Coursework and Degree Program

The Molecular Biophysics Program offers students interested in physics, chemistry, and biology the opportunity to train with more than 30 faculty members conducting rigorous and multifaceted research programs. Researchers in the Program are studying a wide variety of fundamental biological problems using a diverse spectrum of experimental approaches, including X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, electron microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, mass spectrometry, computational modeling, and more. Students benefit from the strong tradition of interdisciplinary training at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

The curriculum has recently been redesigned so students complete the core course along with all specialized program coursework during the first year of graduate school (for details, see the degree plan). The coursework continues to focus on the application of principles and techniques of the physical sciences to biomedical research problems.

In addition to the main curriculum, the Molecular Biophysics Program also administers the specialty curriculum in Computational and Systems Biology. This Program offers specialized coursework for students interested in applying theoretical and/or computational approaches to the understanding of fundamental biological processes.