Bachelor of
Science:

Study Planner Information

Year 1 Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory for program – all students must complete this course
  • Prerequisite for major – a course required for this major
  • Recommended – a course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
  • Elective – an elective course from the course list, or as permitted by the program rules
Year 1 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
SCIE1000 Theory & Practice in Science Compulsory
[ MATH1051 Calculus & Linear Algebra I1,4
OR
MATH1071 Advanced Calculus & Linear Algebra I4 ]
Prerequisite for major
CHEM1100 Chemistry 12 Prerequisite for major
[ PHYS1001 Mechanics & Thermal Physics I
OR
PHYS1171 Physical Basis of Biological Systems ]
Prerequisite for major
Year 1 - Semester 2*
*Students who commence this program midyear please see footnote 3 below.
Course Code & Title Requirements
STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data Compulsory
BIOL1040 Cells to Organisms Prerequisite for major
[ MATH1052 Multivariate Calculus & ODEs4
OR
MATH1072 Advanced Multivariate Calculus & ODEs4 ]
Prerequisite for major

[ BIOL1020 Genes, Cells & Evolution
OR
CHEM1200 Chemistry 22
OR
PHYS1002 Electromagnetism and Modern Physics ]

Recommended

1. Students without at least a Sound Achievement in Senior Maths C are required to take MATH1050 as an elective before MATH1051.
2. Students without Queensland Senior Chemistry should complete CHEM1090 before taking any other chemistry course.
3. Students who commence this program in semester 2 should enrol in BIOL1040, CHEM1100, MATH1051 and STAT1201 to ensure that you are academically prepared for the following semester. Any mid-year commencing student who would like to vary this course selection should contact the Faculty of Science to arrange an academic advising appointment.
4. Students with a high achievement in Senior Maths C (or a 6 or 7 in MATH1050) should take the sequence MATH1071, MATH1072 and optionally MATH2401. Students with a sound achievement in Senior Maths C (or a 4 or 5 in MATH1050) should take the sequence MATH1051, MATH1052 and optionally MATH2400.

Year 2 to 3 Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different columns mean?

  • Required for Major – a course required for this major
  • Recommended – a course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective

Choose a study plan:

  • Theoretical and Applied Biophysics
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 Choose at least 8 units from (which may include 2 units from MATH2001, MATH2100 or COSC2500):

    [ PHYS2020 Thermodynamics & Condensed Matter Physics
    PHYS2055 Introduction to Fields in Physics
    CSSE2002 Programming in the Large

    BIOC2000 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function
    CHEM2050 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
    SCIE2100 Introduction to Bioinfomatics
    2

    CHEM2060 Intermediate Chemistry 2
    CHEM2052 Chemical Biology ]


    BIPH2000 Foundations of Biophysics
    MATH2001 Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra II
    MATH2100 Applied Mathematical Analysis
    COSC2500 Numerical Methods in Computational Science
    Year 3
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 BIOC3000 Advanced Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    PHYS3051 Fields in Physics
    PHYS3071 Computational Physics
    CHEM3013 Nanoscience: Self-assembly
    MATH3104 Mathematical Biology
    2 CHEM3011 Advanced Physical Chemistry
    BIPH3001 Frontiers in Biophysics

    [ PHYS3900 Perspectives in Physics Research
    OR
    SCIE3260 Introduction to Research in Chemistry, Biochemistry & Microbiology (A) ]
    CHEE4301 Nanomaterial Characterisation
    CHEM3014 Nanoscience: Synthesis
    PHYS3020 Statistical Mechanics
  • Biomolecular Structure Modelling

     

    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 Choose at least 8 units from (which may include 2 units from MATH2001, MATH2100 or COSC2500):

    [ BIOC2000 Biochem & Molecular Biology
    BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function

    CSSE2002 Programming in the Large
    PHYS2055 Introduction to Fields in Physics
    SCIE2100 Introduction to Bioinformatics
    2

    CHEM2060 Intermediate Chemistry 2
    CHEM2052 Chemical Biology ]


    BIPH2000 Foundations of Biophysics
    MATH2001 Advanced Calculus & Linear Algebra II
    MATH2100 Applied Mathematical Analysis
    Year 3
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 BIOC3000 Advanced Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    CHEM3004 Determinations of Molecular Structure
    CHEM3010 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
    PHYS3051 Fields in Physics
    PHYS3071 Computational Physics
    2 BIOC3005 Molecular Systems Biology
    CHEM3011 Advanced Physical Chemistry
    BIPH3001 Frontiers in Biophysics

    [ PHYS3900 Perspectives in Physics Research
    OR
    SCIE3260 Introduction to Research in Chemistry, Biochemistry & Microbiology (A) ]

    BIOL3014 Advanced Bioinformatics

  • Cellular & Membrane Biophysics
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 Choose at least 8 units from:

    [ BIOC2000 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function
    BIOM2011 Cell & Tissue Biology
    CHEM2050 Intermediate Chemistry 1

     
    2

    CHEM2052 Chemical Biology ]


    BIPH2000 Foundations of Biophysics
    Choose courses from the BSc course list
    Year 3
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 BIOC3000 Advanced Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    NEUR3001 Molecular & Cell Neuroscience
    CHEM3004 Determination of Molecular Structure
    MATH3104 Mathematical Biology
    Choose 2 units from the BSc course list
    2 BIPH3001 Frontiers in Biophysics

    [ PHYS3900 Perspectives in Physics Research
    OR
    SCIE3260 Introduction to Research in Chemistry, Biochemistry & Microbiology (A) ]
    Choose 2 units from 3rd Year courses in the Biophysics course list

What will I study?

Biophysics is a scientific discipline at the cross-roads of biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics and engineering. Biophysicists study the structure, property and function of biological molecules, cells and organisms using a wide range of principles, methods and theories from physics, chemistry and maths. Biophysicists do not only study biological systems, they also develop and build new instruments and tools for research and biomedical applications. Following on from the publication of the human genome at the turn of the century, a growing number of biophysicists are needed to decipher the structures of all the gene products and the complex interactions between them. Biophysicists are also at the forefront of the research in bio-inspired functional materials, bio-mimetics and nanotechnology.

This major allows for you to specialise in your area of interest with particular emphasis in three streams:

Theoretical & Applied Biophysics
This stream is aimed at those students with a stronger interest in physics linked with molecular and cellular biology and potentially imaging and engineering. Students can apply their knowledge to the study of molecular processes and molecular systems in biology that are involved in, for example, energy conversion or molecular motion. It would also suit those students who are interested in the design of new bio-inspired high tech materials.

Biomolecular Structure & Modelling
This stream focuses on the determination and/or prediction of the structure and properties of biomolecules such as proteins and DNA using advanced experimental and computational techniques. This branch of molecular biophysics is crucial in such areas as drug design, understanding enzymatic processes and simulating cellular events at the molecular level. This stream is aimed at those students with an interest in molecular and structural biology, applied mathematics, computing and theory.

Cellular & Membrane Biophysics
This stream will equip students with tools to study processes within cell membranes crucial to the workings of biological systems (e.g. ion channels in the nervous system and muscles). This branch of biophysics is aimed at students with a strong interest and background in cellular processes in biology, physiology and neurophysiology.