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University of California, Santa Barbara
Physiology B.S.

Physiology, the study of organismal function, represents the convergence of various disciplines, approaches, and perspectives in modern biology. Physiologists seek an understanding of functional mechanisms and their regulation, the adaptive significance of these mechanisms, the ecological factors that influence organismal function, and the evolutionary processes that have shaped them. In pursuing this understanding, physiologists use concepts and approaches from a wide variety of scientific fields, covering levels of biological organization ranging from individual molecules, organelles, cells, tissues, and organs to whole organisms. The tools and techniques of physics, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, and various other areas in biology are brought to bear on physiological investigations that range from the effects of light on visual systems, the energetics of flight in insects, metabolism in deep-sea animals, to the hormonal control of reproduction in fishes. Transfer students are admitted to pre-major status until prerequisites are satisfied.

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