The Integrative Biology and Physiology Graduate Program emphasizes a quantitative approach to understanding the functions of cells, organs, and systems in living animals. Ph.D. students take a core concentration that provides a broad background in the physiology of membranes, cells, transport, and organ systems. Individualized programs are structured to build on the student's strengths and to fill in gaps that would otherwise be an impediment to specific problem solving. Teaching experience is also available to all students.
Areas of specialization include cardiovascular, respiratory, membrane and transport processes, cell physiology, and to a limited extent, exercise, gastrointestinal physiology, and endocrinology.
Physiology may be defined as the application of mathematics, physics, and chemistry to the study of structure and function in living systems. As such, physiology is a "hybrid" field in which expertise from many other disciplines is ordinarily required and combined.
The University of Minnesota has been accredited since 1913.