Biomedical Physics Major (Research Focus)

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Biomedical Physics Major (Research Focus)

Program Description 

What is Biophysics?

Biophysics聽is a vibrant, growing research field that applies the theories and methods of聽physics聽to understand how biological systems聽work. Biophysics聽is critical to understanding the mechanics of how the molecules of life are made, how different parts of a cell move and function, and how complex systems in our bodies鈥攖he brain, circulation, immune system, and others鈥 work.

What is Medical Physics?

惭别诲颈肠补濒听笔丑测蝉颈肠蝉聽is an applied branch of graduate聽physics聽focused on the application of the concepts and methods of聽physics聽to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. It is allied with medical electronics, bioengineering, and health聽physics.聽Medical physicists contribute to the effectiveness of radiological imaging procedures by assuring radiation safety and helping to develop improved聽imaging聽techniques (e.g., mammography, CT, MRI, ultrasound, nuclear imaging). They contribute to the development of聽radiation therapeutic聽techniques (e.g., radioactive implants, stereotactic radiosurgery, Proton Therapy), collaborate with radiation oncologists to design treatment plans, and monitor equipment and procedures to ensure that cancer patients receive the prescribed dose of radiation to the correct location. A career in 惭别诲颈肠补濒听笔丑测蝉颈肠蝉聽involves three areas of activity:聽 research and development, clinical service and consultation, and 惭别诲颈肠补濒听笔丑测蝉颈肠蝉聽education.

Preparing for Med School

For students interested in attending Medical School:聽Biomedical聽Physics聽provides them with the ability to fulfill their pre-medical requirements within a strong science major that presents multiple research opportunities.

Prospective Students 

Learning Outcomes 

  • Biomedical physics students will demonstrate proficiency in understanding and learning key concepts of physics related to biology and the medical field.
  • Biomedical physics students will demonstrate the ability to analyze a broad range of physical phenomena using their understanding of selected topics from medical physics and bioengineering.
  • Biomedical physics students will demonstrate proficiency in oral and written scientific communication, and will demonstrate that they can think critically and work independently.

Course Map 

Current Students 


  • Students pursuing a biomedical physics degree at Rockhurst may have the opportunity to join the Society of Physics Students
  • Majors may also become involved in聽Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society
  • Learn from esteemed faculty that earned the 2019 "Award for Improving Undergraduate Physics Education" from the American Physical Society


  • Students with a Rockhurst biomedical physics degree go on to medical school and/or research graduate programs in biophysics, medical physics,听补苍诲 biomedical engineering.