Physics B.A./B.S. Emphasis in Biophysics

The Physics with Emphasis in Biophysics is an interdisciplinary program for students who love physics and math and who want to work on the complex problems related to biology and medicine.  Biophysics involves the frontiers of both physics and biology, where the toolbox of physics and math is applied to quantitative problems in biology.  This program provides excellent undergraduate preparation for graduate work in biophysics, bioengineering, biology, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, computational biology, medical physics, and neurobiology.  The chemistry courses comprise a minor in chemistry.

Core Curriculum Courses
See the Core Curriculum Requirements42
Required courses in the major
PHYS 101Physics and Astronomy Seminar1
PHYS 2425University Physics I4
PHYS 2426University Physics II4
PHYS 317Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering3
PHYS 321Modern Physics3
PHYS 333Wave Motion, Acoustics, and Optics4
PHYS 335Advanced Physics Laboratory3
PHYS 401Current Topics in Physics and Astronomy (1 sh, must be repeated for total of 2 sh)2
PHYS 411Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 412Electricity and Magnetism3
PHYS 414Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory3
PHYS 420Quantum Mechanics3
Required support courses
BSC 1406Introductory Biology I4
BSC 1407Introductory Biology II4
BSC 303Cell Biology4
BSC 304GLB/Genetics4
BSC 401Senior Seminar1
CHEM 1111General and Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHEM 1112General and Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory II1
General and Quantitative Chemistry I *
General and Quantitative Chemistry II *
CHEM 2123Organic Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHEM 2125Organic Chemistry Laboratory II1
CHEM 2323Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 2325Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 314General Biochemistry3
CHEM 351Physical Chemistry4
CHEM 352Physical Chemistry4
Calculus I *
Calculus II *
MATH 2415Calculus III4
Total Hours120

* This course should be taken to fulfill Core Curriculum Requirements. 

   A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in all courses in this Major.

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