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B.S. in Physics with Biomedical Concentration

Did you know you can be pre-med and study physics?  Physics provides strong technology, problem solving and science skills that will make you a better doctor. 

Much of todays technology including our medical technology originated in a physics laboratory. Two of the three Nobel Laureates for discovery of DNA were physicists.  In 2003 a physicist was one of the winners of the Nobel Prize in Physiology for the invention of MRI.  In 2014, 3 physicists won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the invention of microscopes able to image single molecules.   Understanding this technology can make you better able to interpret results and better yet, helping you develop new techniques. 

Medical Physicists can help develop new technology, assist doctors in designing treatments for patients, and make certain that high tech equipment operates safely. 

Biomedical Physics: The biomedical physics program is an interdisciplinary program that combines physics with biology and chemistry.  This makes for strong preparation for three possible fields: Medicine, Medical Physics and Biophysics. 

The pre-med track includes all the necessary pre-med requirements.  We also strongly recommend additional specific  courses in biology that will help students get  ahead when in medical school.  This track also includes a fantastic seminar on physics in medicine and research that is usually directed at medical applications of physics. 

Additionally, as shown in this table, the Physics preparation provides a strong skill set for the MCAT due to less reliance on memorization and greater reliance on problem solving.   Understanding the technology that medicine depends on is critical to interpreting the results.  That instrumentation is based on physics. 

As indicated in the table below, Physics Majors score very well on the MCAT’s.  In fact looking at the students who matriculate to Med School, the physics majors are still higher than most other majors. 

Table of MCAT scores by Major

 (Reference http://www.aip.org/statistics/reports/mcat-lsat-and-physics-bachelors)

 Medical Physics is a fantastic career.  Medical physicists often work in oncology centers designing the radiation treatment plan for patients and making certain the equipment functions properly.   See http://www.aapm.org/medical_physicist/default.asp.   For more information.  To be a medical physics yiu need a very solid background in physics together with some biology (especially anatomy and physiology) and chemistry classes. 

To become a medical physicist, you must complete your bachelor’s degree in physics and matriculate to a medical physics program to earn at least a master’s degree in medical physics. 

 

 

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