Our Curriculum is Unique

A strong foundation in mathematics, chemistry, and physics that includes 3 semesters of calculus, principles of Biology and cell biology, 1 year of introductory chemistry and 1 year of organic chemistry, 1year of calculus based introductory physics and 1 year of modern physics, and electronics.


  • 1 year of Biochemistry
    A study of the chemical and physical properties of biological macromolecules with emphasis on structure-function relationships, enzymatic catalysis, bioenergetics, the chemistry and regulation of anabolic and catabolic metabolic systems, and the flow of genetic information through living systems.

  • Biophysics and Bio-imaging
    This unique course with lab, which was developed at Centenary, introduces the student to classical and modern topics in biophysics. These include dynamics of animal locomotion, fluid mechanics of blood circulatory systems, wave phenomena in hearing, interaction of light with biological molecules, vision and eyesight correction, heating and cooling of the body, mechanism of protein folding, nerve conduction, and membrane transport. The course and laboratory activities also focus on physical imaging methods currently used by researchers and health professionals such as Fluorescence Microscopy and tomographic imaging (MRI, CAT, PET, ultrasound).

  • Biophysics seminar
    The biophysics seminar focuses on student talks on current advanced topics in the field and biophysical problems closer to the student's future professional interests.

  • 1 year of Biophysics Research
    Students are involved in a year-long intensive research project, supervised by one of Centenary’s biophysics faculty members, using state of the art research equipment available at Centenary.

In addition to these required courses, students who wish to pursue an M.D. or Ph.D. in biomedical research are encouraged to take zoology and animal physiology. Those interested in advancing toward biophysics, biochemistry, or chemistry graduate programs should opt to take physical chemistry or thermal physics. A course in differential equations is strongly recommended for all students, particularly those that wish to pursue a science or engineering career.

More information on courses is available in the Centenary Catalogue.