Biophysics

The Biophysics specialty prepares students to employ methods in physics to the study of biological systems. Students have the opportunity to learn about the physical biology of systems on a broad range of scales, techniques developed in biophysics for imaging, measuring, and manipulating biological systems, and the application of quantitative analysis techniques to topics in biology and genomics.

Advisors:

Pre-Approved Courses:

Choose at least 3

  • BIOE 41: Physical Biology of Macromolecules
  • BIOE 42: Physical Biology of Cells
  • BIOE 44: Fundamentals for Engineering Biology Lab
  • BIOE 101: Systems Biology
  • BIOE 103: Systems Physiology and Design
  • BIOE 123: Optics and Devices Lab
  • BIO 132: Advanced Imaging Lab in Biophysics
  • EE 169: Introduction to Bioimaging
  • APPPHYS 205: Introduction to Biophysics
  • CS 262: Computational Genomics

BIOE 41 and BIOE 42 may be used to satisfy the Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Statistical Mechanics requirement (substitution recommended), but then cannot be counted toward the three courses required for the specialty.

BIOE 123 may be used to satisfy either the Electronics Lab or Design Course requirements (substitution recommended), but then cannot be counted toward the three courses required for the specialty.

EE 369A, B or C may be taken instead of EE 169.

Recommended Courses:

  • BIOE 131: Ethics in Bioengineering – for Writing in the Major requirement
  • BIOE 80: Introduction to Bioengineering – for an Engineering Fundamental
  • EE 261: The Fourier Transform and Its Applications – for Advanced Math requirement
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