Biomedical Physics (BS and BSPhy)

Program Availability

The major in biomedical physics has been designed for students who are interested in pursuing careers in interdisciplinary areas such as Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering, and Biophysics or related careers in the health sciences.  This major will give students a solid foundation in physics as applied to biological systems and medicine, with a great deal of flexibility to shape the major towards a student’s specific career goals. 

This major is perfect for students who desire training in an interdisciplinary approach to tackle some of the most challenging problems such as imaging biological systems, the physics of cancer, and the computational modeling of complex diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Majoring in Biomedical Physics will give students:

  • A deep understanding of fundamental physics as applied to biological processes and systems.
  • An interdisciplinary experience that integrates courses from chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics with a high degree of flexibility.
  • Preparation for careers in biomedical engineering, biophysics, medical physics, or medicine.

Outcomes

Creighton’s biomedical physics program is designed to combine a solid foundation in physics with adaptability to a wide range of medical and biomedical careers.  Graduates with solid scientific backgrounds are in high demand.

Our programs lay the foundation for careers in fields, such as:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Medical Physics
  • Medicine, dentistry, and other health careers
  • Radiological Physics
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Research-based roles at medical technology companies
  • Other fields of engineering such as biological/chemical engineering

The acceptance rate for Creighton physics majors applying to graduate or professional programs is over 95%. Graduates have entered a variety of engineering fields, including biomedical, civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering.

Job Placement

Recent physics graduates have accepted employment at:

  • University of Iowa
  • Fidelity National Financial
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Capuchin Volunteer Corps
  • Cerner Corporation

Advanced Study

Creighton physics graduates have been accepted to graduate programs at:

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Cornell University
  • Tulane University
  • Notre Dame
  • University of Rochester
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Notre Dame University
  • Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health
  • Rice University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Mayo Catholic University

What You'll Learn

  • The fundamental concepts across the field of physics, but also more specifically concepts in physics that relate to biology and medicine
  • How to use concepts from multiple areas of physics to solve problems
  • Conceptual problem solving
  • Application of mathematics to physics
  • How to model and quantify new phenomena and systems
  • Design, measurement, and analysis techniques required in the laboratory
  • How to work as members of a team and contribute effectively to group deliverables
  • How to synthesize current knowledge and apply it to new situations
  • How to work through ethical issues in physical science
  • How to effectively communicate complex scientific ideas to various audiences through both writing and public speaking

Curriculum

 

Requirements to Declare a Major in Physics

To declare a major in physics, a student must have completed one of the general physics sequences: PHY 201 and PHY 222 or PHY 213 and PHY 214 or PHY 221 and PHY 222 or received an “A” or “B” in PHY 201, PHY 213, or PHY 221.

Research Opportunities

Undergraduate and graduate physics students currently participate in research projects in areas such as:

  • Biophysical Optics
  • Computational Molecular Biophysics
  • Translational Biomedical Physics

 

Other non-biophysics research areas in the department include:

  • Condensed Matter/Glass Physics
  • Cosmic Ray Astrophysics
  • High Energy Nuclear Physics
  • Laser-Cooled Atoms
  • Astro-particle Physics and cosmology
  • Observational Astrophysics

 

 Visit the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship or the physics department research page for more information.

Admissions Requirements

Current students, see the university catalog for specific requirements for admission to the physics major.

Future students, learn more about Creighton University’s admissions requirements.

Tuition & Scholarships

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