Advanced Topics in Muscle Physiology (GS-PY- 400)
This course will focus on skeletal muscle and integrate current information on molecular structure of muscle, its function, signaling pathways controlling its development, growth and response to disease. The course consists of lectures by faculty, presentations by students of assigned papers with student participating and a final exam.
Credits: 2
Term: 3 (Not offered in AY18)
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: Y
Director: Dr. George Rodney

Introduction to Animal MRI (GS-PY- 411)
This course provides an introduction to the theory and application of small animal MRI which is currently not readily available through other courses.
Credits: 2
Term: 4
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: Y
Director: Dr. Robia Pautler

Grant Writing Skills (GS-PY- 413)

The goal of this course is to guide students to write a specific aims page on a specified theme while teaching them about grant structure, grant writing styles, and reinforcing scientific thinking in developing models, hypotheses, and experimental tests through question and answer sessions. The course interleaves lectures with group discussion. In the lectures, the students will be instructed in the overall layout of a grant, the purpose of the various grant sections, and the writing style for grants. Before each discussion, the students will be required to write a section of the specific aims page. In the discussion, the students will question each other's hypotheses, aims and approaches. 
Credits: 1 
Term: 2 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N 
Director: Dr. Irina Larina and Dr. William Lagor

Cell Physiology (GS-PY- 415)
This course will introduce students to a variety of topics related to cellular physiology while also providing instruction as to how one critically evaluates primary research literature. The topics covered will include Neurophysiology, Metabolism and Physiology, Cancer Physiology, Cardiovascular Physiology, Muscle Physiology and Biophysics/Bioengineering. The lectures will be general overviews of the stated topics so that students of varying academic backgrounds may become familiar with systems they will encounter in subsequent physiology courses. The course will consist of a 1-hour class that meets twice weekly. The first class will consist of a faculty lecture from an expert in each respective field. The second class will be in the format of a journal club Powerpoint presentation and include an open discussion and critical evaluation of literature pertaining to the previous faculty lecture. The presenting faculty member will choose a single paper to accompany their lecture.
Credits: 2
Term: 1 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: Y 
Director: Dr. Ross Poché

Human Physiology I (GS-PY- 430)
This course will provide students with the basic knowledge of organ systems and integrative physiology in humans upon which the pathophysiology of human diseases can later be expanded. Lectures are intended to educate students about the current research being performed in each field and to elicit ideas about future research and human applications. Topics covered in this course, which is the first of two Human Physiology courses, include: cellular physiology, the nervous system, skeletal muscle, the cardiovascular system, and the respiratory system.
Credits: 3 
Term: 2 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: Y 
Director: Dr. Frank T. Horrigan

Human Physiology II (GS-PY- 431)
This course will provide students with the basic knowledge of organ systems and integrative physiology in humans upon which the pathophysiology of human diseases can later be expanded. Lectures are intended to educate students about the current research being performed in each field and to elicit ideas about future research and human applications. Topics covered in this course, which is the second of two Human Physiology courses include: the immune system, renal physiology, bone, the endocrine system, the reproductive system, the gastrointestinal system and liver.
Credits: 3 
Term: 3 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: Y 
Director: Dr. Frank T. Horrigan

Special Projects (GS-PY- 435)
Faculty mentored research for students that have not been admitted to candidacy.
Credits: Variable 
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N 
Director: Dr. Christine Beeton

Special Topics (GS-PY- 463)
Scholarly study directed by a faculty member. Special topics allows a faculty member to develop individualized courses for students. Special topics cannot be used to satisfy the 30 hour course requirement.
Credits: Variable 
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N 
Director: Dr. Christine Beeton 

Transmembrane Signaling (GS-PY- 465)
This highly interactive upper level course is designed for students interested in understanding in-depth the important principles of trans-membrane signaling. In addition to introducing the roles of lipids, ion channels, kinases, and second messengers, selected examples of signal transduction pathways underlying muscle physiology and cell survival will be discussed in detail. One half of the course will be lectured by experts from related fields. Each lecture is paired with a group discussion of a relevant article.
Credits: 2 
Term: 4 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: Y 
Director: Dr. Christine Beeton 

Seminar in Molecular Physiology & Biophysics (GS-PY- 466)
Student Seminar
Credits: 1 
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N 
Director: Dr. Irina Larina 

Reading (GS-PY- 548)
Faculty directed literature projects that survey a specialized topic of interest.
Credits: Variable 
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N 
Director: Dr. Christine Beeton 

Research Rotation (GS-PY- 549)
Faculty mentored research for students who have not yet selected a faculty advisor.
Credits: Variable 
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N 
Director: Dr. Christine Beeton 

Dissertation (GS-PY- 550)
Thesis research directed by a faculty mentor and advisory committee. Open only to candidates for the Ph.D. or M.S. degree.
Credits: Variable 
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N 
Director: Dr. Christine Beeton 

Cardiovascular Sciences

Cardiovascular Physiology (GS-CS- 411)
Topics covered include cardiac cycle, cardiac contractility, neural, and nonneural control of the circulation, biomedical instrumentation, and physical analytical methods. The various components of the cardiovascular system is integrated to define its basic control functions.
Credits: 4 
Term: 4 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: Y 
Director: Dr. Xander Wehrens and Dr. Na Li


Cardiovascular Disease and Pathology (GS-CS- 412)
This course explores cause and mechanism of cardiovascular disease. Specific topics include mechanistic discussion of atherosclerosis (lipids and lipoproteins, inflammation, oxidatively modified LDL), hypertension (epidemiology, mechanisms, and consequences), hemostasis (thrombosis and bleeding disorders), cerebral stroke, heart failure (systolic and diastolic dysfunction), cardiac arrhythmias, myocardial ischemia (healing and remodeling, cardia fibrosis, myocarditis), laterality in heart disease and aging in the cardiovascular system. This course is taught by a combination of clinicians, basic scientists, and clinician scientists from throughout the Texas Medical Center.  
Credits: 3
Term: 5
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: Y 
Director: Dr. James Martin


Special Projects (GS-CS- 435)
Faculty mentored research for students that have not been admitted to candidacy.
Credits: Variable 
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (not offered in AY18)
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N 
Director: Dr. Sean Marrelli


Special Topics (GS-CS-463)
Scholarly study directed by a faculty member. Special Topics allows a faculty member to develop individualized courses for students. Special topics cannot be used to satisfy the 30 hr course requirement.
Credits: Variable
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (not offered in AY18)
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N
Director: Dr. Sean Marrelli


Seminar in Cardiovascular Sciences (GS-CS-466)
Student Seminar
Credits: Variable
Term: 3, 4, 5 (not offered in AY18)
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N
Director: Dr. Sean Marrelli


Readings (GS-CS-548)
Faculty directed literature projects that survey a specialized topic of interest.
Credits: Variable
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (not offered in AY18)
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N
Director: Dr. Sean Marrelli


Research Rotation (GS-CS-549)
Faculty mentored research for students who have not yet selected a faculty advisor.
Credits: Variable
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (not offered in AY18)
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N
Director: Dr. Sean Marrelli


Dissertation (GS-CS- 550)
Thesis research directed by a faculty mentor and advisory committee. Open only to candidates for the Ph.D. or M.S. degree.
Credits: Variable 
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N 
Director: Dr. Christine Beeton