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Biophysics is a quantitative science that requires a significant level of competence in physics, chemistry, mathematics, and biology. These areas therefore form the required background coursework for this program, and serve as a springboard to an advanced focus, developed in consultation with a concentration advisor. Advanced foci may include structure-function relations of macromolecules, biomechanics of cell cytoskeleton, biotechnology for drug and gene delivery, molecular mechanisms of membrane transport, sensory signal transduction, for examples. The program also requires a capstone research project that reflects this focus and may be drawn from collaborative research opportunities offered by faculty in biology, chemistry, or physics departments. 

Additional detailed information about the field of Biophysics may be found at: .

Standard program for the Sc.B. degree


Select one of the following Series:2
Foundations of Mechanics
and Foundations of Electromagnetism and Modern Physics
Analytical Mechanics
and Introduction to Relativity, Waves and Quantum Physics
PHYS 0470Electricity and Magnetism1
CHEM 0330Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure1
CHEM 0350Organic Chemistry1
CHEM 0360Organic Chemistry1
Select one of the following:1
Biophysical and Bioinorganic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry: Quantum Chemistry
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
Biological Physics
MATH 0100Introductory Calculus, Part II (or equivalent)1
MATH 0180Intermediate Calculus (or equivalent)1
BIOL 0200The Foundation of Living Systems1
Select two additional biology courses chosen with approval of the advisor. Examples include courses in:2
Cell Biology
Cell and Molecular Biology
Biology of the Eukaryotic Cell
Protein Biophysics and Structure
Principles of Physiology
Cell Physiology and Biophysics
Synaptic Transmission and Plasticity
Principles of Neurobiology
Physiological Pharmacology
Polymer Science for Biomaterials
Tissue Engineering
Select six additional intermediate or advanced level courses, chosen from biology (e.g., biochemistry, genetics, physiology, physics, chemistry, and/or computer sciences and mathematics). Examples include:6
Principles of Physiology
Synaptic Transmission and Plasticity
Advanced Classical Mechanics
Experiments in Modern Physics
Quantum Mechanics A
Quantum Mechanics B
Biological Physics
Linear Algebra
Applied Mathematics
Methods of Applied Mathematics I, II
Methods of Applied Mathematics I, II
Applied Ordinary Differential Equations
Applied Partial Differential Equations I
Chemical Biology
Advanced Organic Chemistry
A course from the CHEM 1560 series.
Select at least one semester (two are recommended) of Directed Research 1
Directed Research/Independent Study
Undergraduate Research
Senior Conference Course
Total Credits19