Department of Physics

Biomedical Track


Careers in various medical fields rank among the highest salaries with the lowest levels of unemployment. They also offer a chance for students to make a direct and positive impact on society in the near-term. Combining biology and chemistry classes with a physics degree opens up pathways for Medical School, a graduate degree in Medical Physics, work as a health physicist, or even bioengineering. The suggested non-Physics electives also cover the courses usually expected for entry into medical school. It should be noted that Physics and Engineering majors routinely have the highest average MCAT scores as compared to other majors. Students might also be interested in looking into dual majors with Physics/Biology or Physics/Chemistry depending on their interests

Composite Score v. Undergraduate Major

Suggested Electives: BIOL 2051, 2051, STAT 1772 or 1774, CHEM 1110, 1120, 2210, 2220, 2230

Plan of Study

The following plan of study is a suggested guide to prepare students for medical school, graduate work in bioengineering or medical physics, or a career in the health industry requiring a physics background. The order of electives can easily be changed, and there is also some flexibility regarding required Physics courses with course numbers 4300 or higher. Course descriptions can be found in the UNI Course Catalog.


1st Year, Fall Semester - 16 hrs 1st Year, Spring Semester - 15 hrs
MATH 1420 - Calculus I 4 MATH 1421 - Calculus II 4
PHYSICS 1100 - 1st Year Projects in Physics 1 PHYSICS 1702 -  Physics II for Science & Eng. 4
PHYSICS 1701 - Physics I for Sci. & Engineering 4 Cornerstone II or Oral Communications 3
Cornerstone I or Coll. Read. & Writing 3 BIOL 2052 - Cell Structure & Funct. 4
BIOL 2051 - Organismal Diversity 4    
2nd Year, Fall Semester - 15 hrs 2nd Year, Spring Semester - 16 hrs
MATH 2422 - Calculus III 4 PHYSICS 4100 - Modern Physics 4
PHYSICS 2300 - Physics III Theory & Simulation 3 PHYSICS 4110 - Modern Physics Lab 2
PHYSICS 4300 - Introduction to Electronics 4 PHYSICS 2700 - Math Methods of Phys. 3
CHEM 1110 - Gen. Chem. I 4 CHEM 1120 - Gen. Chem. II 4
    Social Science 3
3rd Year, Fall Semester - 16 hrs 3rd Year, Spring Semester - 15 hrs
PHYSICS 4600 - Classical Mechanics 4 PHYSICS 4860 - Computational Physics 3
PHYSCIS 4900 - Thermo. & Stat. Mechanics 4 CHEM 2220 - Organic Chemistry II 3
Humanities I 3 Literature, Philosophy, or Religion 3
CHEM 2210 - Organic Chemistry I 3 Social Science 3
CHEM 2230 - Organic Chem. Lab 2 STAT 1772 or 1774 II - Intro Statistics 3
4th Year, Fall Semester - 17 hrs 4th Year, Spring Semester - 17 hrs
PHYSICS 3700 - Physics Seminar 1 Capstone 2
PHYSICS 3000/Physics 3500 - Research 2 Social Science 3
Non-Western Cultures 3 University Electives 6
Life Science 3 Humanities II 3
Personal Wellness 3 Fine Arts 3
 University Electives  5    


Required courses are in bold.

Liberal Arts Core classes are in Italics. See the Liberal Arts Core Link for more details.

Science & Math electives are in italics & bold.

University electives are in black.


  1. Students should also consider additional courses in cell biology, anatomy & physiology, and biochemistry.

  2. Depending on scheduling and interest, the introductory Biology and Chemical sequences taken in the 1st two years can be taken in either order.

  3. Some Medical Physics programs also require Linear Algebra (MATH 2500) and Differential Equations (MATH 3425).

  4. Bioengineering, medical school, and medical physics schools each have their own particular requirements. These requirements can vary from school to school even for the same program. Substantial electives are available during the senior year so students can choose to take classes to best enable them to succeed at a point in which they are best informed concerning their future career.