Biomedical Physics (B.S.)

Biomedical Physics deals with applications of physics to questions of biology and medicine. It is an interdisciplinary program, combining courses from physics, biology and medicine designed to train students to use quantitative, physical science inspired approaches to problems of the life sciences. Graduates of this program will be prepared for careers or graduate studies in biophysics, medicine, biomedical engineering, medical physics or any other field requiring physical and technological approaches to medical or biological questions.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University. In addition, a student must possess an overall g.p.a of at least 3.0 for the following four courses to become a B.S. candidate in Biomedical Physics:

Select one of the following:10
Option 1
(PS) Physics for the Life Sciences I
and Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory
(PS) Physics for the Life Sciences II
and Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory
Option 2
(PS) University Physics for Scientists I
and University Physics Laboratory
University Physics for Scientists II
and University Physics Laboratory II
MAT 2010Calculus I4
MAT 2020Calculus II4
 

Candidates must complete at least 123 credits in course work including satisfaction of the University General Education Requirements and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements, as well as the Departmental major requirements cited below. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees. All students will be required to maintain an overall grade point average of 'C' (2.0) for all degree work elected, as well as a grade point average of at least 2.5 in all major and cognate requirements.

Major Requirements 

B.S. candidates must take a minimum of 41 credits including:

PHY 2130(PS) Physics for the Life Sciences I4
or PHY 2170 (PS) University Physics for Scientists I
PHY 2131Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory1
or PHY 2171 University Physics Laboratory
PHY 2140(PS) Physics for the Life Sciences II4
or PHY 2180 University Physics for Scientists II
PHY 2141Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory1
or PHY 2181 University Physics Laboratory II
PHY 3700Mathematics for Biomedical Physics4
PHY 3750Introduction to Computational Methods1
PHY 4700Introduction to Biomedical Physics4
PHY 5340
PHY 5341
Optics
and Optics Laboratory
5
PHY 5620
PHY 5621
Electronics and Electrical Measurements
and Electronics and Electrical Measurements Laboratory
5
PHY 5750Biological Physics4
PHY/ROC 6710Physics in Medicine3
PHY 6750Applied Computational Methods2
PHY 6780(WI) Research Methods in Biomedical Physics3
Total Credits41

Cognate Requirements

B.S. candidates in Biomedical Physics must take:

MAT 2010Calculus I4
MAT 2020Calculus II4
CHM 1220
CHM 1230
(PS) General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
5
CHM 1240
CHM 1250
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
5
Select one of the following:5
General Chemistry II: Analytical Chemistry
and General Chemistry II: Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
BIO 1500Basic Life Diversity (or approved BIO elective)4
BIO 1510(LS) Basic Life Mechanisms4
Total Credits31

Some of these courses can be waived with the approval of the Biomedical Physics Advisor if a proof of proficiency is provided or a higher level course is substituted.

Science Electives

B.S. candidates in Biomedical Physics must take a total of four additional science, mathematics, engineering, or computer science elective classes beyond the requirements listed above. At least one of these classes must come from the field of biology. These four classes can be chosen from the following list:

BIO 2200(LS) Introductory Microbiology5
BIO 2600Introduction to Cell Biology3
BIO 2870Anatomy and Physiology5
BIO 3070Genetics5
BIO 3100Cellular Biochemistry3
BIO 3200Human Physiology3
BIO 4120(WI) Comparative Physiology4
BME 5010Quantitative Physiology4
Select one of the following:5
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
General Chemistry II: Analytical Chemistry
and General Chemistry II: Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
CHM 5400Biological Physical Chemistry4
CHM 5420Physical Chemistry I3
CHM 5600Survey of Biochemistry3
CHM 6620Metabolism: Pathways and Regulation3
CHM 6640Molecular Biology3
CSC 1100
CSC 1101
Problem Solving and Programming
and Problem Solving and Programming Laboratory
4
CSC 2000Introduction to C++ Programming Language3
CSC 2110
CSC 2111
Computer Science I
and Computer Science I Lab
4
MAT 2030Calculus III4
MAT 2150Differential Equations and Matrix Algebra4
MAT 2210Probability and Statistics4
MAT 2350Elementary Differential Equations3
MAT 5100Numerical Methods I3
MAT 5700Introduction to Probability Theory4
NFS 2030(LS) Nutrition and Health3
PHY 3300
PHY 3310
Introductory Modern Physics
and Introductory Modern Physics Laboratory
5
PHY 5200Classical Mechanics I3
PHY 6400Quantum Physics I3
PHY 6500Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics4
PHY 6600Electromagnetic Fields I3
ROC 5010Introduction to Radiological Physics4

Classes not on this list can be taken if prior approval from the undergraduate Physics student advisor has been obtained.