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The Physiology program is designed to provide a firm foundation in physiology. Students interested in vertebrate, invertebrate, and plant physiology will find this concentration appropriate.

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Key Facts



(BA (Hons)) Physiology


Degree Duration

4 years :

1 year pathway + 3 year degree


Pathways Available

International Year One


Start Dates

September 2022

Degree Overview

The program is one commonly taken by students preparing for careers in the health professions. Please note, though, that it may be necessary to take courses in addition to those required for the concentration to satisfy the prerequisites for admission to graduate schools or health profession programs. It is strongly recommended that you speak with an advisor for assistance in creating an academic roadmap that satisfies the admission requirements for the specific health profession programs you intend to apply to.

General Information and Requirements
Candidates entering the bachelor’s programs in biology should have completed three years of high school mathematics and one year of high school chemistry to allow completion of the curriculum in a timely fashion (see Undergraduate Admission Requirements).
All major coursework must be completed with letter grades (CR/NC is not acceptable).
A minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all coursework is required to receive a degree in these programs.
To remain enrolled in a biology course, students must be prepared to provide copies of transcripts demonstrating completion of prerequisite courses with a grade of C– or better.
At least 12 units in biology must be completed at SF State.
Early in the first semester, and at regular intervals thereafter, students must consult with a biology advisor to plan a program of study. For the most current advising information, go to

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You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, Stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

Understanding the process of science: Students can design an experiment with the appropriate control groups to test a hypothesis.

Relationship between structure and function: Students can explain how a change in the structural characteristics of a molecule, tissue, or organism will affect its function.

Systems (i.e. Living systems are interconnected and interacting): Students can predict the consequences of how a change in one aspect of a biological or complex system will affect other aspects of the system.

Your Pathways

The International Year One is the perfect pathway if you want a undergraduate degree from a UK, EU or US University but do not meet the requirements for direct entry.

The IY1 course provides an intensive combination of first year University subject modules with English language skills.

Following successful completion of the IY1 you will continue onto your second year degree study directly with the University of your choice.

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San Francisco State University

Founded in 1889, SF State offers world-class academics, a diverse campus and an incredible location for students.

With around 27,000 students from all over the globe, international students find SF State a truly welcoming community and diverse place to live in.

SF State has been included in the Top 20 colleges nationwide for best location. It was also rated one of the most diverse colleges in America, according to Wall Street Journal’s 2022 College Rankings.