Declaring the Major | Progressing in the Major
The biophysical chemistry major allows the exceptional student to focus on a solid foundation in chemistry with a study of biological systems, emphasizing hands-on learning. Students take foundational lecture and laboratory courses in all sub-disciplines of chemistry – analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical – as well as biology, calculus and physics. There are opportunities to take advanced courses in these areas, as well as interdisciplinary courses such as biometrics, biophysics, materials, neuroscience, and polymers.
The undergraduate experience is further enhanced if a student chooses to participate in undergraduate research with a faculty member, using modern laboratories and state-of-the-art instrumentation. Conducting research and presenting results builds technical, critical thinking, and communication skills that are highly valued by graduate and professional schools, as well as industry and government employers.
Please refer to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry website for more information on programs of study, courses, undergraduate research opportunities, and careers.
New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Declare the biophysical chemistry major when you register for orientation.
Currently Enrolled Major Changers
Complete a "Change or Declaration of Major" form and obtain the signature of the department head, Physics and Chemistry uilding, room 1186.
CHEM 131, General Chemistry, and CHEM 131L, are the prerequisites for required chemistry courses. BIO 114, Organisms, is the prerequisite for other required biology courses.
A grade of at least "C-" must be achieved in BIO 114, CHEM 131 and 131L to progress in the major.
All majors must choose at least two approved electives.