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is a highly interdisciplinary field that attempts to bridge the
gap between biology and physics. The bridging of the two sciences
can be either experimental (e.g., applying novel spectroscopies
or microscopies to important problems in molecular or cellular
biology) or the theoretical (e.g., applying soft condensed
matter theories of mechanical, phase transition, or thermodynamic
properties to biological membranes or complexity theory to understanding
biological self-organization). Often in biophysics, both experimental
and theoretical work is done in the same group. In the Department
of Physics at the University of Michigan, a number of physics
faculty devote all or much of their efforts to biophysics.
undergraduate curriculum in Biophysics is designed for students
who wish to prepare themselves for work in the application of
the concepts and quantitative methods of the physical sciences
to the study of biological structure and function.
Biophysics concentration is run under the auspices of the Department
to Concentration. Biology
Chemistry through 210,
215, and 216;
215, and 216;
140/141 and 240/241.
- Biology 305 or the equivalent;
310 or 311
Chemistry 415 or Chemistry
451; and one additional 400-level biology course.
400-level mathematics course. Recommended courses include Mathematics
(offered in Winter Terms, even-numbered years), either 402
concentrators should consult with the Biophysics concentration
advisor, Professor Daniel Axelrod. Appointments may be scheduled
at the Physics Office of Student Services, 2464 Randall Lab,
by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling Professor Axelrod at 764-5280.
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