Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.
Richard P. Feynman

Bachelor of Science - Biological Physics

 

A Biological Physics major explores the physical behavior of biological and biologically-inspired systems, applying physical techniques to solve problems in physics, biology, and medicine. The program is multi-disciplinary, drawing from coursework in physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and related disciplines. It combines a broad science curriculum with physical and mathematical rigor in preparation for careers in biological physics, biophysics, medical physics, medicine, and biomedical engineering.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (77-83 semester hours) Sample Curriculum


Core Courses (65-66 semester hours)
BMZ 116 - Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular, and Molecular Biology (4); or ZOO 114 - Principles of Biology (4)
BOT/ZOO 203 - Introduction to Cell Biology (3)
CHM 141, 142 - College Chemistry (3, 3) or equivalents
CHM 144, 145 - College Chemistry Laboratory (2, 2) or equivalents
CHM 241 - Organic Chemistry (3) and CHM 244 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2); or CHM 231 - Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (4)
MTH 151, 251, 252 - Calculus I, II, III (5, 4, 4) or equivalents
PHY 181, 182 - The Physical World I, II (4, 4)
PHY 183, 184 - Physics Laboratory (1, 1)
PHY 281 - Contemporary Physics I (3)

PHY 282 - Contemporary Physics II (3)

PHY 286 - Introduction to Computational Physics (3)
PHY 292 - Electronic Instrumentation (3)
PHY 293 - Contemporary Physics Laboratory (2)
PHY 294 - Laboratory in Electronic Instrumentation (2)
PHY 421 - Introduction to Biophysics (4); or PHY 422 - Physical Methods in Biology and Medicine (4)
STA 301 - Applied Statistics (3)


Elective Courses (12-17 semester hours)
Select four (4) with at least one (1) from each category.

 

Category 1: PHYSICS
PHY 483- Mathematical Methods in Physics (4)
Any course numbered 400 and above, excluding seminar, research, and independent
study courses (PHY400, 410, 440, 477, 480, 488) (3-4)

 

Category 2: NATURAL AND APPLIED SCIENCE
(some courses may have pre- or co-requisites)
BOT 425 - Environmental Plant Physiology (4)
CHM 242 - Organic Chemistry (3) and CHM 245 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2)
CHM 332 - Outlines of Biochemistry or CHM 432 Fundamentals of Biochemistry or
CHM 433 - Biochemistry (3-4)
CHM 471 - Physical Chemistry (3)
CHM 472 - Biophysical Chemistry (3)
KNH 468/468L - Physiology and Biophysics of Human Activity (3) and
KNH 486L - Physiology and Biophysics of Human Activity Laboratory (1)
MBI 201 - General Microbiology I (4)
CPE 418 - Biological Transport Phenomena (3)
ZOO 305 - Animal Physiology (4)
A course from Category 1: PHYSICS (3-4)

 

Category 3: MATHEMATICS
PHY 483 - Mathematical Methods in Physics (4)
MTH 222 - Linear Algebra (3)
MTH 347 - Differential Equations (3)

 

ADVISING TRACKS (Suggested sequences for degree emphasis, not required)


Advising Track 1: PRE-MEDICAL
CORE select these options: PHY421; CHM241/244.
ELECTIVES include these: CHM242/245; ZOO305.
A biochemistry course is also recommended.

 

Advising Track 2: MEDICAL PHYSICS
CORE select these options: PHY422.
ELECTIVES include these: PHY437, 461, 471, 483
Students interested in this career option may also elect to pursue the B.S. Physics degree.

 

Advising Track 3: BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
CORE select these options: PHY422; CHM241/244.
ELECTIVES include these: MTH347; CPE418; PHY483.
A biochemistry course is also recommended.

 

Advising Track 4: BIOPHYSICS
CORE select these options: PHY421, CHM241/244.
ELECTIVES include these: PHY483; CHM471, 472; PHY422.

 

THEMATIC SEQUENCE OPTIONS
CHM1 satisfied by selecting elective CHM332 or CHM432 or CHM433.
MTH3 satisfied by selecting electives MTH222 and MTH347.
ZOO1 satisfied by selecting elective ZOO305.