Mar 18, 2018  
2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Radiological Health Sciences-Health Physics, BS

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About the Program

Radiation is all around us and is used to generate power, analyze samples and materials, diagnose medical conditions and treat cancer. These powerful tools require trained individuals (radiation safety officer/health physicist/medical physicist) to protect patients, medical staff and the public from unnecessary exposure to radiation. A radiation safety officer within an organization is responsible for the safe use of radiation and radioactive materials as well as regulatory compliance. A trained health physicist evaluates the radiation environment using instruments and calculations and works with regulatory authorities to ensure compliance with radiation exposure standards. Medical physicists work closely with physicians and patients to develop radiation therapy treatments that minimize side effects while effectively treating cancer.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for 2016-17 Radiological Health Sciences/Health Physics Concentration  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

120 credits

Major Requirements (93-94 credits)

Required Courses in Other Departments (24-26 credits)

Electives (0-3 credits)


Must earn a grade of “C” or higher in HSCI 31200  HSCI 31300 , HSCI 51400 , HSCI 52600 , HSCI 53400 , HSCI 54000 , and HSCI 57400 .

An Ethics course (such as PHIL 11100 - Ethics  or PHIL 29000 - Environmental Ethics ) is highly recommended.

All students must complete 32 credits of 30000 level or higher courses at Purdue for graduation

120 credits required for Bachelor of Science degree

HSCI Humanities, Behavioral/Social Sciences Selectives List

select any 10000-59999 course(s) from the following subjects:

  • Anthropology (ANTH)
  • Art & Design (AD)
  • Classics (CLCS)
  • Communication (COM)
  • Dance (DANC)
  • Economics (ECON)
  • English (ENGL)
  • Foreign Languages & Literatures (FLL)
  • History (HIST)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (IDIS)
  • Music (MUS)
  • Philosophy (PHIL)
  • Political Science (POL)
  • Psychology (PSY)
  • Sociology (SOC)
  • Theatre (THTR)

University Foundations Learning Outcome List

Program Requirements

17-18 Credits

15-17 Credits

15 Credits

13 Credits

16 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

16 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • HSCI 53400 - Applied Health Physics Spring only **
  • MA/CS Science Selective - (Select from list) - Credit Hours: 4.00
  • General Science or RADH Sel. - (Select from list) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Humanities Sel. - (Select from University list) - Credit Hours: 3.00 *

13 Credits


*Satisfies a University Core Requirement.

**A minimum grade of C must be earned in HSCI 31200  HSCI 31300 , HSCI 51400 , HSCI 52600 , HSCI 53400 , HSCI 54000 , and HSCI 57400 .

Students must complete 32 credit hours of 30000 level or higher courses for graduation.

120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Science degree.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.

Degree Requirements

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

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Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

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