Biomedical Physics, B.S.
Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Physics Requirements
The B.S. in Biomedical Physics is an interdisciplinary program developed with the assistance of the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to motivate students pursuing careers in applications of physics in medicine. The curriculum provides fundamental groundwork in physics, mathematics, and biology.
Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Physics Requirements. Those seeking admission to the B.S. in Biomedical Physics major must adhere to university admissions requirements, including submission of applications, official transcripts, and appropriate standardized test scores.
Biomedical Physics Major
1. Biomedical Physics Requirements (44 units) (see note 1)
2. General Education requirements (49 units)*
3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing. Note: Biomedical Physics majors are exempt from the MI requirement.
4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
5. Total units (120 units)*
* G.E. courses can be double-counted with major requirements. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. See advisor for details. Of the 49 required G.E. units, 7 units will be satisfied by the following two courses in additional requirements: 4 units of CHEM 1A/1AL in G.E. area B1 and 3 units of MATH 75 in G.E. area B4. See advisor for details.
CR/NC grading is not permitted in the biomedical physics major. Additional requirements, however, may be taken for CR/NC (see Credit/No Credit Grading).
Our faculty members are here to teach and to do research. Several faculty members have research projects involving students.
Our classes are small: our upper-division and graduate classes usually have 10-15 students or less. Physics majors get to know each other very well. They develop friendships with peers, faculty, and staff, which extend well beyond graduation.
There are eight research/creative activity areas that are part of our current efforts:
(1) Computational Physics, (2) High Energy Physics (HEP), (3) Strongly Correlated
Electron Physics, (4) Nanotechnology, (5) Astronomy and Astrophysics, (6) Microbeam
X-ray Fluorescence (XRF), (7) Theoretical Physics, (8) Physics Outreach.
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Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Physics
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The B.S. in Physics offers preparation appropriate to employment in government and industry involving a range of activities from laboratory work to technical sales. It also offers appropriate background preparation for graduate study in physics and a large number of other fields. With an appropriate choice of electives, it provides a very strong premedical, predental, or preoptometry program.
Beyond professional goals, the study of physics provides a deep understanding of fundamental processes which underlie our physical world and fosters methods of inquiry which promotes intelligent analysis.
What You Can Earn
Radiation Physicist $164,036
Physicist I $59,260
Source: salary.com HR Reported data as of December 2012
HS Physics Teacher $63,640 (Average) $38,875 (beginning)
Sources: American Federation of Teachers
Interesting Classes You Might Take
- Nuclear Medicine
- General Relativity (learn about black holes)
- Astrophysics/Observational Astronomy (find black holes)
What You Can Learn
- The nature of space and time
- Why at the smallest scales nature is random
- Do research at the Large Hadron Collider to discover new particles
- Learn how physics can be used in medicine
- What’s on the other side of a black holes’ event horizon
About the College
TheCollege of Science and Mathematics provides professional training at the undergraduate and graduate levels to serve as a foundation for a career in science or mathematics, to provide preprofessional training in preparation for careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and other professions or for continued study at the graduate level.
College Contact Info
The office of the Dean is located in Science II, Room 301.
Telephone: (559) 278-3936
Department Contact Information
Department of Physics
California State University, Fresno
2345 E. San Ramon Ave., M/S MH37
Fresno, CA 93740-8031
Phone: (559) 278-2371
Fax: (559) 278-7741