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Math: partial differential equations, nonlinear dynamics and chaos, complex variables, information theory, some statistics. applied math is really the important branch here.

Physics: hm, you don't need *that* much physics for biophysics research. statistical mechanics is the most important physics, but you won't really be using much EM or quantum (biological scales are way too large for quantum effects to really show up in a significant way - yes they do show up in photosynthesis and maybe the electron transport chain, but the vast majority of the research doesn't use QM, as much as Roger Penrose may want it to). As long as you have a significant background in applied math, 1st year physics + modern physics + statistical mechanics should be good enough for most applications.

Physics: hm, you don't need *that* much physics for biophysics research. statistical mechanics is the most important physics, but you won't really be using much EM or quantum (biological scales are way too large for quantum effects to really show up in a significant way - yes they do show up in photosynthesis and maybe the electron transport chain, but the vast majority of the research doesn't use QM, as much as Roger Penrose may want it to). As long as you have a significant background in applied math, 1st year physics + modern physics + statistical mechanics should be good enough for most applications.

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Someday I would like to work in pure math and physics. Biology is hot but I think these sciences are much cooler in the long run. Hopefully I can still switch into pure physics and math from biophysics. K cool...

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