Biophysics is the bridge that connects the fundamental laws governing electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, and classical and quantum mechanics with the way biological organisms, including ourselves, sense, move, eat, reproduce and get sick.

What you study.

Biophysicists aim first to understand biological systems from the perspective of physical laws and models, and second to study biological systems using physical techniques. The biophysics major is a rigorous program involving a core education in physics, biology and chemistry, along with integrated biophysics courses and an exciting range of electives including experimental and research opportunities.

What do biophysicists do?

Design, build and employ research and medical instruments for spectroscopy, imaging, structure determination and radiation therapy. Detect, purify, characterize, design and image chemicals and materials. Understand and modify microorganisms and, in turn, local and global cycles for water, energy, nutrients and pollutants.

Other career for biophysics majors?

Biophysics is a rigorous major with experimental, theoretical, fundamental and applied aspects. As such, it is an excellent foundation for careers in scientific research and administration, industry and manufacturing, sales and marketing, law and policy, medicine and healthcare, teaching, business and finance and conservation.

Some of the classes you'll take:

  • General Biology I & II
  • Physics Electronics Labs
  • Introduction to Research
  • Calculus I & II
  • Cell Biology
  • Modern Physics: Atoms, Particles & Quanta
  • Modern Physics: States of Matter
  • Physical Basis of Biological Structure & Function
  • Methods in Experimental Molecular Biophysics

For a complete listing of required courses for the program in biophysics, please visit the Marquette University Online Bulletin at this link.