Expected Learning Outcomes


B.S. in Biophysics

The B.S. in Biophysics will prepare students to be highly competitive in pursuing employment or advanced degrees in the medical, biotechnical and pharmaceutical fields. The program will also give students an opportunity to work closely with at least one faculty mentor, and train and teach them to make informed decisions concerning personal, political, and ethical issues dealing with science and technology.

The purposes of this program are aligned with the mission and aims of BYU. It provides both breadth (religion, GE, mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology core) and depth (physiology, biophysics) to give students an intellectually enlarging experience. Our courses attempt to teach critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills that can be used throughout a life of learning. Our program helps to prepare students and make them competitive to enter the workforce or further their studies in graduate or professional schools. Through close interaction with faculty mentors, students can learn through precept and example the importance of the gospel of Jesus Christ, family life, character, and service.

Goals:

  1. Students who complete the BS program in Biophysics will be highly competitive in pursuing employment or advanced degrees in the medical, biotechnical, and pharmaceutical fields.
  2. All Biophysics majors will develop a personal relationship with at least one faculty member.
  3. Students will have the skills and information necessary to make informed decisions concerning personal health and political or ethical issues dealing with biology, physics, chemistry, and medicine.

Goal 1 reflects the aim of BYU that programs be intellectually enlarging. This includes sufficient training that students will be successful in entering the workforce or in furthering their education elsewhere. Goal 2 provides for close interaction with faithful faculty who can add to this process of enlarging the intellect, and also help teach by precept and example the importance of faith in God, building strong character, life-long learning, and providing service. Goal 3 involves teaching the critical thinking and problem solving skills that will last long after the BYU experience is over. It will add to the aim of producing life-long learners.