The undergraduate major in biological physics is designed for students who want to apply physics and mathematics to the study of biological systems. In addition to the core physics curriculum, the program provides the quantitative skills and background in chemistry and biology for students interested in the study of the physics of biological systems, especially on the molecular scale. 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. This program provides a strong foundation in the physical sciences that underpin much of the modern revolution in biology. It 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.