Biophysics is that it is a quantitative science that requires a significant level of competence in physics, chemistry, mathematics, and biology. These areas therefore form the required background coursework for this program, and serve as a springboard to an advanced focus, developed in consultation with a concentration advisor. Advanced foci may include structure-function relations of macromolecules, biomechanics of cell cytoskeleton, biotechnology for drug and gene delivery, molecular mechanisms of membrane transport, sensory signal transduction, for examples. The program also requires a capstone research project that reflects this focus and may be drawn from collaborative research opportunities offered by faculty in biology, chemistry, or physics departments.
Students in this concentration will:
- Develop problem solving facility across a wide range of biologically-pertinent physical and mathematical domains
- Have a foundation in evolutionary biology, genetics, cell biology, physiology, and other biological science areas
- Create a focus area around a particular theme or category
- Collaborate with a faculty member on a research project
Honors and CapstonesView Honors website
Each student pursuing an Sc.B. in Biophysics must complete at least one semester (two are recommended) of Directed Research in biology (BIOL 1950/1960), chemistry (CHEM 0970/0980), or physics (PHYS 1990). Students seeking Honors in Biophysics must complete a thesis project representing the culmination of substantial research activity spanning two or more semesters. An oral presentation is also required. Upon completion of the research, the faculty advisor and a second reader provide an evaluation in which the student’s work must be assessed as satisfactory or better in order for Honors to be awarded. Quality grades (A, B, and/or S with distinction) within the concentration are also required for Honors. Honors in the Biophysics program is handled via the Biology Honors process, with application and details described here: http://biology.brown.edu/bug/honors
This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:
- Collaborate fully
- Engage with your community
- Develop a facility with symbolic languages
- Experience scientific inquiry
The Biophysics concentration prepares students for careers in many fields, including academic or industrial research, health careers, teaching and patent law.