X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Biological and Medical Physics (BMPH)

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.

Students may enter this major in Semester 1 or any semester thereafter. A student wishing to declare the major may wish to consult the Faculty Advisor. This major requires the completion of 20.00 credits as follows:

Semester 1
BIOL*1090 [0.50] Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
CHEM*1040 [0.50] General Chemistry I
CIS*1300 [0.50] Programming
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: https://www.uoguelph.ca/bsc/revised_SS
Semester 2
BIOL*1080 [0.50] Biological Concepts of Health
CHEM*1050 [0.50] General Chemistry II
MATH*1160 [0.50] Linear Algebra I
1.00 credits from: IPS*1510, or (MATH*1090, PHYS*1070) or (MATH*1210, PHYS*1010)
* IPS*1510 is recommended
Semester 3
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 Liberal Education electives
Semester 4
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
Semester 5
IPS*3000 [0.50] Science Communication
PHYS*3130 [0.50] Mathematical Physics
PHYS*3230 [0.50] Quantum Mechanics I
1.00 electives **
Semester 6
NANO*3600 [0.50] Computational Methods in Materials Science
PHYS*3510 [0.50] Intermediate Laboratory
PHYS*4040 [0.50] Quantum Mechanics II
PHYS*4540 [0.50] Molecular Biophysics
0.50 electives **
Semester 7
PHYS*3170 [0.50] Radioactivity and Radiation Interactions
PHYS*4500 [0.50] Advanced Physics Laboratory
One of:
PHYS*4001 [0.50] Research in Physics
0.50 electives
1.00 electives **
Semester 8
PHYS*4070 [0.50] Clinical Applications of Physics in Medicine
One of:
PHYS*4002 [0.50] Research in Physics
0.50 electives **
1.50 electives **
Note: PHYS*4001/2 will be projects in biological or medical physics, some of which may be in areas outside the Department of Physics.

** At least 1.00 credits of Liberal Education electives are required. In addition, 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
NANO*4100 [0.50] Biological Nanomaterials
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 - Liberal Education 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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