B.S. Requirements in Biophysics
as of fall 2012, the Biophysics Oversight Committee is in
the process of making changes to the Biophysics requirements that will
be submitted and hopefully approved by spring of 2013. The following
requirements are not the official ones stated in
but are what the Biophysics DUS is implementing
until the proposed changes are approved.
The main proposed changes are the elimination of the two
concentrations (molecular and cellular) so that there is only one
Biophysics degree, and the requirement that students learn about
thermal physics and quantum mechanics by taking either two physics
courses or two physical chemistry courses. Otherwise, the required
courses are similar to the requirements stated in the Bulletin.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact
of Undergraduate Studies in Biophysics.
- "Fundamentals of Physics I", Physics 161L or equivalent
- "Fundamentals of Physics II", Physics 162L or equivalent
- "Introductory Calculus II With Applications", Math 122L or equivalent
- "Multivariable Calculus", Math 212
- "Linear Algebra and Differential Equations", Math 216
- "Core Concepts in Chemistry", Chemistry 101DL or equivalent.
- "Introductory Survey of Biophysics", Physics 214S (must be taken
before the junior year).
- "Organic Chemistry", Chemistry 201DL
- "Molecular Biology", Biology 201L
- "Cell and Developmental Biology", Biology 220
- Quantum physics and thermal physics via:
- "Optics and Modern Physics", Physics 264L
- "Thermal Physics", Physics 363
- "Physical Chemistry", Chemistry 310 (quantum chemistry)
- "Physical Chemistry", Chemistry 311 (thermal physics and kinetics)
- "Physical Chemistry Laboratory", Chemistry 310L or Chemistry 311L.
- "Biophysics", Physics 414 (cross listed as Biology 418)
- Two of the following physics courses:
- "Intermediate Mechanics", Physics 361
- "Electricity and Magnetism", Physics 362
- "Quantum Mechanics I", Physics 464
- "Nonlinear Dynamics", Physics 513 (especially recommended)
- A physics course numbered 300 or higher with approval of the
After satisfying the above prerequisites and major requirements, a
Biophysics major must take two electives
. These can be chosen
from a diversity of Departments including Biochemistry, Biology,
Chemistry, Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, Mathematics,
and Computer Science upon discussion with and approval by the Director
of Undergraduate Studies in Biophysics. The following electives are
suggestive and many other choices are possible:
- "Introduction to Biochemistry I", Biochemistry 301
- "Principles of Animal Physiology", Biology 329L.
- "Sensory Signal Transduction", Biology 412S
- "Biomedical Electronic Measurements I", Biomedical Engineering 153L
- "Quantitative Physiology", Biomedical Engineering 244L
- "Biophysical Chemistry", Chemistry 302
- "Modeling Biological Systems", Mathematics 573S
- "Fundamentals of Neuroscience", Neuroscience 201 (CL Bio 224, PSY 275).
- "Electronics", Physics 271L
- "Research Independent Study" through Biology, Chemistry,
Neuroscience, or Physics
Recommended Other Courses
Biophysics majors seeking the BS degree are strongly recommended to
- a research-independent study related to biophysics, with the
topic approved by the Biophysics DUS.
- an introductory course on computer programming such as
EGR 103L or Computer Science 101L. (EGR 103L is the
better choice if there is any chance you might take an engineering
course such as BME 244L.) Programming is essential for nearly
research, for analyzing data and for controlling and carrying out
- an introductory statistics course that will give them the
background to understand how complex biological and medical data are
summarized statistically, and to carry out statistical analysis
themselves. Some possible courses are STA 130 ("Probability and
Statistics in Engineering") and STA 102 ("Introductory
Descriptions of the above courses can be found in the
University Undergraduate Bulletin