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Biophysics (Minor)

Program type
Primary campus
Loyola (LOY)
Start term
Fall, Winter

Why study Biophysics?

Imagine being able to reverse-engineer nature itself. By taking a mathematics-based approach to understanding biological systems, you will begin to grasp the complex mechanisms at work in nature and create models that predict the results of using the same processes towards other goals. Applying the laws of physics to biological phenomena has generated learning that allowed for the development of medical imaging technology and radiation therapy, to name just two examples of the enormous potential of this field for solving some of the most pressing problems facing society.

At the intersection of multiple disciplines (not only biology and physics, but also chemistry and mathematics), biophysics will empower you to see links between things you didn’t know were connected. The whole world will be open to you, since biophysicists study nature at every level, from atoms and molecules to cells, organisms and entire environments.

The minor is intended for non-Physics students. If you plan to pursue a Specialization or the Honours program in Physics, you’ll have the option of choosing a focus on Biophysics.

Program structure

Program options

  • Minor in Biophysics (24 credits)

The minor must be combined with an honours, specialization or major program.


Admission criteria

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements

  • Quebec CEGEP: 23 
    • Calculus 1 and Calculus 2 and Linear Algebra – Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism and Wave, Optics and Modern Physics – General Chemistry and Chemistry of Solutions – General Biology OR Natural Science DEC OR DEC intégré en sciences, lettres et arts.
    • Additional information for CEGEP applicants
  • High School: C+ overall, C+ in math / sciences
  • University Transfers (internal/external): C overall, C in math / sciences
    • Completed courses in the disciplines of Calculus, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • Baccalauréat français: 11 overall, 11 in math / science
    • Première: Spécialité mathématiques AND Spécialité physique-chimie
      Terminale: Spécialité mathématiques
        (also accepted, Spécialité Physique-Chimie AND Mathématiques Complémentaires)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 26 overall 4 math, 4 science
    • one math (Applications and Interpretations HL, Analysis and Approaches HL or Analysis and Approaches SL)
    • one science (Physics, Chemistry or Biology, either SL or HL)

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

After your degree

Thanks to Concordia's emphasis on taking an interdisciplinary approach to your field of study, you'll graduate with a depth of knowledge informed by an understanding of how your subject connects to the wider world. You'll be ideally positioned to succeed in a professional role that demands rigorous analytical thinking, sharp communication skills and the ability to approach problem-solving from multiple dimensions. 

Other programs of interest

Physics (BSc)
  • Major
  • Minor
  • Honours
  • Specialization
  • Co-op
  • Internship
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