Every other Jewish mother in Brooklyn would ask her child, 'So? Did you learn anything today?' But not my mother. 'Izzy,' she would say, 'did you ask a good question today?' Asking good questions made me become a scientist.
Isidore Rabi

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.