Academic Catalog 2024-2025


College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences
Department of Physics

Program Description & Features

The Biophysics program will train future professionals to research the physical and chemical aspects of biological phenomena, applying their knowledge of physics to the study of biological systems. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the field, a biophysics major will employ a broad range of techniques such as spectroscopy, computational modeling, microscopy, mass spectrometry, and electrophysiology in the course of their research. The program emphasizes practical application of a wide range of theories and principles through laboratory  experimentation and course lectures, which cover essential topics such as General Physics, Organic chemistry, Calculus, Biology, Optics, and Laser Physics. The program will has two options:

Option 1: Research Focus. This option provides research training to students. Students will complete a research portfolio. This will be done in special classes for research. This will show the students’ progress through the program and how each of the PLOs are met. Students in this track are required to undertake at least 3 units of research studies. This can be accomplished by doing research with a selected faculty on campus or by completing an intensive summer research program. 

Option 2: Professional Focus. This option is designed to prepare students for the healthcare industry. As part of this track, students are required to complete 30 volunteer hours in their profession of interest and shadow a practitioner for at least 8 weeks which is tied to an elective designed as a service-learning course.

Academic Advising

Students will be assigned to an advisor and will be expected to meet with their advisor once every semester. All students will use Smart Planner to track their progress. Students should set up an advisement appointment with a faculty member or an advisor in the CNBS Student Success Center when they need to discuss the following:

  1. Major requirements.
  2. Switching or declaring options within the major.
  3. Submitting a graduation application.
  4. Graduate school and other career goals.


To be on target for a 4-year graduation pathway, it would be ideal if all students have at least taken Pre-Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics at the high school level.

It is also recommended that students participate in extracurricular research activities while in high school. Moreover, students could benefit more if they took calculus in high school.

Graduation with Honors

Undergraduate students who have met the following criteria will be awarded departmental honors at graduation:

  1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills.
  2. An overall grade point average of 3.6 for upper-division courses taken for the major at CSUDH.