Undergraduate Curriculum

Enzymology

Enzymology

Prerequisites to Concentration:

  • Math 115, 116, 215, 216
  • Chem 210, 211, 215
  • Physics 135 or 140, 141, 235 or 240, 241
  • Bio 162 or 171 or 172

Core in Biophysics:

  • Biophysics 290 (Physics of the Body & Mind)
  • Biophysics 370 (Physical and Chemical Principles behind Biology and Medicine)
  • Biophysics 417 (Dynamical Processes in Biophysics)
  • Biophysics 454 (Macromolecular Structure and Function)
  • Biophysics 450 (Biophysics Laboratory)
  • Biophysics 495 (Senior Seminar in Biophysics)

Outside Core:

  • Chemistry 351 (Fundamentals of Biochemistry)
  • Biology 305 (Genetics)

Biophysics Electives:

One of the following:

  • Biophysics 430 (Medical Physics)
  • Biophysics 433 (Biocomplexity)
  • Biophysics 435 (Biophysical Modeling)
  • Biophysics 440 (Biophysics of Diseases)
  • Biophysics 463 (Mathematical Modeling in Biology)
  • MCDB 411 (Protein Structure and Function)

Note: Other 400-level Physics, Chemistry, or Biology courses may be accepted, per approval of the Undergraduate Chair

Cognate:

One of the following:

  • Math 404 (Intermediate Differential Equations)
  • Math 471 (Intro to Numerical Methods)
  • Physics 406 (Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics)
  • Physics 453 (Quantum Mechanics)
  • Chemistry 451 (Biochemistry I)
  • MCDB 427 (Molecular Biology)
  • MCDB 428 (Cell Biology)

 Note: Other 400-level Physics, Chemistry, or Biology courses may be accepted, per approval of the Undergraduate Chair

Research:

At least two credits of Biophysics 399. Students wishing to conduct research in a laboratory outside of the Program must identify a Biophysics co-sponsor.

Honors Concentration:

In addition to completing all the Biophysics concentration requirements, a concentration GPA of at least 3.4 and the completion of an honors thesis (Biophysics 499) and a second Biophysics elective are required. Approved honors electives are all Biophysics and cognate electives listed above, plus Biophysics 440, Chemistry 453, MCDB 422 and Physics 402.

The honors thesis should be at least 25 pages long and formatted as follows:

  • Cover Page
  • Abstract (no more than 1 page)
  • Chapters
    • Introduction
    • Data Analysis/Methodology
    • Discussion/Results
  • References/Bibliography

Examples of previously submitted honors theses can be found in the Biophysics student library.

Minor in Biophysics:

  • Physics 340 and 341 (Heat and Waves) or Chem 210 and 211 (Organic Chemistry)
  • Bio 305 (Genetics) or Chem 451 or MCDB 310 (Biochemistry)
  • Biophysics 290 (Physics of the Body & Mind) or Biophysics 430 (Medical Physics) or Biophysics 440 (Biophysics of Diseases)
  • Biophysics 370 (Physical and Chemical Principles behind Biology and Medicine) or Biophysics 417 (Dynamic Processes in Biophysics)

Students minoring in Biophysics are allowed to double-count only ONE COURSE for BOTH their major and Biophysics minor. The minimum total number of credits students must take for the Biophysics minor are 15 (including the double-counted course). For more information about double-counting rules, please refer to the LSA Bulletin or speak with an advisor.

See the LSA Course Guide for further information and current course offerings.