​Biophysical Science

​College of Arts and Sciences

Do you have a strong interest in both the physical and mathematical aspects of life sciences? If so, consider a major in biophysical science, where you can explore biology, chemistry, and physics.

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About the College of Arts and Sciences

The founding college of Syracuse University remains at the center of undergraduate learning. The College is divided into the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the social sciences, with the lattermost offered in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

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Core coursework covers biology, mathematics, physics and chemistry. Sample courses include:

  • Major Concepts of Physics
  • Life Sciences Calculus II
  • Biological and Medical Physics
  • Cell Biology
  • General Chemistry Laboratory II

You’ll also receive a strong background in the liberal arts, giving you the critical thinking and communication skills you need to impress employers.

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Practical Experience

Extensive biological field and extracurricular opportunities will enable you to earn hands-on experience in the industry.

  • Gain research experience by working in the labs with faculty.
  • Participate in the annual Undergraduate Research Conference.
  • Get involved with TriBeta, the undergraduate student-run life sciences interest group, or Alpha Phi Sigma, the professional chemistry fraternity.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with a study abroad experience during your college years. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., Syracuse Abroad has more than 100 programs in 60 countries.

Life After Syracuse University

With a degree in biophysical science, you can explore such careers as:

  • Bioinformatics software analyst
  • Research associate
  • Research technician
  • Medical doctor
  • Cell biology scientist
  • Bioinformatics
  • Proteomics
  • Cell signaling
  • Health professions

Or pursue a graduate degree medicine, chemistry, dentistry, education, public health, public administration, or more. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.