Biological Physics

The biological physics major focuses on the physics issues presented by biological systems and provides students with the knowledge and research skills necessary to gain insights into biological problems.

This interdisciplinary major, directed by the physics department, prepares students for study in areas of the life sciences and health professions that are increasingly technical. Graduates are employed in various fields, including cell biology, neuroscience, and medical research.

The Biological Physics major is associated with the Department of Biology and the Department of Physics. A biological physics major requires 16 courses. Biochemistry, thermal physics, experimental neuroscience and independent research are among the courses incorporated the biological physics major. Additional course information is available in the W&J College Catalog.


Ronald J. Bayline, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair of Biology

Joel W. Cannon, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics

Michael S. Leonard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Department Chair of Chemistry

Michael S. Pettersen, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics

William S. Sheers, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics and Adjunct Professor of Neuroscience