The cutting edge of biological research is increasingly intertwined with the approaches and ideas of physics. In the 21st century physicists are contributing perspectives as well as tools. The modern biologist must have a deep understanding of highly quantitative methods and theoretical models based on ideas from physics. For instance, research in cell biology is relying more and more on biomechanical and rheological models for the cytoskeleton and cellular locomotion, on statistical physics models of regulatory networks, and on very sophisticated models of molecular transport that go well beyond classic diffusion approaches.
A Biophysics Minor is an excellent way to get advanced training in the techniques and concepts of the physical sciences as applied to biology, to serve as a foundation for careers and graduate study at the interface of the physical and biological sciences.