Information for Prospective Graduate Students:

We appreciate your interest in the graduate Program in Biophysics at UC Riverside! Biophysics is an interdepartmental program with faculty participating from a wide variety of departments such as Biochemistry, Botany and Plant Sciences, Chemistry, and Physics.  Areas of existing expertise on campus include biological electron transfer, biological imaging, computational and mathematical modeling of biological systems, macromolecular structure determination, neuron biophysics, protein engineering, and spectroscopic methods of various sorts.  Biophysicists are needed by institutions of higher learning as well as by federal, state, and private research organizations.  Read on to find out how you can apply for an M.S. or Ph.D. in Biophysics!

  • Batchelor's Degree

    Student's degree must be:

    • From and accredited 4-year college or university with an academic record that satisfies the standards established by the Graduate Division of UC Riverside
    • In Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or related field
  • Coursework in Biochemistry

    Requires a minimum of one year of introductory biochemistry, including laboratory.

  • Coursework in Biology

    Requires a minimum of one year of introductory biology, including laboratory.

  • Coursework in Chemistry

    Requires a minimum of one year each of introductory and organic chemistry, including laboratories.

  • Coursework in Mathematics

    Requires a minimum of one year of calculus, plus one upper division course.

  • Coursework in Physics

    Requires a minimum of one year of introductory physics, including laboratory.

  • Coursework in Upper-division

    Requires upper-division coursework within student's major.

The Graduate Admissions Committee considers a candidate's entire application file when making admissions decisions.  Applicants must submit the following:

  • A completed electronic application form
  • A statement of Purpose
  • Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work
  • Three letters of recommendation (two must be from faculty)
  •  General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) can be waived. 
  • A satisfactory score on the Subject Examination in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry or Physics
  • For non-US citizens whose native language is not English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required


For more information on admission to Biophysics, please contact:

Nikita McWells

Student Services Advisor
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