John Stubbs

Degree name
Minor in Biophysics

Minor Description

The biophysics minor builds on the foundations of Physics I and Physics II to create a comprehensive understanding of how the laws of physics apply to organisms, explored from both the macroscopic and microscopic points of view.  With its organismal focus, and relationship to modern technology, this minor is well-suited to complement majors in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Medical Biology, Neuroscience, and Marine Science, in addition to Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, and Pre-Pharmacy programs of study.    

Curricular Requirements

Biophysics Minor: The biophysics minor requires eighteen hours of coursework

Required Courses


PHY 210 - University Physics I* 4
PHY 211 - University Physics II* 4

PHY 220 - Medical Physics


PHY 310 - Biophysics: Structure & Motion


PHY 410 - Topics in Physics


Elective courses**


PHY 208 - Energy and Climate Change 3
PHY 209 - Computational Physics 3
PHY 220 - Medical Physics 4
PHY 305 - Revolutions of 20th Century Physics 3
PHY 306 - Math Methods of Modern Physics 1
PHY 310 - Biophysics: Structure & Motion 3
PHY 320 - Biomechanics 4
PHY 410 - Topics in Physics 3-4

* PHY 110 and PHY 111 may be accepted with department permission.

**With permission, either MAR 368 (Advanced Oceanography II: Phy/Che, 3 credits) or CHE 370 (Physical Chemistry I, 4 credits) can be substituted for one elective course.    Students can receive elective credit for either PHY 305 or CHE 370.    

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to describe basic physical, biophysical, and biomechanics concepts
  • Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of physical processes/instrumentation used to investigate biophysical and biomechanical phenomena
  • Students will be able to clearly communicate scientific information in both oral and written forms
  • Students will be able to work collaboratively in various team settings

Transfer Credit

Courses completed at another accredited college can be transferred to this degree program.  A transferred course must align in scope and content to the required course offered at UNE.  Otherwise, a course may transfer as a general elective.  All courses completed must be no older than five years.  Transferred courses for matriculated students must be approved by the Department.  Other restrictions apply.  See Undergraduate Admissions for more information.


Financial Information


Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.