hour of PHYO 5971 can be taken for credit.
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
The minimum credit requirement for the PhD degree is 90 semester hours of classwork and research. Requirements for the degree can usually be met in four years. During the first year, the student completes interdisciplinary course work emphasizing molecular aspects of cell and organismal biology, along with at least three and up to six research rotations. For the subsequent years, the student enters the Physiology PhD program, takes the advanced physiology class and performs dissertation research in close collaboration with the major professor and doctoral committee. Course credit can be given for previous Master’s work.
Individuals who graduate with a PhD in Physiology have a number of exciting and rewarding career opportunities in academic research, teaching, biotechnology, government laboratories, industry, and health-related organizations.
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