Minor in Biophysics
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)


John Stubbs

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

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 or PHY 310 - Biophysics: Structure & Motion or 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

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.

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This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2020-2021 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of date of publication May 1, 2020.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.