2021-2022 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Oct 01, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biophysical Science, BA

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Jay Hubisz
201 Physics Building


Marina Artuso, Stefan Ballmer, Steven Blusk, Duncan Brown, Simon Catterall, Eric Coughlin, Walter Freeman, Jay Hubisz, John Laiho, M. Lisa Manning, Alan Middleton, Liviu Movileanu, Alison Patteson, Joseph Paulsen, Ivan Pechenezhskiy, Britton Plourde, Jennifer Ross, Matthew Rudolph, Christian Santangelo, Eric A. Schiff, Jennifer Schwarz, Tomasz Skwarnicki, Mitchell Soderberg, Paul Souder, Sheldon Stone, Scott Watson, Denver Whittington

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.



  1. CHE 109 /CHE 119  and CHE 129 /CHE 139 , Chemistry for Honors and Majors, may be substituted.
  2. MAT 295 , MAT 296 , Standard Calculus, may be substituted (8 credits).
  3. PHY 215 , PHY 216 , Physics for Honors and Majors, may be substituted.
  4. BIO 355 , BIO 407 , BIO 409 , BIO 422 , BIO 471  , BIO 462 , BIO 463 , BIO 465 , BIO 475 , BIO 501 , BIO 503  and BIO 565  are recommended upper-division biology electives.
  5. 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.

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