211 Physics Building
Mark Bowick, Samuel H.P. Chan, Scott E. Erdman, M. Lisa Manning, M. Cristina Marchetti, Alan Middleton, Liviu Movileanu, Ramesh Raina, Peter Saulson, Eric A. Schiff, Jennifer Schwarz, Roy Welch
The B.A. in biophysical science is designed to serve students with strong interests in physical and mathematical aspects of the life sciences. The signature of the program is an exceptionally broad training in physics, biology, and chemistry. There are excellent scientific and professional opportunities for students who have acquired this broad grounding; bioinformatics, proteomics, and cell signaling are examples of subfields that benefit from a broad background in biophysical science. In conjunction with the other elements of the liberal arts core, graduates of the program are very well prepared to pursue careers in many sectors of the economy. The major is also well suited to students interested in graduate work in the health professions or in the biophysical sciences.
B.A. Degree Requirements
The B.A. in biophysical science requires a minimum of 61 credits of classwork, including 55 credits of specified courses. 18 credits of upper-division coursework in biology and physics are required, as are 3 credits of upper-division laboratory work in biology or physics.
- CHE 109 /CHE 119 and CHE 129 /CHE 139 , Chemistry for Honors and Majors, may be substituted.
- MAT 295 , MAT 296 , Standard Calculus, may be substituted (8 credits).
- PHY 215 , PHY 216 , Physics for Honors and Majors, may be substituted.
- BIO 355 , BIO 407 , BIO 409 , BIO 422 , BIO 425 , BIO 462 , BIO 463 , BIO 465 , BIO 475 , BIO 501 , BIO 503 and BIO 565 are recommended upper-division biology electives.
- Three credits of either a biology or a physics upper-division laboratory class, including experimental research, are required; the requirement for 6 elective credits of upper-division biology may be satisfied simultaneously.