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.
Pre-Medical Physics Concentration (35-37 credits)
A minimum grade of “C” is required for HSCI 57000, HSCI 57200; MA 16100 or 16500, MA 16200 or MA 16600; and PHYS 17200.
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)
- Behavior/Social Science Core - select from University list - Credit Hours: 3.00
- English Selective - any ENGL course 20000 level or above - Credit Hours: 3.00
- HSCI Humanities, Behavioral/Social Sciences Selective - select from HSCI Humanities, Behavioral/Social Sciences list - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Humanities Core - select from University list - Credit Hours: 3.00
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.
- 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 54000 , HSCI 57000 , HSCI 57200 , HSCI 57400 ; MA 16100 /MA 16200 or MA 16500 /MA 16600 ; and PHYS 17200 , and they cannot be taken as pass/no pass.
- An Ethics course, such as PHIL 11100, PHIL 27000, or PHIL 29000, is highly recommended for students pursuing the PRMP concentration.
- Students must complete 32 credit hours of 30000 level or higher courses at Purdue 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
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