Graduate Ph.D Program in Biophysics

Program Requirements for Applying

A small number of qualified applicants are admitted to the program each year. Applicants should present strong undergraduate backgrounds in the physical sciences and mathematics. The graduate course program, beyond the stated requirements, is worked out for each student individually with the help of appropriate advisers from the Committee on Biophysics.

The requirements and recommendations for applying to the Ph.D. Program in Biophysics include:

Course Title Units
CHEM 131 Organic Polyfunctional Compounds 3
CHEM 171 Physical Chemistry I 4
CHEM 173 Physical Chemistry II 3
CHEM 175 Physical Chemistry III 3
BIOC 200 Applied Biochemistry 2


Course Requirements for Current Students

Ph.D. students in the Program of Biophysics are required to complete the following course requirements:

Course Title Units
BIOPHYS 241 Biological Macromolecules 3-5
     or BIOE 300A  Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering  
BIOPHYS 242 Methods in Molecular Biophysics (Offered every other year) 3
BIOPHYS 250 Seminar in Biophysics 1
MED 255 The Responsible Conduct of Research 1
AND, 4 graduate level courses in physical or biological science, with
     at least 1 course in physical science
     at least 1 course in literature-based biological science


Important to Know:

  1. Students should always register for 10 units total each quarter.
  2. All required courses must be taken with letter grade, except BIOPHYS 250 (C/NC) & MED 255 (P/N).
  3. The "+/-" grading basis is for MD students only.
  4. Prof. KC Huang, Director of the Biophysics Program, is your program advisor during your 1st year until you settle in a lab. Please register under KC for your research units (Biophys 300). After you chose your research lab, you should register under your advisor’s name.

The same Course Requirements can also be found on the Stanford Bulletin here.


General Requirements

For information on the University's basic requirements for the Ph.D. degree, please see the "Graduate Degrees" section of Stanford University's Bulletin.