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Animal Physiology


Programs in animal physiology teach people about animal functions and bodily processes.

Animal physiology programs include topics such as:


Very few colleges and universities offer bachelor's degree programs in animal physiology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

A few universities and veterinary schools offer graduate degrees in animal physiology. At a university, this program is most likely part of a graduate zoology program. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. Requirements will vary depending on if you go to veterinary school or apply to a graduate zoology program. In general, you need a bachelor's degree (usually in biology or animal science), good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Graduate Program Courses

A graduate degree program in animal physiology typically includes courses such as the following (keep in mind that this will differ depending on the department or school in which the program is offered):

In addition, graduate programs typically require the following:

Things to Know

In a veterinary school you may be able to take a combined PhD/DVM program. This prepares you to be a veterinarian as well as to teach animal physiology in college or do research.


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