Biophysics : Courses

BPH 400 Principles of Biophysics

Credits: 4
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Principles of biophysics and physics applied to biological problems as well as to single protein molecules will be discussed. The topics to be covered will be centered on biological cells and their molecules, molecular motion, energy, thermodynamics and chemical forces, cooperative phenomena, enzymes and molecular machines, and various molecular machines in biological membranes. The course addresses contemporary topics and their understanding in biophysical and physical principles underlying the function of individual molecules in biology.

BPH 402 Biophysics Techniques

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Biophysical techniques including optical microscopy (confocal microscopy), spectroscopic techniques (e.g. fluorescence), NMR, MRI and CT imaging, X-ray diffraction in structural biology, and electrophysiological techniques (membrane potential and patch clamping). Each technique is introduced by a didactic presentation followed by a laboratory demonstration by the instructor. This course is dual listed with BPH 502.

BPH 404 Physics of Medical Imaging I

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Part I of a two semester course covering the basic physical principles of medical imaging. Provides an understanding of the principles of radiography (x-ray tubes and generators, x-ray interactions, screen/film systems, scattered radiation control, fluoroscopy, mammography, and digital imaging systems), image quality concepts and visual perception. Dual listed with BPH 504.

BPH 405 Biophysical Basics: Processes

Credits: 4
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LR
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The first section covers basic physicochemical concepts of various properties related to cell membrane transport: osmotic pressure, permeability, membrane potential, excitability of nervous tissues and various ion channels. The remaining sections consist of introductory sessions by various instructors on up-dated topics in their respective research fields: endocytic recycling in cells, exocytosis in synapses, membrane fusion, ion channel kinetics, ligand-gated ion channels, membrane mechanics, axonal properties, protein folding, and protein-nucleic acid interaction with optical trapping method. This course is dual listed with BPH 505.

BPH 458 Experimental Biophysics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: LAB
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Senior research project: students work in the laboratories of faculty carrying out research in various areas of experimental (or theoretical) biophysics. Exposes students to techniques including: ion-channel and membrane protein structure analysis, electrobiological procedures applicable to the investigation and analysis of neurological problems, biomaterials characterization, molecular structure determination, and biophysical techniques for the analysis and characterization of proteins. Opportunities are usually available to receive training in some clinical biophysical procedures and techniques in various hospital settings. A lab report describing student research accomplishments is required.

BPH 498 Research

Credits: 1 - 4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring, Summer
Type: LAB
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.
Under the direction of faculty, experimental and theoretical research in the areas of biophysics, physiology and neurosciences.

BPH 499 Independent Study

Credits: 1 - 4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring, Summer
Type: TUT
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.
For students having specific academic interests or objectives; requires department faculty sponsor before registration.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:02:26 EST