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2014-2015 University Catalog 
2014-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Radiological Health Sciences, BS

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 Radiological Health Sciences-Health Physics Emphasis   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

Radiological Health Sciences/Health Physics Emphasis Core (University Foundational Learning Outcomes) (27-29 credits)

Fulfills 1 Science Core Course

Fulfills 1 Science Core Course


  • select course from University list - Credit Hours: 3.00

Behavior/Social Science Humanities

  • select course from University list - Credit Hours: 3.00

Required Courses for Radiological Health Sciences/Health Physics Emphasis (87-88 credits)

HSCI Humanities, Behavioral/Social Sciences Selectives - select from list (3 credits)

  • select course from HSCI Humanities, Behavioral/Social Sciences list - Credit Hours: 3.00

Electives (0-3 credits)


*A grade of “C” or higher must be earned 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 300 level or higher courses at Purdue for graduation

120 credits required for Bachelor of Science degree

University Foundational Learning Outcomes List

HSCI Humanities, Behavioral/Social Sciences Selectives List - select any 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)

Program Requirements

120 credit hours required

Effective: Fall 2014 Beginners

17-18 Credits

15-17 Credits

15 Credits


***These courses are usually completed during the first/freshman year. However, they could be taken during summer or the sophomore year in order to decrease the credit load.

12 Credits

16 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

Senior Year Seventh Semester

14-17 Credits

Spring 4th Year

Eighth Semester

  • Spring only
  • MA/CS or General Science Selective - (Select from MA/CS or Gen Science list) - Credit Hours: 4.00
  • General Science or RADH Selective - (Select from Gen Science or RADH list) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • HSCI Hum. Sel - Credit Hours: 3.00

13 Credits

University Foundations Learning Outcome List


*(BSS) Behavioral/Social Science - 1 course
*(H) Humanities - 1 course
*(OC) Oral Communication - 1 course
*(QR) Quantitative Reasoning - 1 course
*(S) Science - 2 courses
*(IL) Information Literacy - 1 course
*(STS) Science, Technology, & Society) - 1 course
*(WC) Written Communication - 1 course

Purdue students must complete 32 credit hours of 300 level or above courses for graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Student is responsible for completing and fulfilling all graduation requirements.

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

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.