Biophysics Course Requirements

A B.S. in Biophysics consists of the following courses:

  • BIOL 205
  • BIOL 206 or BIOL 207
  • CHEM 205 or CHEM 207
  • CHEM 211
  • MATH 201
  • MATH 202
  • MATH 203
  • PHYS 211
  • PHYS 212
  • PHYS 222
  • PHYS 315
  • PHYS 317
  • PHYS 340
  • Three advanced electives

Biophysics Major Suggested Course Sequence

Students who plan to declare a biophysics major in their first year are suggested to take BIOL 205 and PHYS 211 in the fall semester of the first year. See the Catalog for suggestions on subsequent courses.

Students who wish to declare a biophysics major in their second year at Bucknell, and have not yet taken PHYS 211/212 in their first year are suggested to take PHYS 211 in the fall semester of the second year.

A more detailed course sequence worksheet is available here or in the tables below.

Entering as a biophysics major:

  • With BIOL 206, graduating in odd numbered year
    Fall Spring
    BIOL 205, MATH 201, PHYS 211 BIOL 206, MATH 202, PHYS 212
    CHEM 205/7, MATH 211 CHEM 211, PHYS 222
    PHYS 315, PHYS 317, Adv. Elec. PHYS 340
    Adv. Elec. Adv. Elec.
  • With BIOL 206, graduating in even numbered year
    Fall Spring
    BIOL 205, MATH 201, PHYS 211 BIOL 206, MATH 202, PHYS 212
    CHEM 205/7, MATH 211 CHEM 211, PHYS 222
    PHYS 317, Adv. Elec. Adv. Elec.
    PHYS 315, Adv. Elec. PHYS 340
  • With BIOL 207, graduating in odd numbered year
    Fall Spring
    BIOL 205, MATH 201, PHYS 211 MATH 202, PHYS 212
    BIOL 207, CHEM 205/7, MATH 211 CHEM 211, PHYS 222
    PHYS 315, PHYS 317, Adv. Elec. PHYS 340
    Adv. Elec. Adv. Elec.
  • With BIOL 207, graduating in even numbered year
    Fall Spring
    BIOL 205, MATH 201, PHYS 211 MATH 202, PHYS 212
    BIOL 207, CHEM 205/7, MATH 211 CHEM 211, PHYS 222
    PHYS 317, Adv. Elec. Adv. Elec.
    PHYS 315, Adv. Elec. PHYS 340

Switching to biophysics from biology:

  • With BIOL 206, graduating in odd numbered year
    Fall Spring
    BIOL 205, MATH 201 BIOL 206, MATH 202
    CHEM 205/7, MATH 211, PHYS 211 CHEM 211, PHYS 212
    PHYS 315, Adv. Elec. PHYS 222, PHYS 340
    PHYS 317, Adv. Elec. Adv. Elec.
  • With BIOL 206, graduating in even numbered year
    Fall Spring
    BIOL 205, MATH 201 BIOL 206, MATH 202
    CHEM 205/7, MATH 211, PHYS 211 CHEM 211, PHYS 212
    PHYS 317, Adv. Elec. PHYS 222
    PHYS 315, Adv. Elec. PHYS 340, Adv. Elec.
  • With BIOL 207, graduating in odd numbered year
    Fall Spring
    BIOL 205, MATH 201 MATH 202
    BIOL 207, CHEM 205/7, PHYS 211 CHEM 211, MATH 211, PHYS 212
    PHYS 315, Adv. Elec. PHYS 222, PHYS 340
    PHYS 317, Adv. Elec. Adv. Elec.
  • With BIOL 207, graduating in even numbered year
    Fall Spring
    BIOL 205, MATH 201 MATH 202
    BIOL 207, CHEM 205/7, PHYS 211 MATH 211, PHYS 212
    PHYS 317, Adv. Elec. CHEM 211, PHYS 222
    PHYS 315, Adv. Elec. PHYS 340, Adv. Elec.

Switching to biophysics from physics or engineering: