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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Biophysics PhD

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The biophysics program studies normal and abnormal protein structure and function-particularly membrane channel proteins-as well as the normal and abnormal function of cells, organs, and intact animals and humans, using state-of-the-art biophysical, computational, genomic, proteomic, and physiological techniques. There is special emphasis on the biophysical properties of the neural, cardiac and respiratory systems. The graduate program is known for the excellence of its research faculty and flexibility of the program.

Required Courses

A total of at least 72 credit hours are required for the Ph.D. degree. Of this total, at least 20 credit hours must be earned in formal didactic coursework, excluding Lab Rotations, Research and Thesis Guidance. Where appropriate, didactic course credits not exceeding 8 hours in total may be transferred from other graduate programs.

For students entering the Biophysical Sciences program from the interdisciplinary PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences (PPBS), the following courses are required:

First Year Curriculum for Students Admitted in PPBS:

2nd Semester (14-16 credits)

Curriculum for Students Directly Admitted into Biophysics (23 credits)

Total Credit Hours: 72

3,0 Degree GPA required


Instruction Method

  • In Person (100 percent of courses offered in person)

Full/Part Time Options

  • Full Time

Credits Required

  • 72 Hours


  • 5 Years

Application Fee

  • $85

Admission Test **

  • GRE

Program Contact

Jacobs School Office of Graduate Education
955 Main St., Room 6130
Buffalo, NY 14203
Email: smbs-gradprog@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-829-3398

SED Statement

This program is officially registered with the New York State Education Department (SED).

Online programs/courses may require students to come to campus on occasion. Time-to-degree and number of credit hours may vary based on full/part time status, degree, track and/or certification option chosen. Time-to-degree is based on calendar year(s). Contact the department for details.

** At least one of the admissions tests are required for admission. Test and score requirements/exceptions vary by program. Contact the department for details.

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