Physiology of Organisms occupies an important central position amongst the three first-year biology subjects on offer at Cambridge: it provides a wider functional context for the material covered in Biology of Cells, and underpins the broader material covered in Evolution and Behaviour. It is a valuable introduction to a wide range of second-year biological options, and is of general interest to anyone curious about how the machinery underlying animal and plant life actually works.
Physiology is a broad and intellectually demanding subject. Part of the training of the physiologist is to learn to think about problems on a wider scale, considering the most recent advances in cell and molecular biology without losing sight of the whole organism. This challenging exercise will also train you to think about complex systems in general - useful, for example, in business management.
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