The bachelor’s degree in biophysics is an interdisciplinary major administered by the Physics Department designed to prepare students for a wide variety of career paths including graduate study in: biophysics, medical physics, biochemistry and chemistry. It is also superb preparation for any of the health professions (medical, dental, veterinary), or direct employment in the fields of biotechnology and biomedical industries following USD.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at

Biophysics lies at the intersection of physics, biology and chemistry. It focuses on applying the understanding, methods and quantitative skills gained in physics to a vast array of biological systems in order to gain new insights into biological problems ranging from brain function, vascular networks, and DNA synthesis to biomedical devices, drug delivery and the mobility of living organisms.  

Biophysics majors prepare for advanced coursework by taking introductory classes in mechanics, electromagnetism, chemistry, calculus and biology. The advanced classes allow students to integrate biology, chemistry and physics – on theoretical and experimental fronts - in order to further their quantitative understanding of living systems. To build upon their interdisciplinary training, students are encouraged to pursue research opportunities offered by our faculty. Independent research enables students to build their critical thinking skills and develop key skills necessary for pursuing their chosen career paths.