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  Feb 25, 2018
Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biophysics, BS

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The Biophysics major is designed to prepare a student to apply the physical and mathematical sciences to problems arising in the life sciences and medicine. By choosing proper electives, the student can prepare to enter graduate study of biophysics, medical physics, biomedical engineering, medicine, optometry, or dentistry.

For more information about the Physics and Electrical Engineering department, visit its website

Biophysics Curriculum

  Department and Number - Descriptive Title of Course Fall Cr.          Spr. Cr.      

First Year

MAJOR PHYS 140/PHYS 140L - (E) Elements of Physics I  – PHYS 141/PHYS 141L - (E) Elements of Physics II   4 4
MAJOR BIOL 141/BIOL 141L (E) (FYOC, FYDT Lab only) General Biology  –  BIOL 142/BIOL142L (E) (FYOC, FYDT Lab only) General Biology 1    4.5 4.5
COGNATE MATH 103 - (Q) Pre-Calculus Mathematics  – MATH 114 - (Q) Calculus I  or MATH 114 - (Q) Calculus I  – MATH 221 - Calculus II 2 4 4
GE WRTG WRTG 107 - (FYW) Composition   3  
GE T/RS T/RS 121 (P) Theology I: Introduction to the Bible     3
GE FSEM First Year Seminar 3    
    15.5 15.5

Second Year

MAJOR PHYS 270/PHYS 270L - (W) Elements of Modern Physics  – PHYS 352 - Statistical and Engineering Thermodynamics   4 3
MAJOR CHEM 112-113 - (E) General and Analytical Chemistry  /CHEM 112L-113L   4.5 4.5
COGNATE EE 241/EE 241L - Circuit Analysis     4
COGNATE CMPS 134 - Computer Science I   3  
COGNATE MATH 221 - Calculus II  – MATH 222 - Calculus III  or MATH 222 - Calculus III  – MATH 341 - Differential Equations   4 4
GE PHIL PHIL 120 - Introduction to Philosophy   3  
    18.5 15.5

Third Year

MAJOR PHYS/BIOL/CHEM ELECT – Physics, Biology or Chemistry Elective 3  
MAJOR CHEM 232/CHEM 232L (E) Organic Chemistry  – CHEM 233/CHEM 233L (E) Organic Chemistry   4.5 4.5
GE T/RS T/RS 122 - (P) Theology II: Introduction to Christian Theology   3  
GE PHIL PHIL 210 - Ethics   3  
GE PHIL or T/RS PHIL ELECT – Philosophy or T/RS ELECT Elective   3
GE S/BH S/BH ELECT – Social/Behavioral Electives 3 3
GE HUMN HUMN ELECT – Humanities Elective   3
    16.5 13.5

Fourth Year

MAJOR PHYS/BIOL/CHEM ELECT –   Physics, Biology or Chemistry Electives 6 6
GE HUMN HUMN ELECT – Humanities Elective 6 3
GE ELECT FREE ELECT – Free Electives 3 6
                                      15 15

Total: 125 Credits

1EP requirement is met through successful completion of BIOL 141L  and BIOL 142L .

2Math placement may affect the order in which these classes are taken.

3The selection of a First Year Seminar is likely to fulfill requirements both for the First Year Seminar and a General Education Requirement.  Thus, the First Year Seminar will not add to the total credits for the semester.  Talk with your advisor if you have any questions.

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