For prospective students, here’s a list of the core courses you’ll have to take as a 3rd and 4th year CAPS major and what you’ll learn (from a CAPS student’s perspective).


Third Year:

CAPS 301 (full year) – This course serves as a comprehensive introduction to the systems in the human body (nervous, blood, muscle, cardiac, respiratory, renal, GI, endocrine, reproductive).

CAPS 303 (full year) – This lab focuses on the techniques and principles of human physiology. It’s a really small class, so it’s a great opportunity to get to know your classmates!

CAPS 390 (T1) – This course focuses on organ system development, structure and function at the microscopic level.

BIOC 301 (full year) – This class trains your laboratory skills. You will get a solid hands-on introduction to a lot of molecular biology experiments (ex: PCR, gel electrophoresis) to complete a year-long project.

BIOC 302 (T1 or T2) – BIOC 302 covers various pathways (ex. Lipid metabolism & DNA synthesis) and molecules involved in lipid, protein, and nucleic acid metabolism.


Fourth Year:

CAPS 421 (T1) – This course covers recent advancements in cellular and molecular physiology, and the role they play in elucidating cell function in health and disease.

CAPS 422 (T1) This course focuses on cardiovascular and respiratory physiology in the context of mammalian physiology.

CAPS 423 (T1) – This class goes over mammalian renal and gastrointestinal physiology, covering topics ranging from water homeostasis to GI endocrinology.

CAPS 424 (T2) This class focuses on mammalian endocrinology, the study of hormonal control of various bodily functions.

CAPS 426 (T2) This course delves into the neurophysiology of the central nervous system, and helps students understand the structural and functional organization of the CNS.

CAPS 430 (T1 & T2) This laboratory course intends to help students expand on the content in 400 level CAPS courses. Here, students learn skills such as electrophysiology, imaging of cellular dynamics, basic training in bioinformatics and R, and much more.

CAPS 448 (T1 or T2, or both) Students can choose to take this directed studies course in physiology, working under a department faculty. This course offers the flexibility of 3-6 credits.

CAPS 449 (T1& T2) This is the honours graduating thesis course, where the student partakes in a two term research project under a faculty member in the Cellular and Physiological Sciences department. In term 2, the student will complete their written thesis and oral presentation to faculty.

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