|Biophysics Major - Requirements
A grade of C- or better must be earned and revealed on your transcript
for any course -- including the first semester -- to be counted towards
the major or concentration requirements. The grade of P is not
acceptable, but a course that was taken P/D/F may be counted if and
only if the P is uncovered by the Registrar's deadline.
Any exceptions must be approved in advance by an Advisor and you must receive an email notification of that approval.
Students may substitute Barnard College courses only with prior permission from an Advisor.
I. Required Biology Courses
Three biology lecture courses:
C2005 - Introductory Biology I: Biochemistry, Genetics & Molecular Biology
C2006 - Introductory Biology II: Cell Biology, Development & Physiology
C3032 or W3031 - Genetics or W3004 - Neurobiology I: Cellular & Molecular Neurobiology or W3005 - Neurobiology II: Development & Systems or W3022 - Developmental biology
One of the following biology lab courses:
W3050 - Project laboratory in protein biochemistry if offered
W3058 - Project laboratory in microbiology
C3052 - Project laboratory in molecular genetics
W3500 - Independent study (taken for at least 4 points) + 1 semester of W3600 (recommended)
One of the following biochemistry courses (listed in bulletin as biol-chem not biochem):
C3501 - Biochemistry (BIOC W3300 does not fufill this requirement)
C3512 - Molecular Biology
II. Required Physics Courses
One of the following sequences of physics courses (completed by the end of the sophomore year)
- C1401, C1402, C1403, and accompanying laboratory (C1494).
- C1601, C1602, C2601 and accompanying laboratory (C2699).
- C2801 - C2802 and the recommended laboratory (W3081). Recommended for those with AP calculus and/or a strong background in physics.
Any two physics courses at 3000-level or above, chosen in consultation with the advisor.
III. Required Math and Other Science Courses
Math:The following math courses
- Calculus I - IV (V1101, V1102, V1201, V1202) or Honors Math I - IV (V1107, V1108, V1207, V1208) or the equivalent
Students with AP or high school Calculus should consult the math section of the bulletin for proper placement.
- V3027 - Ordinary differential equations
Chemistry: One of the
following three groups of chemistry courses is required:
Option 1: General
chemistry-C1403 -C1404 or W1403-W1404 and lab W1500
C3443 -C3444 or W3443-W3444 and lab C3543 or W3543
Option2: For students who qualify
for intensive chemistry
Second Semester General Chemistry (Intensive) and Intensive
Chemistry C3443 -C3444 or W3443-W3444 and Lab C3543 or W3543
Option 3: For students who
qualify for 1st year organic chemistry
chemistry Lab - W2507
Organic chemistry for first years -
C3045-C3046-and lab C3543 or W3543
IV. Additional Course Requirements
One additional 3000- or 4000-level course from physics or biology, chosen in consultation with the advisor.
Note: SCNC & HPSC courses do not count towards the Major even if listed under Biology courses on Bio web site.
BIOT courses will not be counted towards the Major.
For transfer students, at least 4 biology or biochemistry courses and
at least 18 credits of the total (biology, biochemistry, math, physics
and chemistry) must be taken at Columbia. Barnard courses may not be
substituted for the required Columbia courses without advance permission from the advisor.