Bachelor of Arts in Biological Physics
Are you strong in physics and math, but also drawn to the life sciences? The bachelor of science degree in biological physics might be for you.
Our program is both interdisciplinary and integrated: you will master the techniques of mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology, and then learn to apply them to questions of biology and medicine. Our program also strongly emphasizes research: you’ll likely find yourself using microscopy techniques to study the molecular mechanisms of DNA-damage repair inside living cells, or pursuing projects involving theory, data analysis and computational simulations.
As a biological physics major, you’ll be well prepared for graduate school, where you might pursue a PhD in biomedical engineering, biotechnology, materials science or biophysics. Some of our recent graduates have gone on to earn advanced degrees from Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University, Yale University, Caltech and University of California, Berkeley. Given the breadth of the major, you will also be well prepared for careers in biotechnology or the high-tech sector, medical school, or other professional studies.
At Brandeis, biological physics is a quintessentially 21st century major. You will follow a core physics curriculum augmented by electives on molecular structure and biological processes, all taught by some of the finest scientists working in these fields today. Working one on one with faculty and graduate students, you will learn to use state-of-the-art equipment and do meaningful cutting-edge research. Physics is a strong and vital department at Brandeis, and biological physics is one of its fastest growing scientific fields. Our program is one of a handful in the country.