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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

LegendBOLD= required; * = lab; ^ = 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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