Biophysics is an interdisciplinary science in which the principles and techniques of physics are applied to the study of living things and how they work.
The biophysics major is designed to prepare a student to apply the physical and mathematical sciences to problems arising in the life sciences and medicine. By choosing proper electives, the student can prepare to enter the graduate study of biophysics, medical physics, biomedical engineering, medicine, optometry, or dentistry.
"I like the flexibility of the biophysics program most as it allows for a customizable education to fit my specific interests."
Joshua Toth '20, Biophysics Major
Biophysicists search for mathematical patterns in nature, to gain insight into the functions of life and make predictions about biological systems. By applying physical principles to biological questions, biophysicists have made important discoveries like the double helix structure of DNA, gene identification, ways to treat and prevent disease and much more.
Two recent natural science Nobel Prizes have been awarded to the biophysicist inventors of new microscopes that have led to breakthroughs in our understanding of biology at the molecular level.
Exploring Courses and State-of-the-Art
Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and mathematical software. On the software side, all students have access to the important mathematical software packages such as Matlab, Mathematica, Maple