Biological Physics 1 PHYS 4621, Spring 2017

Lecturer: Prof. Dapeng Bi

Office: 122 Dana


Lecture Hours: Mon, Wed, Thurs 9:15 – 10:20 AM

Classroom: Hastings Suite 110

Office Hours: Monday 3:00 – 6:00 PM and by appointment for students with scheduling conflicts.


Course description and objectives:

This course underlines the basic principles of physics as they apply to the study of Biological systems at the molecular and cellular levels. From diffusion to membrane dynamics to molecular and cellular mechanics, physicists use various methods to understand how various sources of energy are used to perform function. The course is designed as an exploration of various physical rules that govern life at all scales, beginning with a discussion of various physical models and theories, and progressing with a survey of cutting-edge techniques that have been developed over the past few decades.


Course Textbook:  

Title: Physical Biology of the Cell (PBoC) 2nd Edition (Oct 29 2012)

Authors: Rob Phillips, Jane Kondev, and Julie Theriot

Publisher: Garland Science

Book website:

Online book resources:


Required Course Software:  

Matlab (free for students)

Mathematica (free for students)