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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.)

  • Math 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 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, Chemistry 4396, Earth & Environmental Science 4096, Earth & Environmental Science 4197, Earth & Environmental Science 4997, Mathematics 3098, Mathematics 4096, Physics 2796* or Physics 4796.
  • Students must complete a set of university requirements: General Education (GenEd) or Core.
    • New freshmen students starting in the 2009-2010 catalog year are required to complete the General Education Curriculum (25-26 s.h.). See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.
    • New transfer students starting in the 2009-2010 catalog year are required to complete the University Core Curriculum requirements (34-35 s.h.) including completion of the library orientation, Temple Information Literacy Tutorial (TILT). See the Core Curriculum section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the course requirements.

     

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, 2203 or 2296*, 3096.
  • Six (6) Physics courses are required (23 s.h.): Physics 1061 or 2021, 1062 or 2022, 2502, 2701 or 2796*, 3301, 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.

 

*Pending writing-intensive program approval.

 

Suggested Semester by Semester Plan

Year 1 - FALL          
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry
1031
1033

1041
1043

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

3
1

3
1
SA
SA

SA
SA

SA
SA
Mathematics

Mathematics
1041

1941
Calculus I
     or
Honors Calculus I
4

4
QB

QB
General Education / Elective Credits     7  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 1 - SPRING 
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry
1032
1034

1042
1044

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

3
1

3
1
SB
SB

SB
SB

SB
SB
Mathematics

Mathematics
1042

1942
Calculus II
     or
Honors Calculus II
4

4
 
General Education / Elective Credits     8  
Sub Total     16  
 
Year 2 - FALL 
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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






SA
SA
Math 2043 Calculus III 4  
Physics

Physics
2021

1061
General Physics I (F)
     or
Elementary Classical Physics I
4

4


SA
General Education / Elective Credits     3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 2 - SPRING 
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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






SB
SB
Physics

Physics
2022

1062
General Physics II (S)
     or
Elementary Classical Physics II
4

4


SB
General Education / Elective Credits     8  
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 3 - FALL
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Biology

Biology
2112

2912
Introduction to Biology
     or
Honors Introduction to Biology
4

4


SB
Physics 3301 Electricity & Magnetism (F) 4  
Elective Elective† 2000+ Biophysics Elective 3-4  
General Education / Elective Credits     3-4  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 3 - SPRING
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Physics 2502 Mathematical Physics (S) 4  
Physics 2701 or 2796* Introduction to Modern Physics (S) 4 WI*
Elective Elective† 2000+ Biophysics Elective 3-4  
General Education / Elective Credits     3-4  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 4 - FALL
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Biology 3096 Cell Structure & Function (F) 4 WI
Physics 4101 Thermodynamics & Kinetic Theory (F) 3  
Elective Elective† 2000+ Biophysics Elective 3-4  
General Education / Elective Credits     4-5  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 4 - SPRING
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Biology 2203 or 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 44-48  
Total Credits for B.S. Degree 123  

*Pending writing-intensive program approval.

(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.

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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