The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Physics (Biophysics/Medical Physics), Bachelor of Science

A Physicist has a solid understanding of fundamental laws, which in turn can be applied to a wide area of scientific and engineering fields. It is an exciting career that requires discipline and significant amount of work. It also requires development of mathematical, experimental, theoretical, and computational skills. As a result of the Physicist’s solid and broad background, Physicists can apply to a wide range of job opportunities, including National Laboratories and Research Centers, Industry, and Academia.

Core Curriculum - 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once. The courses listed below fulfill core curriculum and major requirements. Students who have completed a core curriculum category with courses other than those listed below will still be required to take the listed course(s) to meet major requirements.

020 Mathematics – 3 hours

MATH 2413Calculus I

4

Three credit hours from MATH 2413 applies. 

030 Life and Physical Sciences – 6 hours

PHYS 2425Physics for Scientists and Engineers I

4

PHYS 2426Physics for Scientists and Engineers II

4

Six credit hours from PHYS 2425 and PHYS 2426 apply.

090 Integrative and Experiential Learning – 6 hours

CSCI 1380Computer Science I

3

PHYS 2425Physics for Scientists and Engineers I

4

PHYS 2426Physics for Scientists and Engineers II

4

Complete any additional one credit hour course from 090 to satisfy the six credit hour requirement. Two credit hours from PHYS 2425 and PHYS 2426 applies. 

Major Requirements – 75 Hours

Required Courses - 45 hours

PHYS 2327Physics for Scientists and Engineers III

3

PHYS 3305Classical Mechanics

3

PHYS 3303Thermodynamics

3

PHYS 3304Optics

3

PHYS 3402Modern Physics

4

PHYS 3411Math Methods in Physics I

4

PHYS 3412Math Methods in Physics II

4

PHYS 4305Statistical Mechanics

3

PHYS 3301Electromagnetic Theory I

3

PHYS 3302Electromagnetic Theory II

3

PHYS 4303Quantum Mechanics I

3

PHYS 4304Quantum Mechanics II

3

PHYS 4300Undergraduate Research Project

3

 

PHYS 4101Laboratory Research

1

Or

PHYS 4306Advanced Physics Lab

3

PHYS 4101 must be taken three times. 

Biophysics/Medical Physics Concentration - 18 hours

Choose from:
BIOL 1406General Biology I

4

PHYS 3315Physics of Biological Systems

3

PHYS 4309Nuclear and Particle Physics

3

PHYS 3306Introduction to Biophysics

3

PHYS 3310Radiation Biophysics

3

PHYS 3309Introduction to Medical Imaging

3

PHYS 4312Introductory Nuclear Engineering and Health Physics Concepts

3

PHYS 4315Analysis of Biomolecules by Physical Methods

3

 

BENG 4320Molecular Bioengineering

3

And

BENG 4120Molecular Bioengineering Lab

1

Any of the above courses could be substituted with other advanced physics courses upon approval by the Department Chair.

Support Courses - 12 hours

MATH 2413Calculus I

4

MATH 2414Calculus II

4

MATH 2415Calculus III

4

MATH 3341Differential Equations

3

One credit hour from MATH 2413 applies.

Free Electives – 3 hours

Free electives credit hours required may vary to achieve the institutional minimum of 120 hours for a degree. 

Free elective credit hours at the advanced level may be needed to achieve the institutional minimum of 42 advanced hours. 

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 120