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It's looking at biology from a physical science perspective.

A lot of it is on the molecular level, like permeability, magnetic interactions, electrical charges, and things like that. MRI's are a product of bio-physics. Having a good understanding of chemistry helps. CO2 is a product of respiration but bio-physics will tell you why at the proton, electron level of interaction of molecules.

Just aman

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Well stick around here and it might all come into your grasp. Keep asking questions. This forum is useful and helpful on all levels although you have to depend on Faf and others for the real technical stuff.:bravo: :bravo:

just aman:cool2:

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Perhaps this cut out from a biophysics program will be more assistance than any explanation. Don't expect miracles--this is only a Masters lever program.


"Currently, the Graduate Program in Biophysics has a core curriculum of five recommended courses (each student normally will take at least three of these core courses):


Biochemistry 601 (2 cr) Protein and Enzyme Structure and Function

Biochemistry 612 (2 cr) Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics

Chemistry 665 (4 cr) Biophysical Chemistry

Physiology 615 (3 cr) Cellular Biophysics-Transport

Physiology 616 (3 cr) Cellular Biophysics-Excitability and Contractility


Specialty courses available to students in the program include:


Biochemistry 530 (2 cr) Principles of Biomolecular Structure

Biochemistry 651 (2 cr) Biochemical Methods

Biochemistry 652 (1 cr) Biochemical Techniques

Biochemistry 653 (1 cr) Biochemical Techniques

Biochemistry 666 (1 cr) Biochemistry and Biophysics of Viruses

Biochemistry 669 (1 cr) Analysis of Nucleic Acid Structure and Function by Physical Methods

Biochemistry 724 (3 cr) Mechanisms of Enzyme Action

Biochemistry 729 (3 cr) X-ray Crystallography

Biochemistry 800 (2 cr) Practical Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Theory

Biochemistry 801 (2 cr) Biochemical Applications of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Biochemistry 872 (2 cr) Topics in Biophysical Chemistry

Chemistry 605 (3 cr) Spectrochemical Measurements

Chemistry 621 (3-4 cr) Instrumental Analysis

Chemistry 641 (3 cr) Advanced Organic Chemistry

Chemistry 662 (3 cr) Introduction to Quantum Mechanics and Molecular Spectroscopy

Chemistry 664 (3 cr) Introduction to Macromolecular Chemistry

Chemistry 872 (2 cr) Topics in Biophysical Chemistry

Chemistry 873 (3 cr) Introductory Quantum Chemistry

Chemistry 874 (3 cr) Intermediate Quantum Chemistry

Comp Sci 513 (3 cr) Numerical Analysis I

Comp Sci 514 (3 cr) Numerical Analysis II

Comp Sci 540 (3 cr) Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

Comp Sci 562 (3 cr) Expert Systems: Design and Implementation

Comp Sci 731 (3 cr) Advanced Artificial Intelligence

Comp Sci 766 (3 cr) Computer Vision

ECE* 430 (3 cr) Random Signal Analysis

ECE 431 (3 cr) Digital Signal Processing

ECE 459 (3 cr) Analysis of Pulse and Digital Circuits

ECE 462 (3 cr) Medical Instrumentation

ECE 532 (3 cr) Theory and Applications of Pattern Recognition

ECE 533 (3 cr) Image Processing

ECE 625 (1 cr) Neural Mechanisms and Models

Mathematics 701 (3 cr) Mathematical Methods in Physics and Engineering I

Mathematics 702 (3 cr) Mathematical Methods in Physics and Engineering II

*Electrical and Computer Engineering


B. Research


Biophysics graduate students who participate in laboratory rotations sign up for research (990 course) in the department of the chairman of the Advising and Orientation Committee. The number of research credits is chosen to bring the total to 12 (normally this is 3 or more 990 research credits). Upon choosing a laboratory, 990 research is taken in the department of the major professor. Note that it is to the student's advantage to sign up for a full load during each semester (and 5 credits during the first two summers) so as to establish residency after completion of five semesters (see H. and I. below).


C. Seminar Requirements


All biophysics graduate students are required to attend a seminar course each semester in an area relevant to biophysics and to give at least one oral presentation each year in these courses."


As one can see--biophysocs covers a great deal of ground rather well.



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