Students may elect an interdisciplinary major in biology and physics as a basis for work or advanced study in such fields as biophysics, radiation biology, radiological health or environmental science. The major is also good preparation for pre-medical students.

Required Courses

  • Four biology courses: Biol 101 and 102 (General Biology), and two courses at the 200 level or above, one of which should include a lab or be at the 300 level.
  • Four physics courses: Phys 151 (University Physics) or 103 (College Physics); Phys 152 (University Physics) or 104 (College Physics); Phys 221 and 222 (Modern Physics).
  • Two additional units chosen from appropriate courses at the 300 level or above in biology and/or physics.
  • Two chemistry courses: Chem 103 and 104 (General Chemistry).
  • A senior research project (SYE: Senior Year Experience) in some area of biophysics, with advisors from both the biology and physics departments.

Recommended Courses

  • Chem 342 (Biophysical Chemistry)
  • Math 205 (Multivariable Calculus)

Advising is provided through both the biology and physics departments. Since this major is expected to serve students with a wide range of interests, anyone interested is encouraged to consult with these departments about appropriate scheduling of courses, including interdepartmental offerings.

Students contemplating this major should also be aware of possibilities for advanced placement in chemistry, mathematics and physics courses that could provide added flexibility to their programs. Physics 151/152 (University Physics) is better preparation for Phys 221/222 (Modern Physics) than Phys 103/104 (College Physics), but any combination of the introductory sequence is acceptable.

Use this Biology-Physics Major Planning Guide to keep track of the courses you will need over the next four years. You must login with a St. Lawrence University account to access the planning guide.