Biophysics Minor

Reed with laserAs a student pursuing a minor in Biophysics, you bridge the gap between biology and physics. Biology studies life in its variety and complexity. Physics looks for mathematical laws of nature and makes detailed predictions about the forces that drive systems. Finding the patterns in life and analyzing them with math and physics is a powerful way to gain insights.

If you are curious about biological processes and enjoy puzzle solving, designing experiments or working with numbers and computers, there are many exciting opportunities for you in biophysics. Biophysicists use the methods of mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology to study how living organisms work. They investigate how the brain processes and stores information, how the heart pumps blood, how muscles contract, how plants use light in photosynthesis, how genes are switched on and off and many other questions. 

The minor allows you flexibility to study processes at the cellular level, the physics of the human body and other organisms, the operation of medical diagnostic equipment and the science of climate change.


Curriculum

Curricular Requirements

Biophysics Minor: The biophysics minor requires eighteen hours of coursework

Required Courses

Credits

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

PHY 220 - Medical Physics

OR

PHY 310 - Biophysics: Structure & Motion

OR

PHY 410 - Topics in Physics

4

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.    

The Biophysics Minor is offered through the Department of Chemistry and Physics.