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Biological Physics

Professor: Cannon (director), Pettersen, Sheers

Associate Professors: Bayline, Leonard

Biological physics is a discipline that focuses on the physics problems presented by biological systems. It uses physics to gain new insights into biological problems. This interdisciplinary major, administered by the physics department, is intended to prepare students for study in areas of the life sciences and health professions that are increasingly technical. Examples include cell biology, neuroscience, and medical research.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: A total of 16 courses. Required courses are MTH 151 and 152 , BIO 101 and 102 , CHM 160 and 170 , BCH 333 , and PHY 107 (or 101 ), 108 (or 102 ), 209 , 234 , 327 , 390 (1/2 course), 441 (1/4 course), and 442 (1/4 course). Students completing the biological physics major must also elect one of PHY 317 or CHM 360; one of PHY 313 , 322 , 331 , or 381; one of BIO 212 , 311 , 314 , 201 , NSC 300 , or any biology course at the 200 level or above approved by the Biological Physics Major Advisory Committee.

CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE: The capstone experience for the biological physics major is the biological physics senior research project, which is completed through PHY 441 and 442 .

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