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Biophysical chemistry uses physical science to understand complex biological systems.

Our biophysical chemistry major is extremely multidisciplinary and designed for intensive hands-on learning. Students in this major will develop a solid foundation in chemistry and physics in order to explore the inner workings of biological systems. Our faculty is dedicated to engaging students outside the classroom in mentored research projects, and students are trained in the use of equipment and instrumentation found in top research laboratories.

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Only Virginia university with a biophysical chemistry major.
Over $8.3 million in state-of-the-art instrumentation available for undergraduate use.

The major is a part of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, an academic unit within the College of Science and Mathematics.

This rigorous major allows the exceptional student to focus on a solid foundation in chemistry with a study of biological systems, emphasizing hands-on learning, and leading to a career in biochemistry, chemistry, medicine, and interfaces with other areas such as materials science and engineering. 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. The department also offers a major in chemistry and minors in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Materials Science.

Biophysical Chemistry
  • Degrees Offered: 
    • B.S. in Chemistry with a major in Biophysical Chemistry
  • Concentrations:
    • None
  • Minors:
    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Materials Science

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