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


  • 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

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