Physics B.S. with Biophysics Concentration

Eight-Semester Degree Plan

Students wishing to follow the eight-semester degree plan should see the Eight-Semester Degree Policy in the Academic Regulations chapter for university requirements of the program as well as Fulbright College requirements.

Core requirement hours may vary by individual, based on placement and previous credit granted. Once all core requirements are met, students may substitute a three-hour (or more) general elective in place of a core area. Well prepared students may skip BIOL 1543/BIOL 1541L, and go immediately into the biology core courses. Students should consult their advisers.

First YearUnits
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013)3  
BIOL 2533 Cell Biology
& BIOL 2531L Cell Biology Laboratory
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405)14  
PHYS 2054 University Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2034)14  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023)  3
MATH 2564 Calculus II (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2505)1  4
BIOL 2323 General Genetics (Highly recommended; serves as a prerequisite to many upper-level BIOL courses.)  3
PHYS 2074 University Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2044 Lecture)1  4
University Core Fine Arts or Humanities  3
Year Total: 15 17
Second YearUnits
PHYS 2094 University Physics III14  
MATH 2574 Calculus III (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2603)14  
CHEM 1103 University Chemistry I (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lecture)
& CHEM 1101L University Chemistry I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lab)
University Core Humanities or Fine Arts requirement (as needed)3  
PHYS 3613 Modern Physics1,2  3
CHEM 1123 University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture)
& CHEM 1121L University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab)
MATH 2584 Elementary Differential Equations1,2  4
BIOL 2013 General Microbiology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2004 Lecture)
& BIOL 2011L General Microbiology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2004 Lab)1,3
Year Total: 15 15
Third YearUnits
University Core Social Science requirement3  
MATH 3083 Linear Algebra3  
University Core U.S. History Requirement3  
CHEM 3603 Organic Chemistry I
& CHEM 3601L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1,2
PHYS 3453 Electromagnetic Theory I1,2  3
PHYS 4333 Thermal Physics  3
CHEM 3613 Organic Chemistry II
& CHEM 3611L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory2
University Core Social Science requirement   3
Year Total: 13 13
Fourth YearUnits
PHYS 4073 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics1,23  
BIOL 4003 (Or other 3000-level or higher PHYS, ASTR, BIOL, or CHEM course as approved by adviser)1,2,33  
University Core Social Science requirement 3  
General Electives7  
BIOL 3023 Evolutionary Biology (Or other 3000-level or higher PHYS, ASTR, BIOL, or CHEM course as approved by advisor)2  3
PHYS 4991 Physics Senior Seminar1,2  1
General Electives as needed to total 120 degree credit hours  12
Year Total: 16 16
Total Units in Sequence:  120