The cutting edge of biological research is increasingly intertwined with the approaches and ideas of physics. In the 21st century physicists are contributing perspectives as well as tools. The modern biologist must have a deep understanding of highly quantitative methods and theoretical models based on ideas from physics. For instance, research in cell biology is relying more and more on biomechanical and rheological models for the cytoskeleton and cellular locomotion, on statistical physics models of regulatory networks, and on very sophisticated models of molecular transport that go well beyond classic diffusion approaches.
A Biophysics Minor is an excellent way to get advanced training in the techniques and concepts of the physical sciences as applied to biology, to serve as a foundation for careers and graduate study at the interface of the physical and biological sciences.
Biophysics Minor is now approved, effective 2015-16 academic year. The courses one needs to take:
(For a description of the contents of these courses see the Catalog listings.)
|Course Number||Course Name||Units|
|PHY 131/132/133 or PHY 121/122/123||General Physics or College Physics Series||9 units total|
|PHY 131L/132L/133L or PHY 121L/122L/123L||General Physics Laboratory||3 units total|
|MAT 114/115/116 or MAT 130/131/132||Analytical Geometry and Calculus or Tehnical Calculus||12 units total|
|PHY 234||EM waves, optics, special relativity (Winter only)||3 units|
|PHY 235||Modern physics, Quantum mechanics, atomic physics (Spring only)||3 units|
|PHY 344, BIO/PHY 410, BIO 431/L, PHY/BIO 461,462||Applied Optics, Biophysics, Radiation Biology, Senior Project||At least 8 units from this list|
|BIO 459/459L,BIO 310, BIO 575, CHM 417, CHM 304/304A ,BIO 581/581L, KIN 304/304L, KIN 412/412A||Bioinformatics, Cell and Molecular Biology, Advanced Topics in Biology, Computational Chemistry, Elements of Physical Chemistry, Transport across cell membranes, Introduction to Biomechanics, Movement Anatomy and Kinesiology||At least 8 units from this list|