Bachelor of Science

The merger of biology, chemistry, physics and math, biophysics is a tremendous problem-solver across any spectrum. Biophysics is that branch of knowledge that applies the principles of physics and chemistry and the methods of mathematical analysis and computer modeling to biological systems, with the ultimate goal of understanding at a fundamental level the structure, dynamics, interactions, and ultimately the function of biological systems.*

* The Biophysical Society

Did You Know?

  • Wake Forest faculty research studies, among other areas, the properties and particulars of blood flow; the physical properties of cancer cells vs. normal cells; and the design and application of new statistical methods to understand molecular data.
  • Brandon Turner (’12) is a Rhodes Scholar who has used data to try to predict melanoma patients’ response to immunotherapy. Turner was a Harvard Radiation Oncology Resident in 2022-23.


Sample courses for students studying Biophysics include:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Molecular Evolution
  • Electronics
  • Computational Systems Biology

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Clubs & Organizations

Biophysics students participate in the following clubs and organizations:

  • Association of Computing Machinery (Student chapter)
  • Health Occupation Students of America
  • Women in STEM
  • Association of Pre-Physician Assistants

Career Outcomes

Careers that often interest Biophysics majors include:

  • Chemist
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Microbiologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Radiologist
  • Research Associate

Professions of recent Biophysics graduates include medicine; data science; financial planning; and many more.

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Related Programs

Those who are interested in Biophysics also consider the following programs:


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