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Biological Physics Major

Bachelor of Science

This bachelor of science (BSc) program is for students who are interested in using physical approaches to tackle biological problems.

Students should speak with an advisor as soon as possible to schedule their programs.

Minimum Grade Requirement

Students wishing to enrol in physics courses must obtain a C- grade or better in prerequisite courses.

Program Requirements

Students complete 120 units, as specified below.

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum total of 65 units, including all of

BISC 101 - General Biology (4)

An introduction to the biochemical and physiological mechanisms of living organisms. Topics covered include cell structure and function, DNA replication and the flow of genetic information, enzyme function, metabolism and physiology of microorganisms, plants, and animals. Prerequisite: High school Biology 12 (or equivalent) with a C grade or better, or BISC 100 with C- or better, or BISC 113 with C+ or better, or HSCI 100 with C+ or better; and High school Chemistry 12 (or equivalent) with a C grade or better, or CHEM 111 with a C- or better. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ivona Mladenovic
Onkar Bains
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 3181, Burnaby
AQ 3181, Burnaby
D101 Onkar Bains
Tu 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D106 Onkar Bains
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Th 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
SSB 8169, Burnaby
D107 Onkar Bains
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Th 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
SSB 8169, Burnaby
D108 Onkar Bains
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Th 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
SSB 8169, Burnaby
D109 Onkar Bains
We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Fr 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
SSB 8169, Burnaby
BISC 102 - General Biology (4)

Survey of the diversity of life, and its evolutionary history on earth. The student is introduced to the study of genetics, development, and evolution, giving an overview of how these processes interact to produce form and function. Also included are principles of behavior and ecological relationships of organisms to each other and their environment. Prerequisite: High school biology 12 (or equivalent) with a C grade or better, or BISC 100 with C- or better, or BISC 113 with C+ or better, or HSCI 100 with C+ or better. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Erin Barley
Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
D101 Erin Barley
Tu 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D102 Erin Barley
Tu 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D103 Erin Barley
Tu 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
AQ 5036, Burnaby
D104 Erin Barley
Tu 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D105 Erin Barley
Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
D106 Erin Barley
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
D107 Erin Barley
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Th 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
D108 Erin Barley
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Th 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
SSCB 8212, Burnaby
BISC 202 - Genetics (3)

Principles and concepts of the transmission of genetic information treated comparatively in man, animal, plant and microbe. Prerequisite: BISC 101 and 102 with a grade of C- or better.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Kevin Lam
Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
EDB 7618, Burnaby
D101
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 4125, Burnaby
D102
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 4125, Burnaby
D103
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 4115, Burnaby
D104
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
D105
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D106
Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D107
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
CHEM 281 - Organic Chemistry I (4)

Structure, bonding, physical and chemical properties of simple organic compounds. Introduction to spectroscopy. Kinetics and mechanisms of organic reactions. This course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: CHEM 121 with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: CHEM 122. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nabyl Merbouh
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D101
We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
D102
We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D103
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
D104
Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
D105
Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
D106
Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
D107
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
D108
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
LA04 Nabyl Merbouh
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8120, Burnaby
LA06 Nabyl Merbouh
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8120, Burnaby
LB04 Nabyl Merbouh
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8120, Burnaby
LB06 Nabyl Merbouh
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8120, Burnaby
LE01
TBD
CHEM 282 - Organic Chemistry II (2)

Polyfunctional organic compounds and complex organic reactions. Introduction to natural products. Prerequisite: CHEM 281 with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CHEM 283 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Uwe Kreis
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
D101
We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D102
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5018, Burnaby
D103
Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D104
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5018, Burnaby
MATH 251 - Calculus III (3)

Rectangular, cylindrical and spherical coordinates. Vectors, lines, planes, cylinders, quadric surfaces. Vector functions, curves, motion in space. Differential and integral calculus of several variables. Vector fields, line integrals, fundamental theorem for line integrals, Green's theorem. Prerequisite: MATH 152; or MATH 155 or MATH 158 with a grade of at least B. Recommended: It is recommended that MATH 240 or 232 be taken before or concurrently with MATH 251. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ralf Wittenberg
Mo, We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
OP01
TBD
MATH 252 - Vector Calculus (3)

Vector calculus, divergence, gradient and curl; line, surface and volume integrals; conservative fields, theorems of Gauss, Green and Stokes; general curvilinear coordinates and tensor notation. Introduction to orthogonality of functions, orthogonal polynomials and Fourier series. Prerequisite: MATH 240 or 232, and 251. MATH 240 or 232 may be taken concurrently. Students with credit for MATH 254 may not take MATH 252 for further credit. Quantitative.

MBB 222 - Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (3)

The structure, function and synthesis of proteins, RNA and DNA and their interrelated biological functions within the cell. An introduction to molecular biology techniques and methods of protein purification and analysis. Prerequisite: or Corequisite CHEM 281.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Edgar Young
Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3260, Burnaby
AQ 3149, Burnaby
AQ 3149, Burnaby
D102
Mo 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D103
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D104
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D105
Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
D106
We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
D107
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
MBB 231 - Cellular Biology and Biochemistry (3)

A study of the molecular processes which underlie cell structure and function, integrating ultrastructural, physiological and biochemical approaches. Modern techniques used in the analysis of organelle and cell function are integral parts of the course. Prerequisite: MBB 222, BISC 101, CHEM 281 with grades of C- or better. Corequisite or Prerequisite: CHEM 282 or CHEM 283.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Michael Silverman
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
D101
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5007, Burnaby
D103
We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D104
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5018, Burnaby
D105
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5018, Burnaby
PHYS 201 - Physics Undergraduate Seminar (1)

A seminar to expose students majoring in any Physics program to opportunities available with a physics degree. Seminar will include invited speakers, group discussions, and student presentations on topics including modern physics research, industrial physics, career opportunities, and communication and other professional skills. May be repeated once for credit. Graded as pass/fail (P/F). Prerequisite: PHYS 121 or 126 or PHYS 141, (or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B).

PHYS 211 - Intermediate Mechanics (3)

An intermediate mechanics course covering kinematics, dynamics, calculus of variations and Lagrange's equations, non-inertial reference frames, central forces and orbits, and rigid body motion. Prerequisite: PHYS 126 or 121 or 141, with a minimum grade of C- (or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B). Corequisite: MATH 251; MATH 232 or 240. Recommended: MATH 310 and PHYS 255. Quantitative.

PHYS 231 - Physics Laboratory III (3)

Introduction to modern techniques in experimental physics, including computer-aided data acquisition, electronics, control theory, and statistical data analysis. Prerequisite: PHYS 130, 133 or 141 (no substitutions). Co-requisite: PHYS 255. Quantitative.

PHYS 255 - Vibrations and Waves (3)

The physics of vibrations and waves. Topics include periodic motion, including free and forced oscillations, coupled oscillators, normal modes, and waves in one and higher dimensions. Prerequisite: PHYS 126 or 121 or 141 with a minimum C- grade; or PHYS 101 and 102 with a grade of B or better. Corequisite: MATH 251; MATH 232 or 240. Recommended concurrent: PHYS 211 and MATH 310. Quantitative.

and one of

CHEM 121 - General Chemistry and Laboratory I (4)

Atomic and molecular structure; chemical bonding; thermochemistry; elements; periodic table; gases liquids, solids, and solutions. This course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: Chemistry 12, or CHEM 109 or 111 with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CHEM 120 or 123 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Rebecca Goyan
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
D101
We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
D102
We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
D103
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
D104
Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
D105
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
D106
Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
D107
Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
D108
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5018, Burnaby
D200 Garry Mund
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SUR 3310, Surrey
D201
We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SUR 3280, Surrey
D202
We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 3280, Surrey
D203
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SUR 3280, Surrey
D204
We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SUR 3280, Surrey
LA03 Rebecca Goyan
Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LA06 Rebecca Goyan
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LB03 Rebecca Goyan
Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LB06 Rebecca Goyan
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 7079, Burnaby
LC01 Garry Mund
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SUR 2780, Surrey
LE01
TBD
LE02
TBD
CHEM 123 - Enriched Chemistry I and Laboratory (4)

An enriched chemistry course, covering atomic and molecular structure; chemical bonding; thermochemistry; elements; periodic table; gases, liquids, solids, and solutions, focusing on current chemistry research and applications. The topics will be covered with more sophistication than in other 1st year chemistry courses, and thus a thorough mastery of high-school chemistry will be assumed. This course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department. Chemistry 12 or CHEM 111. Students with credit for CHEM 120 or CHEM 121 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

and one of

CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II (2)

Chemical equilibria; electrochemistry; chemical thermodynamics; kinetics. Students who intend to take further laboratory courses in chemistry should take CHEM 122 concurrently with CHEM 126. Prerequisite: CHEM 120 or 121 with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CHEM 124 or CHEM 180 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Hogan Yu
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
D101
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
D102
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5018, Burnaby
D103
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D104
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
D105
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5018, Burnaby
D106
Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5018, Burnaby
CHEM 124 - Enriched Chemistry II (3)

An enriched chemistry course, covering chemical equilibria; electrochemistry; chemical thermodynamics; kinetics, energy and nuclear science, focusing on current chemistry research and applications. The topics will be covered with more sophistication than in other 1st year chemistry courses, and thus a thorough mastery of high-school chemistry will be assumed. Prerequisite: CHEM 123 with a minimum grade of C-; or CHEM 120 or 121 and permission of the Department. Students who intend to take further laboratory courses in chemistry should take CHEM 124 concurrently with CHEM 126. Students with credit for CHEM 122 or CHEM 180 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

and one of

MATH 125 - Introduction to Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences-l (3)

Review of limits and differentiation. Complex numbers and link to polar coordinates. Mathematics of kinematics, including vectors and parametrics curves. Area and Riemann sums. Definite and indefinite integration. Fundamental Theorems of Calculus. Techniques of integration and approximation of integrals. Series and tests of convergence. Taylor series. Solution of first and constant-coefficient second order ODE. Prerequisite: MATH 150 or MATH 151 or MATH 154 with a grade of at least B or IB Mathematics HL with a score of 6 or better or AP Calculus AB or BC with a grade of at least 4, or BC Calculus 12 and a pass on the Calculus Challenge Exam. And Permission of the Department. Recommended corequisite: Physics 125.

MATH 150 - Calculus I with Review (4)

Designed for students specializing in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computing science and engineering. Topics as for Math 151 with a more extensive review of functions, their properties and their graphs. Recommended for students with no previous knowledge of Calculus. In addition to regularly scheduled lectures, students enrolled in this course are encouraged to come for assistance to the Calculus Workshop (Burnaby), or Math Open Lab (Surrey). Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus 12 (or equivalent) with a grade of at least B+, or MATH 100 with a grade of at least B-, or achieving a satisfactory grade on the Simon Fraser University Calculus Readiness Test. Students with credit for either MATH 151, 154 or 157 may not take MATH 150 for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Randall Pyke
Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Tu, We, Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
AQ 3005, Burnaby
OP01
TBD
MATH 151 - Calculus I (3)

Designed for students specializing in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computing science and engineering. Logarithmic and exponential functions, trigonometric functions, inverse functions. Limits, continuity, and derivatives. Techniques of differentiation, including logarithmic and implicit differentiation. The Mean Value Theorem. Applications of differentiation including extrema, curve sketching, Newton's method. Introduction to modeling with differential equations. Polar coordinates, parametric curves. Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus 12 (or equivalent) with a grade of at least A, or MATH 100 with a grade of at least B, or achieving a satisfactory grade on the Simon Fraser University Calculus Readiness Test. Students with credit for either MATH 150, 154 or 157 may not take MATH 151 for further credit. Quantitative.

and one of

MATH 126 - Introduction to Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences-ll (3)

Partial differentiation and applications. Taylor series of functions of two variables. Method of characteristics for 1-D transport and wave equations. Similarity solutions including plane waves, traveling waves and scaling solutions, with applications in the physical sciences. Introduction to vector calculus, including differentiation, decompositions via potentials. Curvilinear coordinate systems. Multivariate integration, including Green's, the Stokes and the Divergence theorem. Introduction to abstract vector spaces. Linear independence. Inner products and orthogonality. Fourier Series. Prerequisite: A grade of C+ or higher in Math 125 or Math 152. And Permission of the Department. Recommended corequisite: Physics 126.

MATH 152 - Calculus II (3)

Riemann sum, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, definite, indefinite and improper integrals, approximate integration, integration techniques, applications of integration. First-order separable differential equations and growth models. Sequences and series, series tests, power series, convergence and applications of power series. Prerequisite: MATH 150 or 151; or MATH 154 or 157 with a grade of at least B. Students with credit for MATH 155 or 158 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Benjamin Adcock
Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
OP01
TBD

and one of

MATH 232 - Applied Linear Algebra (3)

Linear equations, matrices, determinants. Introduction to vector spaces and linear transformations and bases. Complex numbers. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors; diagonalization. Inner products and orthogonality; least squares problems. An emphasis on applications involving matrix and vector calculations. Prerequisite: MATH 150 or 151; or MACM 101; or MATH 154 or 157, both with a grade of at least B. Students with credit for MATH 240 make not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Randall Pyke
Mo, We, Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SUR 2600, Surrey
OP01
TBD
MATH 240 - Algebra I: Linear Algebra (3)

Linear equations, matrices, determinants. Real and abstract vector spaces, subspaces and linear transformations; basis and change of basis. Complex numbers. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors; diagonalization. Inner products and orthogonality; least squares problems. Applications. Subject is presented with an abstract emphasis and includes proofs of the basic theorems. Prerequisite: MATH 150 or 151; or MACM 101; or MATH 154 or 157, both with a grade of at least B. Students with credit for MATH 232 cannot take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ralf Wittenberg
Mo, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 10041, Burnaby
WMC 3260, Burnaby
OPO1
TBD

and one of

CHEM 260 - Atoms, Molecules, Spectroscopy (4)

Elements of physical chemistry from the molecular point of view. Introduction to quantum chemistry, atomic and molecular structure, and spectroscopy. Prerequisite: CHEM 122, MATH 152, and PHYS 121, 126 or 141 (or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B), all with a minimum grade of C-. Recommended: MATH 232. PHYS 285 will be accepted in lieu of CHEM 260. Quantitative.

PHYS 285 - Introduction to Relativity and Quantum Mechanics (3)

Special relativity, including relativistic kinematics and dynamics; tests of relativity; matter waves and early quantum models; wave mechanics and its application to molecular, atomic and subatomic systems. Prerequisite: PHYS 255, with a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

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PHYS 101 - Physics for the Life Sciences I (3)

Force and motion, conservation of energy and momentum, fluids, properties of soft matter and thermal physics with applications taken from the life sciences. Prerequisite: BC Principles of Physics 12 or PHYS 100 or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-. This prerequisite may be waived, at the discretion of the department, as determined by the student's performance on a regularly scheduled PHYS 100 final exam. Please consult the physics advisor for further details. Corequisite: MATH 150 or 151 or 154 or 157; BISC 100 or 101 or 102. Recommended Corequisite: PHYS 132. Students with credit for PHYS 120, 125 or 140 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Andrew DeBenedictis
Mo, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
D101
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D102
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D103
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 4125, Burnaby
D104
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D106
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D107
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D109
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
OP01
Th 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2503, Burnaby
PHYS 120 - Mechanics and Modern Physics (3)

A general calculus-based introduction to mechanics. Topics include translational and rotational motion, momentum, energy, gravitation, and selected topics in modern physics. Prerequisite: BC Principles of Physics 12 or PHYS 100 or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-. This prerequisite may be waived, at the discretion of the department, as determined by the student's performance on a regularly scheduled PHYS 100 final exam. Please consult the physics advisor for further details. Corequisite: MATH 150 or 151 or 154 must precede or be taken concurrently. Students with credit for PHYS 101, 125 or 140 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

PHYS 125 - Mechanics and Special Relativity (3) +

An enriched course in mechanics for students with good preparation in physics and mathematics. Special relativity and classical topics such as translational and rotational dynamics and conservation laws will be given a much more sophisticated treatment than in our other first-year courses. Prerequisite: Permission of the department. Co-requisite: MATH 125 or MATH 151. Students with credit for PHYS 101, 120 or PHYS 140 may not take PHYS 125 for further credit. Quantitative.

PHYS 140 - Studio Physics - Mechanics and Modern Physics (4) *

A general calculus-based introduction to mechanics taught in an integrated lecture-laboratory environment. Topics include translational and rotational motion, momentum, energy, gravitation, and selected topics in modern physics. Prerequisite: BC Principles of Physics 12, or PHYS 100 or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: MATH 150 or 151 or 154 must precede or be taken concurrently. Students with credit for PHYS 125 or 120 or 101 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

and one of

PHYS 102 - Physics for the Life Sciences II (3)

Waves and optics; electricity and magnetism; modern physics emphasizing radioactivity, with applications taken from the life sciences. Prerequisite: PHYS 101 or 120 or 125 or 140 and MATH 154 or 150 or 151 or 157, all with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: BISC 100 or 101 or 102. Recommended Corequisites: MATH 152, 155 or 158, and PHYS 133. Students with credit for PHYS 121, 126, or 141 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Andrew DeBenedictis
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
D101
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D102
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
D103
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D104
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
D105
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
D106
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D107
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D109
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D110
Fr 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
OPL
Th 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 6125, Burnaby
PHYS 121 - Optics, Electricity and Magnetism (3)

A general calculus-based introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics. Topics include electricity, magnetism, simple circuits, optics and topics from applied physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 120 or 125 or 140 (or PHYS 101 with a grade of A or B). Corequisite: MATH 152 or 155 must precede or be taken concurrently. Students with credit for PHYS 102, 126 or 141 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Neil Alberding
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
D101
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
D102
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
D104
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
D105
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
D106
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
D107
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5008, Burnaby
PHYS 126 - Electricity, Magnetism and Light (3) +

An enriched course in electromagnetism for students with good preparation in physics and mathematics. Classical topics such as waves, electricity and magnetism, as well as wave particle duality and the birth of Quantum Mechanics, will be given a much more sophisticated treatment than in our other first year courses. Prerequisite: PHYS 125 and permission of the department. Co-requisite: MATH 126 or MATH 152. Students with credit in PHYS 102, 121 or 141 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

PHYS 141 - Studio Physics - Optics, Electricity and Magnetism (4) *

A general calculus-based introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics taught in an integrated lecture-laboratory environment. Topics include electricity, magnetism, simple circuits, optics and topics from applied physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 120 or PHYS 125 or PHYS 140, with a minimum grade of C- (or PHYS 101 with a minimum grade of B). Corequisite: MATH 152 or 155 must precede or be taken concurrently. Students with credit for PHYS 126 or 121 or 102 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

and either

PHYS 130 - Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory (2)

Elementary experiments in optics, electricity, mechanics and heat that are designed to augment the general survey course. Corequisite: PHYS 102 should be taken concurrently or may precede; or by permission of the department. Students with credit for PHYS 131, 133, or 141 may not take PHYS 130 for further credit. Quantitative.

or both of

PHYS 132 - Physics Laboratory I (1)

Introduction to experimental physics with an emphasis on measurement and experimental design. Includes elementary experiments in mechanics designed to support and enrich conceptual learning. Corequisite: PHYS 120 or 125. Students with credit for PHYS 130, 131, or 140 may not take PHYS 132 for further credit. Quantitative.

PHYS 133 - Physics Laboratory II (1)

Introduction to experimental physics with an emphasis on measurement and experimental design. Includes elementary experiments in electromagnetism and optics designed to support and enrich conceptual learning. Prerequisite: PHYS 132 or 140 or ENSC 120 (no substitutions). Corequisite: PHYS 121 or 126. Students with credit for PHYS 130, 131, or 141 may not take PHYS 133 for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
LA01 Neil Alberding
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCP 9412, Burnaby

* students with credit for PHYS 140 and 141 are not required to complete PHYS 132 or 133

+ recommended

Upper Division Requirements

Students must complete

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MATH 310 - Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations (3)

First-order differential equations, second- and higher-order linear equations, series solutions, introduction to Laplace transform, systems and numerical methods, applications in the physical, biological and social sciences. Prerequisite: MATH 152; or MATH 155/158 with a grade of at least B, MATH 232 or 240. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Simone Brugiapaglia
Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
D101
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2830, Burnaby
D102
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2830, Burnaby
D103
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2830, Burnaby
D104
Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2830, Burnaby
D105
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2830, Burnaby
D106
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2830, Burnaby
D107
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2830, Burnaby
D109
Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
MBB 322 - Molecular Physiology (3)

Biochemical and molecular aspects of cellular function, interactions and communication including cell cycle, apoptosis, cancer, immune system, neuronal transmission and the signal transduction pathways that integrate them. Prerequisite: MBB 231, with a minimum grade of C.

MBB 331 - Molecular Biology (4)

The study of DNA and RNA in relation to gene structure and expression: DNA replication and the regulation of gene expression in bacteria and higher organisms. Introduction to recombinant DNA and cloning theory; natural vector structures and recombinant vector construction. Prerequisite: MBB 231, and BISC 202, with a minimum grade of C.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Stephanie Vlachos
Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 9660, Burnaby
AQ 3159, Burnaby
D101
Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5018, Burnaby
D102
Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5018, Burnaby
D103
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D104
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
PHYS 321 - Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism (3)

Development and application of Maxwell's equations in vector differential form. Notation and theorems of vector calculus; electric charge, fields, potentials, capacitance and field energy; conductors; methods for solving electrostatic problems; electric fields in matter; electrical current and the magnetic field; Ampere's law and the vector potential; magnetic fields in matter; electromotive force, electrical resistance, Faraday's law and inductance; Maxwell's correction to Ampere's law and electromagnetic waves. Prerequisite: PHYS 121 or 126 or 141 (or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B); MATH 252 or 254; MATH 310, with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for PHYS 221 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

PHYS 332W - Advanced Physics Laboratory I (4)

Experiments investigating a range of physical phenomena such as Brownian motion, molecular order, chaotic dynamics, Doppler broadening of stellar spectra, and biophysical forces using techniques such as interference, optical trapping, and spectroscopy. Attention will also be given to more general skills, including experimental design, operating and troubleshooting experimental equipment, modeling of experimental results, data analysis, and the presentation of experimental results. Biological Physics students will do a selected set of experiments. Prerequisite: Either PHYS 233 or both (PHYS 231 and either CHEM 266 or PHYS 347) and either PHYS 285 or CHEM 260, all with a minimum grade of C-. PHYS 347 may be taken concurrently. Students with credit for PHYS 332 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Quantitative.

PHYS 347 - Introduction to Biological Physics (3)

A physics perspective on cellular structure and composition; random walks and diffusion; properties of fluids, cell motion; entropy and the properties of soft materials; structure and function of proteins; signal propagation in nerves. Prerequisite: Completion of 45 units including CHEM 122, MATH 152 (or 155), PHYS 121 (or 102 or 126 or 141), with a minimum grade of C-. Recommended: BISC 101. Quantitative.

PHYS 385 - Quantum Mechanics I (3)

Wave mechanics and the Schroedinger equation, the harmonic oscillator, introduction to Dirac notation, angular momentum and spin, the hydrogen atom, atomic structure, time-independent perturbation theory, atomic spectra, and applications. Prerequisite: MATH 252 or 254; PHYS 285 or ENSC 380 or CHEM 260, with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: PHYS 211; MATH 310. Quantitative.

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CHEM 360 - Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics (3)

Elements of physical chemistry from the macroscopic point of view. Thermodynamics, and its applications to chemical equilibrium. Chemical kinetics and reaction rate theories. Prerequisite: CHEM 260 with a minimum grade of C-. Recommended: MATH 251. MBB 323 will be accepted in lieu of CHEM 360. Quantitative.

MBB 323 - Introduction to Physical Biochemistry (3)

Introduction to physical biochemistry including thermodynamics, spectroscopic principles and applications, and molecular transport and interactions. The physical properties and structure determination of biomolecules will be emphasized. Prerequisite: MATH 152 (or 155), PHYS 121 (or 102, or 126, or 141), CHEM 122 (or 102), MBB 222 with a minimum grade of C.

PHYS 344 - Thermal Physics (3)

Heat, temperature, heat transfer, kinetic theory, laws of thermodynamics, entropy, heat engines, applications of thermodynamics to special systems, phase transitions. Prerequisite: PHYS 126 or PHYS 121 or PHYS 141, MATH 251. Quantitative.

and upper division MBB or PHYS courses to reach a minimum total of 40 units. BISC 421 and MATH 462 may be included in this requirement. The following courses are suggested:

BISC 421 - Models in Biology: From Molecules to Migration (3)

Students are introduced to models and simulations for biological systems at the ecosystem, organismal, cellular, and molecular levels. They will discover how to design and use models, and will then apply these skills to build their own model using basic mathematical tools, Excel, and Matlab. Prerequisite: MATH 150 or 151, and 152 both with a grade of C+ or better, or MATH 154 and 155 both with a grade of B or better; and at least 60 units; or permission of the instructor. Recommended: A 100 level Biology course. Students who have taken Special Topics course BISC 475 "Movement, Molecules, and Models" may not take BISC 421 for further credit. Quantitative.

MATH 462 - Fluid Dynamics (3)

Incompressible fluid flow phenomena: kinematics and equations of motion, viscous flow and boundary layer theory, potential flow, water waves. Aerodynamics. Prerequisite: one of MATH 314, MATH 418, PHYS 384. An alternative to the above prerequisite is both of MATH 251 and MATH 310, both with grades of at least B+. Quantitative.

MBB 308 - Molecular Biology Laboratory (3)

Modern molecular biological and recombinant nucleic acid methods will be covered. Examples are DNA and RNA isolation, plasmid preparation, restriction enzyme digestion, DNA cloning and polymerase chain reaction. Prerequisite: or corequisite: MBB 331 with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for BISC 357 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Stephanie Vlachos
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCK 9500, Burnaby
D101
Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8158, Burnaby
D102
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8158, Burnaby
D103
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8158, Burnaby
MBB 309W - Biochemistry Laboratory (4)

Contemporary techniques in biochemistry including protein purification, immunochemical methods, and lipid characterization. Prerequisite: MBB 231, with a minimum grade of C. Recommended: CHEM 215 and CHEM 286 precede MBB 309W. Writing.

MBB 321 - Intermediary Metabolism (3)

The enzymes and intermediates of major catabolic and anabolic pathways. Their regulation and integration in health and disease states. Prerequisite: MBB 231, with a minimum grade of C.

MBB 342 - Introductory Genomics and Bioinformatics (3)

Major topics in genomics and bioinformatics, with integrated discussion of associated ethical/legal/social issues. An overview of laboratory and computer-based methods to study genomes, and their applications. Hands-on computer lab session providing an opportunity to use and experiment with bioinformatics software and databases utilized in genomics and bioinformatics research. Prerequisite: MBB 231, BISC 202 and either MBB 243 or 3 units of CMPT or equivalent, all with a minimum grade of C. Recommended: STAT 201 (or an equivalent statistics course) or STAT 270.

MBB 421 - Nucleic Acids (3)

Recent literature is examined for insights into the structure and properties of DNA and RNA, drawing on a variety of biochemical, chemical and molecular biological perspectives. Prerequisite: MBB 331 with a minimum grade of C.

MBB 422 - Biomembranes (3)

A review of recent research on the structure, dynamics, function and biosynthesis of membranes, membrane lipids and proteins. Prerequisite: MBB 322 and MBB 309W with a minimum grade of C, MBB 324 as a pre or co-requisite.

MBB 423 - Protein Structure and Function (3)

Mechanistic principles for how protein molecules achieve diverse functions such as chemical catalysis and conformational switching. Students will learn to critique hypotheses about structural mechanisms, and to interpret the primary literature reporting on structural evidence from X-ray diffraction and spectroscopy. Prerequisite: MBB 323 or MBB 324, with a minimum grade of C.

MBB 491 - Individual Study Semester (5)

Part time laboratory research in an area of molecular biology or biochemistry. MBB 491-5 can be taken as a stand-alone course by MBB majors, or as the first of two courses for Option B of an honours thesis. MBB 491 coursework will include the preparation of a research proposal, a report on the results of the project and an oral presentation of the research. Before seeking approval for enrollment in this course, the student should obtain the agreement of an MBB faculty member that he/she is willing to supervise the project and prepare in collaboration with the supervisor, a one-page Letter of Intent stating the nature of the research project. Prerequisite: MBB 308 or MBB 309W and permission of the MBB department. Upper level standing in an MBB major or honours program is required.

PHYS 395 - Computational Physics (3)

Computer-based approaches to solving complex physical problems. Includes topics such as Monte-Carlo and molecular dynamics techniques applied to thermal properties of materials; dynamical behavior of systems, including chaotic motion; methods for ground state determination and optimization, including Newton-Raphson, simulated annealing, neural nets, and genetic algorithms: symplectic methods; and analysis of numerical data. Prerequisite: MATH 310, PHYS 255, CMPT 102, 120, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-. Recommended: PHYS 344 or equivalent. Quantitative.

PHYS 413 - Advanced Mechanics (3)

Central forces, rigid body motion, small oscillations. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics. Prerequisite: PHYS 384, with a minimum grade of C- or permission of the department. Non-physics majors may enter with MATH 252, 310 and PHYS 211, with a minimum grade of C-. Quantitative.

PHYS 445 - Statistical Physics (3)

Postulates of statistical mechanics, partition functions, applications to gases, paramagnetism and equilibrium. Quantum statistics and applications. Prerequisite: PHYS 344 or CHEM 360, with a minimum grade of C-. Recommended: PHYS 385. Quantitative.

PHYS 455 - Modern Optics (3)

Optical physics, including geometrical and physical optics, waves in anisotropic media, coherence, image formation and Fourier optics, guided wave optics and selected advanced topics such as lasers, nonlinear optics, photonics and quantum optics. Prerequisite: PHYS 321 or 221, with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: PHYS 385. Quantitative.

PHYS 492 - Special Topics in Physics (3)

Studies in areas not included within the undergraduate course offerings of the Department of Physics. Prerequisite: Permission of the department.

University Degree Requirements

Students must also satisfy University degree requirements for degree completion.

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.

 

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.