Department of Physics & Astronomy

B. S. with Biophysics Concentration

The Bachelor of Science Degree with Biophysics Concentration offers an excellent preparation for medical school or graduate work in biological sciences. It includes the flexibility of selecting courses in chemistry, biological sciences, physics, and mathematics. This concentration also provides the necessary background for employment in industry, manufacturing, and instrumentation for clinical or molecular biology applications.

Please refer to the current Undergraduate Catalog for the most up-to-date information.

Current Freshmen and Sophomores

Current Juniors and Seniors

Freshman Year

First Semester
3 - ASTR 105 Physics of the Universe
4 - CH 101 General Chemistry
3 - ENGL 103 Accelerated Composition
4 - MTHSC 106 Calculus of One Variable I
1 - PHYS 101 Current Topics in Modern Physics
15

Second Semester
4 - CH 102 General Chemistry
4 - MTHSC 108 Calculus of One Variable II
3 - PHYS 122 Physics with Calculus I
1 - PHYS 124 Physics Lab. I
3 - Arts and Humanities (Non-Lit.) Requirement1
15

Sophomore Year

First Semester
5 - BIOL 110 Principles of Biology
4 - MTHSC 206 Calculus of Several Variables
3 - PHYS 221 Physics with Calculus II
1 - PHYS 223 Physics Lab. II
3 - Oral Communication Requirement1
16

Second Semester
4 - MTHSC 208 Intro. to Ordinary Diff. Equations
3 - PHYS 222 Physics with Calculus III
1 - PHYS 224 Physics Lab. III
4 - Biophysics Requirement2
3 - Social Science Requirement1
15

Junior Year

First Semester
3 - PHYS 311 Intro. to Meth. of Theoretical Phys.
3 - PHYS 321 Mechanics I
3 - PHYS 325 Experimental Physics I
3 - Biophysics Requirement2
4 - Foreign Language Requirement3
16

Second Semester
1 - PHYS 300 Introduction to Research
3 - PHYS 312 Methods of Theoretical Physics II
3 - PHYS 322 Mechanics II
1 - PHYS 356 Modern Physics Overview
3 - PHYS 441 Electromagnetics I
3 - Biophysics Requirement2
4 - Foreign Language Requirement3
18

Senior Year

First Semester
3 - PHYS 442 Electromagnetics II
3 - PHYS 455 Quantum Physics I
3 - Biophysics Requirement2
3 - Physics Writing Requirement4
3 - Science Requirement5
15

Second Semester
3 - HIST 172 The West and the World I or
3 - HIST 173 The West and the World II
3 - PHYS 456 Quantum Physics II
3 - PHYS 465 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics6
3 - Arts and Humanities (Literature) Requirement7
3 - Biophysics Requirement2
15

125 Total Semester Hours


1See General Education Requirements. Three of these credit hours must also satisfy the Science and Technology in Society Requirement.
2Select from department-approved list of courses in biological sciences, chemistry, mathematical sciences, and physics. At least six credit hours must be in biological sciences.
3Two semesters (through 102) in same modern foreign language are required.
4ENGL 304, 312, 314, 315, 316, 345, 346, 348, M L 402, or THEA (ENGL) 347.
5Any 200-400-level science course.
6An approved physics course may be substituted if CH 331 and 332 have been completed.
7Select any ENGL course from General Education Arts and Humanities (Literature) Requirement.