BIOPHYS 450 - Laboratory Techniques in Biophysics
Fall 2020, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is   Hybrid (see other Sections below)
Subject: Biophysics (BIOPHYS)
Department: LSA Biophysics
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Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Students should have knowledge of physical chemistry and biochemistry, as covered in the curriculia of: CHEM 230 or CHEM 260 or BIOPHYS 370; CHEM 351, MCDB 310 or BIOLCHEM 415.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
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This course accommodates both hybrid and online-only participation at the choice of the student. The details are as follows: 1. All modules including introduction lectures, experimental demos, and analysis demos will be recorded and made available online asynchronously so the students can review any time they wish. 2. Also, we have a weekly lecture as well as Q&A and office hour sessions to guide the students through. These synchronous sessions will be delivered through Zoom or Bluejeans. 3. Finally, we offer each student who wishes to gain some hands-on experience an option to explore a module in person at their choice. Given that the lab rooms (3020 Chem 649 sq ft and 3034 Chem 635 sq ft) each has a max room occupancy of 2 persons, we only allow a max of 2 students (in addition to a GSI and/or instructor) at a time for social distancing. We allow flexible schedules for these in-person sessions (to be scheduled asynchronously outside of the class schedules). The optional in-person session will not be graded.

Course Requirements:

Laboratory reports, pre-lab quizzes, and a final project.

Intended Audience:

Biophysics majors at the junior level and interested Biochemistry, Chemistry and Physics students.

This is a core course to teach essential laboratory skills to biophysics majors, covering both routine sample preparation techniques and modern research methods. It is intended to bridge the gap between classroom work and work in the research laboratory. Some physics students with an interest in the life sciences may choose this laboratory in lieu of one of the advanced physics laboratory course.

Class Format:

For FALL 2020: this hybrid course also welcomes entirely online participation. While there will be optional in-person components, no part of this course requires you to be on campus or present in-person. The weekly lectures for this course will be recorded and made available asynchronously. We will also have weekly Q&A and office hour discussion sessions that require synchronous participation through Zoom.


BIOPHYS 450 - Laboratory Techniques in Biophysics
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001 (LAB)
MW 1:00PM - 3:00PM
002 (LAB)
MW 1:00PM - 3:00PM

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