Mathematical Biophysicist

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Mathematical biophysicists develop theories and methods of the physical sciences for the investigation of biological systems.

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A Ph.D. degree usually is required for independent research, but a master’s degree is sufficient for some jobs in applied research or product development.

Math Required: 

College Algebra Trigonometry Calculus I and II Linear Algebra

When Math Is Used: 

Mathematical biophysicists use math as they apply models and experimental techniques to larger systems such as tissues, organs, populations, and ecosystems. Scientists in this field conduct research concerned with understanding the interactions between the various systems of a cell, including the interactions between DNA, RNA and protein biosynthesis.

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About 39 percent of all biological scientists were employed by Federal, State, and local governments. Federal biological scientists work mainly for the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Interior, and Defense and for the National Institutes of Health. Most of the rest work in scientific research and testing laboratories, the pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing industry, or colleges and universities.


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