Biophysics Track Degree Requirements (NEW)

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS - (in addition to completing first year requirements in BBSP)

  • Residency - be in residence at least 4 semesters
  • Course Load - carry at least 9 credits per semester for 2 years
  • Exams - successfully complete comprehensive qualifying exams (oral & written)
  • Defense - successfully defend thesis before an examining committee
  • Publication - complete original research accepted as first-authored publications
  • Teaching - serve one semester as a teaching assistant in Biopphysics modules

COURSE REQUIREMENTS - (term, # of credit hours in parentheses)

Required Courses

  • BIOC 704 Seminar Topics in Biophysics (Spring, 2)
  • BIOC 712 Scientific Writing (Spring, 3)
  • BIOC 715 Oral Scientific Presentation (Summer, 1)

Program Cores

  • BIOC 649 Essentials of Macromolecular Science: Review basic principles of chemical & computational science, led by faculty/students (Fall, 1.5)
  • BIOC 650 Basic Principles: From basic models to collections of macromolecules (Fall, 1.5) - Prerequisite BIOC 649
  • BIOC 651 Macromolecular Equilibria: Conformation change and binding (Fall, 1.5)
  • BIOC 652 Macromolecular Structure & Dynamics (Spring, 1.5)

Choose 2 additional core courses (minimum 6 credit hours) from the following:

Molecular Biology, Systems Biology & Cellular Biochemistry
BIOC 631 Advanced Molecular Biology I (Fall, 3)
BIOC 632 Advanced Molecular Biology II (Spring, 3)
BIOC 643 Cell Biology I (Fall, 3)
BIOC 706 Biochemistry of Human Disease (Fall, 3)

OR Choose three from these modules to equal 1 core:
BIOC 740-745 Contemporary Topics in Cell Signaling (Spring, 1) *740-742 offered in odd years and 743-745 in even years

Physical Biochemistry

BIOC 601 Enzyme Properties, Mechanism and Regulation (Fall, 3)
BIOC 655 Case Studies in Structural Biology (Spring, 3)

Biophysics Program Modules:
Choose three from these modules to equal 1 core:

BIOC 660 Imaging (Spring, 1)
BIOC 662 Macromolecular Interactions (Spring, 1)
BIOC 663A and 663B Macromolecular NMR and Theory (Spring, 1 ea)
BIOC 664 Macromolecular Spectroscopy: Principles and Applications (Spring, 1)
BIOC 665 Advanced NMR (Spring, 1)
BIOC 666 X-ray Crystallography of Macromolecules (Spring, 1)
BIOC 667 Macromolecular Crystallographic Methods (Spring, 1)
BIOC 670 Structural Bioinformatics (Spring, 1)
BIOC 673 Proteomics, Protein Identification & Characterization by Mass Spec. (Spring, 1)
BIOC 674 Ion Channels Transporters (Spring, 1)

Electives

  • 2 courses (or a minimum of 4 credit hours)
  • Choose from any graduate-level course in a discipline supportive of biomedical research training (can include list of cores above, but courses taken as a core requirement in the department and BBSP cannot count as an elective).

More information on the Graduate School's Ph.D. Degree Requirements and Admission to Candidacy can be found in the Graduate School Handbook.