Biophysics 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:
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Biophysics students 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 should pursue independent study and honors work in the senior year as this offers the most meaningful capstone experience. Indeed, seniors are best positioned to draw on the depth of knowledge obtained during concentration study when working on the capstone. Students seeking Honors in Biophysics must complete a thesis project representing the culmination of substantial research activity spanning two or more semesters. Honors in the Biophysics program is handled via the Biology Honors process, with application and details described here.
This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:
The Biophysics concentration prepares students for careers in many fields, including academic or industrial research, health careers, teaching and patent law.