Online Bachelor of Science in Biophysics
Explore the intersection of biology and physics with a Bachelor of Science in biophysics from Arizona State University. Hone your analytical, computational and research skills as you study life from molecules to ecosystems. As a graduate, you’ll be ready to take the next step in your career or apply for top master’s programs.
Next start date: 01/08/2024
Total classes: 43
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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What is biophysics?
Biophysics is an interdisciplinary field that combines the principles of physics and biology to understand biological systems and processes at the molecular and cellular level. In our increasingly interconnected world, biophysics has the potential to revolutionize approaches to medicine, agriculture, sustainability and more. It also provides a foundation for new therapies, diagnostics and treatments.
In this biophysics program, the first of its kind to be offered online, you’ll learn from the same renowned biophysicists who teach on campus. You’ll gain knowledge about the principles governing all scales of biological organization and the tools to drive innovative solutions.
The skills and subjects you’ll learn as a biophysics major
As you take a variety of courses in physics, mathematics, biology and chemistry, you’ll have opportunities to sharpen your independent and critical thinking. You’ll also learn how to design experiments, collect, analyze and interpret data and write scientific reports. Other skills you’ll build as a biophysics major include:
- Cross-audience communication.
- Data analysis and computation.
- Interdisciplinary thinking.
- Problem solving.
- Scientific methodology.
What can you do with a bachelor’s in biophysics?
Earning a biophysics degree can set you on a path for a variety of careers in the health care, education, research, renewable energy and biotechnology industries. You’ll be equipped for roles ranging from health care administrator and radiologist to research assistant or pharmaceutical sales representative.
Featured biophysics courses
This biophysics program includes skill-building courses that span various scientific disciplines. In addition to general physics and biology courses, you’ll have the opportunity to study topics, such as quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, energy and momentum, molecular forces and flows, biomolecules and more. Courses may include:
CHM 233: General Organic Chemistry I
CHM 341: Elementary Physical Chemistry
PHY 312: Mechanics and Electromagnetism
PHY 314: Quantum Physics I
PHY 371: Driving Forces in Biology
PHY 472: Advanced Biophysics Lab
PHY 473: From Molecules to Cells
BIO 353: Cell Biology
The jobs you could get with a biophysics degree
This program prepares you for careers in an array of fields, such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and medical device development. Upon graduation, you can pursue roles, such as science writer, medical laboratory technologist, data analyst or pharmacologist. Other potential career paths include, but aren’t limited to:
How to apply
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
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