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Biophysics is the application of physics to biological problems. Biophysicists use the ideas, instrumentation and computational models of physics to understand living things. As a growing discipline, Biophysics occurs at the intersection of biology, physics, computer science, and engineering. From the molecules within cells to the creation of medical technologies, biophysics has an enormous impact on our daily life.

Highlights of the Hopkins Program

The Thomas C. Jenkins Department of Biophysics offers a highly ranked undergraduate major emphasizing the application of quantitative methods to the study of biological systems. In addition to required biophysics classes, the curriculum draws from courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and computer science. Accordingly, biophysics majors obtain a solid grounding in several disciplines. Among the distinctions of the program is the opportunity to complete independent research under a faculty sponsor. Small class size fosters discussion and interchange among faculty and students. The major has proven especially attractive to graduate and professional school admissions committees; many biophysics majors go on to graduate school, medical school, or combined M.D./Ph.D. programs.


Sample First Semester Schedule
  • Calculus I, 110.108
  • General Physics I, 171.103
  • General Physics Lab, 173.111
  • Introductory Chemistry I, 030.101
  • General Chemistry Lab I, 030.105
  • Elective H or S course
  • Total 12-17 credits

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Skill Set

The “real world” skills you’ll develop with a major in Biophysics:

  • Operating scientific equipment
  • Applying biological theories
  • Designing experiments and recording results
  • Applying scientific concepts to problems
  • Reasoning logically to evaluate the effects of phenomena
  • Attention to detail
  • Reporting results and conclusions orally and in writing
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