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 251||Principles of Biological Chemistry|
|BIOL 205||Cell Biology||1|
|PHYS 280||Physical Models of Biological Systems||1|
|or BCHE 280||Physical Models of Biological Systems|
|Select 1 course unit or two .5 course units of electives||1|
|CHEM 101||General Chemistry I||1|
|or CHEM 115||Honors Chemistry I|
|CHEM 102||General Chemistry II||1|
|or CHEM 116||Honors Chemistry II|
& CHEM 054
|General Chemistry Laboratory I|
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
|or CHEM 245||Experimental Organic Chemistry|
|CHEM 241||Principles of Organic Chemistry||1|
|CHEM 242||Principles of Organic Chemistry II||1|
|or CHEM 243||Organic Chemistry II: Principles of Org Chem with applications in Chem Biology|
|Select one of the following:||2|
|Physical Chemistry I|
and Physical Chemistry II
|Principles of Physics III: Thermal Physics and Waves|
|Principles of Physics IV: Modern Physics (without laboratory)|
or PHYS 250
|Principles of Physics IV: Modern Physics|
|MATH 104||Calculus, Part I||1|
|Select one of the following:||1|
|Calculus, Part II|
|Calculus, Part II with Probability and Matrices|
|MATH 240||Calculus, Part III||1|
|or MATH 260||Honors Calculus, Part II|
|MATH 241||Calculus, Part IV||1|
|PHYS 150||Principles of Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion||1.5|
|or PHYS 170||Honors Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion|
|Select one of the following:||1.5|
|Principles of Physics II: Electromagnetism and Radiation|
or PHYS 171
|Honors Physics II: Electromagnetism and Radiation|
|AP Credit for Principles I (PHYS 150)|
and AP Credit for Principles II (PHYS 151)
and Laboratory Electronics
|PHYS 361||Electromagnetism I: Electricity and Potential Theory||1|
|or PHYS 561||Electromagnetism I|
|PHYS 362||Electromagnetism II: Magnetism, Maxwell's Equations, and Electromagnetic Waves||1|
|or PHYS 562||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 2019 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.