PhUn Week

Physiology (pronounced “fizzy-aw-low-jee”) is the study of life. Physiology helps us understand how the body works, from the smallest part (cells) all the way to the whole body. It helps us understand how different parts of the body work together. For example, the heart, lungs, and muscles must all work together perfectly to allow a soccer player to run and jump.

Physiology also helps us understand how our body reacts to different environmental conditions. Whether the weather is very hot or very cold, your body has ways to help the inside of your body stay at just the right temperature. If you plan to travel into space or into the depths of the ocean, physiology would help you understand how your body would react to these conditions.

Physiology helps us understand how living creatures do all the things they do: eat, sleep, run, jump, even breathe and keep their hearts beating! 

During PhUn Week, you can explore physiology by:
  • Doing a physiology experiment: Use the link in the left navigation to find great physiology experiments, some that you can do online!
  • Reading about physiology: Use the link in the left navigation to find some great books and websites that can help you understand physiology. Access podcasts and videos to learn about physiology.
  • Meeting some physiologists and learning about their careers: Physiology is a great career if you like exploring questions, solving problems, and helping people. Use the link in the left navigation to get information on physiology careers, how to get a science degree, and what courses to take to prepare for a science career.


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