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Biophysics

Outcomes

No matter where your passions intersect, the biophysics program at The University of Scranton can give you a great foundation to jumpstart your career.

Generally, our graduates continue their educations. Over the last five years our students have been accepted into medical school and optometry school, as well as graduate programs in bioengineering, biophysics, chemistry, electrical engineering, materials science, health administration and secondary education.

The median wage for biochemists and biophysicists was $82,180 in 2016.

U.S. Department of Labor Statistics

Futures in Biophysics

Join the ranks of the best and brightest — our graduating seniors work in companies known for securing top talent, and many continue their education at top schools.

Our graduates go on to do great, diverse things. Two recent students became optometrists. Another recent student is finishing her Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Johns Hopkins. We even have someone who is teaching physics — in sign language! Our graduates:

  • Are either currently in grad school or recently finished in medical school, optometry school, and studying biomedical engineering, material science, electrical engineering, medical physics, and more.
  • Have become medical physicists, physicians, management analysts, research animal specialists, and more.
  • Work in companies including Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Goddard Earth Sciences Technology & Research (GESTAR), Thorlabs, Penn Medicine Valley Forge, and more.
  • Continue their education in top graduate programs including Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon University, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, John Hopkins University, North Carolina State University, Rockefeller University, SUNY Stony Brook, and more.

"Scranton is where I got my start, it's where I learned how to work with others and for others. The interdisciplinary nature of Biophysics (bringing the Physics and Biology departments together) very much matches the interdisciplinary nature of my career -- the medical side combined with the optical side."

Angela Croteau Marx '07, Optometrist, Roberts Eyecare Associates, Vestal, New York

Featured Caitlin DeMarest M.D., Ph.D, a 2008 graduate of biophysics, completed her doctorate in biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon with the thesis “Prolonging the Useful Lifetime of Artificial Lungs”.

Having already completed medical school at New York Medical College, Caitlin was in her third year of a surgical residency at Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in New York City when she decided to accept an offer at Carnegie Mellon to pursue her Ph.D. She and her family recently moved back to New York City to continue her surgical residency at Columbia and eventually begin a 2-year fellowship in Thoracic Surgery.