This degree seeks to build comprehensive, fundamental knowledge and research training in biophysics – an interdisciplinary approach to the study of physics, biology, chemistry, and mathematics. Students with interest and aptitude in physics, as well as goals involving interdisciplinary science, business, law, or medicine, will find this degree beneficial for direct entry into medical, bioengineering, and related basic scientific research or subsequent professional practice, research, associated support services, and consulting. Those completing this degree would have enhanced prospects of admission into advanced professional graduate schools of medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, and related fields (completion of pre-professional admission course requirements and preparation for admission examinations such as the MCAT are recommended). This degree could also lead to admission into a master’s degree program in physics, medical physics, or biophysics. Students typically complete the degree in 4 years.
Thesis Option: All Physics and Biophysics majors do some original research in collaboration with an established physicist on-campus or at another university, industrial or national laboratory. If students enroll for 3 credits of PHYS 495 or HONS 497H, they may prepare a Senior Thesis. Undergraduate Research Scholarships are available through the Office of Research & Creative Scholarship when students collaborate with Andrews Physics faculty.
Student Learning Outcomes
At the end of the program, students should possess:
- Successful problem-solving skills based on demonstrated critical and analytical thinking.
- Mastery of essential natural science concepts and principles.
- Familiarity with topics in general and modern physics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, calculus, introductory and cell biology, general and organic chemistry to be applied theoretically and in laboratory experimentation.
- Practical application of biophysics interdisciplinary theories and principles.
- Scientific communication skills