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Biophysics, B.S.

Through this interdisciplinary major, you will develop a unique perspective on the disciplines of physics, biology and chemistry. By studying the boundaries between each discipline, you will gain insights on how these sciences are intertwined.

A Whitworth biophysics major will equip you with the broad science background needed for further study of modern medical technology and the sophisticated research techniques used to study living systems. Ultimately, the major will aid you in your pursuit of a career in medicine, medical physics or biophysics.

Why major in biophysics at Whitworth?

  • Receive holistic mentoring. Whitworth engineering & physics professors are committed to helping you grow both academically and personally.
  • Learn in Robinson Science Hall, Whitworth's landmark academic building that houses state-of-the-art laboratories and instrumentation.
  • Gain hands-on experience through project-based labs that parallel real-world research and development. Several courses offer these experiences, including Near Space Research Project, an alternative lab for freshmen. Teams work on a single research question all semester, designing an experiment that they send to the stratosphere using a high-altitude balloon.
  • Join Whitworth's Physics and Engineering Collective to develop department camaraderie and prepare for your career.
  • Integrate your faith or worldview with your studies through courses such as Modern Physics, which examines whether developments in physics are compatible with the claims of Christianity and Judaism. A goal of the major is for you to connect your beliefs to your vocation.
  • Sharpen your leadership skills and gain practical experience by working in the Whitworth Engineering & Physics Department. Students may apply for positions as tutors, teaching assistants and research assistants.
  • Become who you're meant to be.

Our biophysics grads make a difference (and get jobs)

Our majors are employed in a variety of positions related to biotechnology. They also have gone on to work in hospitals as physicians and medical physicists.

Recent job placements include:

  • Daniel Lewis, chief medical physicist, Valley Medical Center, Renton, Wash.
  • Robert Schaefer, environmental engineer, Intel Corp., Hillsboro, Ore.
  • Sydney Soares, resolution center technician, Pathology Associates Medical Laboratory (PAML), Spokane
  • Alvin Le, principal engineer – research & development, Stream Dx, Salt Lake City
  • Evan Staley, production manager, Leiter’s, San Jose, Calif.

Our recent biophysics grads further their studies in top programs at institutions including:

  • University of Washington
  • University of Kentucky
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • California Institute of Technology

Opportunities outside the classroom

  • Use our shop facilities to work on your own projects. We have 3D printers, a laser cutter and more to help transform your designs into reality.
  • Join the Physics and Engineering Collective in a tour of a local engineering company or let off some steam in the annual PEC dodgeball tournament.
  • Engage in service-learning in the Spokane community. The Physics Outreach course gives you the chance to promote physics and engineering education among local middle school students.

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Associate Professor John Larkin is chair of the engineering & physics department.

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