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This program is designed for students seeking in-depth coverage of physiological principles pertaining to the human organism, endocrinology, renal function, cardiovascular dynamics, neurophysiology, and pathophysiology.

You will find the courses challenging and clinically relevant; and like the small class size, good opportunities for research/thesis experience, good library resources. You can complete the requirements for the Master of Arts in one academic year, which includes a summer semester.

You will also find the program is good preparation for pursuing advanced degree programs. Many of our graduates pursue degrees in medicine or dentistry, or enroll in doctoral programs. Other students obtain research jobs in academia and industry or teach at a community college.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School and must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with academic majors or minors in biology, the life sciences, or equivalent science fields. Undergraduate requirements for acceptance into the program include two semesters of biology, a year of general chemistry, and a year of organic chemistry. A year of undergraduate physics is recommended. Students applying for graduate teaching assistantships must have grade-point averages of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.

How to Apply

  1. Apply to the Graduate School.
  2. Applicants must also complete the online department application for graduate admission.
  3. Three letters of recommendation, which should be two professional and one personal recommendation. Recommendations can be sent to Dr. Marianna Zamlauski-Tucker, via email or hard copy, addressed to the Department of Biology, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306. Sealed recommendation letters can also be placed in Dr. Zamaluski-Tucker's mailbox in the Department of Biology office.
  4. Forward your resume or CV to Dr. Marianna Zamlauski-Tucker via email or at the address above.

If you are an international student, you must first contact our International Admissions office; you will be directed on how to apply through their site.

Degree Requirements
For more information on the class sequence, please see the Graduate Catalog.

PHSYL 585 – Research Techniques in Physiology
CHEM 563 – Principles of Biochemistry 1
CHEM 564 – Principles of Biochemistry 2
3 hours from:
PHYSL 511 – Endocrinology
PHYSL 513 – Renal Physiology
3 hours from:
PHYSL 514 – Cardiovascular Physiology
PHSYL 520 – Neuroscience
3 hours from:
ANAT 525 – Human Embryology and Histology
PHYSL 590 – Advanced Topics in Physiology
PHYSL electives (3) *excluding MED PHYSL 640
PHYSL or ANAT electives (6)
General electives (3)

For more information about graduate programs in physiology, contact Dr. Marianna Zamlauski-Tucker at 765-285-8360.