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The La Sierra Advantage

When you study biophysics at La Sierra, you will:

  • Have work opportunities as a physics professor’s assistant (looks great on a résumé!)
  • Be part of a program that emphasizes faculty guidance and mentorship.
  • Study unique research topics and travel to meet well-known scientists in the Southern California area.
  • Develop a strong sense of community with a very active biophysics club, participating in BBQs, retreats, museum visits, and beach vespers!

Why Study Biophysics?

The biophysics major looks at biological problems from a physics point of view. It is a broad science that uses principles of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology to study everything from muscles and blood flow to living cells and organisms and their electrical and mechanical energy. Biophysicists may study anything from amino acids and DNA strands to sound waves or muscle cells. Biophysicists are often part of a research team with members from various fields. They may work in hospitals, graduate schools, government research laboratories, or in research and development for private companies. People who take biophysics are curious, like to solve problems, and enjoy science and math.

In physics, you don’t have to go around making trouble for yourself—nature does it for you

Frank Wilczek

We offer the following:

Bachelor of Science

Minors

  • Biophysics
  • Physics

Get Involved in Physics

Student employment - get valuable job experience working as a lab assistant or grader for introductory courses. Ask the physics faculty about position openings.

Society of Physics Students - join other physics students in the La Sierra chapter of the society of physics students for movie nights, sporting events and tours.

Physics community - hang out with other physics students in the department's lounge and computer lab, and join faculty and students for fun social events throughout the year. There are some events that students get to ask a professor about his or her life's story, hobbies, experiences and just about anything else.

Physics/Byophysics Club - participate in social events and outreach opportunities.

What People Are Saying

Changing my major to biophysics was initially one of the most challenging decisions I’ve ever made, although I would do it all over again. I was exposed to research, national conferences, upper level classes in the areas of biology, math, chemistry, and physics, and many other experiences that cannot be traded for gold. Thank you La Sierra. Thank you Physics Department!

Sarai Manzano Class Of 2011

Physics Undergraduate Programs

Biophysics Major Bachelor of Science

Students studying biophysics will take courses in areas such as general chemistry, calculus, biology, physics, systems physiology, and biomedical imaging. They will have opportunities for research, both in and out of the classroom. They will develop:

Problem-solving ability

Students will learn to formulate, deconstruct, and solve complex biophysical problems using mathematics.

Experience with experimental and/or theoretical research projects

Students will have the opportunity to do experiments and/or theoretical studies to understand physical phenomenon in the context of biophysics.

Information literacy

Students will learn how and where to find relevant and reliable scientific information including the web, online databases, and libraries.

Computer tools and instrumentation

Students will learn how to use mathematical and experimental software packages and experimental equipment necessary for doing biophysics.

COMMUNICATION OF SCIENTIFIC MATERIAL TO COLLEAGUES

Students will learn to write well-organized, logical, and scientifically sound biophysics research papers. They will be able to present clear, well-organized, logical, scientifically sound, and audience-appropriate oral reports on biophysics topics.

KNOWLEDGE OF CURRENT ISSUES IN BIOPHYSICS

Students will learn about major issues in their field and be able to critically evaluate topics in emerging theories of biophysics.

Physics Major Bachelor of Science

Students studying physics will take courses in areas such as general chemistry, calculus, biology, physics, systems physiology, and biomedical imaging. They will have opportunities for research, both in and out of the classroom. They will develop:

Problem-solving ability

Students will learn to formulate, deconstruct, and solve complex biophysical problems using mathematics.

Experience with experimental and/or theoretical research projects

Students will have the opportunity to do experiments and/or theoretical studies to understand physical phenomenon in the context of biophysics.

Information literacy

Students will learn how and where to find relevant and reliable scientific information including the web, online databases, and libraries.

Computer tools and instrumentation

Students will learn how to use mathematical and experimental software packages and experimental equipment necessary for doing biophysics.

COMMUNICATION OF SCIENTIFIC MATERIAL TO COLLEAGUES

Students will learn to write well-organized, logical, and scientifically sound biophysics research papers. They will be able to present clear, well-organized, logical, scientifically sound, and audience-appropriate oral reports on biophysics topics.

KNOWLEDGE OF CURRENT ISSUES IN BIOPHYSICS

Students will learn about major issues in their field and be able to critically evaluate topics in emerging theories of biophysics.

Fast Facts Biophysics Major (B.S.) Program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units72
AccreditationWASC

Fast Facts Biophysics Major (B.S.) Program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units63
AccreditationWASC

Meet our Faculty

Ivan Rouse, PhD (Chair)
Gary Case, PhD
Elvis Geneston, PhD

Paying for College

The Student Financial Services office is here to help with financial aid processes. The staff also keeps up to date on scholarships that could benefit La Sierra students.

Choosing Classes

First-year students meet with their academic coach/advisor each week for their first two quarters. Then they are assigned an advisor from their major department who will help them choose the classes they need to complete their program.

Beyond Class

A lot of learning takes place outside of the classroom. The Division of Student Life is headquarters for student government, activities, organizations, spiritual life, and much more to enhance your college experience.

Career Center

We want you to find a good job after you finish your degree at La Sierra. A new Career Center, located in the Zapara School of Business, is expected to open before the end of fall quarter.

University Studies

All undergraduate students at La Sierra University participate in a comprehensive general education curriculum called University Studies, which is rooted in the concept of liberal education as a formative and transformative process. University Studies offers an integrated curriculum that:

  • stimulates the meaning-centered development of its students.
  • familiarizes students with the various academic disciplines.
  • exposes students to intercultural, international and inter-ethnic concerns.
  • encourages students to recognize the importance of developing a personal value system to distinguish between right and wrong.

Degree Program

Biophysics
Physics

Contact and Location

physics@lasierra.edu

951.785.2137
San Fernando Hall, Room 207