Biophysics Minor

The biophysics minor is intended to be a flexible program, combining a basic understanding of modern physics, cell biology and biophysics with selected advanced topics related to this rapidly growing field, which applies the study of materials and physical interactions to an understanding of biological systems.


  • You must take at least 18 credits of required and elective courses for the minor.
  • A minimum of 12 credits of minor coursework must be completed in addition to any courses (required courses or program electives) included in the major curriculum.
  • You may not earn both a biophysics minor and a physics minor
  • Up to 6 credits of coursework, with an earned grade of “C” or better, taken at another accredited institution, may be applied to the course requirements of the minor upon prior approval of the department chair.


  • BS 104 General Biology II (Credits: 4)
    or BS 131 Introductory Biology II (Credits: 4)
  • CH 202 Organic Chemistry II (Credits: 3)
    or CH 212 Principles of Organic Chemistry II (Credits: 3)
  • PY202 Introduction to Physics II  OR  PY 212 Physics II (Credits: 4)

Required Courses

  • PY 301 Modern Physics I (Credits: 3)
  • PY 340 Biophysics I (Credits: 3)
  • PY 406 Advanced Lab (Credits: 1)
  • PY 490 Special Topics or Research in Physics (Credits: 1–3)
    (must be related to biophysics and be approved in advance by the minor advisor)
    or PY 495 Undergraduate Research in Physics (Credits: 2)
    (must be related to biophysics and be approved in advance by the minor advisor)

Elective Courses

Choose at least two of the following courses, at least one of which must be in physics (PY), mathematics (MA) or statistics (ST). Note that some of these courses have prerequisites:

  • BI 450 Bioinformatics I (Credits: 3)
  • BS 342 Advanced Microbiology (Credits: 4)
  • BS 347 Applied Microbiology (Credits: 3)
  • BS 461 Cell Biology (Credits: 4)
  • BS 466 Genetics (Credits: 4)
  • CH 341 Molecular Structure in Biochemistry (Credits: 3)
  • CH 342 Nucleic Acid Biochemistry (Credits: 3)
  • CS 201 Computer Programming I (Credits: 3)
  • MA 202 Mathematical Analysis IV (Credits: 4)
  • MA 320 Differential Equations (Credits: 3)
  • MA 350 Chaos and Complexity (Credits: 3)
  • PY 302 Modern Physics II (Credits: 3)
  • PY 701 Medical Physics (Credits: 3)
  • ST 310 Introduction to Biostatistics (Credits: 3)
  • Other elective courses as approved by the department.
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