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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics Major BS, Biophysics Specialization

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Biophysics is the application of the principles and tools of physics to the study of biological systems. Biophysicists contribute to the understanding of a wide range of interdisciplinary scientific subfields including biotechnology, quantitative molecular and cellular biology, medical physics, neuroscience and biomechanics. The goal of the Physics B.S. with Biophysics specialization is to prepare graduates to be competitive in applications for entry into graduate degree programs in biophysics, physics, and related fields; jobs in government research labs; and private sector employment in areas such as biotechnology. Depending on math preparation, students should be able to complete the Bachelor of Science degree, with Biophysics specialization, in four years at CWU.

Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge base of the major areas of physics and related disciplines.
  • Perform experimental, computational, and analytical techniques in solving physics and physics-related problems.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively.
  • Demonstrate responsible stewardship to the community.
  • Demonstrate and ability to learn new material independently from a variety of resources, to be used throughout their life.

Department-Approved Electives Credits: 7

Any 300- and 400-level physics, biology, or chemistry courses. 300- and 400-level courses from other departments may be used with approval from the department chair and advisor.

Total Credits: 110

College and Department Information

Physics Department  
College of the Sciences  

Program Codes
Major plan codes: PHYSBS, PHYSBSP
Specialization plan code: BIOP

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