Jun 18, 2018  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Biophysics, B.S.

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The biophysics program is highly interdisciplinary, providing students with the background and techniques of biology, chemistry and physics necessary to enter this rapidly growing field.  A key component of the program is the hands on experience gained in numerous laboratory settings across the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics, culminating in a senior capstone research experience in the biophysics area.  The program’s flexibility is intended to allow students to tailor their experience toward their personal interests, be it in industrial research, engineering, teaching, or health-science.  The program’s structure is intended to prepare a student for the rigors of advanced degree programs in biophysics as well as a wide variety of other fields of physics, law, medicine, health sciences, and biotechnology.

Requirements for the Biophysics Major

Core Curriculum Requirements:

The general core curriculum requirements are 48-63 Credit Hours dependent on courses taken.

However, Natural Science Elective, Scientific Perspectives, Mathematical Perspectives, Oral Communication Flag are satisfied by major courses, thereby leaving 42 - 51 Credit Hours outside of the major.

Mathematical Perspectives:

Scientific Perspectives, Natural Science Elective, and Oral Communication:

  • Included within the major.

Major Requirements:

71 credit hours, including:


  • Specific requirements are modifiable for the needs and interests of each individual student.
  • A 2.000 cumulative average must be attained within the major, as listed in Degree Works.
  • Pre-med students must take   and   in order to qualify for medical, dental, and veterinary schools.  Additionally, General Psychology, Introduction to Sociology and Biochemistry, must be completed by the end of the junior year in order to take the MCAT between the junior and senior year.    is required for admission to some medical schools but is not required for MCAT performance.    and   are listed in the minimal competences for first year medical students but are not required for MCAT performance.  In order to be on track, pre-med students should take General Chemistry I and II (plus labs) during their first year, Organic Chemistry I and II (plus labs) and General Biology I and II (plus labs) during their second year, and Biochemistry during their third year.
  • Pre-med students are strongly encouraged to speak to their advisor regarding their course schedule as soon as possible.
  • Upper level biology courses may require   and  
  • Students interested in an advanced degree in biophysics are encouraged to take   as one of their physics electives.

TOTAL Minimum Hours Required for Degree: 120 Semester Hours

  • This number assumes that at least one of the ER/S, DCR or  Writing Intensive Electives are fulfilled with other core courses.

B.S., Biophysics

This block serves as a guideline for progress towards a degree.  See your academic advisor.

Freshman Year

First Semester

  • PHYS 170 - University Physics I
  • PHYS 171 - Explorations in Physics I
  • BIOL 160 - General Biology I
  • BIOL 161 - General Biology I Lab
  • MATH 170 - Calculus I
  • First Year Seminar

Total (16)

Second Semester

  • PHYS 172 - University Physics II
  • PHYS 173 - Explorations in Physics II
  • MATH 171 - Calculus II
  • THEO 111 - Theological Foundations
  • PHIL 100 - Ethics as Intro to Philosophy

Total (14)

Sophomore Year

First Semester

  • PHYS 330 - Modern Physics I
  • PHYS 331 - Modern Physics I Lab
  • CHEM 160 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 161 - General Chemistry I Lab
  • ENGL 101 - English Composition or ENGL 115 - Rhetoric
  • Second Language I

Total (15)

Second Semester

  • PHYS 340 - Modern Physics II
  • PHYS 341 - Modern Physics II Lab
  • CHEM 162 - General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 163 - General Chemistry II Lab
  • MATH 230 - Intro to Ordinary Diff Equat
  • Second Language II
  • Quantitative Reasoning Flag or General Elective

Total (17)

Junior Year

First Semester

  • CHEM 240 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 241 - Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • PHYS/CHEM/BIOL Elective (4)
  • Philosophy 200 - Philosophical Perspectives
  • Lit. & Moral Imagination 205
  • PHYS 355 - Advanced Physics Lab

Total (16)

Second Semester

  • CHEM 242 - Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 243 - Organic Chemistry II Lab
  • Theological Perspectives
  • Historical Perspectives
  • PHYS/CHEM/BIOL Elective (3)
  • PHYS 382 - Thermodynamics

Total (16)

Senior Year

First Semester

  • BIOL 440 - Biochemistry
  • PHYS 395 - Physics Research
  • Physics Elective (3)
  • Social Sciences elective
  • Humanities elective
  • DCR or General elective

Total (16)

Second Semester

  • PHYS 387 - Biophysics
  • PHYS 398 - Physics Thesis
  • PHYS/CHEM/BIOL Elective (3)
  • Creative Perspectives elective
  • E/RS or General Elective
  • Writing Intensive or General elective

Total (16)

Scheduling Notes:

  • Consult the Core Curriculum  requirements in the Catalog.
  • The E/RS Focus Elective, Diversity Curriculum Elective, and Writing Intensive Elective requirements may be used to satisfy another element of the core or the major.

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