Admissions Requirements

A. The Graduate Degree Program in Biophysics evaluates applications and recommends applicants for admission based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated scholastic ability
  • Undergraduate coursework and GPA
  • Research experience, publications, awards/honors
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement of reasons for graduate study
  • International: TOEFL score

B. Undergraduate Background and Requirements

Undergraduate preparation for the Graduate Program in Biophysics can vary widely and will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee on an individual basis. Most of our applicants have taken courses in general, organic and physical chemistry; introductory physics; cell and/or molecular biology; calculus through differential equations; and computer science. The biophysics curriculum is flexible enough so that most students make up deficiencies in their undergraduate background within the first year of study.

The core undergraduate course requirements are:

2 semesters of Calculus
2 semesters of Physics with Calculus
2 semesters of Organic Chemistry
1 semester of Physical Chemistry
1 semester of Computer Science
1 semester of Statistics

These requirements are advisory and exceptions may be granted for incoming biophysics graduate students who have strong undergraduate training in chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, biology, or related fields. In such cases, each of these courses will be counted as a deficiency that the student must correct by obtaining a passing grade in an equivalent undergraduate or graduate course taken within the first two years of graduate study.

In addition, we recommend that entering graduate students have undergraduate preparation through courses in:

General Biochemistry
General Genetics and/or Molecular Biology
Biophysical Chemistry

Students who have not taken courses in these subjects will be expected to do so as part of their formal graduate course work.