Biological Physics – Bachelor of Science

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (77-83 semester hours)

Core Courses (65-66 semester hours)
BMZ 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)
CHM 141, 142  College Chemistry (3, 3) or equivalents
CHM 144, 145  College Chemistry Laboratory (2, 2) or equivalents
CHM 241  Organic Chemistry (3) and CHM 244 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2); or CHM 231 - Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (4)
MTH 151, 251, 252  Calculus I, II, III (5, 4, 4) or equivalents
PHY 191  General Physics I (5)
PHY 192  General Physics II (5)
PHY 281  Contemporary Physics I (3)
PHY 282  Contemporary Physics II (3)
PHY 286  Introduction to Computational Physics (3)
PHY 292  Electronic Instrumentation (3)
PHY 293  Contemporary Physics Laboratory (2)
PHY 294  Laboratory in Electronic Instrumentation (2)
PHY 421  Introduction to Biophysics (4); or PHY 422 - Physical Methods in Biology and Medicine (4)
STA 301  Applied Statistics (3)

Elective Courses (12-17 semester hours) Select four (4) with at least one (1) from each category.
Category 1: PHYSICS
PHY 483  Mathematical Methods in Physics (4)
Any course numbered 400 and above, excluding seminar, research, and independent
study courses (PHY400, 410, 440, 477, 480, 488) (3-4)

Category 2: NATURAL AND APPLIED SCIENCE
(some courses may have pre- or co-requisites)
BOT 425  Environmental Plant Physiology (4)
CHM 242  Organic Chemistry (3) and CHM 245 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2)
CHM 332  Outlines of Biochemistry or CHM 432 Fundamentals of Biochemistry or
CHM 433  Biochemistry (3-4)
CHM 471  Physical Chemistry (3)
CHM 472  Biophysical Chemistry (3)
KNH 468/468L  Physiology and Biophysics of Human Activity (3) and
KNH 486L  Physiology and Biophysics of Human Activity Laboratory (1)
MBI 201  General Microbiology I (4)
CPE 418  Biological Transport Phenomena (3)
ZOO 305  Animal Physiology (4)
A course from Category 1: PHYSICS (3-4)

Category 3: MATHEMATICS
PHY 483  Mathematical Methods in Physics (4)
MTH 222  Linear Algebra (3)
MTH 347  Differential Equations (3)

ADVISING TRACKS (Suggested sequences for degree emphasis, not required)
Advising Track 1: PRE-MEDICAL
CORE select these options: PHY421; CHM241/244.
ELECTIVES include these: CHM242/245; ZOO305.
A biochemistry course is also recommended.

Advising Track 2: MEDICAL PHYSICS
CORE select these options: PHY422.
ELECTIVES include these: PHY437, 461, 471, 483
Students interested in this career option may also elect to pursue the B.S. Physics degree.

Advising Track 3: BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
CORE select these options: PHY422; CHM241/244.
ELECTIVES include these: MTH347; CPE418; PHY483.
A biochemistry course is also recommended.

Advising Track 4: BIOPHYSICS
CORE select these options: PHY421, CHM241/244.
ELECTIVES include these: PHY483; CHM471, 472; PHY422.

THEMATIC SEQUENCE OPTIONS
CHM1 satisfied by selecting elective CHM332 or CHM432 or CHM433.
MTH3 satisfied by selecting electives MTH222 and MTH347.
ZOO1 satisfied by selecting elective ZOO305.

Note: Mathematics and foreign language placement is usually done during Summer Orientation.  Some students may start with Calculus II and/or need only one or two foreign language courses.