Biological Physics is an undergraduate major designed to provide the quantitative skills and background in chemistry and biology for students interested in the study of physics of biological systems, especially on the molecular scale. It is an interdepartmental program that brings together the disciplines of physics, chemistry and biology, with a particular emphasis on physics. It should be of particular interest to students wishing to pursue careers in fundamental or applied research in biophysics, quantitative biology, and biotechnology.
The Biological Physics major offers students the opportunity to prepare for graduate school, medical school, or employment in biotechnology. It is based on a first-rate research program in biophysics, an area of science that Brandeis is well-known for. One of the strengths of the program is that it offers numerous opportunities for cutting-edge research in biophysics in several different labs on campus. In many instances, undergraduate students have gone on to publish papers in prestigious journals while completing the major.
Most of the Biological Physics graduates go on to graduate school in biophysics, bioengineering and related interdisciplinary fields, while other go into high-tech employment, medical school, or other professional studies.