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Graduate Record 2010-2011 
Graduate Record 2010-2011 [ARCHIVED RECORD]


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The Interdisciplinary Program in Biophysics at the University of Virginia comprises the research and teaching facilities of some 30 faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of Medicine. The graduate teaching program is designed to allow a maximum degree of flexibility so that students with varying backgrounds can be prepared to investigate the broad range of problems encompassed by biophysics.


Students with a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering will be considered for admission. A strong undergraduate background in physics, chemistry, and mathematics is desirable. Students lacking particular prerequisites may take appropriate courses during their first year of graduate study.

Financial Support

Financial support is available to all students in the program. Biophysics fellowships are granted to first- and second-year students on a competitive basis. Research assistantships are available to graduate students at all levels. Several departments which have faculty members active in the biophysics program administer fellowships and teaching assistantships for which biophysics students may qualify.


An entering biophysics student is assigned an advisory committee which guides the student in choosing course work and rotations. Later, when the student chooses a thesis mentor, a thesis committee is chosen upon mutual consent of the mentor, student, and committee member. This committee meets at regular intervals to review the progress of the student’s research, and acts as a thesis defense committee.

Course of Study and Degree Requirements

The program maintains a maximum degree of flexibility in order to meet the needs and wishes of each individual student. Students will be advised to take courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, or other appropriate areas to supplement their training and to prepare them for their field of special interest. Specifically designed biophysics courses, seminars, and journal clubs are also offered. No language requirement is specified. Each student will be expected to demonstrate an advanced understanding of his or her chosen field. In addition the student must meet the University residency and credit requirement as listed in this Graduate Record. The student will meet periodically with their advisory committee during the course of their research work. Finally, the student must submit and successfully defend a dissertation describing original research in a field of biophysics.

Non-Departmental Courses

Biophysics students may choose relevant courses from the following departments:

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