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:

(77-85 Semester hours)

Biology (7)

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

BIO 114 Principles of Biology (4)

BIO 203 Introduction to Cell Biology (3)

Chemistry (14-15)

CHM 141/144 College Chemistry and Lab (3, 2)

CHM 142/145 College Chemistry and Lab (3, 2)

CHM 241/244 Organic Chemistry and Lab (3, 2) or

CHM 231 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (4)

Mathematics (15-17)

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

STA 301 Applied Statistics (3)

Physics (29)

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

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

PHY 281 Contemporary Physics I: Foundations (3)

PHY 282 Contemporary Physics II: Frontiers (3)

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

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

PHY 286 Introduction to Computational Physics (3)

PHY 421 Molecular and Cellular Biophysics (4) or

PHY 422 Physics for Medicine and Biology (4)

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)

BIO 305 Human Physiology (4)

BIO 425 Environmental Plant Physiology (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 (4)

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

MBI 201 General Microbiology (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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