Biophysics is the application of physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics to study how biological systems work. Biophysics seeks to answer a diverse array of questions such as: how three-dimensional molecular structure determines biological functions, how are genes turned on and off, how animals and plants respond to light, how animals respond to sound and smell, how cells move, and how the nervous system works.
The biophysics major provides the broad math and science skills necessary to succeed in this interdisciplinary environment.
The BS in Biophysics as an interdisciplinary program requires coursework: in biology: Introduction to Biology, Cell Structure and Function, and Genetics; in physics: General Physics, Electricity and Magnetism, Mathematical Physics, Introduction to Modern Physics and Thermodynamics; in chemistry: General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry; and in mathematics: Calculus I, II and III. Students are also required to take 4 elective courses 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 the fields of physics (Computing for scientists, Classsical Mechanics, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, Electronics or Optics), Chemistry (Physical Chemistry, Biochemistry or Biophysical Chemistry), Biology (Molecular Biology, Research Techniques in Molecular Biology, Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, Genetics, or Physiology).
Dr. Zbigniew Dziembowski
A225 Barton Hall