What is biophysics?

The interdisciplinary field of biophysics builds a comprehensive set of transferable skills such as quantitative modeling and computation on the foundation of physics and biology.

Biophysics student with JiaJia Dong using the optical tweezers

We’re all made of atoms. With a background in biophysics, you’ll learn to see life science from a unique perspective, while engaging some of the same cutting-edge problems as biologists and chemists in the world’s leading research labs.

As a student in biophysics at Bucknell, you'll apply physical and mathematical principles to take on questions inspired by the complexity of living organisms. In project-based courses, you'll work hand-in-hand with your professors using the most modern, research-grade experimental tools. Along the way, you'll gain the same preparation for medical school as you would in a biology or chemistry program, as well as skills that can be applied to a career in biophysics, biomedical engineering, medical physics or the biotech industry.

Did You Know?

You don’t need to major in biology to apply to medical school. A degree in biophysics, combined with Bucknell’s pre-health advising, can prepare you for a careers in medicine, biotech and the emerging field of medical physics.

Undergraduates have access to all of Bucknell’s cutting-edge research instruments, including optical tweezers that can manipulate objects as small as a bacterium.

Biophysics teaches you the most current quantitative and computational skills to explore and draw conclusions from large data sets.

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"Undergraduate students play an important role in every aspect of our research program, which has received awards from the National Science Foundation and Research Corporation and is considered among the world's leading in our field."

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