Medical Physics Track

This track prepares students for medical school and for graduate study and careers in the health sciences. Because of the additional requirements for pre-medical students in the biological and chemical sciences, this major is best started in the sophomore year.Note that this 'track' is simply for advising purposes for help in choosing electives. All physics majors complete the same requirements for the major.

The Curriculum

  1. Physics introductory courses [4 or 5 hours; note that only the second course in any sequence counts toward the physics major; as appropriate, any combination of 116a/118a + 116b/118b or 116a/118a + 121b or 121a + 121b or 121a + 116b/118b satisfies the Introductory Course requirement]:
    • first semester introductory, calculus-based physics (pre-requisite for the major):
      • PHYS 116a (General Physics I) with PHYS 118a (General Physics I Lab) [offered in both Spring and Fall] [4] or
      • PHYS 121a: Principles of Physics I with lab [Fall, 5]
    • second semester introductory, calculus-based physics [4 or 5]:
      • PHYS 116b (General Physics II) with PHYS 118b (General Physics II Lab) [offered in both Spring and Fall, 4] or
      • PHYS 121b: Principles of Physics II with lab [Fall, 5]
  2. Core curriculum [19 hours]:
    • PHYS 225 or 225W: Concepts and Applications of Quantum Physics I [Fall, 4]
    • PHYS 226 or 226W: Concepts and Applications of Quantum Physics II [Spring, 4]
    • PHYS 223: Thermal and Statistical Physics [3] or PHYS 223C: Computational Thermal and Statistical Physics [Fall, 3]
    • PHYS 227a: Classical Mechanics I [Fall, 3]
    • PHYS 229a: Electricity, Magnetism and Electrodynamics I [Spring, 3]
    • PHYS 250: Physics Undergraduate Seminar [1]
    • ASTR 250: Astronomy Undergraduate Seminar [1]
  3. Additional courses (starred courses are normal entrance requirements for medical school):
    • * General Chemistry, with lab: CHEM 102a-102b, and 104a-104b
    • * Organic Chemistry, with lab: CHEM 218a-218b or 220a-220b, and 219a-219b
    • * Introduction to Biological Sciences, with lab: BSCI 110a-110b, and 111a-111b
    • PHYS 228: Physics of Medical Imaging [3]
    • PHYS 243: Health Physics [3]
    • PHYS 248: Radiation Biophysics [3]
    • PHYS 285: Radiation Detectors and Measurements [4]

Sample Medical Physics Program

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
First Year Physics 121a
Math 155a
First year writing seminar
Chemistry 102a, 104a and 106a
Physics 121b
Math 155b
History and Culture 1(W)
Chemistry 102b, 104b and 106b
Second Year Physics 225 or 225W
Physics 250 or Astronomy 250
BioSci 110a, 111a
Math 175
Humanities 1 (W)
Physics 226 or 226W
Astronomy 250 or Physics 250
BioSci 110b, 111b
Math 194 or 204
Humanities 2
Third Year Physics 227a
Physics 223 or 223C
Math 198 or 208
History and Culture 2
Chem 219a and 220a
Physics 229a
Physics 228
Chem 219b and 220b
History and Culture 3
Fourth Year Social Science 1
Physics 243
Social Science 2
History and Culture 4
Foreign Language 1
Social Science 2
Physics 285
Humanities 3
Foreign Language 2

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