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The minor in biophysics enables students with primary interests in biology, chemistry, health sciences, mathematics, anthropology, psychology, or other disciplines to explore the deep connections between fundamental physical processes and the functions and development of life. Using mathematical and computational models as well as precise experimental measurements and advanced instrumentation, biophysics explores living processes within a framework that builds upon fundamental physics concepts of mechanics, electrodynamics, statistical physics, and quantum physics. Students taking a minor in biophysics will be able to synthesize some or all of these areas of physics at a mature level of understanding into their primary field(s) of study, bringing an enriched array of intellectual and experimental tools to the pursuit of their professional goals.
Students must consult with the physics advisor, meet physics faculty engaged in biophysics research, attend departmental biophysics-related seminars, and explore ways that biophysics relates to research undertaken by faculty in other disciplines - including both fundamental science and clinical medicine. Opportunities also arise to connect biophysics studies to outreach into regional high schools so that pre-college students can benefit from undergraduates sharing their experiences with connecting studies across disciplines.
These program requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their major, minor and CLAS advisors to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
For more information, contact:
Masoud Asadi-Zeydabadi (Biophysics Minor Advisor)
Office: North Classroom 3803
Michael "Bodhi" Rogers (Physics advisor)
Office: North Classroom 3123B
This is an on-campus program.
Declaring This Minor
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Students must satisfy all requirements as outlined below and by the department offering the minor.
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Students must complete a minimum of 16 PHYS credit hours.
Students must complete a minimum of six upper-division (3000-level and above) PHYS credit hours.
Students must earn a minimum grade of C- (1.7) in all courses that apply to the minor and must achieve a minimum cumulative minor GPA of 2.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the minor GPA. Courses taken using P+/P/F or S/U grading cannot apply to minor requirements.
Students must complete a minimum of nine PHYS credit hours with CU Denver faculty.
Program Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations
Requirements for the minor in biophysics may be used to fulfill the requirements of the major in physics.
A student majoring in physics who wants to minor in biophysics cannot use the 3000-level and above courses for the Biophysics minor for their Physics Major requirements.
A student seeking a minor in biophysics who also wants to minor in physics or astrophysics can only use one of the 3000-level and above courses applied to the Biophysics minor for their Physics Minor or Astrophysics Minor requirements.
Additional biophysics-related special topics or elective courses may be approved by the department advisor. Such courses include topics such as Radiation Physics in Biomedicine, Computational Modeling in Biophysics, Nonlinear Dynamics in Biomedicine, and specialized courses in biophysics-related instrumentation. Electives with a prefix other than PHYS may be considered in consultation with your departmental academic advisor and with approval of the physics department chair.
|Complete the following Introductory Physics Lecture/Lab Courses:||10|
|College Physics I|
or PHYS 2311
|General Physics I: Calculus-Based|
|Intro Experimental Phys Lab I|
or PHYS 2351
|Applied Physics Lab I|
|College Physics II|
or PHYS 2331
|General Physics II: Calculus-Based|
|Intro Experimental Phys Lab II|
or PHYS 2361
|Applied Physics Lab II|
|Complete the following Upper Division Biophysics Courses:||2|
|Biophysics Outlook I|
|Biophysics Outlook II|
|Complete a minimum of four credit hours from the following Upper Division Biophysics Elective Courses:||4|
|Biophysics of the Body|
|Biophysics of the Body NM|
|Biophysics of the Cell 2|
or PHYS 3452
|Biophysics of the Cell NM|
|Independent Study: PHYS 3|
|Directed Research 3|
or PHYS 4352
|Independent Study: PHYS 4|
|Directed Research 3|
Need a minimum of four credits to satisfy the requirement that students must complete a minimum of six upper-division (3000-level and above) PHYS credit hours.
The courses containing "NM" are versions whose math and use of prior physics knowledge has been adjusted - in terms of grading and assignments - for students who have taken fewer math and physics courses than physics majors (NM stands for non-majors). Both versions are meant to be content rich and conceptually challenging, still require quantitative modeling, and are offered simultaneous by the same instructor. Students with strong math backgrounds are encouraged to take the "majors" (xx51) version. Either one or the other version can count toward the minor, but not both.
Repeatable. Max Credits: six.
Repeatable. Max Credits: 12.
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