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  Oct 20, 2017
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

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

First Semester

Total (16)

Second Semester

Total (16)

Senior Year

First Semester

Total (16)

Second Semester

  • PHYS 387 - Biophysics (3)
  • 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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