Biophysics is an interdisciplinary science that applies the approaches and methods of physics to study biological systems. Students with a biophysics emphasis will learn introductory and advanced methods and theories in physics while learning how to apply them to biology.
Making Real World Connections
The Physics Department offers students a solid foundation in both classical and modern physics. Biophysics students take an additional 12 credits in biology. Together, these courses will be the beginning of bridging biology and physics. Students will be able to apply their knowledge of the physical world to the study of life.
Faculty are always on hand to help guide students throughout their coursework and experiences on campus. Courses are specifically designed to allow for the maximum interaction possible to help students get to know the faculty on a more personal level. Students have the chance to be mentored towards a future career path that will be best suited and rewarding to them.
The physics faculty are invested in the students. They make themselves available for questions and one on one mentoring. They also expect great things of their students, and provide them with valuable skills geared toward graduate programs and research.Heather T.,
Graduates with a degree in Physics, emphasis in Biophysics, have a wide array of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.
Highlighted Career Paths
Neuroscientist are building computer models called neural networks to model how the brain and nervous system work, leading to new understandings of how visual and auditory information is processed.
Biophysicists have developed sophisticated diagnostic imaging techniques including MRIs, CT scans, and PET scans. Biophysics continues to be essential to the development of even safer, faster, and more precise technology to improve medical imaging and teach us more about the body’s inner workings.
Environmental biophysics measures and models all aspects of the environment from the stratosphere to deep ocean vents. Environmental biophysicists research the diverse microbial communities that inhabit every niche of this planet, they track pollutants across the atmosphere, and are finding ways to turn algae into biofuels.
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Getting started in this degree
If you want to get a taste for Physics, emphasis in Biophysics, start with one of the following degree-specific courses:
For a full listing of all courses required for this degree, refer to the course catalog.
* If you are not prepared to take Calculus your first semester, contact your faculty mentor of Physics Dept. Office
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