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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
Physics for the Life Sciences I
and Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory
Physics for the Life Sciences II
and Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory
Option 2
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
 

Program Requirements

Candidates must complete at least 120 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 

All B.S. candidates in Biomedical Physics must take:

PHY 2130Physics for the Life Sciences I4
or PHY 2170 University Physics for Scientists I
PHY 2131Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory1
or PHY 2171 University Physics Laboratory
PHY 2140Physics 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 3300Introductory Modern Physics3
PHY 3700Mathematics for Biomedical Physics4
or MAT 2030 Calculus III
PHY 3750Introduction to Computational Methods1
PHY 4700Introduction to Biomedical Physics4
PHY 5750Biological Physics4
PHY 6750Applied Computational Methods2
PHY 6780Research Methods in Biomedical Physics3
ROC 6710Physics in Medicine3
Total Credits34

Cognate Requirements

B.S. candidates in Biomedical Physics must also take:

MAT 2010Calculus I4
MAT 2020Calculus II4
Two general chemistry courses with labs 10
BIO 1510
BIO 1511
Basic Life Mechanisms
and Basic Life Mechanisms Laboratory
4
Total Credits22

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.

Concentrations

The program will be offered under three concentrations: Biophysics, Medical Physics and Pre-medical.

Biophysics Concentration

In addition to the requirements listed above, students taking the biophysics concentration will be required to take:

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 6290Survey of Biophysics3
Total Credits13

Medical Physics Concentration

Students taking the medical physics concentration are strongly encouraged to take PHY 2170/PHY 2171 and PHY 2180/PHY 2181 instead of PHY 2130/PHY 2131 and PHY 2140/PHY 2141.

In addition to the requirements listed above, students taking the medical physics concentration will be required to take:

Select one of the following:5
Optics
and Optics Laboratory
Electronics and Electrical Measurements
and Electronics and Electrical Measurements Laboratory
PHY 6600Electromagnetic Fields I4
MAT 2150Differential Equations and Matrix Algebra4
BIO 1500
BIO 1501
Basic Life Diversity
and Basic Life Diversity Laboratory
4
Total Credits17

For consideration for the medical physics professional program, students taking the Medical Physics option are also strongly encouraged to take BIO 2600.

Premedical Concentration

In addition to the requirements listed above, students taking the premedical concentration will be required to take:

CHM 1240
CHM 1250
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
5
BIO 1500
BIO 1501
Basic Life Diversity
and Basic Life Diversity Laboratory
4
Select one of the following:5
Optics
and Optics Laboratory
Electronics and Electrical Measurements
and Electronics and Electrical Measurements Laboratory
Total Credits14

 Students taking the premed option are also strongly encouraged to take the following courses to satisfy premedical studies requirements:

CHM 2220Organic Chemistry II4
BIO 2600Introduction to Cell Biology4
BIO 3200Human Physiology3
Biochemistry:3
Cellular Biochemistry
Survey of Biochemistry

Physics and Biomedical Physics Honors Program

Undergraduate majors, in both Physics and Biomedical Physics, with a minimum grade point average of 3.3 can enroll in the Honors program of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Prospective students should consult the departmental Undergraduate Academic Advisor as soon as they declare their major to learn about specific requirements.

Physics AGRADE Program

Seniors in Physics and Astronomy, with a minimum grade point average of 3.5, may enroll simultaneously in the undergraduate and graduate programs. These students can apply up to fifteen credits towards both the bachelors and masters degrees in physics. Contact Undergraduate Academic Advisor for further information.

Biomedical Physics-BME AGRADE Program 

Outstanding seniors in Biomedical Physics, who have completed at least 90 credits and have an overall GPA of at least 3.5, and major biomedical physics classes GPA at least 3.6, can apply to enter the cross-college AGRADE program between the Biomedical Physics undergraduate program (College of Liberals Arts and Sciences) and Biomedical Engineering (BME) Master's programs (College of Engineering). The AGRADE program allows students to apply up to 15 credits of selected graduate courses, taken as an undergraduate, towards a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering. The Physics courses that can be counted towards MS-BME degree include PHY 5340/PHY 5341 or PHY 5620/PHY 5621PHY 5750, and PHY 6780. This enables students to complete an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Physics and a graduate degree in Biomedical Engineering in just 5 years of full-time study. For more details, please contact the undergraduate Physics advisor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, or the graduate advisor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

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