X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Biological and Medical Physics (Co-op) (BMPH:C)

Department of Physics, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Major (Honours Program)

The program emphasizes the application of physics to biology and medicine. It provides an excellent background for careers in the expanding interdisciplinary research laboratories of government and industry, as well as a starting point for a career in medical physics. Completion of the program at an appropriate level will qualify a student to pursue post-graduate studies in biophysics, medical physics and related areas of physics.

Since some of the required courses are not offered every semester, students entering the Major in Biological and Medical Physics (Co-op) should plan their program in consultation with the Department of Physics Faculty Advisor.

To graduate from the Co-op program a minimum of 4 successfully completed work terms is normally required. Students are eligible to participate in a maximum two (2) work terms commencing in the summer and must follow the academic work schedule as outlined in the Co-operative Education & Career Services website: https://www.recruitguelph.ca/cecs/.

This major requires the completion of 20.00 credits as follows:

Semester 1 - Fall
BIOL*1090 [0.50] Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
CHEM*1040 [0.50] General Chemistry I
MATH*1160 [0.50] Linear Algebra I
1.00 credits from: IPS*1500, or (MATH*1080, PHYS*1080) or (MATH*1200, PHYS*1080)
* IPS*1500 is recommended
Students lacking Grade 12 or 4U Biology, Chemistry or Physics should follow the revised schedule of study for this major found at: http://www.bsc.uoguelph.ca/revisedss
Semester 2 - Winter
BIOL*1080 [0.50] Biological Concepts of Health
CHEM*1050 [0.50] General Chemistry II
CIS*1500 [0.50] Introduction to Programming
1.00 credits from: IPS*1510, or (MATH*2080, PHYS*1070) or (MATH*1210, PHYS*1010)
* IPS*1510 is recommended
Semester 3 - Fall
COOP*1100 [0.00] Introduction to Co-operative Education
MATH*2200 [0.50] Advanced Calculus I
MATH*2270 [0.50] Applied Differential Equations
PHYS*2240 [0.50] Thermal Physics
PHYS*2330 [0.50] Electricity and Magnetism I
0.50 Arts or Social Science electives
Semester 4 - Winter
BIOC*2580 [0.50] Introduction to Biochemistry
PHYS*2030 [0.50] Biophysics of Excitable Cells
PHYS*2180 [0.50] Experimental Techniques in Physics
PHYS*2310 [0.50] Mechanics
PHYS*2340 [0.50] Electricity and Magnetism II
Summer Semester
COOP*1000 [0.00] Co-op Work Term I ++
Semester 5 - Fall
NANO*3600 [0.50] Computational Methods in Materials Science
PHYS*3130 [0.50] Mathematical Physics
1.50 electives ***
Winter Semester
COOP*2000 [0.00] Co-op Work Term II ++

(8-month work term in conjunction with COOP*3000)

Summer Semester
COOP*3000 [0.00] Co-op Work Term III ++
(8-month work term in conjunction with COOP*2000)
Semester 6 - Fall
PHYS*3170 [0.50] Radioactivity and Radiation Interactions
PHYS*3230 [0.50] Quantum Mechanics I
1.50 electives ***
Semester 7 - Winter
PHYS*3510 [0.50] Intermediate Laboratory
PHYS*4040 [0.50] Quantum Mechanics II
PHYS*4300 [0.50] Inquiry in Physics
PHYS*4540 [0.50] Molecular Biophysics
0.50 electives ***
Summer Semester
COOP*4000 [0.00] Co-op Work Term IV ++
Fall Semester
COOP*5000 [0.00] Co-op Work Term V ++
Semester 8 - Winter
PHYS*4070 [0.50] Clinical Applications of Physics in Medicine
PHYS*4500 [0.50] Advanced Physics Laboratory
1.50 electives ***

++Four work terms are required for the completion of the co-op degree. It is also necessary that there be at least one work term in each of Fall, Winter and Summer semesters. Therefore, one of the summer work terms could be missed and the student would still graduate successfully. Whether the student completes four or five work terms, a report is required for each work term completed. Contact the co-op faculty advisor for further details.

Students are required to complete 1.50 credits from either List A or List B as follows:

List A: Biological Physics stream

BIOC*3560 [0.50] Structure and Function in Biochemistry
BIOC*4580 [0.50] Membrane Biochemistry
MBG*2040 [0.50] Foundations in Molecular Biology and Genetics
MCB*2050 [0.50] Molecular Biology of the Cell
MCB*4050 [0.50] Protein and Nucleic Acid Structure
PHYS*3000 [0.50] Optics: Fundamentals and Applications
List B: Medical Physics stream

BIOM*2000 [0.50] Concepts in Human Physiology
ENGG*4040 [0.50] Medical Imaging Modalities
MBG*2040 [0.50] Foundations in Molecular Biology and Genetics
PATH*3610 [0.50] Principles of Disease
PHYS*3000 [0.50] Optics: Fundamentals and Applications
PHYS*4130 [0.50] Subatomic Physics
Credit Summary (20.00 Total Credits)

5.00 - First year science credits

9.50 - Required science courses semesters 3 – 8

1.50 - Restricted electives (from List A OR List B)

1.00 - Arts and/or Social Science electives

3.00 - Free electives - any approved elective for B.Sc. students.

Of the total credits required, students are required to complete 16.00 credits in science of which 2.00 credits must be at the 4000 level and an additional 4.00 credits must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

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