What is biophysics?

Biophysics is the bridge that connects physics and biology. More specifically, it connects the fundamental laws governing electricity & magnetism, thermodynamics, and classical & quantum mechanics with biological processes such as eating, reproducing, moving, sensing, and getting sick. Essentially, Biophysics majors use physics to study biological systems in biological organisms ─ including ourselves.

What do biophysics majors study at Marquette?

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

Who should consider a biophysics major at Marquette?

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What are other careers 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 & administration, industry & manufacturing, sales & marketing, law & policy, medicine & healthcare, teaching, business & finance, and the environment.

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Physics Department Mission Statement

The Physics Department is committed to excellence in undergraduate physics education and embraces the Ignation ideal of cura personalis, or "care for the whole person." The Department is a community of faculty, staff and students: Faculty advance the frontiers of physics in both research and education, staff contribute their expertise in facilitating all endeavors of the department, and students participate in learning and scholarship with the guidance of the faculty.