Undergraduate Program (BS)

Biophysics

Enter an emerging field that draws upon physics, chemistry, and mathematics to study the complexity of life on earth. Biophysicists work to solve some of today's greatest mysteries and challenges, including how proteins function, how viruses enter into cells, and how future energy demands can be met while preserving biological diversity on our planet.

Sample Four-Year Biophysics Course Sequence

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
Physics 170: University Physics I 3
Physics 171: Exploration in Physics I 1
Mathematics 170: Calculus I 4
Biology 160: General I Biology 3
Biology 161: General I Biology Lab 1
CORE 100, First Year Seminar 3
Core 101: GOA 0
Second Semester Semester Hours
Physics 172: University Physics II 3
Engineering 173: Exploration in Engineering 1
Mathematics 171: Calculus II 4
Theology 111: Theology Foundations 3
Philosophy 100: Ethics as Intro to Philosophy 3
Core 102: GOA 0

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sophomore

First Semester Semester Hours
Physics 330: Modern Physics I 3
Physics 331: Modern Physics I Lab 2
Chemistry 160: General Chemistry I 3
Chemistry 161: General Chemistry I Lab 1
English 101: English Composition 3
Second Language 103 Level 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Physics 340: Modern Physics II 3
Physics 341: Modern Physics II Lab 1
Chemistry 162: General Chemistry II 3
Chemistry 163: General Chemistry II Lab 1
Mathematics 230: Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
Second Language 201 Level 3
Theological Perspetives 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Junior

First Semester Semester Hours
CHEM 240, Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 241, Organic Chem. I Lab 1
Program Elective 3
PHYS 382, Thermodynamics 3
Lit. & Moral Imagination 3
Diversity Flag* or Free Elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
CHEM 242, Org. Chem. II 3
CHEM 243, Org Ch II Lab 1
PHYS 387, Biophysics 3
Program Elective 4
Historical Perspectives 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Senior

First Semester Semester Hours
Physics 395: Physics Research 1
Biology 440: Biochemistry 3
PHYS 355, Advanced Lab 2
Humanities Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
ER/S Flag* or Free Elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Physics 398: Physics Thesis 1
Program Elective 3
Program Elective 3
Philosophical Perspectives 3
Creative Perspectives 3
Free Elective 1

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that’s both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Biophysics major at Xavier:

Biophysics (PHYS 387) - ake an exploration into the current research techniques to study proteins, DNA, virus, and cells that were once only a figment of one's imagination. Have discussions with the scientists that use these state-of-the-art techniques. As technology continues to advance, Biophysicists are pushing the limits of quantum mechanics to study the tiny forces that proteins exert and how viruses permeate a cell membrane. As innovations come out of physics and biology labs, biophysicists find new areas to explore where they can apply their expertise, create new tools, and gain new knowledge. The work always aims to find out how biological systems work.

Modern physics (PHYS 330) - Learn about the warping of spacetime as objects travel close to the speed of ; about strange effects on the scale of quantum mechanics - from particles and waves behaving like each other to objects tunneling through walls; and how spectroscopy works and is applied in a range of industrial and scientific situations.

Biochemistry (BIOL 440) - Take the opportunity to discover the chemistry of the biological world. Learn about the building blocks of what makes life, explore the chemical cycles that drive our existence, engage in the replication process of DNA and the creation of proteins. It is with the knowledge of Biochemistry that a Biophysicist can advance science.

Thermodynamics (PHYS 382) - Starting from the ideal gas law, explore the statistical interpretation of thermodynamics, and apply that interpretation toward an understanding of thermal energy and heat capacity, entropy and irreversibility, heat engines and refrigerators, and Boltzmann Statistics. Explore how energy is transferred and transformed to run our cars, our computers, our hearts and our bodies.

100% of Xavier Biophysics Majors are employed, attending grad school or working in service or volunteer positions within six months of graduation.

100%

of Xavier Biophysics Majors are employed, attending grad school or working in service or volunteer positions within six months of graduation.

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RESEARCH WITH PROFESSORS

Small class sizes give you the attention you deserve and opportunities to conduct research with faculty. Present your results at national meetings to gain the experience you need.

PERSONAL ATTENTION

Small class sizes allow you to ask the right questions and get the attention you need to succeed and learn. On top of that, our Career Services mentoring program will connect you with a Cincinnati-based professional in your field.

GLOBAL EXPERIENCE

Study abroad in Costa Rica to explore tropical biodiversity or dive into conservation biology in Ireland. Work with international scientists and even perform research in Paris.

Xavier by the numbers

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LABS ON CAMPUS

98%

PLACEMENT RATE

20

AVERAGE SIZE OF CLASSES

85%

MEDICAL SCHOOL ACCEPTANCE RATE

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