Effective Fall 2011
May be elected as a departmental concentration program
The biophysics concentration is designed for students with a strong interest in the natural sciences who intend to embark on a career as a biophysical or medical scientist. It is intended to satisfy the admission requirements of most combined MD/Ph.D. programs and provide a strong foundation for quantitative interdisciplinary work in the biophysical or biomedical sciences or related fields, such as biomedical engineering.
The concentration requires introductory courses in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, followed by specialized biophysics courses. In addition, participation in research is required, which allows students to explore cutting-edge biophysical research and gain valuable experience for a future career.
Recommended but not required: BIOPHYS 120.
Prerequisites to Concentration
- MATH 115, 116, 215, 216;
- CHEM 210 / 211, 215;
- PHYSICS 135/136, and 235/236;
- BIOLOGY 162 or 171 or 172.
A concentration plan in biophysics must include 32 credits:
- Core: BIOPHYS 290, 370, 417, 450, 454, 495
- Outside Core: BIOLOGY 305 and CHEM 351
- Electives: One elective such as BIOPHYS 430, 433, 435, MCDB 411 and MATH 463. Other electives may be approved by a concentration counselor.
- Cognate: One cognate course from PHYSICS 406, CHEM 451 or BIOLCHEM 451, MCDB 427.
- Research: At least two credits of BIOPHYS 399. Students wishing to do research in a laboratory outside the Biophysics Program must identify a co-sponsor.
In addition to completing all the Biophysics concentration requirements, a concentration GPA of at least 3.4 and the completion of an Honors thesis (BIOPHYS 499), and a second Biophysics elective are required.
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