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BS Biophysics Concentration

(updated on September 13, 2016)

This program is a variation of the B.S. in Physics, officially a ‘B.S. in Physics with a Biophysics Concentration.’  This concentration addresses the growing interest and excitement in biophysics.  It offers an ideal preparation for biological research in physics graduate schools and industry, and is also appropriate for careers in biology, biophysics, and biomedical engineering, as well as medical school.  This concentration can be described in terms of certain substitutions in the course requirements for the standard B.S. in Physics.  Four physics courses and two open electives are replaced by a ‘biogroup’ of five courses (generally chosen from available biology, biophysics, biochemistry, and biomedical engineering courses), and a technical elective.  The biogroup and technical elective courses are chosen by the student in consultation with the biophysics academic advisor.

The following table illustrates the curriculum of the Bachelor of Science in Physics with Biophysics Concentration*. Those courses in the standard B.S. program that are not required for this concentration are shown in brackets. This posting reflects the requirements for students entering in the class of fall 2016. Students who matriculated to CWRU before fall 2016 should consult the General Bulletin for the year they started at CWRU for program requirements that apply for them.

*A student’s Academic Requirement page in SIS and the University’s General Bulletin, http://bulletin.case.edu/, are the definitive sources for course and degree information.

Course  

Yr*

Cred

Course  

Yr*

Cred

PHYS 121 or 123

Intro Mech

1

4

MATH 121 or 123

Calc 1

1

4

PHYS 122 or 124

Intro E&M

1

4

MATH 122 or 124

Calc 2

1

4

PHYS 221

Modern

2F

3

MATH 223 or 227

Calc 3

2F

3

PHYS 203

Elec Lab

2F

4

MATH 224

Diff E

2S

3

PHYS 204

Instr Lab

2S

4

Subtotal    

14

PHYS 250

CompMeth

2S

3

       
PHYS 310

Clas. Mech

2S

3

CHEM 105 (or 111)

Chem 1

1

3 (4)

PHYS 301

Adv Lab 1

3F

3

CHEM 106 (or ENGR 145)

Chem 2

1

3 (4)

PHYS 303
AdvLabSem
3F
1
CHEM 113

CLab

1

2

PHYS 313

Thermo

3F

3

ENGR 131 or EECS 132

CompPro

1

3

PHYS 331

QM 1

3F

3

Subtotal    

11

PHYS 324

E&M 1

3S

3

       
PHYS 325

E&M 2

4F

3

       
Tech elective**

PHYS 3**

4F

3

SAGES first/Univ sem  

1&2

10

[PHYS 302]

[Adv Lab 2]

    SAGES dept. sem.****  

3or2

2or3

[PHYS 332]

[QM 2]

    SAGES capstone*****  

4

3or4

[CM elective]

[Solid State]

    Breadth requirements******    

12

[PA elective]

[Nuc Particle]

    Open electives*******    

13

Subtotal    

44

PHED 2 semesters    

0

B-group 1***

biogroup

1

4(3)

Subtotal    

41

B-group 2***

biogroup

2

4(3)

       
B-group 3***

biogroup

3

3

       
B-group 4***

biogroup

3

3

       
B-group 5***

biogroup

4

3(4)

       
Subtotal    

17

Total    

127

* course usually taken in this year, ‘F’ or ‘S’ indicates the course is usually offered only in fall or spring. Other courses are either offered both semesters (100 & 200 level) or on no fixed schedule.

** Suggested technical electives include PHYS 315, 316, 320, 326, 327, 328, 336, 365.

*** B-group 1-5 are to be chosen from among approved biology, biophysics, biochemistry, biomedical engineering courses, including certain prerequisites as needed (e.g., chemistry). BIOL 214 and BIOL 215 are popular choices for B-group 1 and 2 but a wide variety of courses can be chosen, including PHYS 320 if it has not been selected as a technical elective.  This group is also designed to accommodate medical school guidelines. The listing of credits includes numbers for the most likely choices of courses and, in parenthesis, possible alternatives.

**** PHYS 303 + PHYS 352 can be used to satisfy the SAGES departmental seminar requirement.

***** PHYS 351 can be used to satisfy the SAGES capstone requirement.

******The breadth requirements include 6 hours of Social Sciences and 6 hours of Arts and Humanities. This may increase by 3 credits if the required Global and Cultural Diversity course is not also one of the breadth requirement courses. Courses required for the BS in Physics satisfy the 6 credit GER for Natural Sciences and Mathematics as well as the Quantitative Reasoning course requirement.

******* The number of open electives may vary, depending on course choices made by the student, but the degree requires that the total number of credits be at least 127.


 

Typical Schedule

(* indicates options, 4-5 of the Open Elective courses are normally used to satisfy GER Breadth Requirements.)

 

Fall (Class Hours-Lab Hours-Credit Hours)

Spring (Class Hours-Lab Hours-Credit Hours)

First Year

PHYS 121 or PHYS 123  Mechanics (4-3-4)

MATH 121 Calculus for Science and Engineering I (4-0-4)

CHEM 105 or CHEM 111 (3-0-3) or (4-0-4)

CHEM 113 Chemistry Lab (1-3-2)

Open* Elective = PHYS 166 Physics Today & Tom. (1-0-1)

FS** SAGES First Seminar (4-0-4)

PHED *** Physical Education Activities (0-3-0)

PHYS 122 or PHYS 124 Electricity & Magnetism (4-3-4)

MATH 122 Calculus for Science and Engineering II (4-0-4)

CHEM 106 or ENGR 145 (3-0-3) or (4-0-4)

BIOGROUP Elective (4-0-4)

ENGR 131 Elementary Computer Programming (2-2-3)

PHED *** Physical Education Activities (0-3-0)

Second Year

PHYS 203 Analog & Digital Electronics (2-4-4)

PHYS 221 General Physics III  Modern Physics (3-0-3)

MATH 223 Calculus for Science & Engineering III (3-0-3)

BIOGROUP Elective (4-0-4) US** University Seminar (3-0-3)

PHYS 204 Advanced Instrumentation Lab (2-4-4)

PHYS 250 Computational Methods(3-0-3)

PHYS 310 Classical Mechanics (3-0-3)

MATH 224 Differential Equations (3-0-3)

US** University Seminar (3-0-3)

Third Year

PHYS 301+303 Adv. Lab. Physics I + Seminar (0-7-3)+(1-0-1)

PHYS 313 Thermodynamics & Statistical Mech. (3-0-3)

PHYS 331 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I(3-0-3)

BIOGROUP Elective (3-0-3)

Open* Elective (3-0-3)

PHYS 324 Electricity and Magnetism I (3-0-3)

BIOGROUP Elective (3-0-3)

Open* Elective (3-0-3)

Open* Elective (3-0-3)

Open* Elective (3-0-3)

Fourth Year

PHYS 351+352 Senior Project+Seminar (0-6-2)+(1-0-1)

PHYS 325 Electricity and Magnetism II(3-0-3)

PHYS 3** Physics Elective (3-0-3)

Open* Elective (3-0-3)

Open* Elective (3-0-3)

PHYS 351+352 Senior Project+Seminar (0-6-2)+(1-0-1)

BIOGROUP Elective (3-0-3)

Open* Elective (3-0-3)

Open* Elective (3-0-3)

For more information, contact Prof. Gary Chottiner, gary.chottiner@cwru.edu or Prof. Robert Brown, rwb@po.cwru.edu .

Page last modified: September 13, 2016