Biophysics, BS

Are you interested in quantitative sciences but also have a passion for understanding life? Learn how physics, chemistry and biology intersect and be prepared to solve today's mysteries in life sciences and medicine.

Program Description

The BS program in biophysics uses the methods and theories of physics to study biological systems. This includes gaining a working understanding of principles governing all scales of biological organization, from molecular processes of life to organisms and ecosystems.

Students are exposed to novel learning methods and laboratory experiences, with additional opportunities to conduct independent research and work directly with faculty in the field. This strong foundation prepares students to seek roles within academia, medicine, renewable energy, research and technology.

In addition to the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit the college's website for more information and requirements.

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What if: See how your courses can be applied to another major and find out how to change your major.

At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 270 - Calculus w/Analytic Geometry I
  • Math Intensity: Substantial program math intensity substantial

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

Change of Major Requirements

Current ASU students wishing to change their major to physics should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 (scale is 4.00= "A") for all critical classes they have completed.

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

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Career Outlook

The broad range of applicability of the principles of biophysics gives great flexibility in a choice of career or further education including:

  • chemical industries
  • engineering
  • government
  • medicine
  • physics research
  • teaching

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Clinical Trial Manager

  • Growth: 4.8%
  • Median Salary*: $144,440

Medical Lab Technician

  • Growth: 4.9%
  • Median Salary*: $57,380

Medical Scientist

  • Growth: 9.8%
  • Median Salary*: $99,930
  Bright Outlook

Molecular Biologist

  • Growth: 3.9%
  • Median Salary*: $87,300


  • Growth: 4.7%
  • Median Salary*: $142,850
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 3.6%
  • Median Salary*: $0


  • Growth: 6.7%
  • Median Salary*: $103,810
  Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs.

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

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