Biomedical Physics, B.S.


Department of Physics

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Physics Requirements

The B.S. in Biomedical Physics is an interdisciplinary program developed to provide students pursuing careers in Medical Physics and Health Physics the necessary background 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 (48 units)

Physics core (20 units)

Biology core (12 units)

Upper-division courses (16 units)
PHYS 135, PHYS 136, PHYS 137, PHYS 155, PHYS 156,
One of the two courses: PHYS 157 or PHYS 158

Additional Requirements (23 units)
MATH 75, MATH 76, MATH 77, MATH 81, CHEM 1A, CHEM 1AL, ECE 71

2. General Education requirements (48 units)*

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing. 

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. Of the 48 required G.E. units, 9 units will be satisfied in additional requirements: 3 units of CHEM 1A/1AL in area B1, 3 units of BIOL 1A in area B2, 3 units of MATH 75 in area B4. See advisor for details.

Advising Note

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

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

For the most up-to-date roadmap, please contact the College Advising Center or check your My Degree Plan.

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student in a lab

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: 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