Biophysics Minor

Reed with laserAs a student pursuing a minor in Biophysics, you bridge the gap between biology and physics. Biology studies life in its variety and complexity. Physics looks for mathematical laws of nature and makes detailed predictions about the forces that drive systems. Finding the patterns in life and analyzing them with math and physics is a powerful way to gain insights.

If you are curious about biological processes and enjoy puzzle solving, designing experiments or working with numbers and computers, there are many exciting opportunities for you in biophysics. Biophysicists use the methods of mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology to study how living organisms work. They investigate how the brain processes and stores information, how the heart pumps blood, how muscles contract, how plants use light in photosynthesis, how genes are switched on and off and many other questions. 

The minor allows you flexibility to study processes at the cellular level, the physics of the human body and other organisms, the operation of medical diagnostic equipment and the science of climate change.

To learn more about the program, see Curriculum or visit the Catalog.

The Biophysics Minor is offered through the Department of Chemistry and Physics.