What Can I Do with a Major in Biological Physics?

Biological Physics is a science investigating the physical behavior of biological and biologically inspired systems, applying physical techniques to solve problems in physics, biology, and medicine. The Biological Physics program is multidisciplinary, drawing from coursework in physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and other related disciplines.

Biological Physics majors learn to*:

  • solve quantitative problems
  • develop and write research proposals
  • experiment with ideas, procedures, and projects
  • use mechanical, electrical, and optical equipment
  • develop computer interfacing

Students not continuing their formal education (graduate or professional schools) find employment in a variety of scientific and technical fields. Teaching, military service, or technical sales and services are some of these options. A biological physics degree can also provide entry into other fields, such as marketing or business operations with technical companies.

Possible careers include**:

  • biophysicist
  • biomedical technician
  • health physicist
  • medical physicist
  • physician
  • toxicologist

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*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that Biological Physics majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to Biological Physics majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.