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Biophysics (B.S.)

Effective Fall 2014

May be elected as a departmental major

Constraints:  Students double majoring in Biophysics and any major in the Department of Physics cannot use PHYSICS 402, 406 or 453 to satisfy the Biophysics cognate or Honors elective requirement.

 

The biophysics major 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 major 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.

Gateway Courses

 Recommended but not required: One or two of BIOPHYS 115, 116, 120.

Prerequisites to the Major

  • MATH 115, 116, 215, 216;
  • CHEM 210 / 211, 215;
  • PHYSICS 135 / 136 and 235 / 236 (or 140/141 and 240/241);
  • BIOLOGY 162 or 171 or 172.

Requirements for the Major

A major in biophysics must include 32 credits:

  1. Core: BIOPHYS 290, 370, 417, 450, 454, 495
  2. Outside Core: BIOLOGY 305 and CHEM 351
  3. Electives: One of BIOPHYS 430, 433, 435, 440, 463, MCDB 411. Other electives may be approved by a department advisor.
  4. Cognate: One cognate course from PHYSICS 406, PHYSICS 453, CHEM 451 or BIOLCHEM 451, MCDB 427, MCDB 428, MATH 404, MATH 471, .
  5. 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.

Honors Plan

In addition to completing all the Biophysics requirements for the major, a GPA in the major of at least 3.4 and the completion of an Honors thesis (BIOPHYS 499) with a grade of B or better, and a second Biophysics elective are required.

Approved Honors electives are all biophysics and cognate electives above, and BIOPHYS 440 or CHEM 440, CHEM 453, MCDB 422, MCDB 428, PHYSICS 402 and PHYSICS 453.

 

Biophysics Major (Fall 2011-Summer 2014) +

Biophysics (B.S.)

Effective Fall 2011-Summer 2014

May be elected as a departmental major

 

Gateway Courses

Recommended but not required: BIOPHYS 120.

Prerequisites to the Major

  • MATH 115, 116, 215, 216;
  • CHEM 210 / 211, 215;
  • PHYSICS 135/136, and 235/236;
  • BIOLOGY 162 or 171 or 172.

Program of study in a major

A plan for the major in biophysics must include 32 credits:

  1. Core: BIOPHYS 290, 370, 417, 450, 454, 495
  2. Outside Core: BIOLOGY 305 and CHEM 351
  3. Electives: One elective such as BIOPHYS 430, 433, 435, MCDB 411 and MATH 463. Other electives may be approved by a major counselor.
  4. Cognate: One cognate course from PHYSICS 406, CHEM 451 or BIOLCHEM 451, MCDB 427.
  5. 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.

Honors Program

In addition to completing all the Biophysics requirements for the major, a major GPA of at least 3.4 and the completion of an Honors thesis (BIOPHYS 499), and a second Biophysics elective are required.

Biophysics major (Fall 2010-Summer 2011) +

Biophysics (B.S.)

Effective Fall 2010-Summer 2011 

May be elected as a departmental major

 

Gateway Courses. Recommended but not required: BIOPHYS 120, 290.

Prerequisites to the Major.

  • MATH 115, 116, 215, 216;
  • CHEM 210/211, 215/216;
  • PHYSICS 140/141 or 135/141, and 240/241 or 235/241;
  • BIOLOGY 162 or 171 or 172.

Program of study in a major: A plan for the major in biophysics must include:

  1. Core: BIOPHYS 370, 417, 450, 454, 495
  2. Outside Core: PHYSICS 340/341, BIOLOGY 305, CHEM 451 (or BIOLCHEM 451)
  3. Electives: One elective such as BIOPHYS 430, 433, 435, MCDB 411 and MATH 463.

    Other electives may be approved by a major counselor.
  4. Cognate: One cognate course from PHYSICS 406, CHEM 452 or BIOLCHEM 452, 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.

Honors Program: In addition to completing all the Biophysics requirements for the major, a major GPA of at least 3.4 and the completion of an Honors thesis (BIOPHYS 499), and a second Biophysics elective are required.

 

Biophysics major (Fall 2007-Summer 2010) +

Effective Fall 2007 

May be elected as a departmental major

 

Gateway Courses. Recommended but not required: BIOPHYS 120, 290.

Prerequisites to the Major.

  • MATH 115, 116, 215, 216;
  • CHEM 210/211, 215/216;
  • PHYSICS 140/141 or 135/141, and 240/241 or 235/241;
  • BIOLOGY 162 or 171 or 172.

Program of study in a major: A plan for the major in biophysics must include:

  1. Core: BIOPHYS 370, 417, 450, 454, 495
  2. Outside Core: PHYSICS 340/341, BIOLOGY 305, CHEM 451 (or BIOLCHEM 451)
  3. Electives: One elective such as BIOPHYS 430, 433, 435, MCDB 411 and MATH 463.

    Other electives may be approved by a major counselor.
  4. Cognate: One cognate course from PHYSICS 406, CHEM 452 or BIOLCHEM 452, 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.

Honors Program: In addition to completing all the Biophysics requirements for the major, a major GPA of at least 3.4 and the completion of an Honors thesis (BIOPHYS 499), and a second Biophysics elective are required.

 

Biophysics concentration, previously housed in the Department of Physics

Biophysics concentration (Fall 2000 through Summer 2007) +

Effective Date of concentration Fall 2000 through Summer 2007 

May be elected as a departmental concentration program in the Physics Department

Biophysics 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.

The 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.

Prerequisites to Concentration. BIOLOGY 162; Chemistry through CHEM 210, 211, 215, and 216; MATH 115, 116, 215, and 216; and PHYSICS 135/141 and 235/241 or PHYSICS 140/141 and 240/241 (or PHYSICS 160/141 and 260/241).

Concentration Program. Must include:

  1. BIOLOGY 305 or the equivalent; BIOLOGY 310 or 311 or BIOLCHEM 415 or CHEM 451; and one additional 400-level biology course, chosen in consultation with the concentration advisor

  2. One 400-level mathematics course. Recommended courses include PHYSICS 451 or MATH 404, 412, 417, 425, 454, 463.

  3. CHEM 241, 242, and 260.

  4. PHYSICS 340, 390*, 401*, 405*, 406* (or CHEM 463), 417 (offered in Winter Terms, even-numbered years), either PHYSICS 402 or 413, and PHYSICS 453* or CHEM 461.

    *PHYSICS 390, 401, 405, 406, and 453 must be completed with a minimum grade of a C- in each course and a cumulative average of C or higher.

 


 

Biophysics concentration (1999- Summer 2000) +

Biophysics (1999-Summer 2000)

The 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.

Prerequisites to Concentration. Biology 162 (or 152 and 154, or 195); Chemistry through 210, 211, 215, and 216; Mathematics 115, 116, 215, and 216; and Physics 140/141 and 240/241.

Concentration Program. Must include:

  1. Biology 305 or the equivalent; Biology 311 or Biological Chemistry 415; and one additional 400-level biology course.
  2. One 400-level mathematics course. Recommended ones include Mathematics 404, 412, 417, 425, 450, and 454.
  3. Chemistry 241 and 242.
  4. Physics 340, 401, 405, 406 (or Chemistry 463), 417 (offered in Winter Terms, even-numbered years), 418, 453 (or 390 or Chemistry 461), and either 402 or 413.

Advising. Prospective concentrators should consult with the Biophysics concentration advisor, Professor Axelrod.


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