Biophysics is the bridge that connects the fundamental laws governing electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, and classical and quantum mechanics with the way biological organisms, including ourselves, sense, move, eat, reproduce and get sick.

What you study.

Biophysicists aim first to understand biological systems from the perspective of physical laws and models, and second to study biological systems using physical techniques. The biophysics major is a rigorous program involving a core education in physics, biology and chemistry, along with integrated biophysics courses and an exciting range of electives including experimental and research opportunities.

What do biophysicists do?

Design, build and employ research and medical instruments for spectroscopy, imaging, structure determination and radiation therapy. Detect, purify, characterize, design and image chemicals and materials. Understand and modify microorganisms and, in turn, local and global cycles for water, energy, nutrients and pollutants.

Other career for biophysics majors?

Biophysics is a rigorous major with experimental, theoretical, fundamental and applied aspects. As such, it is an excellent foundation for careers in scientific research and administration, industry and manufacturing, sales and marketing, law and policy, medicine and healthcare, teaching, business and finance and conservation.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • General Biology I & II
  • General Chemistry I & II
  • Classical & Modern Physics w/ Calculus with Labs I & II
  • UCCS - Rhetoric and Composition I & II


  • Physics Electronics Labs
  • Introduction to Research
  • Calculus I & II
  • Cell Biology
  • Organic Chemistry I & II
  • UCCS - Literature/Performing Arts*
  • UCCS - Philosophy of Human Nature


  • Modern Physics: Atoms, Particles & Quanta
  • Modern Physics: States of Matter
  • Electricity and Magnetism I
  • Calculus III
  • Biochemistry and the Molecular Basis of Biology
  • Differential Equations
  • Experimental Cell/Molecular Biology with Labs
  • UCCS - Individual and Social Behavior*
  • UCCS - Introduction to Theology
  • UCCS - Histories of Cultures and Societies*


  • Physical Basis of Biological Structure & Function
  • Methods in Experimental Molecular Biophysics
  • Six physics, biology, chemistry Electives
  • UCCS - Theory of Ethics
  • UCCS - Theology

*Choose from list of approved UCCS (University Core of Common Studies) courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.