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Biophysics

Dr. Rongjia Tao, Chair

Dr. Zbigniew Dziembowski, Faculty Advisor

Barton Hall, Room A225
215-204-7639
zbig.dziembowski@temple.edu

 

Bachelor of Science

 

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

 

1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)

  • Mathematics 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or English 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major. Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement:  Biology 2296, Biology 3096, Biology 3396, Chemistry 4196, the combination of Chemistry 3397 and Chemistry 3398, Mathematics 3098, Mathematics 4096, Physics 2796 or Physics 4796.
  • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
    • The General Education Curriculum consists of approximately 25-26 s.h.  See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.

    2. College Requirements

    • 45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
    • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).

     

    3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Science (75-79 s.h.)

    • Three (3) Biology courses are required (12 s.h.): Biology 2112, 2296, and 3096.
    • Six (6) Physics courses are required (23 s.h.): Physics 1061 or 2021, 1062 or 2022, 2502, 2796, 3301, and 4101. 
    • Four (4) Chemistry courses with Labs (16 s.h.): Chemistry 1031/1033, 1032/1034, 2201/2203 and 2202/2204.
    • Three (3) Mathematics courses are required (12 s.h.): Mathematics 1041, 1042 and 2043.
    • Four (4) 2000+ Biophysics Electives are required (12-16 s.h.): Electives must be chosen in consultation with the Physics faculty advisor.

    Note: A grade of C or higher in Chemistry 1031 and Chemistry 1032 is required to take Biology 1111 and Biology 2112. A grade of C or higher in Biology 1111 and Biology 2112 is required to take upper-level Biology courses, and a C- or higher is required unless otherwise specified in all other courses for the major, including course prerequisites. Most research and Independent Study courses, such as Biology 3091, 3183, 3681, 4291, 4483, 4491, and 4591, are not available for major credit.

    Suggested Semester by Semester Plan

    Year 1 - FALL          
    Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
    Chemistry
    Chemistry

    Chemistry
    Chemistry
    1031
    1033

    1951
    1953
    General Chemistry I and
    General Chemistry I Laboratory
         or
    Honors General Chemistry I and
    Honors General Chemistry I Laboratory
    3
    1

    3
    1
     
    Mathematics

    Mathematics
    1041

    1941
    Calculus I
         or
    Honors Calculus I
    4

    4
     
    General Education / Elective Credits     7  
    Subtotal     15  
     
    Year 1 - SPRING 
    Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
    Chemistry
    Chemistry

    Chemistry
    Chemistry
    1032
    1034

    1952
    1954
    General Chemistry II and
    General Chemistry II Laboratory
         or
    Honors General Chemistry II and
    Honors General Chemistry II Laboratory
    3
    1

    3
    1
     
    Mathematics

    Mathematics
    1042

    1942
    Calculus II
         or
    Honors Calculus II
    4

    4
     
    General Education / Elective Credits     8  
    Sub Total     16  
     
    Year 2 - FALL 
    Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
    Chemistry
    Chemistry

    Chemistry
    Chemistry

    Chemistry
    Chemistry
    2201
    2203

    2211
    2213

    2921
    2923
    Organic Chemistry I and
    Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
         or
    Organic Chemistry I for Majors and
    Organic Chemistry I Lab for Majors Laboratory
         or
    Honors Organic Chemistry I and
    Honors Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
    3
    1

    3
    1

    3
    1
     
    Mathematics 2043 Calculus III 4  
    Physics

    Physics
    2021

    1061
    General Physics I
         or
    Elementary Classical Physics I
    4

    4
     
    General Education / Elective Credits     3  
    Subtotal     15  
     
    Year 2 - SPRING 
    Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
    Chemistry
    Chemistry

    Chemistry
    Chemistry

    Chemistry
    Chemistry
    2202
    2204

    2212
    2214

    2922
    2924
    Organic Chemistry II and
    Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
         or
    Organic Chemistry II for Majors and
    Organic Chemistry II for Majors Laboratory
         or
    Honors Organic Chemistry II and
    Honors Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
    3
    1

    3
    1

    3
    1
     
    Physics

    Physics
    2022

    1062
    General Physics II
         or
    Elementary Classical Physics II
    4

    4
     
    General Education / Elective Credits     8  
    Subtotal     16  
     
    Year 3 - FALL
    Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
    Biology

    Biology
    2112

    2912
    Introduction to Biology II
         or
    Honors Introduction to Biology II
    4

    4
     
    Physics 3301 Electricity & Magnetism (F) 4  
    Elective Elective† 2000+ Biophysics Elective 3-4  
    General Education / Elective Credits     3-4  
    Subtotal     15  
     
    Year 3 - SPRING
    Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
    Physics 2502 Mathematical Physics (S) 4  
    Physics 2796 Introduction to Modern Physics (S) 4 WI
    Physics Elective† 2000+ Biophysics Elective 3-4  
    General Education / Elective Credits     3-4  
    Subtotal     15  
     
    Year 4 - FALL
    Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
    Biology 3096 Cell Structure & Function (F) 4 WI
    Physics 4101 Thermodynamics & Kinetic Theory (F) 3  
    Physics Elective† 2000+ Biophysics Elective 3-4  
    General Education / Elective Credits     4-5  
    Subtotal     15  
     
    Year 4 - SPRING
    Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
    Biology 2296 Genetics (S) 4 WI
    Elective Elective† 2000+ Biophysics Elective 3-4  
    General Education / Elective Credits     8-9  
    Subtotal     16  
             
    Credits in Coursework for Biophysics 75-79  
    General Education / Elective Credits 48-44  
    Total Credits for B.S. Degree 123  

    (F) - Fall only course

    (S) - Spring only course

    †Four electives must be chosen in consultation with the physics advisor.  All courses must be 2000-level or above.  At least two electives must be Physics courses.  Choose courses in Physics, Biology (Neurobiology, Genetics, Cell Structure, Physiology), Chemistry (Physical Chemistry), Biochemistry and Biophysics.  Recommended for graduate school in Physics:  Physics 2101, 3302, 3701 and 4796 and as much of the B.S. program in Physics as time allows.   Students planning to go to medical school should complete Biology 1111: Introduction to Biology.

    Students who complete CST majors typically receive a waiver for 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.

    Calculation of Major GPA

    The list of courses that are used to calculate major GPA is determined by the department. Students should consult with their academic advising unit for the applicable courses. In general, courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or a required course are not counted for the major GPA. This would include Biology 1011, for example.

    Distinction in Major

    A student who wishes to graduate with Distinction in the Major must complete all courses required for the biophysics major with a GPA of 3.5 or better, and carry out an independent study or undergraduate thesis project.  Consult the undergraduate physics advisor for more details.

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