The physics of living systems (PoLS) is a burgeoning research area with the promise of helping revolutionize our understanding of biotic phenomena. Within the last decade, an increasing number of physicists have been drawn to this area, and with its present rate of growth, PoLS will become a major field represented in all university departments, funding agencies, national labs, industries, and professional organizations. A major result of this growth will be an increased need for proper training of physics students to conduct research in PoLS. These students will form the core of a future generation of scientists who are equally familiar with the powerful methodologies (both experimental and theoretical) enabled by physical science and with the language, facts and challenges of modern day quantitative biology.