Upon admission, students are assigned a graduate advisor who guides them through the program's formal requirements. The student also chooses a major professor who serves as a mentor and later supervises the dissertation research. Students work with their major professor and graduate adviser to design a course of study that may include courses offered by other graduate programs or departments.

Download a list of courses that may satisfy MCIP requirements, pending advisor approval

Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology Graduate Courses
Quarters offered:

     F - Fall quarter (September to December)

     W - Winter quarter (January to March)

     S - Spring quarter (April to June)

MCP 210A-210B-210C. Advanced Physiology (5-6-5 units)  Prerequisite: graduate student in the Physiology Graduate Group Ph.D. program, or consent of instructor. Advanced course on general principles of physiology, surveying homeostasis, cellular and selected topics, and neurophysiology. (F,W,S)

MCP 210L.  Physiology Laboratory Rotations (5 units) Laboratory-15 hours. Each quarter is typically comprised of two 5-week rotations in laboratories of the student's choice. Two quarters of rotations are recommended; one quarter is mandatory.  (F,W)

MCP 215. Electrophysiology Techniques and Applications (3 units) Lecture/Discussion. Broad scope of toics in electrophysiology techniques and applications. (Same course as Pharmacology and Toxicology 215). (S, even years)

MCP 220. General and Comparative Physiology of Reproduction (3 units)Lecture. Prerequisite: Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior 101, 101L; Biological Sciences 101, 103. Basic phenomena of sexual and asexual reproduction and comparisons of processes in a wide variety of animals; gamete formation, structure, and metabolism; fertilization; neuroendocrine mechanisms in maturation and reproductive cycles; behavioral aspects. (S, even years)

MCP 222. Mammalian Gametogenesis and Fertilization (3 units)Lecture/discussion. Prerequisite: Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior 121 or the equivalent. Course will emphasize our current understanding of events in mammalian gametogenesis and the fertilization process. Published results, conclusions drawn from these results, and their contribution to our understanding will be discussed. (S)

MCP 234. Current Topics in Neurotoxicology (3 units) Lecture - 3 hours. General principles of neurotoxicology, the cell and molecular mechanims and health mpacts of specific neurotoxicants and the contribution of neurotoxic compounds to complex neurodevelopmental disorders and neurodegenerative diseases. (Same course Environmental Toxicology 234 and Molecular Biosciences 234.) Offered in alternate years. (S, odd years)

MCP 242. Biological Rhythms (3 units) Lecture; lecture/discussion. Prerequisite: Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior 110 or the equivalent. General aspects and basic mechanisms of biological rhythms; the importance of rhythm desynchronization in areas of pharmacology and space medicine; telemetry; mathematical methods; chronometry; daily, reproductive, and annual periods; shift-work, jet lag and sleep disorders. Offered in alternate years. (F, even years)

MCP 255. Stress Physiology (2 units) Lecture; seminar -1 hour. Prerequisite: graduate student in the Physiology Graduate Group Ph.D. program, or consent of instructor. Advanced course on principles of neuroendocrine and cellular stress physiology, mechanisms of adaptation to environmental and extracellular stress, and evolution of the stress response. (S)

MCP 261A-261B. Topics in Vision (2 units) Lecture/discussion. Prerequisite: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 100 and 112 or the equivalent, graduate standing. Visual system functions and underlying mechanisms. Emphasis on recent research and pertinent aspects of anatomy, biochemistry, electrophysiology, psychophysics, development and genetics. Topics may vary each year. (Same course as Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 261A-B-C and Neuroscience 261A-B-C.) (F,W)

MCP 290 (1 unit). Seminar Seminar. Discussion and critical evaluation of advanced topics and current trends in research.(F,W,S)

MCP 290C (1 unit). Research Conference in Physiology Discussion. Prerequisite: graduate standing and consent of instructor. Presentation and discussion of faculty and graduate student research in physiology.(F,W,S)

MCP 298. Group Study (F,W,S)

MCP 299. Research (F,W,S)

MCP 300A-300B. Pedagogical Aspects of Physiology in Higher Education (3 units) Lecture, discussion, or laboratory, or combination. Prerequisite: meet qualifications for teaching assistant in physiology. Participation as a teaching assistant for one quarter in a designated physiology course. Instruction in methods of leading discussion groups, leading laboratory sections, writing and grading quizzes, operation and use of laboratory equipment, and reading and grading laboratory reports. Course meets teaching requirements for Ph.D. program in Physiology. (F,W,S)

MCP 390. The Teaching of Physiology (1 unit) Discussion. Prerequisite: Teaching Assistant assignment to a physiology lecture course and consent of instructor. Practical experience in methods and problems of teaching physiology lecture courses. May include analyses of texts and supporting material, discussion of teaching techniques, preparing for and conducting discussion sessions, and formulation of topics and questions for examinations under supervision of instructor. (F,W,S) 

2021-22 Seminar Offerings


Molecular Control of Muscle Phenotype
Instructor: Keith Baar,
Fridays, 10:00 – 11:00 am, 174 Briggs Hall
Offered Fall, Winter and Spring quarters
Undergraduate enrollment: With consent of instructor (limit – 5 students)

Cardiac Muscle Physiology/Pharmacology
Instructor: Donald Bers,
Mondays, 9:00 am, via Zoom 
Offered Fall, Winter, Spring quarters
Undergraduate enrollment: Not open to undergraduate enrollment.

Putting physiology to work: Surgical solutions to hypertension Journal Club
Instructor: Chao-Yin Chen,
Thursdays, 9:00 – 9:50 am, 2217 Tupper Hall
Offered Fall quarter only
Undergraduate enrollment: 4th year undergraduate students who have taken biology and physiology courses, with consent of instructor (limit – 10 students)

Instructors: Veronica Martinez-Cerdeno,; and Steven Noctor,
Every other Friday, 12:00 pm, Shriners Hospital Sacramento, Conference Room, 6th Floor Offered Fall, Winter and Spring quarters
Undergraduate enrollment: Not open to undergraduate enrollment.

Cellular and Integrative Cardiovascular Biology
Instructors: Manuel Navedo,; Yang Kevin Xiang,
Mondays, 8:00 - 9:00 am, 2433 Tupper Hall
Offered Fall and Winter quarters
Undergraduate enrollment: Open to undergraduate enrollment, as well as open to graduate students from other programs.

Physiology & Membrane Biology Journal Club
Instructors: Jon Sack,; Vladimir Yarov-Yarovoy,
Tuesdays, 4:10pm, Tupper Hall room TBD
Offered Winter and Spring quarters
Undergraduate enrollment: With consent of instructor (limit – 9 students)

For other seminars across campus, please visit the UC Davis Calendar of Events.