Requirements for the Biophysics Major
Please click on one of the following links to find out about course
requirements by degree:
The more demanding B.S. degree is a good choice for students who
plan to do research and who may apply to a graduate program (or
MD/PhD) in fields such as biology, biochemistry, bioengineering,
biophysics, neurobiology, and physiology. The less demanding
B.A. degree is a good choice for students who may prefer not to
do research and who might be considering a career in clinical
medicine, business, law, or consulting. But students interested in
physics graduate school will be better off majoring in physics, the
minimum requirements of the biophysics BS degree will not make you
competitive for top physics graduate programs.
In some cases, a biophysics major may choose to double major, with a
major for example in physics, biology, chemistry, or some other
area. In this case some courses can be counted for both majors:
- If physics is the other major, no more than three
physics courses may count toward both majors.
- If biology is the other major, nor more than two
biology courses may be counted.
- If chemistry is the other major, no more than three
chemistry courses may be counted.
Juniors and seniors are strongly encouraged to pursue an
independent study related to biophysics. There are ample
faculty in biology, physics, chemistry, the medical school,
and biomedical engineering to oversee an independent study.
All biophysics majors should learn how to write computer programs at
the level of a course like EGR 103L or Computer
Science 101. (The Matlab-based EGR 103L is perhaps the
better choice since many engineering courses require Matlab and 103L
as prerequisites.) Although a computer programming course is not
currently a graduation requirement, knowing how to program is an
essential research skill and will also greatly increase the
possibilities for undergraduate research projects.