Biological Physics- Bachelor of Science

For information, contact the Department of Physics, 133 Culler Hall (513-529-5625).

A biological physics major explores the physical behavior of biological and biologically-inspired systems, applying physical techniques to solve problems in physics, biology, and medicine. The program is multi-disciplinary, drawing from coursework in physics, biology, chemistry, and mathematics. It combines a broad science curriculum with physical and mathematical rigor in preparation for careers in biological physics, biophysics, medical physics, medicine and biomedical engineering.

Program requirements:

(64-68 Semester hours)

Physics (28)

PHY 181/183 The Physical World and Lab (4, 1)

PHY 182/184 The Physical World and Lab (4, 1)

PHY 281/293 Contemporary Physics I and Lab (3, 1)

PHY 292/294 Electronic Instrumentation and Lab (3, 2)

PHY 286 Introduction to Computational Physics (3)

PHY 421 Molecular and Cellular Biophysics (4) or

PHY 422 Physics for Medicine and Biology (4)

Biology (7)

BOT/MBI/ZOO 116 Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular, and Molecular Biology (4) or

ZOO 114 Principles of Biology (4)

BOT/ZOO 203 Introduction to Cell Biology (3)

Mathematics (15-17)

Calculus sequence ending with MTH 252 Calculus III (12-14)

STA 301 Applied Statistics (3)

Electives: Select FOUR with at least ONE from each category (12-17)

Category 1: PHYSICS

PHY 483 Mathematical Methods in Physics (4)

Any course numbered 400 and above, excluding seminar, research, and independent study courses (PHY 400, 410, 440, 477, 480, 488) (3-4)

Category 2: NATURAL AND APPLIED SCIENCE

(some courses may have pre- or co-requisites)

BOT 425 Mathematical Methods in Physics (4)

CHM 242/245 Organic Chemistry and Lab (3, 2)

CHM 332 Outlines of Biochemistry (4) or

CHM 432 Fundamentals of Biochemistry (4) or

CHM 433 Biochemistry (3)

CHM 471 Biophysical Chemistry I (3)

CHM 472 Biophysical Chemistry II (3)

CPE 418 Biological Transport Phenomena (3)

KNH 468/468L Physiology and Biophysics of Human Activity and Lab (3, 1)

MBI 201 General Microbiology I (4)

ZOO 305 Human Physiology (4)

A course from Physics category (3-4)

Category 3: MATHEMATICS

MTH 222 Introduction to Linear Algebra (3)

MTH 347 Differential Equations (3)

PHY 483 Mathematical Methods in Physics (4)

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