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April Godwin
BPH Graduate Group Coordinator

Admissions Requirements

Applications for admission should be made as early as possible but for priority consideration please submit all material no later than January 5th. Please use the following link to access the Biophysics application: Final deadline for applications is May 1st, after which no new applications will be accepted.

  • The application fee is $90 for domestic applications and $110 for international.  Fees may be paid by credit card or e-check.  The appropriate fee must be paid before the application will be considered complete, and a fee must be paid for each application submitted.
  • Letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically through the online application.  Please do not submit recommendation letters until the online service is available.
  • Please do not submit transcripts until you have marked your application as complete and submitted it. UC Davis requires academic records from each college-level institution you have attended.  You will be instructed to upload scanned copies of your transcripts after you have submitted your online application.  For more details visit


  • The GRE General Exam is required for all Biophysics applicants. A GRE subject test (in physics, chemistry, biochemistry, biology, or a related subject area) is not required but is highly recommended for students who plan to apply for fellowships, training grants, or internal funding. Please use these codes for reporting electronic scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test. Institution Code: 4834 and Department code: 0222.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international students. Institution code: 4834 and Department code: 36.

The following materials are required for admission (all applicants), and should be submitted either online or directly to the College of Biological Sciences Dean’s Office, Biophysics Graduate Group, 227 Life Sciences , University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616.

  1. Application for Graduate Admission, UC Davis Graduate Studies (online, see above).
  2. Original transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  3. Application for Fellowships and Scholarships which is included in the Graduate Studies application (optional)

All international applicants should read the information on the Graduate Studies web site.

The graduate group cannot review an application until all of the above components are received.

Inquires concerning application procedures or any other aspects of the program and requests for forms for admission to graduate study should be directed to: Biophysics Graduate Group Coordinator.

Applicants are invited to correspond with individual faculty members.

Undergraduate Preparation for Admission

  • General Requirement:
    • Undergraduate degree (B.S. or B.A.) in a biological or physical science or certain engineering disciplines.
  • Suggested Undergraduate Courses:
    • One year of calculus.
    • One course in statistics.
    • One year of physics.
    • One year of general chemistry, including quantitative analysis.
    • Physical chemistry.
    • One year of organic chemistry.
    • One course in biochemistry.
    • One course in genetics.
    • Introductory biology courses, including general biology, developmental biology, and cell biology.