What Can You Do With a Major in Biophysics?


Biophysics major careers and jobs

Many biophysics majors plan to go on to graduate school or medical school. However, for those considering working right away, the major in biophysics is excellent preparation for careers in academic research, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

Jobs for biophysics majors

What can you do with a major in biophysics? Here are just a few possibilities:

  • Graduate, Medical, Dental, or Law School
  • Scientific Instrumentation (marketing/sales, engineering, manufacturing, documentation, etc.)
  • Medical Instrumentation and Devices
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Academic and Clinical Research
  • Government agencies (NIH, NSF, DOE, NIST, FDA, USDA)
  • Military
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Scientific Computer
  • Science Writing or Journalism

Some of the graduate and medical schools Marquette science students have gone on to include:

  • Boise State University
  • California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Columbia University
  • Creighton
  • Duke
  • Georgia State
  • Marquette University
  • Northwestern University
  • Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, Ca.
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Texas
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Yale

Medical schools:

  • Creighton University
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Stony Brook University (SUNY) Medical Center
  • University of Illinois Medical School
  • Washington University Medical School

The Biophysical Society, a nationally-recognized organization aimed at the development and dissemination of knowledge withint biophysics, has organized a wonderful career resources page, which can be found through this link. You might also find the society's "What do Biophysicists Do" page enjoyable; find that page here