Biophysics : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: Biophysics is available as a Special Major
Graduate: MS, PhD


Students interested in biophysics should contact the special major advisor for more information.

Special Major (Biophysics) - B.S.

Recommended Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
An adequate background to study biophysics; no specific number of course requirements are set for admission.

Recommended Courses

BIO 201 Cell Biology
BIO 205 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry or BCH 403 Principles of Biochemistry*
CHE 101 General Chemistry or CHE 105 Chemistry: Principles and Applications
CHE 102 General Chemistry or CHE 106 Chemistry: Principles and Applications
CHE 203 Organic Chemistry or CHE 201 Organic Chemistry
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
MTH 241 College Calculus III or MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations**
PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 108 General Physics II
PHY 158 General Physics II Lab
PHY 207 General Physics III
BPH 400 Biological Physics
BPH 402 Biophysics Techniques
BPH 498 Research
BPH 458 Experimental Biophysics (Senior Project)
CHE 319 Physical Chemistry or CHE 349 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences

Total required credit hours for the major......73

At least 10 credit hours of electives must be in upper-level (300 or above) math or science: BCH, BIO, BPH, CHE, MTH, PHY, or other by approval of the department.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

Fall CHE 101 or CHE 105; MTH 141; PHY 107
Spring CHE 102 or CHE 106; MTH 142; PHY 108, PHY 158

Fall CHE 203 or CHE 201
Spring BIO 201; PHY 207; CHE 204***; PHY 257***
Fall or Spring MTH 241 or MTH 306**

Fall BPH 400; CHE 319 or CHE 349
Spring BIO 205*; BPH 402

Fall BCH 403*; BPH 405***, BPH 498
Fall or Spring BPH 458

* Either BCH 403 or BIO 205 is recommended.

**Either MTH 241 or MTH 306 is recommended for this program; however, the department recommends that students take both courses.

***Other recommended courses: BPH 404, BPH 405, BPH 410, CHE 204, CHE 320, MTH 309, PHY 208, PHY 257.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:02:25 EST