Program Overview

The biological physics major is designed to provide the quantitative skills and the biology background for students interested in the study of the physics of biological systems on the molecular scale. This program provides a strong foundation in the physical sciences, which underpins much of the modern revolution in biology. In particular, students take nearly all of the core courses of the Brandeis Physics major, along with core courses and electives in Biology and Chemistry. Biological physics should be of particular interest to students wishing to pursue careers in fundamental or applied research in biophysics, quantitative biology and biotechnology.

How to Become a Biological Physics Major

Students should plan on entering the program as early as possible due to the substantial number of core science courses required to complete the major. The Biological Physics Seminar, FYS 11, provides an important introduction to biological physics at the most basic level, and should be taken in the first or second year.

To plan a course of study in detail, students should contact Professor Michael Hagan or any of the biological physics committee members.