Biophysics, BS

At a Glance: program details

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

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Are you interested in quantitative sciences but also have a passion for understanding life? Learn how physics, chemistry and biology intersect, and prepare 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 that govern 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 reviewing 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.

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

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 who wish to change their major to biophysics should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 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 wide variety of applicability of the principles of biophysics allows for great flexibility in the choice of career or further education.

This program provides students with the necessary background for career paths in biotechnology, chemical and medical industries.

The program also provides excellent preparation for medical school or advanced graduate study in biochemistry, biophysics, neurobiology, pharmacology, physics or radiology.

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:

Biological Technicians

  • Growth: 4.7%
  • Median Salary*: 49650
  Bright Outlook

Clinical Research Coordinators

  • Growth: 4.8%
  • Median Salary*: 144440
  Bright Outlook

Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products

  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: 97710

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

  • Growth: 4.9%
  • Median Salary*: 57380
  Bright Outlook

Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists

  • Growth: 9.8%
  • Median Salary*: 99930
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 4.7%
  • Median Salary*: 142850
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 3.6%
  • Median Salary*: 0

Biochemists and Biophysicists

  • Growth: 6.7%
  • Median Salary*: 103810
  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).

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

Study abroad affords students the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a diverse set of programs available in a variety of countries around the world. Students are able to study biophysics abroad through a wide set of opportunities related to physics, chemistry and biology.

Graduates who possess the heightened skills in communication, critical thinking and leadership they acquired through study abroad may stand out in a competitive field. More information on available programs can be found on the Global Education website.

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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