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Physiology

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Learn How the Body Functions

Physiology is the study of how the human body functions. By understanding what healthy human physiology is, those who are in health and healthcare careers are able diagnose and treat illnesses, injuries, and disorders in their patients. 

LASC does not currently offer a degree or certificate program in physiology, but we do offer an introductory class that, combined with anatomy, qualifies for many LASC program requirements.  

Careers in Physiology

Most often, physiologists work in hospitals to help patients develop exercise regimes and treatment plans to get them back to health. It’s a field that requires patience and a desire to help others.

Here are a few careers and their salaries that you could have with a career in physiology: 

Career information below taken from bls.gov November 2019. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Help patients develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Associate Degree or higher $67,210/year $32.31/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 1% increase
(little or no change)
910

Teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. Community health workers collect data and discuss health concerns with members of specific populations.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree or higher $58,500/year
$28.13/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 5% increase
(as fast as average)
2,610

Treat patients who have injuries, illnesses, or disabilities through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Master’s Degree and higher $96,640/year $46.46/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 2% increase
(little or no change)
3,650

Collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $51,550/year $24.78/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 4% increase
(as fast as average)
3,810

Courses offered in Physiology at LASC 

LASC offers many degrees that incorporate our Physiology course, which include Kinesiology, Liberal Arts degree in Natural Science, Nursing, Nutrition & Dietetics, and Public Health. If taken with our Anatomy course, it counts as Biology 20. Taking our physiology course can also help you meet general, IGETC and CSU-GE requirements. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

1 Introduction to Human Physiology (4) UC:CSU 

IGETC Area 5B, 5C 
CSUGE Area B2, B3 
Prerequisites: Biology 3 or 5 
Lecture: 3 hours; Lab: 3 hours 

This is an introductory course that examines how the human body functions with emphasis on the endocrine, nervous, cardiovascular, muscular, respiratory, digestive, reproductive and excretory systems. Upon completion of this course the student will be able to describe the major functional characteristics of the human body. 

Note: This course, when taken with ANATOMY 1, is equivalent to BIOLOGY 20.

Learn More about Physiology

Do you want to continue towards getting a degree in physiology? If so, talk with your counselor about the anatomy and other science courses you can take at LASC to prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university with a physiology program. You can also find out more at our Transfer Center.