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P.Chem for Biophysics?

  1. Jul 7, 2007 #1
    I have recently been bouncing around and looking at biophysics programs for graduate school, and also noticing that I need to take some non-math/physics electives for my major. All while doing this, I have started reading some biophysics textbooks. Now here is my question:

    Should I take Physical Chemistry (P. Chem) as one of my upperdivision non-physics/math electives if I intend on going to study biophysics in graduate school?

    None of my biophysics texts outright say this as a requirement; however, a few of the schools I have been looking at have noted this as a suggested requist.

    Anyone have any opinions on this?
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  3. Jul 7, 2007 #2
    if you have ever taken thermodyanmics ...no because thats what it is from a chem perspective
  4. Jul 8, 2007 #3
    I am planning on taking my thermo physics class the following term, if that is anyhelp. Here is a copy of the syallibus for the p.chem class I would take:

  5. Jul 8, 2007 #4


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    Could be worth while, physical chem is definately an area of chemistry that most chemists and especially bio-chemists are weak on.
    It seems that there is a strong gradient in knowledge and understanding of thermodynamics/statistical mechanics as you go from physics->chemistry->bio.
    Odd really because life is just thermodynamics!
  6. Jul 17, 2007 #5
    A second question to follow up on the topic: Should I jump into this course without one of the chemistry pre-reqs? The pre-req is described as the following:

  7. Jul 18, 2007 #6


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    The first half of those you should already know if you are doing physics labs.
    Acid-bases and titrations aren't that difficult to read up on, most non maths/physics types have trouble with them because they involve logs.

    The principles of spectroscopy / chromatography are very simple - the actual real world method development is complicated but you aren;t going to get into that here.
  8. Jul 18, 2007 #7
    I am going to talk to the professor to asset if I will be able to take his class next week, so i'll know for sure if I can even take the P.Chem class next week.

    It's good to know that someone else thinks I can actually do this stuff.
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