Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Physics, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Computational Biophysics - Liberal Studies

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, students in the Physics Program at SRU will be:

  • Proficient in the basic and advanced concepts of classical and modern physics.
  • Accomplished problem solvers capable of applying inductive and deductive logic, mathematical modeling, computational tools, and principles of physics to novel situations.
  • Skilled at constructing and assembling experimental apparatuses, conducting and analyzing measurements of physical phenomena, and drawing valid conclusions from experimental data.
  • Effective communicators, capable of presenting scientific results effectively to diverse audiences.
  • Prepared for a career in science, industry, and education or to pursue a graduate program in physics or related areas.

Related Links

Physics - Computational Biophysics, BS Program Page

Physics and Engineering Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.00 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.00 or higher


Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements57
Computational Biophyscis Concentration30
Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements12

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Complete Goal requirements as indicated below
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Global Community
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Science, Technology & Math
Select nine to ten credits of the following:9-10
General Chemistry I (Recommended) 1
General Chemistry I Lab (Recommended) 1
Calculus I (Recommended) 1
Challenges of the Modern Age
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
Total Hours45-46


Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major/Concentration Requirements

  • 29 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 29 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Required Physics Courses
PHYS 212General Physics II with Lab 13
PHYS 213General Physics III/ Lab 14
PHYS 312Modern Physics 1 13
PHYS 314Statics 13
PHYS 331Mathematical Methods of Physics 13
or MATH 331 Mathematical Methods of Physics
PHYS 371Physical Optics 13
PHYS 410Electricity and Magnetism 13
PHYS 412Modern Physics 2 11
PHYS 480Quantum 13
Advanced Lab Requirements
PHYS 381Advanced Physics Laboratory 12
PHYS 382Optics Laboratory 12
Required Physics Electives
Select two of the following:6
Dynamics 1
Thermal Physics 1
Computational Physics 1
Related Field Work
CHEM 108General Chemistry II 13
CHEM 112General Chemistry II Lab 11
MATH 230Calculus II 14
MATH 231Calculus III 14
MATH 240Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 13
MATH 301Differential Equations I 13
CPSC 146Programming Principles 1,23
Total Hours57

Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements

Students must take the following four courses:
CHEM 107General Chemistry I 13
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab 11
MATH 225Calculus I 14
PHYS 211General Physics I with Lab 14
Total Hours12

Computational Biophysics Concentration for BS Physics Majors

BIOL 104Principles of Biology with Lab4
BIOL 250Genetics with Lab 14
BIOL 325Biometry with Lab3
BIOL 335Cell Biology/Lab3
BIOL 370Molecular Biology with Lab3
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I3
CPSC 246Advanced Programming Principles3
CPSC 374Algorithms and Data Structures3
CPSC 480Topics in Computer Science: Machine Learning3
Total Hours29

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

PHYSICS - BS (6164)
Concentration in Computational Biophysics (COBP)
This program is effective as of Fall 2014.
Revised 8-2018