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BS in Biophysics
(71.5 hours*)


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  1. Complete the following life sciences core courses:
  2. Complete the following chemistry courses:
      CHEM 105 : General College Chemistry. (4:5:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CHEM 105 : General College Chemistry. (4:5:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Math 110 (or equivalent) or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Atomic and molecular structure including bonding and periodic properties of the elements; reaction energetics, electrochemistry, acids and bases, inorganic and organic chemistry.
      NOTE: Primarily for students in engineering and biological sciences. Three lectures and two recitation sections per week.

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      CHEM 106 : General College Chemistry. (3:4:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CHEM 106 : General College Chemistry. (3:4:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: CHEM 105; or CHEM 111
      DESCRIPTION: Continuation of Chem 105 but covering most of the topics in a more quantitative way. Detailed treatment of thermodynamics and equilibria.
      NOTE: Three lectures and one recitation section per week.

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      CHEM 107 : General College Chemistry Laboratory. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CHEM 107 : General College Chemistry Laboratory. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Chem 106 or Chem 112 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Chemical properties, chemical reactions, collection and interpretation of data, preparation of reports.
      NOTE: Required for most students needing one year of general chemistry.

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      CHEM 351 : Organic Chemistry. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CHEM 351 : Organic Chemistry. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: CHEM 105; or CHEM 111
      DESCRIPTION: Chemical bonds and molecular structure, conformation and configuration, functional classes, reactions and mechanisms, syntheses.
      NOTE: Primarily for majors in chemical engineering and the biological sciences.

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      CHEM 352 : Organic Chemistry. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CHEM 352 : Organic Chemistry. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: CHEM 351; or CHEM 351M
      DESCRIPTION: Continuation of Chem 351.

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      CHEM 353 : Organic Chemistry Laboratory--Nonmajors. (1-2:0:6)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CHEM 353 : Organic Chemistry Laboratory--Nonmajors. (1-2:0:6)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Chem 352 or Chem 352M or concurrent enrollment (preferred).
      DESCRIPTION: Physical and chemical properties, isolation and purification, characterization, syntheses.
      NOTE: For predentistry, premedicine, and other majors who do not intend to take Chem 455.

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        (1 hour required)
      CHEM 468 : Biophysical Chemistry. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CHEM 468 : Biophysical Chemistry. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
      PREREQUISITE: CHEM 481 & MATH 113 & PHSCS 220; or CHEM 481M & MATH 113 & PHSCS 220
      DESCRIPTION: Applications of physical chemistry to biological systems. Spectroscopic applications, computational methods, structural biochemistry, thermodynamics, equilibria, statistical mechanics, transport properties, kinetics, quantum mechanics.
      NOTE: For biochemistry (BS) majors and those interested in the health professions or biochemistry. (For prerequisites, Phscs 220 may be taken concurrently.)

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      CHEM 481 : Biochemistry. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: CHEM 352M & PDBIO 120; or CHEM 352 & PDBIO 120
      DESCRIPTION: First-semester biochemistry. Molecular components of cells, chemical structure and function, enzymes, metabolic transformations, photosynthesis.
      NOTE: For chemistry majors and students in biological sciences who contemplate pursuing advanced degrees, including medicine. (For prerequisite, Bio 130 may be used in place of PDBio 120.)

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  3. Complete the following math and physics courses:
  4. Complete the following major core courses:
  5. Complete 11 hours from the following. At least 4 hours must come from the mentored experience and at least 5 hours from electives.
    1. Mentored laboratory experience (must be in an approved biophysics lab):
    2. Electives

*Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.



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