Dec 01, 2023
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.
120 Credits Required
Departmental/Program Major Course Requirements (61 credits)
A minimum grade of “C” is required for HSCI 31200, 31300, 51400, 54000, and 57400.
Health Physics Concentration (38-40 credits)
A minimum grade of “C” is required for HSCI 52600 and 53400.
Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (18-19 credits)
- COM 11400 - Fundamentals Of Speech Communication ♦ (satisfies Oral Communication for core)
- ENGL 10600 - First-Year Composition ♦ (satisfies Written Communication and Information Literacy for core) or
- ENGL 10800 - Accelerated First-Year Composition ♦ (satisfies Written Communication and Information Literacy for core)
- Human Cultures: Behavioral & Social Sciences - Credit Hours: 3.00 (satisfies Behavioral & Social Sciences for core)
- English Selective (any ENGL course 20000 level or above) - Credit Hours: 3.00
- HSCI Humanities, Behavioral/Social Sciences Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Human Cultures: Humanities - Credit Hours: 3.00 (satisfies Humanities for core)
University Core Requirements
- Human Cultures Humanities
- Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
- Information Literacy
- Science #1
- Science #2
- Science, Technology, and Society
- Written Communication
- Oral Communication
- Quantitative Reasoning
For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
Spring 4th Year
- HSCI 53400 - Applied Health Physics
- MA/CS Science Selective - Credit Hours: 4.00
- General Science or RADH Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Human Cultures: Humanities- Credit Hours: 3.00
- A student may elect the Pass / Not-Pass grading option for elective courses only, unless an academic unit requires that a specific departmental course/s be taken Pass / Not-Pass. Students may elect to take University Core Curriculum courses Pass / Not-Pass; however, some major Plans of Study require courses that also fulfill UCC foundational outcomes. In such cases, students may not elect the Pass / Not-Pass option. A maximum of 24 credits of elective courses under the Pass / Not-pass grading option can be used toward graduation requirements. For further information, students should refer to the College of Health and Human Sciences Pass / Not-Pass Policy.
- A minimum grade of C must be earned in HSCI 31200 HSCI 31300 , HSCI 51400 , HSCI 52600 , HSCI 53400 , HSCI 54000 , and HSCI 57400, and they cannot be taken as pass/no pass.
- An Ethics course (such as PHIL 11100 - Introduction To Ethics or PHIL 29000 - Environmental Ethics ) is highly recommended.
- Students must complete 32 credit hours of Purdue coursework at the 30000 level or higher for graduation.
- 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
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
The ♦ course is considered critical.
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