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) (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
BIOL 2533 Cell Biology (Sp, Fa)
& BIOL 2531L Cell Biology Laboratory (Sp, Fa)
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)14  
PHYS 2054 University Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2034) (Sp, Su, Fa)14  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Sp, Su, Fa)  3
MATH 2564 Calculus II (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2505) (Sp, Su, Fa)1  4
BIOL 2323 General Genetics (Sp, Fa)  3
PHYS 2074 University Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2044 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)1  4
University/State Core Fine Arts or Humanities  3
Year Total: 15 17
Second YearUnits
PHYS 2094 University Physics III (Fa)14  
MATH 2574 Calculus III (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2603) (Sp, Su, Fa)14  
CHEM 1103 University Chemistry I (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lecture) (Su, Fa)
& CHEM 1101L University Chemistry I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
University/State Core Humanities or Fine Arts requirement (as needed)3  
PHYS 3613 Modern Physics (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  3
CHEM 1123 University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
& CHEM 1121L University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
MATH 2584 Elementary Differential Equations (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  4
BIOL 2013 General Microbiology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2004 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
& BIOL 2011L General Microbiology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2004 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)1,3
Year Total: 15 15
Third YearUnits
MATH 4423 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations (Sp, Su, Fa)1,23  
University/State Core Social Science requirement3  
University/State Core U.S. History Requirement3  
CHEM 3603 Organic Chemistry I (Su, Fa)
& CHEM 3601L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (Su, Fa)1,2
PHYS 3414 Electromagnetic Theory (Sp)1,2  4
PHYS 4333 Thermal Physics (Sp)  3
CHEM 3613 Organic Chemistry II (Sp, Su)
& CHEM 3611L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (Sp, Su)2
University/State Core Social Science requirement   3
Year Total: 13 14
Fourth YearUnits
PHYS 4073 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Fa)1,23  
BIOL 4003 Laboratory in Prokaryote Biology (Sp, Fa)1,2,33  
University/State Core Social Science requirement 3  
General Electives6  
BIOL 2323 General Genetics (Sp, Fa)  3
BIOL 3023 Evolutionary Biology (Sp, Fa)2  3
PHYS 4991 Physics Senior Seminar (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  1
General Electives as needed to total 120 degree credit hours  9
Year Total: 15 16
Total Units in Sequence:  120

Meets 40-hour advanced credit hour requirement. See College Academic Regulations.


Meets 24-hour rule (24 hours of 3000-4000 level courses in Fulbright College), in addition to meeting the 40-hour rule. See College Academic Regulations.


Or another chemistry, biology, astronomy or physics elective from PHYS/ASTR Group A (below).

Group A:

Any PHYS or ASTR classes numbered 3000 or above.