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  Sep 22, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Scripps Catalog

Biophysics Major


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The biophysics major integrates the physical principles that are part of the core material found in a traditional physics major with areas of interest in the life sciences. Offering many possible avenues via molecular/cellular, biomechanical, organismal, and/or physiological sequences, the major is appropriate for students interested in attending graduate school in physics or biophysics and provides a solid background for students planning a career in the health fields.

 

Requirements for the Major


1. Foundation Courses:

NOTE: Introductory courses in biology, chemistry, and physics may be substituted with both semesters of the AISS course (AISS001ALKS , AISS001BLKS , AISS002ALKS , AISS002BLKS )

2. Five Additional Advanced Courses:

3. Senior Thesis

  • One- or two-semester senior thesis

Note:


A study abroad experience is strongly encouraged but not required.

For biophysics majors, PHYS 030L PHYS 031L  may substitute for PHYS 033L PHYS 034L  as a prerequisite.

Honors Requirements (All Tracks)


To be considered for departmental honors in one of the science majors, a student must:

  • Achieve a minimum grade point average of 11.0 (A-) in courses in the major.  
  • Achieve a minimum grade of A- on the thesis.
  • Complete a one- or two-semester thesis project in which the student has demonstrated excellence by making a significant contribution to the progress of the research and by producing a thesis document judged to be of honors quality by the department.
  • Present an oral progress report at the end of the first semester of a two-semester thesis and a poster at the conclusion of either a one- or two-semester thesis in which the student clearly explains the rationale for the project and the conclusions drawn, engages the listener, and knowledgeably answers questions.
  • Attend at least six scientific seminars during the semester (each semester for a two-semester thesis) and submit a brief and clear summary of each.

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