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Cell Biology and Physiology

Program Overview

Physiology is the study of the functions of the body systems. Developmental biology is the study of how genes govern differentiation of cells, tissues, and organs with unique structures and functions. Both disciplines require a foundation of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and cellular biology. Upper-division courses require synthesis and integration of information from many areas of science to allow understanding of such remarkable processes of how the heart pumps blood, how neurons communicate with one another, how insulin regulates blood sugar, or how specific gene products determine the morphology and functional capacity of the nervous system. Knowledge in these areas is expanding rapidly due to application of new techniques in molecular biology. Hence, significant exposure to concepts and techniques of molecular biology is an important component of the major.

Program Summary

Program Credits: 67.5 Credits

Status: Open Enrollment

Introductory Course: PDBio 120


To learn more, schedule an appointment with Life Sciences Advisement at 801-422-3042.

Beyond The Classroom

Engaging in internships, mentored research, associations and clubs related to your program is an important step in linking your education with the real world. These experiences enhance your education and prepare you for both further schooling and your future career.

Occupations and Employers

Possible Occupations

With a Bachelors

  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Psychometrist
  • Medical Technician
  • Clinical Research Assistant
  • Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician
  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Quality Control System Manager
  • Sales Representative
  • Technical and Scientific Product
  • Medical and Clinical Technologists

With a Masters

  • Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Orthotist/Prosthetist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Public Health
  • Exercise Physiologist

With a Doctorate

  • Food Scientist
  • Pharmacist
  • Dentist
  • Veterinarian
  • Physical Therapist
  • Audiologist
  • Optometrist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Chiropractor
  • Postsecondary Teacher
  • Attorney
  • Medical Scientist
  • Naturopathic Physician
  • Surgeon and Physician
  • Allergist/Immunologist

Potential Employers

Meet Your Academic Advisor: Gale Larson

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Gale. Loves. Students. Besides being a student herself for many years while working on her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, she also spent many years as a Spanish teacher. From her own words: “My students teach me so much! They are my heroes and are great examples!”

Aside from her exceptional talent in advising students, Gale is also a skilled pianist and singer. You can find her sharing her musical talents at her local church congregation, in which she loves attending with her husband. She also loves spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Having multiple deaf family members, language and inclusion are very important to Gale. She signs and speaks Spanish.

Gale meets with all PDBio students with last names starting with H-Z.

To schedule an appointment to meet with Gale, contact the Life Sciences Advisement office at 801.422.3042 or by visiting 2060 LSB.

Office Hours: M-F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed for devotionals and holidays.

Meet Your Academic Advisor: Carol Stepan

Carol Stepan

Carol grew up in a large family in rural Ohio, where her chores included milking goats and taking care of chickens. She became the first member of her family to obtain a college degree, and as a first generation college graduate, she can be a great resource to other first-gen students. In her words, “I enjoy helping students explore their possibilities and discover that I’m their advocate.”

She enjoys spending time with her five children and two grandchildren. Besides her children, she says one of her other greatest achievement in life is getting her master’s degree.

Before working at Life Sciences Advisement, Carol had experience working as a high school counselor, a BYU admissions counselor, and an academic advisor in the BYU Salt Lake Center.

Carol provides advisement for PDBio students with last names starting with A-G.

To schedule an appointment to meet with Carol, contact the Life Sciences Advisement office at 801.422.3042 or by visiting 2060 LSB.

Office Hours: M-F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed for devotionals and holidays.