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Biological Physics Track

Why take the Biological Physics Option?

The Biophysics Option is aimed at giving students a thorough grounding in physics, biology and chemistry, preparing them for medical school or graduate school in biophysics or bioengineering, or other careers that combine physical and biological sciences.  This is an exciting growth area.

Biological Physics Option Requirements

In addition to the Common Core (see Major Requirements), the Biological Physics Option requires the following:

  1. PHYS 228, PHYS 324, PHYS 328, PHYS 429 (14 credits).
  2. One course from PHYS 226, PHYS 323, PHYS 325, PHYS 329 (3 credits)
  3. Chemistry (15 credits): CHEM 142/144/145, CHEM 152/154/155, and CHEM 162/164/165.
  4. Biology (10 credits): BIOL 180 and BIOL 200.
  5. Additional Chemistry and Biology (6-10 credits): Two courses from CHEM 223 or 237, CHEM 224 or 238, CHEM 428, CHEM 452 or 456, CHEM 453 or 457, BIOL 220, BIOL 340, BIOL 350, BIOL 355, BIOL 401, BIOL 427, BIOL 467, BIOC 405, or BIOC 440.
  6. Undergraduate Research: 3 credits from any combination of PHYS 499, BIOC 499, BIOL 499, CHEM 499, GENOME 499, MICROM 499, NBIO 499, PBIO 499, OR BIOEN 499. 

4 year Path to Biophysics Option in Physics

Legend:  BOLD= required; red = lab; green = specific electives, italics = choose one or more

Some classes on here are optional, but recommended for grad school

Year

 

Autumn

Winter

Spring

Freshman

 

121 or 121H

Chem 14x

Math 124/134

122 or 122H

Chem 15x

Math 125/135

123 or 123H

Chem 16x

Math 126/136

Sophomore

 

224

227

Math from Menu

Bio 180

225

228

294

Bio 200

226 or 329

(321)*

Bio 220

Add. math

Junior

(322)

(321)

324

(328)

Chem 223/237

(322)

325

334

(429)

Chem 224/238

research

 

226, 323 or 329

Add’l Bio/Chem

research

Senior

REU

328

Add. Bio/Chem

434

485/496

special topics

research

 

Add. Bio/Chem

423 a/o 431

(429)

486/497

research

Add. Bio/Chem

421 a/o 432

487/498

special topics

research

*If you can take 322 in the summer, it might be easier to take 321/322 Sp/Su than taking 321, 324 and organic chemistry simultaneously in the fall.  This also makes it easier to take 429 in junior year.

3 year Path; Minimal Requirements for Biophysics Option

 

 

Autumn

Winter

Spring

Year 1

 

121 or 121H

Chem 14x

Math 124/134

122 or 122H

Chem 15x

Math 125/135

123 or 123H

Chem 16x

Math 126/136

Year 2

 

224

227

Math from Menu

Bio 180

225

228

294

Bio 200

226 or 329

(321)*

Add’l Bio/Chem

Year 3

(322)

(321)

324

328

(322)

334

429

research

226, 323 or 329

Add’l Bio/Chem

research


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