Physics Major | Biomedical Concentration

The physics major with biomedical concentration is designed to provide students with a strong, broad background in physics while offering them flexibility in choosing relevant electives in biology, chemistry, mathematics and microbiology.
The goal of this curriculum is to prepare students for graduate studies in a number of programs including Biomedical Engineering and Biomechanics, Physical Therapy and Medical School as well as entry-level positions in industry and government in the field of biotechnology. This degree is an ideal preparation for students pursuing a career in Allied Health and its related fields; offering an excellent alternative to obtaining a standard science degree.


55 credits.

A minimum of 28 credits of Physics, including PHY 103 or 203, 104 or 204, 250, 302, 303, 311, 334 and at least 8 additional credits of electives in physics numbered higher than PHY 250.

A minimum of 21 credits outside Physics including the following required courses MTH 145 or 250, 309; CHM 300 (or CHM 303, 304, 305 or H-P 421); BIO 312, 313; and additional electives in biology, chemistry, health professions, mathematics and/or microbiology at the 300/400 level.

For a sample schedule, please contact Dr. Ragan

Research Example:

One particular research topic was developed by Dr. Robert Ragan of the Department of Physics and Dr. Thomas Kernozek of the Department of Physical Therpay. In this collaborative effort, a Finite Element computational model of a seated human was used to predict seat interface pressures. A finite element grid was developed to model the "seat" of a person that can be used to predict where the maximum pressure occurs. This work would be useful in developing strategies to prevent pressure ulcers and involved computer programming and interfacing. The initial steps of this project were completed during the 1999 Summer with an undergraduate physics major Mani Bidar. Mani presented his results at the 2000 American Biomechanical Society Meeting.

Biomedical Links:

Dr. Robert Ragan - Dr. Ragan's home page.

Biomechanics - Biomechanics research in the Department of Physical Therapy with Dr. Tom Kernozek at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.