Loyola University Maryland

Department of Physics

The Minor in Biomedical Physics

According to the Nobel prize-winning scientist Harold Varmus, “for at least several hundred years, physicists - and especially their principles, methods and machines - have been illuminating our views of the human body and of every other living thing.” The biomedical physics minor at Loyola enhances the understanding of quantitative approaches applied to topics in biology, medicine, and other areas. The program may be of interest to those on the pre-health track, those wishing to enhance their quantitative skills in applied areas, and those interested in combining medicine with physics or engineering.

A minor in biomedical physics consists of four required courses and two electives, which can be tailored to the student's career goals and interests. Please consult with the physics chair as soon as possible for advice on how to fulfill the requirements.

Required Courses and Associated Labs

  • Either PH 102 Introductory Physics II with Lab and MA 251 Calculus I
    or       PH 202 General Physics II + PH 292 lab and one majors course in chemistry or biology   
  • PH 383 Physics of Medicine and the Human Body
  • PH 384 Waves and the Physics of Medicine

Elective Courses

Choose two courses from the list shown in the Word document. The list spans courses in all of the science, math, and statistics departments. Other courses can be considered.

Sample Schedules

Examples of schedules for the minor are shown here. These are only suggestions. Feel free to modify but please consult with the physics chair for final approval.


Andrea Erdas

Andrea Erdas

This professor of physics believes Loyola’s core Jesuit values provides students with a well-rounded science education