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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.

In this major you can expect to take part in research based practicals using state-of-the-art scientific equipment, such as spectrophotometers, lasers and microscopes. Assessment tasks will include poster presentations, participation in symposia, group work, scientific paper presentations and tutorial problem solving.  As well as content knowledge in this area, you will be given the opportunity to develop a range of other skills such as team work, literature analysis, oral presentations and critical evaluation skills that will equip you to pursue a career in this area.

Biophysicists use knowledge of physics, chemistry and mathematics to study the structure and function of biological molecules, cells and organisms. Biophysics also encompasses fields like bio-molecular modelling, crystallography, spectroscopy, radiology, medical physics, ultrasound, and nanotechnology. In addition to courses in biophysics students will take courses from a range of fields including physics, chemistry, mathematics, neuroscience, physiology, biochemistry and structural biology.

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.

 

 

1st Year Study Planner

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory for program – all BSc students must complete this course
  • Prerequisite for major – course required for this major
  • Recommended – other science course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
  • Elective - choose a Level 1 course that interests you
Year 1 - Semester 1

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
BIOL1020 Genes, Cells & Evolution
OR
PHYS1002 Electromagnetism and Modern Physics
OR
SCIE1000 Theory & Practice in Science
Recommended
Year 1 - Semester 2*
*Students who commence this program midyear please see footnote 3 below.
STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data Compulsory for BSc
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

Please refer to the course list to ensure you complete the major requirements.
What do the different columns mean?

  • Sem - Semester
  • Compulsory courses – compulsory for the major.
  • Key courses – electives from the major's course list.
  • Recommended courses – complements the major.

Choose a study plan:

Biophysics (Dual Major) - Theoretical and Applied Biophysics

You can find details about the first year of the program here.

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #8 from:
Recommended Courses
1

PHYS2020 Thermodyn & Condensed Matter

PHYS2055 Intro to Fields in Physics

CSSE2002 Programming in the Large

BIOC2000 Biochem & Molecular Biology

BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function

CHEM2050 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry

SCIE2100 Intro to Bioinfomatics

2 BIPH2000 Foundations of Biophysics

CHEM2002 Physical Chemistry

CHEM2052 Chemical Biology

MATH2001 Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra II

MATH2100 Applied Mathematical Analysis

COSC2500 Num Meth in Computational Sci

Year 3
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
#8 for:
Recommended Courses
1   BIOC3000 Advanced Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

PHYS3051 Fields in Physics

PHYS3071 Computational Physics

CHEM3013 Nanoscience: Self-assembly

2

BIPH3001 Frontiers in Biophysics

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

CHEM3011 Advanced Physical Chemistry

CHEE4301 Nanomaterial Characterisation

CHEM3014 Nanoscience: Synthesis

MATH3104 Mathematical Biology

PHYS3020 Statistical Mechanics

 

Biophysics (Dual major) - Biomolecular Structure & Modelling

You can find details about the first year of the program here.

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #8 from:
Recommended Courses
1   BIOC2000 Biochem & Molecular Biology

BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function
CSSE2002 Programming in the Large

PHYS2055 Intro to Fields in Physics

SCIE2100 Intro to Bioinformatics
2 BIPH2000 Foundations of Biophysics CHEM2002 Physical Chemistry

CHEM2052 Chemical Biology

 
MATH2001 Advanced Calculus & Linear Algebra II

MATH2100 Applied Mathematical Analysis
Year 3
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
#8 for:
Recommended Courses
1   BIOC3000 Advanced Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

CHEM3004 Determinat of Molecular Structure
CHEM3010 Bio-inorganic Chemistry

PHYS3051 Fields in Physics

PHYS3071 Computational Physics
2 BIPH3001 Frontiers in Biophysics

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

 
BIOC3005 Molecular Systems Biology

CHEM3011 Advanced Physical Chemistry

BIOL3014 Advanced Bioinformatics

 

Biophysics (Dual Major) - Cellular & Membrane Biophysics

You can find details about the first year of the program here.

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
#8 for:
Recommended Courses
1 BIOC2000 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function

BIOM2011 Cell & Tissue Biology
CHEM2050 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
2 BIPH2000 Foundations of Biophysics CHEM2002 Physical Chemistry CHEM2052 Chemical Biology

Choose #2 from the BSc course list
Year 3
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
#8 for:
Recommended Courses
1   BIOC3000 Advanced Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

NEUR3001 Molecular & Cell Neuroscience
CHEM3004 Determination of Molecular Structure

Choose #2 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)
MATH3104 Mathematical Biology Choose #2 from 3rd Year courses in the Biophysics course list

Career in Biophysics

Graduates in Biophysics will have interdisciplinary training and will acquire transferable skills providing them with unique ability to blend into a large variety of working environments including:

  • Universities and research centres
  • The pharmaceutical (and cosmetic) industries
  • Hospitals (eg. working with Computer Assisted Tomography (CAT) scans and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI))
  • Government Departments as Advisors assisting governments in understanding rapid developments in modern science
  • Development of scientific and medical instrumentation
  • The biotechnology industry

 

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