Biophysics

Are you fascinated by how the principles of physics are being applied to research biological processes and cellular development? Do you want to pursue studies in a program that will build your theoretical knowledge of physics and biology while giving you a chance to learn pragmatic laboratory skills in a hands-on environment using state-of-the art equipment? Majoring in Biophysics will provide you with an interdisciplinary education that will prepare you for a great variety of careers from research to entrepreneurship in a wide array of fields where the knowledge and techniques of physics are being employed to confront problems in the life sciences. In addition, third year York students in the Biophysics BSc program may be eligible to participate in a paid internship for up to sixteen months.

Career Options in Biophysics

This list is not exhaustive but provides an idea of the options graduates have and what they have gone on to do. Some options are more directly associated with a Biophysics degree than others.

  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Artificial Intelligence Designer
  • Author
  • Bioinformaticist
  • Biological Engineer
  • Biotechnician
  • Cytologist
  • Drug Developer
  • Ecologist
  • Endocrinologist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Food Scientist
  • Forensic Specialist
  • Geneticist
  • Health Policy Advisor
  • Immunologist
  • Journalist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Media Correspondent
  • Medical Sales Representative
  • Medical Technology Developer
  • Medical Writer
  • Microbiologist
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Neuroscientist
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Physician
  • Physicist
  • Professor/Teacher
  • Radiologist
  • Researcher
  • Software Engineer/Developer
  • Technical Writer

Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.

Skills Developed through a Biophysics Degree

A background in Biophysics ensures that you develop the skills and mindset to tackle many different professional challenges. Here are just a few of the skills a Biophysics degree can help you develop:

Core Skills

  • Sound understanding of fundamental concepts of physics, biological processes and mathematical principles and applied theory
  • The ability to tackle and solve problems and carry out experiments using the fundamentals of the scientific method
  • Extensive laboratory exposure and familiarity with techniques and procedures in laboratory settings
  • Understanding of cellular processes and cell-level analysis
  • Well developed computing skills with specific training in MatLab

Communication, Data Gathering and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to present your thoughts clearly and intelligently in written statements and written opinion pieces
  • Deduction of information from various sources and the ability to concentrate on relevant resources
  • The ability to organize, understand and analyze sources of information and to apply novel forms of technology or new information to different professional settings and tasks
  • The ability to explain complex ideas clearly to others and to apply complex theoretical concepts to everyday practice and professional dilemmas
  • The skills to collect various types of information, assess them, analyze and incorporate potential linkages from different fields, put them into writing and efficiently convey your message and the goal of your work

Management and Teamwork

  • The ability to interpret and analyze information presented by peers and efficiently and constructively support or challenge their proposals, theories, ideas and reports in order to achieve a project’s intended and successful end result
  • Skills enabling you to work effectively in group situations, partaking in decision-making, leading and contributing in various capacities to the ultimate success of the team and task
  • The ability to debate, persuade, mediate and present your thoughts and opinions to others, as well as the capacity to recognize and incorporate other potential solutions or applications to given problems
  • The capability to identify priorities and proper courses of action, to plan the execution of tasks and to determine and delegate responsibilities to group members to most effectively carry out projects

Professional Associations and Organizations

Knowing the industry and how to excel in it after receiving a degree are key elements of future success. University study sets up the building blocks you will need to develop and enhance your understanding and knowledge in your career. Being part of a professional organization or network and gaining further insight through training are excellent ways of increasing your knowledge of the field.