Bridging the biological sciences and the physical sciences, Biophysics is concerned with physical and chemical explanations of living processes, especially at the cellular and molecular levels. Detailed molecular descriptions are emerging for genetic elements and the mechanisms that control their propagation and expression. Biophysical studies include the investigation of protein structure, nucleic acid structure, enzyme mechanisms, the phenomena underlying cellular behavior, excitable phenomena in nerve, muscle and visual cells, and integrative neural phenomena.
The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 36. Double majors may entail more course units.
Note: Though not a requirement of the major, participation in an independent research project is strongly encouraged.
For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.
|College General Education Requirements and Free Electives|
|Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives||16|
|Cell Biology and Biochemistry|
|or CHEM 2510||Principles of Biological Chemistry|
|BIOL 2010||Cell Biology||1|
|PHYS 2280||Physical Models of Biological Systems||1|
|or BCHE 2280||Physical Models of Biological Systems|
|Select 1 course unit or two .5 course units of electives||1|
|CHEM 1011||Introduction to General Chemistry I||1|
|or CHEM 1151||Honors Chemistry I|
|CHEM 1021||Introduction to General Chemistry II||1|
|or CHEM 1161||Honors Chemistry II|
|Select one of the following lab sequences:||1|
|General Chemistry Laboratory I|
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
& CHEM 2442
|CHEM 2410||Principles of Organic Chemistry I||1|
|CHEM 2420||Principles of Organic Chemistry II||1|
|or CHEM 2425||Organic Chemistry II: Principles of Organic Chemistry with applications in Chemical Biology|
|Select one of the following:||2|
|Physical Chemistry I|
and Physical Chemistry II
|Principles of Physics III: Thermal Physics and Waves|
and Principles of Physics IV: Modern Physics (without laboratory)
or PHYS 1250
|Principles of Physics IV: Modern Physics|
|MATH 1400||Calculus, Part I||1|
|Select one of the following:||1|
|Calculus, Part II|
|Calculus, Part II with Probability and Matrices|
|MATH 2400||Calculus, Part III||1|
|or MATH 2600||Honors Calculus, Part II|
|MATH 2410||Calculus, Part IV||1|
|PHYS 0150||Principles of Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion||1.5|
|or PHYS 0170||Honors Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion|
|Select one of the following:||1.5|
|Principles of Physics II: Electromagnetism and Radiation|
or PHYS 0171
|Honors Physics II: Electromagnetism and Radiation|
|PHYS 3361||Electromagnetism I: Electricity and Potential Theory||1|
|or PHYS 5561||Electromagnetism I|
|PHYS 3362||Electromagnetism II: Magnetism, Maxwell's Equations, and Electromagnetic Waves||1|
|or PHYS 5562||Electromagnetism II: Magnetism, Maxwell's Equations, and Electromagnetic Waves|
|Total Course Units||36|
You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.
Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.3 in the major. Thesis required.
The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2022 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.