University of Guelph 1999-2000 Undergraduate Calendar

X--Degree Programs


Department of Physics, College of Physical and Engineering Science.

Honours Program Major

A grade of 70% in the physics and biology courses of semesters 1 and 2 is normally required for admission to semester 3 of this program. The program emphasizes the physics of biological systems. It provides an excellent background for careers in the expanding interdisciplinary research laboratories of Government and Industry. Completion of the program at an appropriate level will qualify a student to pursue post- graduate studies in biophysics and certain areas of physics.

Since some of the required courses are not offered every semester, students entering the Major in Biophysics should plan their program in consultation with the Physics Departmental Advisor.

This major requires the completion of 21.25 credits as indicated below:

Semester 1+

BIOL*1030 [0.50] Biology I
CHEM*1040 [0.50] General Chemistry I
CIS*1650 [0.50] Programming I *
1 mathematics course from MATH*1000, MATH*1080, MATH*1200**
1 physics course from PHYS*1000**, PHYS*1070, PHYS*1110
*students who have a strong background in computing, including extensive programming experience, should consult the Physics Departmental Advisor to determine if they can be exempted from CIS*1650 and take an elective in its place

Semester 2+

BIOL*1040 [0.50] Biology II
CHEM*1050 [0.50] General Chemistry II
1 mathematics course from MATH*1010, MATH*1210**, MATH*2080
1 physics course from PHYS*1010**, PHYS*1080, PHYS*1130
0.50 Arts or Social Science elective

+MPC˛ courses provide another route into Semester 3. MPC˛ students should consult the Program Counsellor concerning course selection for Semesters 1 and 2

Semester 3

BIOL*2210 [0.50] Introductory Cell Biology
MBG*2000 [0.50] Introductory Genetics
MATH*2160 [0.50] Linear Algebra I
MATH*2200 [0.50] Advanced Calculus I
PHYS*2440 [0.75] Mechanics I
PHYS*2460 [0.75] Electricity and Magnetism I

Semester 4

MATH*2170 [0.50] Differential Equations I
PHYS*2030 [0.50] Biophysics of Excitable Cells
PHYS*2260 [0.50] Experimental Basis of Quantum Physics
PHYS*2450 [0.75] Mechanics II
PHYS*2470 [0.75] Electricity and Magnetism II

Semester 5

CHEM*2580 [0.50] Introductory Biochemistry
MATH*3100 [0.50] Differential Equations II
PHYS*3100 [0.75] Electronics
PHYS*3230 [0.50] Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS*3240 [0.50] Statistical Physics I

Semester 6

CHEM*3560 [0.50] Structure and Function in Biochemistry
PHYS*3220 [0.50] Waves and Optics
PHYS*3510 [0.50] Intermediate Laboratory
PHYS*4040 [0.50] Quantum Mechanics II
PHYS*4540 [0.50] Molecular Biophysics

Semester 7

CHEM*4570 [0.50] Applied Biochemistry
PHYS*4120 [0.50] Atomic and Molecular Physics ****
0.50 elective
PHYS*4240 [0.50] Statistical Physics II
PHYS*4500 [0.50] Advanced Physics Laboratory
0.50 elective
PHYS*4560 [0.50] Biophysical Methods

Semester 8

CHEM*4580 [0.50] Membrane Biochemistry
PHYS*4510 [0.50] Advanced Physics Project ***
PHYS*4150 [0.50] Solid State Physics ****
0.50 elective
0.50 Arts or Social Science elective
0.50 elective

**recommended course

***these will be projects in biophysics, some of which may be in biological areas outside the Physics Department

****at least one of PHYS*4120 or PHYS*4150 must be taken

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