Loyola University Chicago

Department of Physics

BS in Biophysics

Program Outcomes

Loyola University Chicago’s new biophysics major is an interdisciplinary program on the cutting edge of new developments in the sciences. Offered by the Departments of Physics and Biology, the biophysics major provides rigorous training in mathematics and science and prepares students for graduate education in biophysics, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, and physics. Biophysics is also an ideal major for students considering careers in medicine, optometry, dentistry, and other applied health sciences, such as physical or radiation therapy.

Students majoring in biophysics may pursue careers in medical centers, research institutes, and government labs. They may also focus on research and development in the areas of biotechnology, nanotechnology, medical physics, forensic science, environmental science, agricultural science, pharmaceutical, and other biologically-oriented, high-tech industries, as well as in regulation and public policy at state and federal government agencies. Biophysics students may also obtain jobs with numerous private organizations.

The application of physics to biology and medicine has occurred for more than three centuries, and in the past three decades, biophysics research and applications have grown exponentially. Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Exhibit foundational knowledge in both the biological and physical sciences
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the connection between the biological and the physical sciences
  • Understand laboratory techniques used in biological and physical science labs
  • Possess an understanding of the intermediate level mathematics needed to model and solve problems based in the physical and biological sciences
  • Recognize how careful data collection and analysis helps develop or falsify scientific theories
  • Demonstrate effective and ethical decision-making abilities in issues related to the sciences

Loyola is one of the handful of universities in the nation that offer this major at the undergraduate level. 

Major in Biophysics

This course of study prepares one for careers in medicine, medical research, nano-sciences, biophysics, medical physics, biomedical engineering, and biotechnology. A strong physics and mathematics background is fortified with biology and chemistry classes. The courses required of this program as of the 2017-2018 Academic Year are:

Biophysics Major