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Curriculum

The Biophysics degree requires certain core classes, as well as quarterly attendance in BPHY 252 seminar.  The degree also offers customization through the variety of elective classes available. Please see the lists below for more information on the required and elective coursework.

Core Courses

Core Courses, Seminars and Research

  • BCH 184

    BCH 184 Topics in Physical Biochemistry (4) Lecture, 3 hours; discussion, 1 hour. Prerequisite(s): BCH 100 with a grade of “C-” or better or BCH 110A with a grade of “C-” or better; BIEN 135 with grade of “C-” or better, or CHEM 109 with grade of “C-” or better or CHEM 110A with grade of “C-” or better; or consent of instructor. Explores modern biophysical methods determining the structures of biological macromolecules and relating structure to function. Covers x-ray crystallography, NMR, and cryoelectron microscopy. Addresses imaging and mass spectometry for determining structure and ultraviolet, visible, infrared, RAMAN, fluorescence, NMR, EPR, and other forms of spectroscopy for relating macromolecular structure to function.

  • BIOL 203

    BIOL 203 Cellular Biophysics (3) Lecture, 3 hours. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 200/CMDB 200; BIOL 201/CMDB 201; CHEM 109 or equivalent; or consent of instructor. Biophysical principles that determine cellular structure and function including diffusion, electrochemical gradients, transport, macromolecular interactions, and genetic recombination. Illustrative examples are used to highlight the importance of these principles in modern cell biology and physiology

  • PHYS 246

    PHYS 246 Biological Physics (4) Lecture, 3 hours; discussion, 1 hour. Prerequisite(s): graduate standing or consent of instructor. Introduces topics at the interface of physics and biology: cell physiology, probability and information, diffusion, random walks, electrostatics, elasticity of biopolymers and membranes, DNA topology, friction in fluids, and low Reynolds numbers. May be taken Satisfactory (S) or No Credit (NC) with consent of instructor and graduate advisor. 

  • BPHY 250

    BPHY 250 Advanced Topics in Biophysics (2) Lecture, 1 hour; Discussion, 1 hour. Prerequisite(s): graduate standing in Biophysics or consent of instructor.  Addresses advances in a particular field of Biophysics by analysis of the recent literature.  May be taken Satisfactory (S) or No Credit (NC).

  • BPHY 252

    BPHY 252 Seminar in Biophysics (1) Seminar, 1 hour. Prerequisite(s): graduate standing or consent of instructor.  Oral presentations by visiting scholars, faculty, and graduate students on current research in Biophysics. May be taken Satisfactory (S) or No Credit (NC).

  • BPHY 290

    BPHY 290 Directed Studies (1 to 6) Outside Research, 3-18 hours. Prerequisite(s): graduate standing in Biophysics or consent of instructor.  Explores literature or research topics under the direction of faculty member. Graded Satisfactory (S) or No Credit (NC).  Course is Repeatable

  • BPHY 296

    BPHY 296 Special Topics in Biophysics (1 to 2) Seminar: 1 to 2 hours. Prerequisite(s): graduate standing in Biophysics or consent of instructor.  Oral presentations and intensive small-group discussion of selected topics in area of special competence of each participant.  Emphasizes recent advances in topic area and content varies accordingly. Graded Satisfactory (S) or No Credit (NC). Course is repeatable.

  • BPHY 297

    BPHY 297 Directed Research (1 to 6) Outside Research, 3-18 hours. Prerequisite(s): graduate standing in Biophysics or consent of instructor.  Exploratory research toward the development of the dissertation problem or other research not specifically for thesis or dissertation. Graded Satisfactory (S) or No Credit (NC).  Course is Repeatable

  • BPHY 299

    BPHY 299 Research for Thesis or Dissertation (1 to 12) Outside Research, 3 to 36 hours. Prerequisite(s): graduate standing in Biophysics or consent of instructor.  Original research in an area selected for the advanced degree. Graded Satisfactory (S) or No Credit (NC). Course is repeatable.

Elective Courses

For more information on the courses listed below, please visit the UCR Catalog

BCH 186 (Topics in Molecular Bioenergetics, 3 units)

BCH 187 (Fundamentals of Enzymology, 3 units)

BCH 210 (Biochemistry of Macromolecules, 4 units)

BCH 230F (Advanced Topics in Biochemistry: Enzymology)

 

BIEN 135 (Biophysics and Biothermodynamics, 4 units)

BIEN 142 (Biomolecular Engineering, 4 units)

BIEN 160 (Biomedical Imaging, 4 units)

BIEN 165 (Biomolecular Engineering, 4 units)

BIEN 242 (Advanced Biomedical Optical Imaging, 4 units)

BIEN 245 (Optical Methods in Biology, 4 units)

BIEN 249 (Integration of Computational and Experimental Biology, 4 units)

BIEN 251 (Biophotonics, 4 units)

CHEM 201A (Advanced Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics, 3 units)

CHEM 201B (Advanced Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy, 3 units)

CHEM 201C (Advanced Physical Chemistry: Elementary Statistical Mechanics, 3 units)

CHEM 201D (Advanced Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics, 3 units)

CHEM 201E (Advanced Physical Chemistry: Kinetics, 3 units)

CHEM 206A (Introduction to Computational Quantum Chemistry, 3 units)

CHEM 206B (Modeling Chemical and Biochemical Molecules, 3 units)

CHEM 209M (Introduction to NMR, 3 units)

CHEM 211D (Spectrometry in Organic Structure Analysis, 3 units)

CHEM 229Q (Advanced NMR, 3 units)

PHYS 145A (Biophysics, 4 units)

PHYS 145B (Biophysics, 4 units)

PHYS 145C (Biophysics, 4 units)

PHYS 212A (Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics I, 4 units)

PHYS 212B (Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics II, 4 units)

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