Minor in Biophysics

About the Minor

Biophysics is the study of the complexity of life using tools provided by physics. It attempts to construct mathematical frameworks that explain, among many other topics, how organisms obtain energy from the environment, how complex structures appear in the cell, and how these relate to function. In essence, biophysics looks for principles that describe observed patterns and propose predictions based on these principles.

Admission Requirements

Consultation and approval of the program director and completion of one of the prerequisite sequences. Students who have completed the PHYS 152 , PHYS 153 , and PHYS 154 sequence will also be accepted into the minor provided they have an A- average in those courses and have completed MATH 121 and MATH 122 .

Program Requirements

Required Pre-requisites
Contemporary Physics I
Contemporary Physics II
Contemporary Physics III
Fundamentals of Physics I
Fundamentals of Physics II
Fundamentals of Physics III
Core Requirements
PHYS 217Thermodynamics3.0-4.0
or CHEM 253 Thermodynamics and Kinetics
or ENGR 210 Introduction to Thermodynamics
PHYS 262Introduction to Biophysics3.0
PHYS 317Statistical Mechanics3.0
PHYS 321Electromagnetic Fields I4.0
PHYS 461Biophysics3.0
PHYS 462Computational Biophysics3.0
One course from the following:4.5
Cells and Genetics
Essential Biology
One course from the following:3.0-4.0
Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology I
Principles of Cell Biology
Principles of Molecular Biology
Chemistry of Biomolecules
Total Credits26.5-28.5
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