Programs by Campus
Biomolecular Imaging and Biophysics
School of Medicine
Departmental E-mail: bioimage [at] iupui [dot] edu
Departmental URL: http://www.iupui.edu/degrees/122/medical-biophysics-and-biomolecular-imaging/
Master of Science in Medical Biophysics and Doctor of Philosophy
An interdepartmental committee is responsible for the administration of the medical biophysics degree programs. The committee is composed of representatives from the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Physiology and Biophysics from the Indiana University School of Medicine and from the Departments of Biology and Chemistry from the Purdue University School of Science at Indianapolis. Graduate training in the program is oriented primarily toward research at the molecular and cellular level, with focus points at the boundaries of the traditional disciplines of physics, chemistry, and biology. Research programs include membrane biophysics and structure-function relations in cells and macromolecules. Detailed descriptions of faculty research interests are available.
Special Program Requirements
(See also general University Graduate School requirements.)
Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, biology, biophysics, chemistry, mathematics, physics, or an equivalent major. Graduate Record Examination scores on both the General Test and a Subject Test are required as a part of the application.
Master of Science Degree
At least 30 credit hours, of which 20 credit hours must be in biophysics, including 7 credit hours in research; remaining credit hours in related courses.
Written or oral or both.
Doctor of Philosophy Degree
A total of 90 credit hours, with a minimum of 36 credit hours in course work (including those for the minor). Required core courses include J611 and J612, B807 Biochemistry or equivalent, one course in quantum mechanics (chosen from Purdue School of Science’s P550 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, P660 Quantum Mechanics I, and C672 Quantum Chemistry), one course in cell infrastructure (chosen from F650, G865, F705, and B807). Additional elective courses totaling at least 9 credit hours are determined by the advisory committee in discussion with the student and selected from a list compiled by the faculty. (See list of courses below.)
A minimum of 12 credit hours in course work in a departmental minor or an interdepartmental minor in physical science or in cellular and molecular biology.
Written and oral.
A dissertation research proposal is required.
Oral defense of the dissertation.
Three research rotations, each a brief project in a preceptor’s laboratory, before an advisor is chosen. Presentation of three seminars during graduate study.