Radiation Science & Therapy

Radiation Science Major

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Degree Requirements - 126 credits 

Students can earn a bachelor of science degree with this major.  See the requirements for the bachelor of science degree.

Major Requirements: 17 courses and corresponding laboratories, 63 credits

Students in this major must earn the BS degree.

Core Requirements (12 courses and corresponding laboratories where applicable, 43 credits)

Prerequisites:

BIO-L111 concurrently

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Explanation of key biological structures and reactions of the cell. This is an introductory course required of all biology majors and minors and some non-biology science majors. This course is not recommended for the non-science student.

Prerequisites:

BIO-111 (concurrently)

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Sessions are designed to familiarize the student with biological molecules and the techniques used in their study. The techniques covered include basic solution preparation separation and quantification of molecules enzyme catalysis and cell isolation.

Prerequisites:

BIO-L203 (concurrently), BIO-111 and BIO-L11

Credits:

3.00

Description:

First part of a systematic survey of the structural and functional interrelations of the organ systems of the human body. This course emphasizes histology and physiology in the understanding of the integumentary skeletal muscular and nervous systems. Medical terminology will be used.

Prerequisites:

BIO-203 (concurrently) and BIO-111 and BIO-L111

Credits:

1.00

Description:

A study of the human skeletal system and a comparative look at other organ systems involving observation of anatomical models and dissection of mammalian specimens. Also includes microscopy and computer simulations of physiological processes.

Prerequisites:

BIO-L204 (concurrently), BIO-203, and BIO-L203

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Conclusion of a systematic survey of the structural and functional interrelations of the organ systems of the human body. This course investigates the endocrine circulatory respiratory digestive urinary and reproductive systems as well as the physiology of immune responses nutrition and acid-base balance. Medical terminology will be used.

Prerequisites:

BIO-204 (concurrently) and BIO-203 and BIO-L203

Credits:

1.00

Description:

A study of the human viscera using anatomical models and dissection of mammalian specimens. Also includes microscopy of tissues and physiological experiments.

Prerequisites:

CAS-101. CAS students only. SBS students by special permission. Restricted to the following majors: Art History, Asian Studies, Biology, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, French, Global Cultural Studies, History, Humanities, International Economics, Music History, Philosophy, Physics, Radiation Science, Socioloug, Spanish, and Undeclared. Instructor consent required for all other majors.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This course engages students in the early stages of career planning. Students will explore their interests skills values and strengths which will allow them to begin setting appropriate goals for professional development. Once students understand themselves in relation to the world of work they will learn how to research careers and employment paths that fit with their goals.

Prerequisites:

Placement at MATH-104 or better. Students who do not place at MATH-104 must take MATH-104 concurrently. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM-L111.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Fundamental principles of chemistry are discussed. Introduces atomic structure the periodic table the nature of chemical bonds chemical reactions and stoichiometry. This course is recommended for science majors or those considering careers in the health sciences.

Prerequisites:

Placement at MATH-104 or better. Students who do not place at MATH-104 must take MATH-104 concurrently. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM-111.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This course introduces the basic principles of chemistry through hands-on laboratory experiments. Students learn safe laboratory practices and fundamental technical skills. These include the determination of mass and volume making solutions and synthesizing a product. Emphasis is also placed on understanding and writing scientific literature.

Prerequisites:

CHEM-L112 (concurrently), CHEM-111, CHEM-L111 and MATH-104 or higher

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course is a continuation of General Chemistry I. Fundamental principles of chemistry are discussed. Introduces thermochemistry gases solution chemistry chemical kinetics chemical equilibrium acid-base systems and thermodynamics.

Prerequisites:

CHEM-112 (concurrently) and CHEM-111 and CHEM-L111 and MATH-104 placement or higher.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This course is a continuation of General Chemistry I Laboratory. Apply the basic principles of chemistry through discovery laboratory experiments with an emphasis on quantitative analysis. Apply Beer's Law and acid-base titrations. This laboratory is designed around the foundational laboratory skills practiced by science students in a wide variety of majors.

Prerequisites:

CHEM-112 and CHEM-L112. CHEM-L211 must be taken concurrently.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces basic theories of structure bonding and chemical reactivity as specifically applied to modern organic chemistry. Includes functional groups acid/base chemistry nomenclature resonance spectroscopy and stereochemistry.

Prerequisites:

CHEM-112 and CHEM-L112. Must be taken concurrently with CHEM-211.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Introduces synthetic organic chemistry techniques. Includes melting point determination distillation crystallization extraction chromatographic separations and infrared spectroscopy. Discusses experimental design within the context of green organic chemistry.

Prerequisites:

CHEM-211 and CHEM-L211. Must take CHEM-L212 concurrently.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Builds on the core competencies acquired in Organic Chemistry I. Includes detailed mechanistic discussions of substitution elimination and addition reactions. Emphasizes organic synthesis structure determination and spectroscopy.

Prerequisites:

CHEM-211 and CHEM-L211. Must be take CHEM-212 concurrently.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This hybrid laboratory course builds on the core competencies acquired in Organic Chemistry Laboratory I and has two mandatory face to face laboratory sessions to develop essential laboratory skill. The remaining lab sessions use a variety of virtual tools including simulations videos class discussions and data analysis. Emphasizes the characterization of organic molecules via nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Discusses experimental design within the context of green organic chemistry.

Prerequisites:

RAD-L315 concurrently; Radiation Biology, Radiation Science, Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate), or Medical Dosimetry Students Only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Content is designed to establish a thorough knowledge of the radiation physics used in radiation therapy treatments. Topics to be covered in this course include a review of basic physics (energy mass matter SI units) structure of matter types of radiations nuclear transformations radioactive decay the fundamentals of x-ray generators and x-ray production interactions of x and gamma rays with matter absorbed dose measurements of dose principles of and practical use of ionization chambers and electrometers Geiger counters and other survey meters principles and practical use of TLDs film calorimetry scintillation detectors radiation protection and quality assurance.

Prerequisites:

RAD-L315 concurrently; Radiation Science, Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate), or Medical Dosimetry Students Only.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Explores topics including quality assurance measurements for radiation therapy calibration of radiation teletherapy unit using ionization chambers measurements of dose distribution via film measurements of dose in a phantom via TLDs radiation protection survey of therapy installation and brachytherapy sources and radiation biology.

Prerequisites:

RAD-315 and Radiation Science and Radiation Therapy students only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Expands on the concepts and theories presented in Radiation Physics I. It will provide a detailed analysis of the treatment units used in external beam radiation therapy their beam geometry basic dose calculations and dose distributions. Students will also learn the principles theories and uses of brachytherapy.

Prerequisites:

RAD-315; Radiation Science, Radiation Therapy and Medical Dosimetry Students only (including Radiation Science minors)

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Topics covered include: physio-chemical aspects of energy absorption the sequence of events after irradiation occurring on the molecular cellular and organized tissue levels radiation response and repair of eukaryotic cells effects of radiation quality dose rate environmental conditions cell cycle kinetics tumor and normal cell population dynamics radiation-induced carcinogenesis and mutagenesis tumor pathophysiology and radiobiology and recent advances in experimental radiation oncology.

Prerequisites:

Radiation Science and Radiation Therapy students only. Senior status required.

Credits:

2.00

Description:

Promotes expansion of professional development skills for Radiation Science majors. Assists students with job search networking and professional cover letter and resume preparation as well as discusses techniques necessary to make job interviews successful.

Cancer Care Requirement (1 course, 4 credits)

Choose one of the following:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Introduces the top ten U.S. adult cancers as well as the most common pediatric cancers. Topics to be covered include cancer causes detection and prevention. Psychosocial aspects of being diagnosed with cancer and the role nutrition plays for cancer patients will be integrated. The course will also discuss the major treatment modalities for each cancer including radiation therapy surgery chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Students meet community needs by engaging in service-learning outside the classroom. This course introduces the top ten U.S. adult cancers as well as the most common pediatric cancers. Topics to be covered include cancer causes detection and prevention. Psychosocial aspects of being diagnosed with cancer and the role nutrition plays for cancer patients will be integrated. The course will also discuss the major treatment modalities for each cancer including radiation therapy surgery chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants. Service-learning is a pedagogy integrating academically relevant service activities that address human and community needs into a course. Students connect knowledge and theory to practice by combining service with reflection in a structured learning environment. Students will engage in service-learning with an underserved community partner in regards to cancer by working directly with cancer patients or by assisting on a project that supports cancer patients.

Physics Requirement (2 courses and corresponding laboratories, 8 credits)

Choose one of the following 2-course sequences with corresponding laboratories:

Prerequisites:

Take MATH-121 or MATH-134 or MATH-165 or permission of Physics department chair; PHYS-L111 taken concurrently

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduction to the fundamental principles of physics. Study of kinematics vectors Newton's laws rotations rigid body statics and dynamics energy and work momentum heat and thermodynamics kinetic theory.

Prerequisites:

PHYS-111 concurrently

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This laboratory course consists of experiments and exercises to illustrate the basic concepts studied in PHYS 111. Introduction to the fundamental principles of physics. Study of kinematics vectors Newton's laws rotations rigid body statics and dynamics energy and work momentum heat and thermodynamics kinetic theory. Error propagation use of Excel laboratory notebooks and formal reports required.

Prerequisites:

PHYS-111 and PHYS-L11. Must be taken concurrently with PHYS-L112.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Continuation of the fundamental principles of physics. Study of simple harmonic motion waves fluids electric forces and fields electric potential DC circuits electromagnetic induction magnetic fields AC circuits introduction to optics introduction to atomic nuclear and particle physics.

Prerequisites:

PHYS-112(concurrently) and PHYS-111 and PHYS-L111

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This laboratory course consists of experiments and exercises to illustrate the basic concepts studied in PHYS 112. Continuation of the fundamental principles of physics. Study of simple harmonic motion waves fluids electric forces and fields electric potential DC circuits electromagnetic induction magnetic fields AC circuits introduction to optics introduction to atomic nuclear and particle physics. Error propagation use of Excel laboratory notebooks and formal reports required.

or

Prerequisites:

MATH-121 or MATH-134 with a grade of C or better. MATH-165 can replace these prerequisites if taken concurrently with PHYS-151.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

PHYS 151 is the first of three courses (PHYS 151 152 153) that comprise the calculus-based introductory physics sequence intended for students majoring in the physical sciences engineering and mathematics. This course covers basic techniques in physics that fall under the topic of classical mechanics and their application in understanding the natural world. Specific topics include the study of vectors Newton's laws rotations kinetic and potential energy momentum and collisions rigid body statics and dynamics fluid mechanics gravitation simple harmonic motion mechanical waves sound and hearing. The student will learn how to analyze physical situations by using simple models and also how to solve those models and derive useful conclusions from them. This course will show students how experimental results and mathematical representations are combined to create testable scientific theories.

Prerequisites:

MATH-121, MATH-165, MATH-166 or MATH-134(with a minimum grade of C). PHYS-151 concurrently.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This laboratory course consists of experiments and exercises to illustrate the basic concepts studied in PHYS 151: measurements propagation of errors vectors Newton's laws work and energy momentum rotations oscillations simple harmonic motion fluid. Knowledge of algebra trigonometry differentiation and integration required.

Prerequisites:

PHYS-151 and PHYS-L151. Must be taken concurrently with PHYS-L152.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This calculus-based course continues the topics in physics covered in Physics 151 and begins with temperature and heat the thermal properties of matter and the lasw of thermodynamics. It then switches to electromagnetism and covers electric charge and field Gauss' law electrical potential and capacitance electric currents and DC circuits. Next magnetism electromagnetic induction Faraday's law and AC circuits are discussed. This is followed by Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves.

Prerequisites:

PHYS-152 (concurrently) and PHYS-151 and PHYS-L151

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This laboratory course consists of experiments and exercises to illustrate the basic concepts studied in PHYS 152: heat gas laws electric forces field and potential DC and AC circuits magnetic field electromagnetic induction Faraday's law optics. Calculus algebra trigonometry are required. Error propagation use of Excel laboratory notebooks and formal reports required.

Mathematics Requirement (1 course, 4 credits)

Choose one of the following:

Prerequisites:

MATH-104, MATH-121 or MATH level 4

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A one-semester introduction to differential and integral calculus. Theory is presented informally and topics and techniques are limited to polynomials rational functions logarithmic and exponential functions. Topics include a review of precalculus limits and continuity derivatives differentiation rules applications of derivatives to graphing minima/maxima applications of the derivative marginal analysis differential equations of growth and decay anti-derivatives the definite integral the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and area measurements. This course cannot be used to satisfy core or complementary requirements by students majoring in chemistry computer science engineering mathematics or physics. Several sections offered each semester.

Prerequisites:

MATH-121 with a minimum grade of C, MATH-075, or MATH level 5

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Functions limits and continuity squeeze theorem limits at infinity; instantaneous rate of change tangent slopes and the definition of the derivative of a function; power product and quotient rules trig derivatives chain rule implicit differentiation; higher order derivatives; derivatives of other transcendental functions (inverse trig functions exponential and log functions hyperbolic trig functions); applications of the derivative (implicit differentiation related rates optimization differentials curve sketching L'Hopital's rule); anti-derivatives; indefinite integrals; Fundamental Theorem; applications (net change). 4 lecture hours plus 1 recitation session each week. Normally offered each semester.

Biostatistics Requirement (1 course, 4 credits)

Choose one of the following:

Prerequisites:

BIO-111 and BIO-L111

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Introduction to the statistical methods used to evaluate biological problems. Sampling probability confidence intervals hypothesis tests experimental design analysis of variance regression and correlation are some of the topics offered. Software for data handling graphics and analysis will be used.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114; Restricted to majors only unless with permission of instructor.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Introduces the use of statistics as tools for description and decision-making including hypothesis testing. Prepares students for the analysis interpretation and evaluation of psychological research. Offered every semester. Weekly laboratory sessions are required.

Prerequisites:

MATH-128 or higher

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Application of statistical analysis to real-world business and economic problems. Topics include data presentation descriptive statistics including measures of location and dispersion introduction to probability discrete and continuous random variables probability distributions including binomial and normal distributions sampling and sampling distributions statistical inference including estimation and hypothesis testing simple and multiple regression analysis. The use of computers is emphasized throughout the course. Normally offered each semester.

Notes:

  • Clinical training is not included as part of the Radiation Science degree.

  • If planning to apply to the Medical Dosimetry graduate program during senior year or after graduation, students must take MATH-165.

Residency Requirement Policy: In the College of Arts and Sciences, a two-course (8 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for completion of a minor and a four-course (16 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for the completion of a major.

Radiation Science Major Learning Goals & Objectives

Learning goals and objectives reflect the educational outcomes achieved by students through the completion of this program. These transferable skills prepare Suffolk students for success in the workplace, in graduate school, and in their local and global communities.

Learning Goals Learning Objectives
Students will...
Students will be able to...
Demonstrate knowledge of the functions of the human body
  • Demonstrate understanding of the functions of the human body and organ systems
Obtain knowledge of radiation physics, radioactivity, and its effects on the body
  • Understand concepts such as radiation exposure and absorbed dose of radiation
  • Demonstrate understanding of cell survival curves and radiation exposure syndromes
Obtain skills to prepare them for gaining employment or pursuing interest in general science or healthcare
  • Identify career or further education options
  • Demonstrate ability to apply and interview for a job
  • Demonstrate professionalism in an area of interest during an internship

Radiation Therapy Major

Learn more about this major

Degree Requirements - 126 credits

Students can earn a bachelor of science degree with this major.  See the requirements for the bachelor of science degree.

Major Requirements: 19 courses and corresponding laboratories, 78 credits

Students in this major must earn the BS degree.

Core Requirements (14 courses and corresponding laboratories where applicable, 58 credits)

Prerequisites:

BIO-L111 concurrently

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Explanation of key biological structures and reactions of the cell. This is an introductory course required of all biology majors and minors and some non-biology science majors. This course is not recommended for the non-science student.

Prerequisites:

BIO-111 (concurrently)

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Sessions are designed to familiarize the student with biological molecules and the techniques used in their study. The techniques covered include basic solution preparation separation and quantification of molecules enzyme catalysis and cell isolation.

Prerequisites:

BIO-L203 (concurrently), BIO-111 and BIO-L11

Credits:

3.00

Description:

First part of a systematic survey of the structural and functional interrelations of the organ systems of the human body. This course emphasizes histology and physiology in the understanding of the integumentary skeletal muscular and nervous systems. Medical terminology will be used.

Prerequisites:

BIO-203 (concurrently) and BIO-111 and BIO-L111

Credits:

1.00

Description:

A study of the human skeletal system and a comparative look at other organ systems involving observation of anatomical models and dissection of mammalian specimens. Also includes microscopy and computer simulations of physiological processes.

Prerequisites:

BIO-L204 (concurrently), BIO-203, and BIO-L203

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Conclusion of a systematic survey of the structural and functional interrelations of the organ systems of the human body. This course investigates the endocrine circulatory respiratory digestive urinary and reproductive systems as well as the physiology of immune responses nutrition and acid-base balance. Medical terminology will be used.

Prerequisites:

BIO-204 (concurrently) and BIO-203 and BIO-L203

Credits:

1.00

Description:

A study of the human viscera using anatomical models and dissection of mammalian specimens. Also includes microscopy of tissues and physiological experiments.

Prerequisites:

RAD-L315 concurrently; Radiation Biology, Radiation Science, Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate), or Medical Dosimetry Students Only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Content is designed to establish a thorough knowledge of the radiation physics used in radiation therapy treatments. Topics to be covered in this course include a review of basic physics (energy mass matter SI units) structure of matter types of radiations nuclear transformations radioactive decay the fundamentals of x-ray generators and x-ray production interactions of x and gamma rays with matter absorbed dose measurements of dose principles of and practical use of ionization chambers and electrometers Geiger counters and other survey meters principles and practical use of TLDs film calorimetry scintillation detectors radiation protection and quality assurance.

Prerequisites:

RAD-L315 concurrently; Radiation Science, Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate), or Medical Dosimetry Students Only.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Explores topics including quality assurance measurements for radiation therapy calibration of radiation teletherapy unit using ionization chambers measurements of dose distribution via film measurements of dose in a phantom via TLDs radiation protection survey of therapy installation and brachytherapy sources and radiation biology.

Prerequisites:

RAD-315 and Radiation Science and Radiation Therapy students only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Expands on the concepts and theories presented in Radiation Physics I. It will provide a detailed analysis of the treatment units used in external beam radiation therapy their beam geometry basic dose calculations and dose distributions. Students will also learn the principles theories and uses of brachytherapy.

Prerequisites:

RAD-206. Radiation Therapy students only.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Studying through a systems-based approach this course reviews anatomy and physiology while teaching medical terminology. Topics will include discussing the major cancers associated with half of the anatomical system and introducing the student to radiation therapy treatment techniques and procedures for the corresponding anatomical sites.

Prerequisites:

RAD-206

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Provides the necessary clinical experience to become a radiation therapist. All labs are conducted at our clinical affiliates. Under the supervision of licensed radiation therapists the students will become increasingly proficient in the manipulation of treatment equipment will gain a thorough understanding of radiation treatment plans will deliver a prescribed radiation dose to cancer patients and will acquire knowledge of all relevant aspects of patient care.

Prerequisites:

RAD-321. Radiation Therapy students only.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Provides the necessary clinical experience to become a radiation therapist through immersive and expanded rotations. All labs are conducted at our clinical affiliates. Under the supervision of licensed radiation therapists the students will become increasingly proficient in the manipulation of treatment equipment will gain a thorough understanding of radiation treatment plans will deliver a prescribed radiation dose to cancer patients and will acquire knowledge of all relevant aspects of patient care.

Prerequisites:

RAD-L304 and RAD-L322. Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate) students only.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Continuing from RAD 321 through the same systems-based approach this course reviews anatomy and physiology while teaching medical terminology. Topics will include discussing the major cancers associated with the remaining half of the anatomical system and introducing the student to radiation therapy treatment techniques and procedures for the corresponding anatomical sites not taught in RAD 321.

Prerequisites:

RAD-L322 or RAD-L304. Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate) Students Only.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Provides the necessary clinical experience to become a radiation therapist. All labs are conducted at our clinical affiliates. Under the supervision of licensed radiation therapists the students will become increasingly proficient in the manipulation of treatment equipment will gain a thorough understanding of radiation treatment plans will deliver a prescribed radiation dose to cancer patients and will acquire knowledge of all relevant aspects of patient care.

Prerequisites:

Take RAD-L302 or RAD-L323. Radiation Therapy (major or certificate) students only.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Provides the necessary clinical experience to become a radiation therapist. All labs are conducted at our clinical affiliates. Under the supervision of licensed radiation therapists the students will become increasingly proficient in the manipulation of treatment equipment will gain a thorough understanding of radiation treatment plans will deliver a prescribed radiation dose to cancer patients and will acquire knowledge of all relevant aspects of patient care.

Prerequisites:

RAD-315 and RAD-L415 concurrently; Radiation Therapy students only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Discusses the factors that influence treatment planning and govern the clinical aspects of patient treatment. Topics to be covered include treatment planning with 3-D CT and MRI beams isodose plan descriptions clinical applications of treatment beams and advanced dosimetric calculations. Students will also contrast new emerging technologies with conventional radiation therapy techniques (SRT SRS IMRT Image Guided Therapy Respiratory Gating).

Prerequisites:

RAD-415 concurrently and Radiation Therapy Students Only

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Provides the student with the opportunity to apply clinical dosimetry principles and theories learned in the classroom to actual treatment planning situations within the clinic. Through hands-on lab exercises the student will demonstrate the use of the treatment planning instruments and interpret information they compute.

Prerequisites:

RAD-315; Radiation Science, Radiation Therapy and Medical Dosimetry Students only (including Radiation Science minors)

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Topics covered include: physio-chemical aspects of energy absorption the sequence of events after irradiation occurring on the molecular cellular and organized tissue levels radiation response and repair of eukaryotic cells effects of radiation quality dose rate environmental conditions cell cycle kinetics tumor and normal cell population dynamics radiation-induced carcinogenesis and mutagenesis tumor pathophysiology and radiobiology and recent advances in experimental radiation oncology.

Prerequisites:

Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate) or Medical Dosimetry Students Only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Students will review cancer epidemiology etiology detection diagnosis and prevention lymphatic drainage and treatment. The pathology(s) of each cancer will be presented in detail including the rationale for each preferred modality of treatment.

Prerequisites:

Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate) or Medical Dosimetry Students Only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course will begin with an introduction to radiology a review of x-ray production and a discussion of basic radiation physics image formation (Kv mA) and distortion (blur magnification) conventional processing and digital imaging. The above-mentioned radiographic imaging concepts will be presented with conventional lectures as well as with several imaging laboratories. In addition the basic principles of each imaging modality including mammography CT MRI Nuc Med and Ultra Sound will be presented. With the use of departmental tours and guest lecturers the use benefits and limitations of each will be discussed. Building upon the information previously presented radiographic anatomy will also be covered with an emphasis on cross sectional anatomy. Students will review basic anatomy viewed in sectional planes (axial/transverse) of the body. Using CT and MRI images the topographic relationship between internal organs and surface anatomy will be interpreted and discussed.

Prerequisites:

Senior status, Radiation Therapy Students Only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Available to senior students enrolled in the Radiation Therapy program. A seminar style course that serves many purposes; one of which will be preparing our graduating students for board certification (ARRT). Exam preparation will include the use of lectures online teaching tools mini mock exams and a full-length mock exam. The seminar will also assist students with the preparation of their professional resumes including discussions regarding the skills necessary to make job interviews successful.

Cancer Care Requirement (1 course, 4 credits)

Choose one of the following:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Introduces the top ten U.S. adult cancers as well as the most common pediatric cancers. Topics to be covered include cancer causes detection and prevention. Psychosocial aspects of being diagnosed with cancer and the role nutrition plays for cancer patients will be integrated. The course will also discuss the major treatment modalities for each cancer including radiation therapy surgery chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Students meet community needs by engaging in service-learning outside the classroom. This course introduces the top ten U.S. adult cancers as well as the most common pediatric cancers. Topics to be covered include cancer causes detection and prevention. Psychosocial aspects of being diagnosed with cancer and the role nutrition plays for cancer patients will be integrated. The course will also discuss the major treatment modalities for each cancer including radiation therapy surgery chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants. Service-learning is a pedagogy integrating academically relevant service activities that address human and community needs into a course. Students connect knowledge and theory to practice by combining service with reflection in a structured learning environment. Students will engage in service-learning with an underserved community partner in regards to cancer by working directly with cancer patients or by assisting on a project that supports cancer patients.

Physics Requirement (2 courses and corresponding laboratories, 8 credits)

Choose one of the following 2-course sequences with corresponding laboratories:

Prerequisites:

Take MATH-121 or MATH-134 or MATH-165 or permission of Physics department chair; PHYS-L111 taken concurrently

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduction to the fundamental principles of physics. Study of kinematics vectors Newton's laws rotations rigid body statics and dynamics energy and work momentum heat and thermodynamics kinetic theory.

Prerequisites:

PHYS-111 concurrently

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This laboratory course consists of experiments and exercises to illustrate the basic concepts studied in PHYS 111. Introduction to the fundamental principles of physics. Study of kinematics vectors Newton's laws rotations rigid body statics and dynamics energy and work momentum heat and thermodynamics kinetic theory. Error propagation use of Excel laboratory notebooks and formal reports required.

Prerequisites:

PHYS-111 and PHYS-L11. Must be taken concurrently with PHYS-L112.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Continuation of the fundamental principles of physics. Study of simple harmonic motion waves fluids electric forces and fields electric potential DC circuits electromagnetic induction magnetic fields AC circuits introduction to optics introduction to atomic nuclear and particle physics.

Prerequisites:

PHYS-112(concurrently) and PHYS-111 and PHYS-L111

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This laboratory course consists of experiments and exercises to illustrate the basic concepts studied in PHYS 112. Continuation of the fundamental principles of physics. Study of simple harmonic motion waves fluids electric forces and fields electric potential DC circuits electromagnetic induction magnetic fields AC circuits introduction to optics introduction to atomic nuclear and particle physics. Error propagation use of Excel laboratory notebooks and formal reports required.

or

Prerequisites:

MATH-121 or MATH-134 with a grade of C or better. MATH-165 can replace these prerequisites if taken concurrently with PHYS-151.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

PHYS 151 is the first of three courses (PHYS 151 152 153) that comprise the calculus-based introductory physics sequence intended for students majoring in the physical sciences engineering and mathematics. This course covers basic techniques in physics that fall under the topic of classical mechanics and their application in understanding the natural world. Specific topics include the study of vectors Newton's laws rotations kinetic and potential energy momentum and collisions rigid body statics and dynamics fluid mechanics gravitation simple harmonic motion mechanical waves sound and hearing. The student will learn how to analyze physical situations by using simple models and also how to solve those models and derive useful conclusions from them. This course will show students how experimental results and mathematical representations are combined to create testable scientific theories.

Prerequisites:

MATH-121, MATH-165, MATH-166 or MATH-134(with a minimum grade of C). PHYS-151 concurrently.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This laboratory course consists of experiments and exercises to illustrate the basic concepts studied in PHYS 151: measurements propagation of errors vectors Newton's laws work and energy momentum rotations oscillations simple harmonic motion fluid. Knowledge of algebra trigonometry differentiation and integration required.

Prerequisites:

PHYS-151 and PHYS-L151. Must be taken concurrently with PHYS-L152.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This calculus-based course continues the topics in physics covered in Physics 151 and begins with temperature and heat the thermal properties of matter and the lasw of thermodynamics. It then switches to electromagnetism and covers electric charge and field Gauss' law electrical potential and capacitance electric currents and DC circuits. Next magnetism electromagnetic induction Faraday's law and AC circuits are discussed. This is followed by Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves.

Prerequisites:

PHYS-152 (concurrently) and PHYS-151 and PHYS-L151

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This laboratory course consists of experiments and exercises to illustrate the basic concepts studied in PHYS 152: heat gas laws electric forces field and potential DC and AC circuits magnetic field electromagnetic induction Faraday's law optics. Calculus algebra trigonometry are required. Error propagation use of Excel laboratory notebooks and formal reports required.

Mathematics Requirement (1 course, 4 credits)

Choose one of the following:

Prerequisites:

MATH-104, MATH-121 or MATH level 4

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A one-semester introduction to differential and integral calculus. Theory is presented informally and topics and techniques are limited to polynomials rational functions logarithmic and exponential functions. Topics include a review of precalculus limits and continuity derivatives differentiation rules applications of derivatives to graphing minima/maxima applications of the derivative marginal analysis differential equations of growth and decay anti-derivatives the definite integral the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and area measurements. This course cannot be used to satisfy core or complementary requirements by students majoring in chemistry computer science engineering mathematics or physics. Several sections offered each semester.

Prerequisites:

MATH-121 with a minimum grade of C, MATH-075, or MATH level 5

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Functions limits and continuity squeeze theorem limits at infinity; instantaneous rate of change tangent slopes and the definition of the derivative of a function; power product and quotient rules trig derivatives chain rule implicit differentiation; higher order derivatives; derivatives of other transcendental functions (inverse trig functions exponential and log functions hyperbolic trig functions); applications of the derivative (implicit differentiation related rates optimization differentials curve sketching L'Hopital's rule); anti-derivatives; indefinite integrals; Fundamental Theorem; applications (net change). 4 lecture hours plus 1 recitation session each week. Normally offered each semester.

Biostatistics Requirement (1 course, 4 credits)

Choose one of the following:

Prerequisites:

BIO-111 and BIO-L111

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Introduction to the statistical methods used to evaluate biological problems. Sampling probability confidence intervals hypothesis tests experimental design analysis of variance regression and correlation are some of the topics offered. Software for data handling graphics and analysis will be used.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114; Restricted to majors only unless with permission of instructor.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Introduces the use of statistics as tools for description and decision-making including hypothesis testing. Prepares students for the analysis interpretation and evaluation of psychological research. Offered every semester. Weekly laboratory sessions are required.

Prerequisites:

MATH-128 or higher

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Application of statistical analysis to real-world business and economic problems. Topics include data presentation descriptive statistics including measures of location and dispersion introduction to probability discrete and continuous random variables probability distributions including binomial and normal distributions sampling and sampling distributions statistical inference including estimation and hypothesis testing simple and multiple regression analysis. The use of computers is emphasized throughout the course. Normally offered each semester.

Notes:

  • Students must apply to this selective program in their sophomore year. 
  • If planning to apply to the Medical Dosimetry graduate program during senior year or after graduation, students must take MATH-165.
     

Required Clinical Hours

14 hours per week; Semester 2, Junior Year
40 hours per week; 12 week Summer Session
24 hours per week; Senior Year

Note: The department reserves the right to refer students to the Academic Standing Committee with the potential outcome of withdrawal of a student from the Radiation Therapy major if, in its estimation, the probability of the student’s success is doubtful. Factors such as academic performance, interest, effort, professionalism, compliance, attendance, and suitability for the field will be considered. Issues or concerns correlated with any one of these factors could result in withdrawal of the student from the program. Students who defer entry into the program, for any reason, will forfeit their space in the program and will be required to reapply for the following year. A student may be dismissed from the Radiation Therapy major if they fail to maintain the minimum GPA of 3.0 or if they achieve a final grade lower than "B" in any of the Radiation Therapy (RAD) major courses listed above.

If admitted into the Radiation Therapy major, part-time and full-time students must complete clinical requirements within three years of being admitted. Radiation Therapy graduates may seek employment immediately following graduation and will also be eligible to apply for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Radiation Therapy Certification Exam.

Residency Requirement Policy: In the College of Arts and Sciences, a two-course (8 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for completion of a minor and a four-course (16 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for the completion of a major.

Radiation Therapy Major Learning Goals & Objectives

Learning goals and objectives reflect the educational outcomes achieved by students through the completion of this program. These transferable skills prepare Suffolk students for success in the workplace, in graduate school, and in their local and global communities.

Learning Goals Learning Objectives
Students will...
Students will be able to...
Know critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ask relevant questions
  • Apply theories to clinical situations
Know principles that demonstrate clinical competence
  • Use/maneuver equipment in a safe manner
  • Apply proper techniques and procedures
  • Utilize proper body mechanics and universal precautions
Understand how to communicate in a clinical setting
  • Explain procedures to patients accurately
  • Utilize information acquired to problem solve
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills
Understand the importance of professionalism, growth, and development
  • Demonstrate professional behavior
  • Become a member of a professional organization such as American Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • Exhibit personal growth by continuously demonstrating interest to learn

Radiation Science Minor

Learn more about this minor

Minor Requirements: 6 courses and corresponding laboratories, 23-24 credits

Core Requirements (4 courses and corresponding laboratories where applicable, 16 credits)

Prerequisites:

BIO-L111 concurrently

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Explanation of key biological structures and reactions of the cell. This is an introductory course required of all biology majors and minors and some non-biology science majors. This course is not recommended for the non-science student.

Prerequisites:

BIO-111 (concurrently)

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Sessions are designed to familiarize the student with biological molecules and the techniques used in their study. The techniques covered include basic solution preparation separation and quantification of molecules enzyme catalysis and cell isolation.

Prerequisites:

BIO-L203 (concurrently), BIO-111 and BIO-L11

Credits:

3.00

Description:

First part of a systematic survey of the structural and functional interrelations of the organ systems of the human body. This course emphasizes histology and physiology in the understanding of the integumentary skeletal muscular and nervous systems. Medical terminology will be used.

Prerequisites:

BIO-203 (concurrently) and BIO-111 and BIO-L111

Credits:

1.00

Description:

A study of the human skeletal system and a comparative look at other organ systems involving observation of anatomical models and dissection of mammalian specimens. Also includes microscopy and computer simulations of physiological processes.

Prerequisites:

BIO-L204 (concurrently), BIO-203, and BIO-L203

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Conclusion of a systematic survey of the structural and functional interrelations of the organ systems of the human body. This course investigates the endocrine circulatory respiratory digestive urinary and reproductive systems as well as the physiology of immune responses nutrition and acid-base balance. Medical terminology will be used.

Prerequisites:

BIO-204 (concurrently) and BIO-203 and BIO-L203

Credits:

1.00

Description:

A study of the human viscera using anatomical models and dissection of mammalian specimens. Also includes microscopy of tissues and physiological experiments.

Prerequisites:

RAD-315; Radiation Science, Radiation Therapy and Medical Dosimetry Students only (including Radiation Science minors)

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Topics covered include: physio-chemical aspects of energy absorption the sequence of events after irradiation occurring on the molecular cellular and organized tissue levels radiation response and repair of eukaryotic cells effects of radiation quality dose rate environmental conditions cell cycle kinetics tumor and normal cell population dynamics radiation-induced carcinogenesis and mutagenesis tumor pathophysiology and radiobiology and recent advances in experimental radiation oncology.

Cancer Care Requirement (1 course, 4 credits)

Choose one of the following:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Introduces the top ten U.S. adult cancers as well as the most common pediatric cancers. Topics to be covered include cancer causes detection and prevention. Psychosocial aspects of being diagnosed with cancer and the role nutrition plays for cancer patients will be integrated. The course will also discuss the major treatment modalities for each cancer including radiation therapy surgery chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Students meet community needs by engaging in service-learning outside the classroom. This course introduces the top ten U.S. adult cancers as well as the most common pediatric cancers. Topics to be covered include cancer causes detection and prevention. Psychosocial aspects of being diagnosed with cancer and the role nutrition plays for cancer patients will be integrated. The course will also discuss the major treatment modalities for each cancer including radiation therapy surgery chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants. Service-learning is a pedagogy integrating academically relevant service activities that address human and community needs into a course. Students connect knowledge and theory to practice by combining service with reflection in a structured learning environment. Students will engage in service-learning with an underserved community partner in regards to cancer by working directly with cancer patients or by assisting on a project that supports cancer patients.

Radiation Science Elective (1 course and its corresponding laboratory where applicable, 3-4 credits)

Choose one of the following and corresponding laboratory where applicable:

Prerequisites:

BIO-L114 concurrently

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Rigorous introduction to organismal biology emphasizing evolution phylogenetics form and function. This is an introductory course required of all biology majors and minors and some non-biology science majors. This course is not recommended for the non-science student.

Prerequisites:

BIO-114 concurrently

Credits:

1.00

Description:

A series of laboratory experiences in evolution diversity anatomy and physiology.

Prerequisites:

BIO-111, BIO-L111, BIO-114, and BIO-L114

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This interactive introduction to nutrition explores the science of human nutrition and further reviews concepts of how nutrition can promote health and well being. The course will review specific nutrient needs and functions nutrient digestion and the role of diet in well being and in the presence of chronic disease. Weekly course work encourages scientific literacy and fosters critical evaluation of nutrition in the news and in social media.

Prerequisites:

BIO 111, BIO-L111, BIO-114, BIO-L114, CHEM-111 and CHEM-L111

Credits:

4.00

Description:

The course is designed as an application base educational experience that will allow students to learn the standard techniques associated with successful cell culture. As such students are responsible for the maintenance propagation isolation and preservation of their cells. A number of cell types and experimental manipulations of the cultures are investigated throughout the semester.

Prerequisites:

BIO-L274 (concurrently), BIO-111, BIO-L111, BIO-114 and BIO-L114

Credits:

3.00

Description:

An examination of the basic principles of genetics in eukaryotes and prokaryotes at the level of molecules cells and multicellular organisms including humans. Topics include Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance structure and function of chromosomes and genomes biological variation resulting from recombination mutation and selection and population genetics.

Prerequisites:

BIO-111, BIO-L111, BIO-114, and BIO-L114. Must be taken concurrently with BIO 274.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Experiments designed to demonstrate principles presented in lecture using a range of genetic model organisms that include E. coli B. subtilis S. cerevisiae D. melanogaster S. fimicola and C. elegans.

Prerequisites:

BIO-L285 (concurrently), BIO-111 and BIO-L111

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Viruses and bacteria are surveyed in terms of their ecology biochemistry taxonomy molecular biology and control.

Prerequisites:

BIO-285 (concurrently) and BIO-111 and BIO-L111

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Introduction to microbiological techniques and their applications to health research and industry.

Prerequisites:

BIO-114 and BIO-L114. Must take BIO-L304 concurrently

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Mechanisms of physiological adaptations to environmental challenges are studied. Examples of gas exchange osmoregulation fluid transport temperature regulation nervous control and movement are examined in various animal forms through class lecture and discussion required readings and external lectures. Spring semester.

Prerequisites:

BIO-114 and BIO-L114. Must take BIO-304 concurrently.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Selected physiological processes and mechanisms or adaptation in invertebrate and vertebrate animals are examined by observation and controlled experiments.

Prerequisites:

BIO-274

Credits:

4.00

Description:

The concept of immunity response to infection structure of the immune system biochemistry of immunoglobins antigen-antibody interactions allergy immunological injury lymphocyte subpopulations and cellular immunity tolerance suppression and enhancement. Taught alternate/even years.

Prerequisites:

BIO-274 and BIO-L274 or BIO-285 and BIO-L285;

Credits:

4

Description:

The molecular mechanisms of host-microbe interactions and the epidemiology and public health aspects of microorganisms are stressed. Also covered are current topics in microbiology including antimicrobial therapy and resistance, emerging pathogens and novel applications of microbiology. Experimental design and troubleshooting skills are developed, using contemporary microbiology and molecular biology laboratory techniques. Taught alternate/odd years.

Prerequisites:

BIO-111, BIO-L111, CHEM-211, CHEM-L211 and BIO-L403 (concurrently)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The study of cells approached through examinations of biochemical mechanisms the relation between the structure and function of biological molecules and organelles and the regulation of normal and diseased cells.

Prerequisites:

BIO-111 and BIO-L11 and CHEM-211 and CHEM-L211. Must take BIO-403 concurrently.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Examination of biological molecules and their role in cell function. Techniques used in these examinations will include enzymatic analyses gel electrophoresis immunologic identification chromatography and spectroscopy. Students are expected to develop their proficiency in the laboratory techniques used to analyze their results in a quantitative manner and to present their findings.

Prerequisites:

CHEM-311 or BIO-274 and BIO-L274 and BIO-L474 (concurrently)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

An examination of concepts and techniques of modern molecular biology. Topics include the structure and function of DNA RNA and proteins the regulation of gene expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes at transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels genetic modification of organisms and genome analysis. This course will incorporate readings and discussions of primary scientific literature. Spring semester.

Prerequisites:

Take CHEM-331 or BIO-274 and BIO-L274. BIO-474 must be taken concurrently.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This upper level laboratory course will consist of a semester-long project in the form of a series of consecutive experiments involving the generation of a genetically modified organism and its subsequent molecular analysis. Techniques employed will include genetic screens DNA isolation restriction endonuclease analysis transformation of bacteria gel electrophoresis gene reported assays RNA isolation reverse transcription and quantitative PCR.

Prerequisites:

BIO-114 and BIO-L114

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course focuses on embryonic development in vertebrates. The conceptual focus on evolutionary developmental biology includes comparative developmental mechanisms and Epigenetic processes.

Prerequisites:

BIO-111 and BIO-L111, BIO-114 and BIO-L114, and BIO-274 and BIO-L274 (may be taken conccurently)

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

Biology Internship: This course provides students with credit for an unpaid internship completed during the semester when credit is earned. Students must secure an approved internship and provide documentation from the internship's overseer to a full time faculty member sponsor in order to register for the course. The internship must involve participation in research and / or patient care. Students or their overseers will be required to submit monthly records of internship hours and provide the faculty sponsor with a written summary of internship experiences and accomplishments by the last week of classes. Only one internship may be used as a biology elective. This course is available for variable credit. Prerequisites: An Internship for Credit form must be submitted to the department chair Credits: 1-4

Prerequisites:

CHEM-211 and CHEM-L314 (concurrently)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Explores the basic techniques of collecting and analyzing data from different types of instrumentation including: ultraviolet visible fluorescence atomic and emission spectroscopy; chromatographic methods; electrochemical measurements. Students will apply these techniques to problems in chemistry forensics and environmental science.

Prerequisites:

CHEM-314 (concurrently) and CHEM-L211

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This hybrid laboratory will be offered with three mandatory face to face sessions to develop essential skills. The rest of the curriculum will be offered in an online format. Explores the basic techniques of collecting and analyzing data from different types of instrumentation including: ultraviolet visible fluorescence atomic and emission spectroscopy; chromatographic methods; electrochemical measurements. Students will apply these techniques to problems in chemistry forensics and environmental science.

Prerequisites:

CHEM-L331 (concurrently) CHEM-212 and CHEM-L212 or permission of instructor

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Explores the foundations of biochemistry including the structure organization and behavior of proteins carbohydrates lipids and nucleic acids. Topics include enzyme catalysis kinetics and inhibition as well as protein regulation and membrane structure. Introduces the use of biochemical literature and bioinformatics techniques.

Prerequisites:

CHEM-331 (concurrently) and CHEM-212 and CHEM-L212 or permission of instructor

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Laboratory course introducing biochemical techniques. Includes buffer preparation PCR purification of DNA and proteins agarose and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis protein quantitation and detection and enzyme kinetic assays.

Prerequisites:

CHEM-L332 (concurrently) and CHEM-331

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Explores the principles of bioenergetics and metabolism of biomolecules. Includes intermediary metabolism of carbohydrates lipids amino acids and oxidative phosphorylation. Additional topics include signal transduction and the regulation and integration of metabolism.

Prerequisites:

CHEM-332 (concurrently) and CHEM-331 and CHEM-L331

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Advanced biochemistry laboratory course where students learn experimental design and critical analysis of the scientific literature while conducting novel research. Projects vary from year to year but may include recombinant DNA techniques purification and quantitation of DNA and proteins protein detection enzyme kinetics and bioinformatics. Research is presented as a poster at the annual STEM banquet.

Prerequisites:

CHEM-211 or permission of instructor

Credits:

3.00

Description:

A study of the chemical processes (including biologically mediated ones) that affect the cycling and ultimate fate of chemicals in the environment. Topics include air water and soil chemistry as well as energy and climate change. The effects of pollutant loads on natural systems and the remediation and treatment methods used to minimize pollutant loads are investigated. 3 hour lecture. Normally offered spring odd numbered years.

Prerequisites:

CHEM 355 must be taken concurrently. Take CHEM-L211;

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Laboratory exercises designed to illustrate principles covered by topics in CHEM 355. Prerequisites: CHEM L211 concurrent enrollment in CHEM 355 required. 4-hour laboratory. Normally offered spring odd numbered years.

Prerequisites:

MATH-104, or MATH-121, or MATH level 3

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Linear Modeling (for example using linear functions to model supply/demand situations) graphing linear programming financial functions (compound interest annuities and amortization of loans) sets Venn diagrams counting and combinatorics discrete probability conditional probability Bernoulli experiments Bayes theorem. Several sections offered each semester. *This course cannot be applied toward a departmental concentration in Mathematics by Sawyer Business School students.

Prerequisites:

MATH-164 or MATH-165 with a minimum grade of C

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Riemann sums and definite integrals; Fundamental Theorem; applications (areas); integration of exponential functions trig functions and inverse trig functions; techniques of integration (substitution by parts trig integrals trig substitution partial fractions); area volume and average value applications; differential equations (separable exponential growth linear); improper integrals; infinite sequences and series; convergence tests; power series; Taylor and Maclaurin series (computation convergence error estimates differentiation and integration of Taylor series). 4 lecture hours plus 1 recitation session each week. Normally offered each semester.

Prerequisites:

MATH-165 or MATH-164 with a grade of C or better

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Topics include: random variable and distribution; expectation and variance; special discrete/continuous distributions (uniform binomial negative binomial geometric hypergeometric Poisson normal and exponential distributions); joint distribution marginal distribution and conditional distribution; covariance; limit theorems (law of large numbers and central limit theorem); and (when time permits) introduction to confidence interval and hypothesis testing; regression analysis. Offered in each fall.

Prerequisites:

MATH-166 with grade of C or better

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Parametric equations and polar coordinates (curves areas conic sections); vectors and the geometry of space (the dot product vector arithmetic lines and planes in 3-space the cross product cylinders and quadratic surfaces); vector functions (limits derivatives and integrals motion in space); partial derivatives (functions of several variables limits and continuity tangent planes and differentials chain rule directional derivatives gradient extrema Lagrange multipliers); multiple integrals (double integrals applications); vector calculus (vector fields line integrals fundamental theorem for line integrals Green's Theorem curl and divergence parametric surfaces surface integrals). 4 lecture hours plus 1 recitation session each week. Normally offered each semester.

Prerequisites:

Take MATH-185 with a grade of C or better

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Topics covered include: Algorithms growth of functions (big O notation) computational complexity of algorithms divide-and-conquer algorithms graphs and their properties (isomorphisms of graphs Euler and Hamilton paths shortest path problem graph coloring) trees (tree traversal minimum spanning trees). As time allows: matrices and linear transformations.

Prerequisites:

Take MATH-185 with a grade of C or better

Credits:

4.00

Description:

this course is intended to provide a firm foundation for and a taste of the study of advanced mathematics. While the course content varies somewhat it is designed to give students a deeper understanding of the algebraic and analytical structure of the integers the rational numbers and the real numbers and how they act as a building block to a variety of fields of mathematics. Students are introduced to the process of mathematical discovery and the language of mathematics. Exercises and projects are designed to illustrate the need for proof and to further refine the student's ability to analyze conjecture and write mathematical proofs. This course is a prerequisite for most upper level mathematics courses and after completing it a student will be in a position to determine realistically if he or she ought to major or minor in mathematics.

Prerequisites:

PHIL-119, or PHIL-123, or PHIL-127.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An examination of the moral problems facing health-care practitioners their patients and others involved with the practice of medicine in today's society. Issues include euthanasia the ethics of medical experimentation the use of reproductive technologies genetic counseling and genetic engineering truth-telling and confidentiality in doctor-patient relationships the cost and availability of medical care. Normally offered every third year.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Surveys core theoretical concepts and contemporary empirical research from the major sub-fields of psychology: physiology; perception; cognition; learning; emotion; motivation; development; personality; psychopathology; psychotherapy; and social behavior. Offered every semester.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines physical cognitive emotional and social development in youth (i.e. from conception through adolescence). Surveys major developmental approaches including biological learning and contextual/environmental theories. Major focus is on normal development. Normally offered every semester.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the processes and behaviors that support and detract from the establishment and maintenance of an effective professional helping relationship. Explores cultural factors that influence relationship building and provides supervised practice of helping skills that promote behavior change and effective problem-solving.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing or permission of the instructor

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Introduces the concepts of psychological disorder highlighting the complexities and consequences inherent in labeling human behaviors and experiences as "abnormal." Examines the prevalence and core features of the most common psychological disorders and explores psychological biological and sociocultural perspectives on their etiology and treatment.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Explores the physical social and psychological aspects of adult development with attention to the role of culture and context. Explores age-related changes in mental health personality self-image sexual relations friendships work-life and spirituality. Examines the topics of bereavement hospice/nursing home care and death and dying.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Provides an overview of behavioral and emotional disorders of childhood and adolescence. Examines the prevalence symptom presentation etiology and methods of treating disorders from a variety of psychological developmental and sociocultural perspectives.

Prerequisites:

Radiation Science and Radiation Therapy majors only.

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

Enables opportunity for students to participate in career-related experiential internship. Assists students in preparing for Radiation Science-related career and provides exposure to potential career option. Promotes development of necessary professional skills.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An introduction to the sociological understanding of human interaction group process and social structures. Students are introduced to basic concepts theories and methods of sociological investigation. Majors and minors must pass with a grade of "C" or better.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course will look at the special opportunities and obligations of those in the health and legal professions to protect human rights. There will be an overview of human rights doctrine and key documents. Students will learn to apply human rights principles to particular occupations in the health and legal professions.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course provides students with an introduction to how social norms structures and practices shape experiences of illness and health. Among the topics that will be covered are: health and the environment the reasons some groups of people are less healthy than others living with chronic illness and disabilities and public debates surrounding issues such as performance enhancing drugs and sports Attention Deficit Disorder and the HPV vaccine. Required for all students in the health Medicine and the Body Concentration.

Prerequisites:

This course fulfills the ECR requirement.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

In this course students will learn about how the U.S. health care system works. We will study the politics and economics of the health care system and discuss the key health care policy issues of this decade. Using the theoretical perspectives provided by sociology we will look at issues of power hierarchy race and gender vis-a-vis the health care system. Reading for this course centers on first person narratives by people working in the health care system.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Consideration of the physiological psychological and social factors associated with the aging process. Contemporary American values toward the elderly are compared and contrasted with historical and cross-cultural studies. Current opportunities and techniques enabling the elderly to enrich and expand their societal roles are explored.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An examination of changing definitions of life and death social factors affecting causes and rates of death care of the dying and their families institutionalization the funeral industry suicide crisis intervention and the impact of technology on the dying process.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An exploration of topics that relate particularly to women as providers and consumers in the health care system. The course will consider historical and current information on issues of reproduction technology health and illness.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An examination of how different cultures understand health and illness. Healing approaches from Asia Africa and the Americas will be explored.

Please check with the program director for potential Radiation Science elective approval of other biology, chemistry, physics, math, psychology, or sociology courses.

Residency Requirement Policy: In the College of Arts and Sciences, a two-course (8 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for completion of a minor and a four-course (16 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for the completion of a major.

Minor Programs Policy: A student declaring a minor may use no more than two courses from a major or double major combination to fulfill the requirements for the minor. No more than one course from one minor may count toward the fulfillment of a second minor. Students may not minor in a subject in which they are also completing a major. For more information, see the Minor Programs section of the CAS Degree Requirements page.

Radiation Therapy Certificate

Degree Requirements - 62 credits

Certificate Requirements: 15 courses and corresponding laboratories and clinical hours, 62 credits

Core Requirements (12 courses and corresponding laboratories where applicable, 50 credits)

Prerequisites:

Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate) or Medical Dosimetry Students Only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Offers an introduction to the role of the radiation therapist and medical dosimetrist in a Radiation Oncology department. Through a combination of detailed lectures discussions role-playing case studies and hands-on laboratory exercises students will be introduced to the professional and clinical aspects of their respective professions. Additional topics include radiation safety patients' rights infection control communication for the clinic patient assessment and psychosocial aspects of cancer including death and dying.

Prerequisites:

RAD-L315 concurrently; Radiation Biology, Radiation Science, Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate), or Medical Dosimetry Students Only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Content is designed to establish a thorough knowledge of the radiation physics used in radiation therapy treatments. Topics to be covered in this course include a review of basic physics (energy mass matter SI units) structure of matter types of radiations nuclear transformations radioactive decay the fundamentals of x-ray generators and x-ray production interactions of x and gamma rays with matter absorbed dose measurements of dose principles of and practical use of ionization chambers and electrometers Geiger counters and other survey meters principles and practical use of TLDs film calorimetry scintillation detectors radiation protection and quality assurance.

Prerequisites:

RAD-L315 concurrently; Radiation Science, Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate), or Medical Dosimetry Students Only.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Explores topics including quality assurance measurements for radiation therapy calibration of radiation teletherapy unit using ionization chambers measurements of dose distribution via film measurements of dose in a phantom via TLDs radiation protection survey of therapy installation and brachytherapy sources and radiation biology.

Prerequisites:

RAD-315 and Radiation Science and Radiation Therapy students only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Expands on the concepts and theories presented in Radiation Physics I. It will provide a detailed analysis of the treatment units used in external beam radiation therapy their beam geometry basic dose calculations and dose distributions. Students will also learn the principles theories and uses of brachytherapy.

Prerequisites:

RAD-206. Radiation Therapy students only.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Studying through a systems-based approach this course reviews anatomy and physiology while teaching medical terminology. Topics will include discussing the major cancers associated with half of the anatomical system and introducing the student to radiation therapy treatment techniques and procedures for the corresponding anatomical sites.

Prerequisites:

RAD-206

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Provides the necessary clinical experience to become a radiation therapist. All labs are conducted at our clinical affiliates. Under the supervision of licensed radiation therapists the students will become increasingly proficient in the manipulation of treatment equipment will gain a thorough understanding of radiation treatment plans will deliver a prescribed radiation dose to cancer patients and will acquire knowledge of all relevant aspects of patient care.

Prerequisites:

RAD-321. Radiation Therapy students only.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Provides the necessary clinical experience to become a radiation therapist through immersive and expanded rotations. All labs are conducted at our clinical affiliates. Under the supervision of licensed radiation therapists the students will become increasingly proficient in the manipulation of treatment equipment will gain a thorough understanding of radiation treatment plans will deliver a prescribed radiation dose to cancer patients and will acquire knowledge of all relevant aspects of patient care.

Prerequisites:

RAD-L304 and RAD-L322. Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate) students only.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Continuing from RAD 321 through the same systems-based approach this course reviews anatomy and physiology while teaching medical terminology. Topics will include discussing the major cancers associated with the remaining half of the anatomical system and introducing the student to radiation therapy treatment techniques and procedures for the corresponding anatomical sites not taught in RAD 321.

Prerequisites:

RAD-L322 or RAD-L304. Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate) Students Only.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Provides the necessary clinical experience to become a radiation therapist. All labs are conducted at our clinical affiliates. Under the supervision of licensed radiation therapists the students will become increasingly proficient in the manipulation of treatment equipment will gain a thorough understanding of radiation treatment plans will deliver a prescribed radiation dose to cancer patients and will acquire knowledge of all relevant aspects of patient care.

Prerequisites:

Take RAD-L302 or RAD-L323. Radiation Therapy (major or certificate) students only.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Provides the necessary clinical experience to become a radiation therapist. All labs are conducted at our clinical affiliates. Under the supervision of licensed radiation therapists the students will become increasingly proficient in the manipulation of treatment equipment will gain a thorough understanding of radiation treatment plans will deliver a prescribed radiation dose to cancer patients and will acquire knowledge of all relevant aspects of patient care.

Prerequisites:

RAD-315 and RAD-L415 concurrently; Radiation Therapy students only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Discusses the factors that influence treatment planning and govern the clinical aspects of patient treatment. Topics to be covered include treatment planning with 3-D CT and MRI beams isodose plan descriptions clinical applications of treatment beams and advanced dosimetric calculations. Students will also contrast new emerging technologies with conventional radiation therapy techniques (SRT SRS IMRT Image Guided Therapy Respiratory Gating).

Prerequisites:

RAD-415 concurrently and Radiation Therapy Students Only

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Provides the student with the opportunity to apply clinical dosimetry principles and theories learned in the classroom to actual treatment planning situations within the clinic. Through hands-on lab exercises the student will demonstrate the use of the treatment planning instruments and interpret information they compute.

Prerequisites:

RAD-315; Radiation Science, Radiation Therapy and Medical Dosimetry Students only (including Radiation Science minors)

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Topics covered include: physio-chemical aspects of energy absorption the sequence of events after irradiation occurring on the molecular cellular and organized tissue levels radiation response and repair of eukaryotic cells effects of radiation quality dose rate environmental conditions cell cycle kinetics tumor and normal cell population dynamics radiation-induced carcinogenesis and mutagenesis tumor pathophysiology and radiobiology and recent advances in experimental radiation oncology.

Prerequisites:

Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate) or Medical Dosimetry Students Only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Students will review cancer epidemiology etiology detection diagnosis and prevention lymphatic drainage and treatment. The pathology(s) of each cancer will be presented in detail including the rationale for each preferred modality of treatment.

Prerequisites:

Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate) or Medical Dosimetry Students Only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course will begin with an introduction to radiology a review of x-ray production and a discussion of basic radiation physics image formation (Kv mA) and distortion (blur magnification) conventional processing and digital imaging. The above-mentioned radiographic imaging concepts will be presented with conventional lectures as well as with several imaging laboratories. In addition the basic principles of each imaging modality including mammography CT MRI Nuc Med and Ultra Sound will be presented. With the use of departmental tours and guest lecturers the use benefits and limitations of each will be discussed. Building upon the information previously presented radiographic anatomy will also be covered with an emphasis on cross sectional anatomy. Students will review basic anatomy viewed in sectional planes (axial/transverse) of the body. Using CT and MRI images the topographic relationship between internal organs and surface anatomy will be interpreted and discussed.

Prerequisites:

Senior status, Radiation Therapy Students Only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Available to senior students enrolled in the Radiation Therapy program. A seminar style course that serves many purposes; one of which will be preparing our graduating students for board certification (ARRT). Exam preparation will include the use of lectures online teaching tools mini mock exams and a full-length mock exam. The seminar will also assist students with the preparation of their professional resumes including discussions regarding the skills necessary to make job interviews successful.

Mathematics Requirement (1 course, 4 credits)

Choose one of the following:

Prerequisites:

MATH-104, MATH-121 or MATH level 4

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A one-semester introduction to differential and integral calculus. Theory is presented informally and topics and techniques are limited to polynomials rational functions logarithmic and exponential functions. Topics include a review of precalculus limits and continuity derivatives differentiation rules applications of derivatives to graphing minima/maxima applications of the derivative marginal analysis differential equations of growth and decay anti-derivatives the definite integral the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and area measurements. This course cannot be used to satisfy core or complementary requirements by students majoring in chemistry computer science engineering mathematics or physics. Several sections offered each semester.

Prerequisites:

MATH-121 with a minimum grade of C, MATH-075, or MATH level 5

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Functions limits and continuity squeeze theorem limits at infinity; instantaneous rate of change tangent slopes and the definition of the derivative of a function; power product and quotient rules trig derivatives chain rule implicit differentiation; higher order derivatives; derivatives of other transcendental functions (inverse trig functions exponential and log functions hyperbolic trig functions); applications of the derivative (implicit differentiation related rates optimization differentials curve sketching L'Hopital's rule); anti-derivatives; indefinite integrals; Fundamental Theorem; applications (net change). 4 lecture hours plus 1 recitation session each week. Normally offered each semester.

Biostatistics Requirement (1 course, 4 credits)

Choose one of the following:

Prerequisites:

BIO-111 and BIO-L111

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Introduction to the statistical methods used to evaluate biological problems. Sampling probability confidence intervals hypothesis tests experimental design analysis of variance regression and correlation are some of the topics offered. Software for data handling graphics and analysis will be used.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114; Restricted to majors only unless with permission of instructor.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Introduces the use of statistics as tools for description and decision-making including hypothesis testing. Prepares students for the analysis interpretation and evaluation of psychological research. Offered every semester. Weekly laboratory sessions are required.

Prerequisites:

MATH-128 or higher

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Application of statistical analysis to real-world business and economic problems. Topics include data presentation descriptive statistics including measures of location and dispersion introduction to probability discrete and continuous random variables probability distributions including binomial and normal distributions sampling and sampling distributions statistical inference including estimation and hypothesis testing simple and multiple regression analysis. The use of computers is emphasized throughout the course. Normally offered each semester.

Ethics Requirement (1 course, 4 credits)

Choose one of the following:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A systematic introduction to the major thinkers and their positions on the main issues of ethics such as: What is morality? What are moral values? How should we live our lives? Are there objective universal absolute moral standards? If so what are they and what is their basis? 1 term - credits. Normally offered every year.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An examination of contemporary Western society particularly in the United States in relation to philosophical attempts to define the "good life." Current books that exhibit a philosophical approach towards important contemporary social issues will be discussed as well as classics in philosophy. Topics may include: civic virtue consumerism current events economic justice popular culture (film music television) religion and secularism etc. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A critical examination of a number of contemporary moral issues such as: abortion affirmative action animal rights capital punishment cloning drug legalization environmental ethics euthanasia genetic engineering gun control pornography same-sex marriage suicide war and terrorism etc. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

Prerequisites:

PHIL-119, or PHIL-123, or PHIL-127.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An examination of the moral problems facing health-care practitioners their patients and others involved with the practice of medicine in today's society. Issues include euthanasia the ethics of medical experimentation the use of reproductive technologies genetic counseling and genetic engineering truth-telling and confidentiality in doctor-patient relationships the cost and availability of medical care. Normally offered every third year.

Required Clinical Hours

14 hours per week; Semester 2, Year 1
40 hours per week; 12 week Summer Session
24 hours per week, Year 2

Note: The department reserves the right to refer students to the Academic Standing Committee with the potential outcome of withdrawal of a student from the Radiation Therapy certificate program if, in its estimation, the probability of the student's success is doubtful. Factors such as academic performance, interest, effort, professionalism, compliance, attendance, and suitability for the field will be considered. Issues or concerns correlated with any one of these factors could result in withdrawal of the student from the program. Students who defer entry into the program, for any reason, will forfeit their space in the program and will be required to reapply for the following year. A student may be dismissed from the Radiation Therapy program if they fail to maintain the minimum GPA of 3.0 or if they achieve a final grade lower than “B” in any of the Radiation Therapy (RAD) courses listed above.

If admitted into the Radiation Therapy program, part-time and full-time students must complete clinical requirements within three years of being admitted. Radiation Therapy graduates may seek employment immediately following graduation and will also be eligible to apply for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Radiation Therapy Certification Exam.

Honors in Radiation Science

To complete requirements for honors in the major, a candidate must:

  1. Graduate with a major GPA of 3.5 or higher
  2. Graduate with an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher
  3. Complete RAD-H503
    Note: a student must meet with the program director in advance to receive pre-approval for a research project
  4. Complete a research project and paper in RAD-H503
  5. CAS Honors Program students only: Present work from the senior honors experience at the Honors Symposium or Pecha Kucha event

To become a candidate for honors in the major, a student must:

  1. Have a major GPA of 3.5 or higher
  2. Have an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher
  3. Apply to the program directly by email no later than May 15th of junior year

Honors in Radiation Therapy

To complete requirements for honors in the major, a candidate must:

  1. Graduate with a major GPA of 3.5 or higher
  2. Graduate with an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher
  3. Complete RAD-H503
    Note: a student must meet with the program director in advance to receive pre-approval for a research project
  4. Complete a research project and paper in RAD-H503
  5. CAS Honors Program students only: Present work from the senior honors experience at the Honors Symposium or Pecha Kucha event

To become a candidate for honors in the major, a student must:

  1. Have a major GPA of 3.5 or higher
  2. Have an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher
  3. Apply to the program directly by email no later than May 15th of junior year

Radiation Science & Therapy Courses

Prerequisites:

Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate) or Medical Dosimetry Students Only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Offers an introduction to the role of the radiation therapist and medical dosimetrist in a Radiation Oncology department. Through a combination of detailed lectures discussions role-playing case studies and hands-on laboratory exercises students will be introduced to the professional and clinical aspects of their respective professions. Additional topics include radiation safety patients' rights infection control communication for the clinic patient assessment and psychosocial aspects of cancer including death and dying.

Prerequisites:

RAD-206 and Radiation Therapy & Medical Dosimetry Students Only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Studying through a systems-based approach this course reviews anatomy and physiology while teaching medical terminology. Topics will include discussing the major cancers associated with each anatomical system and introducing the student to radiation therapy treatment techniques and procedures.

Prerequisites:

Radiation Therapy Students Only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Provides the necessary clinical experience to become a radiation therapist. All labs are conducted at our clinical affiliates. Under the supervision of licensed radiation therapists the students will become increasingly proficient in the manipulation of treatment equipment will gain a thorough understanding of radiation treatment plans will deliver a prescribed radiation dose to cancer patients and will acquire knowledge of all relevant aspects of patient care.

Prerequisites:

Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate) or Medical Dosimetry Students Only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

A continuation of RAD 301. Through the same didactic approach students will learn all of the anatomical systems and their related medical terminology not taught in RAD 301.

Prerequisites:

Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate) Students Only

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Provides the necessary clinical experience to become a radiation therapist. All labs are conducted at our clinical affiliates. Under the supervision of licensed radiation therapists the students will become increasingly proficient in the manipulation of treatment equipment will gain a thorough understanding of radiation treatment plans will deliver a prescribed radiation dose to cancer patients and will acquire knowledge of all relevant aspects of patient care.

Prerequisites:

RAD-L302 and Radiation Therapy Students Only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Provides the necessary clinical experience to become a radiation therapist. All labs are conducted at our clinical affiliates. Under the supervision of licensed radiation therapists the students will become increasingly proficient in the manipulation of treatment equipment will gain a thorough understanding of radiation treatment plans will deliver a prescribed radiation dose to cancer patients and will acquire knowledge of all relevant aspects of patient care.

Prerequisites:

RAD-301 and RAD-L301

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Provides the necessary clinical experience to become a radiation therapist. All labs are conducted at our clinical affiliates. Under the supervision of licensed radiation therapists the students will become increasingly proficient in the manipulation of treatment equipment will gain a thorough understanding of radiation treatment plans will deliver a prescribed radiation dose to cancer patients and will acquire knowledge of all relevant aspects of patient care.

Prerequisites:

Medical Dosimetry Students Only

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Under the supervision of a Certified Medical Dosimetrist students will gain hands on treatment planning experience in a clinical setting.

Prerequisites:

Medical Dosimetry Students Only

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Under the supervision of a certified medical dosimetrist students will gain hands on treatment planning experience in a clinical setting.

Prerequisites:

RAD-L312 and Medical Dosimetry Students Only

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Under the supervision of a Certified Medical Dosimetrist students will gain hands on treatment planning experience in a clinical setting.

Prerequisites:

RAD-301 and RAD-L311

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Under the supervision of a Certified Medical Dosimetrist students will gain hands on treatment planning experience in a clinical setting.

Prerequisites:

RAD-L315 concurrently; Radiation Biology, Radiation Science, Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate), or Medical Dosimetry Students Only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Content is designed to establish a thorough knowledge of the radiation physics used in radiation therapy treatments. Topics to be covered in this course include a review of basic physics (energy mass matter SI units) structure of matter types of radiations nuclear transformations radioactive decay the fundamentals of x-ray generators and x-ray production interactions of x and gamma rays with matter absorbed dose measurements of dose principles of and practical use of ionization chambers and electrometers Geiger counters and other survey meters principles and practical use of TLDs film calorimetry scintillation detectors radiation protection and quality assurance.

Prerequisites:

RAD-L315 concurrently; Radiation Science, Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate), or Medical Dosimetry Students Only.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Explores topics including quality assurance measurements for radiation therapy calibration of radiation teletherapy unit using ionization chambers measurements of dose distribution via film measurements of dose in a phantom via TLDs radiation protection survey of therapy installation and brachytherapy sources and radiation biology.

Prerequisites:

RAD-315 and Radiation Science and Radiation Therapy students only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Expands on the concepts and theories presented in Radiation Physics I. It will provide a detailed analysis of the treatment units used in external beam radiation therapy their beam geometry basic dose calculations and dose distributions. Students will also learn the principles theories and uses of brachytherapy.

Prerequisites:

RAD-206. Radiation Therapy students only.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Studying through a systems-based approach this course reviews anatomy and physiology while teaching medical terminology. Topics will include discussing the major cancers associated with half of the anatomical system and introducing the student to radiation therapy treatment techniques and procedures for the corresponding anatomical sites.

Prerequisites:

RAD-206

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Provides the necessary clinical experience to become a radiation therapist. All labs are conducted at our clinical affiliates. Under the supervision of licensed radiation therapists the students will become increasingly proficient in the manipulation of treatment equipment will gain a thorough understanding of radiation treatment plans will deliver a prescribed radiation dose to cancer patients and will acquire knowledge of all relevant aspects of patient care.

Prerequisites:

RAD-321. Radiation Therapy students only.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Provides the necessary clinical experience to become a radiation therapist through immersive and expanded rotations. All labs are conducted at our clinical affiliates. Under the supervision of licensed radiation therapists the students will become increasingly proficient in the manipulation of treatment equipment will gain a thorough understanding of radiation treatment plans will deliver a prescribed radiation dose to cancer patients and will acquire knowledge of all relevant aspects of patient care.

Prerequisites:

RAD-L304 and RAD-L322. Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate) students only.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Continuing from RAD 321 through the same systems-based approach this course reviews anatomy and physiology while teaching medical terminology. Topics will include discussing the major cancers associated with the remaining half of the anatomical system and introducing the student to radiation therapy treatment techniques and procedures for the corresponding anatomical sites not taught in RAD 321.

Prerequisites:

RAD-L322 or RAD-L304. Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate) Students Only.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Provides the necessary clinical experience to become a radiation therapist. All labs are conducted at our clinical affiliates. Under the supervision of licensed radiation therapists the students will become increasingly proficient in the manipulation of treatment equipment will gain a thorough understanding of radiation treatment plans will deliver a prescribed radiation dose to cancer patients and will acquire knowledge of all relevant aspects of patient care.

Prerequisites:

Take RAD-L302 or RAD-L323. Radiation Therapy (major or certificate) students only.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Provides the necessary clinical experience to become a radiation therapist. All labs are conducted at our clinical affiliates. Under the supervision of licensed radiation therapists the students will become increasingly proficient in the manipulation of treatment equipment will gain a thorough understanding of radiation treatment plans will deliver a prescribed radiation dose to cancer patients and will acquire knowledge of all relevant aspects of patient care.

Prerequisites:

RAD-315 and RAD-L415 concurrently; Radiation Therapy students only

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Discusses the factors that influence treatment planning and govern the clinical aspects of patient treatment. Topics to be covered include treatment planning with 3-D CT and MRI beams isodose plan descriptions clinical applications of treatment beams and advanced dosimetric calculations. Students will also contrast new emerging technologies with conventional radiation therapy techniques (SRT SRS IMRT Image Guided Therapy Respiratory Gating).

Prerequisites:

RAD-415 concurrently and Radiation Therapy Students Only

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Provides the student with the opportunity to apply clinical dosimetry principles and theories learned in the classroom to actual treatment planning situations within the clinic. Through hands-on lab exercises the student will demonstrate the use of the treatment planning instruments and interpret information they compute.

Prerequisites:

RAD-315; Radiation Science, Radiation Therapy and Medical Dosimetry Students only (including Radiation Science minors)

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Topics covered include: physio-chemical aspects of energy absorption the sequence of events after irradiation occurring on the molecular cellular and organized tissue levels radiation response and repair of eukaryotic cells effects of radiation quality dose rate environmental conditions cell cycle kinetics tumor and normal cell population dynamics radiation-induced carcinogenesis and mutagenesis tumor pathophysiology and radiobiology and recent advances in experimental radiation oncology.

Prerequisites:

Medical Dosimetry Students Only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A continuation of Dosimetry I that focuses on advanced treatment planning techniques including intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) arc therapy stereotactic treatment planning and proton therapy. The advantages of each technique/modality over conventional 3D-treatment planning will be discussed. This will also be contrasted against the specific challenges presented by each technique such as the need for better immobilization need for 4D CT scanning and daily IGRT (kV matching and/or CBCT).

Prerequisites:

Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate) or Medical Dosimetry Students Only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Students will review cancer epidemiology etiology detection diagnosis and prevention lymphatic drainage and treatment. The pathology(s) of each cancer will be presented in detail including the rationale for each preferred modality of treatment.

Prerequisites:

Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate) or Medical Dosimetry Students Only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course will begin with an introduction to radiology a review of x-ray production and a discussion of basic radiation physics image formation (Kv mA) and distortion (blur magnification) conventional processing and digital imaging. The above-mentioned radiographic imaging concepts will be presented with conventional lectures as well as with several imaging laboratories. In addition the basic principles of each imaging modality including mammography CT MRI Nuc Med and Ultra Sound will be presented. With the use of departmental tours and guest lecturers the use benefits and limitations of each will be discussed. Building upon the information previously presented radiographic anatomy will also be covered with an emphasis on cross sectional anatomy. Students will review basic anatomy viewed in sectional planes (axial/transverse) of the body. Using CT and MRI images the topographic relationship between internal organs and surface anatomy will be interpreted and discussed.

Prerequisites:

Medical Dosimetry Students Only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Topics will include radioactive sources calibration instrumentation factors affecting dose calculations definitions of LDR MDR and HDR treatment planning and clinical dose calculation implantation techniques implant localization/verification regulations radiation safety storage and QA. Detailed coverage of prostate brachytherapy including LDR and HDR will be emphasized.

Prerequisites:

Senior Status; Medical Dosimetry Students Only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Includes a general overview of computer systems and networking in the field of radiation oncology. A historical view of computers will be covered as well as the intricate uses in the medical field today. Oncology information record and verification systems as well as radiation therapy software used for imaging contouring treatment planning and patient charting applications will be covered. Data and system security will also be addressed.

Prerequisites:

Radiation Science and Radiation Therapy majors only.

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

Enables opportunity for students to participate in career-related experiential internship. Assists students in preparing for Radiation Science-related career and provides exposure to potential career option. Promotes development of necessary professional skills.

Prerequisites:

Radiation Science and Radiation Therapy students only. Senior status required.

Credits:

2.00

Description:

Promotes expansion of professional development skills for Radiation Science majors. Assists students with job search networking and professional cover letter and resume preparation as well as discusses techniques necessary to make job interviews successful.

Prerequisites:

Senior status, Radiation Therapy Students Only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Available to senior students enrolled in the Radiation Therapy program. A seminar style course that serves many purposes; one of which will be preparing our graduating students for board certification (ARRT). Exam preparation will include the use of lectures online teaching tools mini mock exams and a full-length mock exam. The seminar will also assist students with the preparation of their professional resumes including discussions regarding the skills necessary to make job interviews successful.

Prerequisites:

Senior Status and Medical Dosimetry Students Only

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course will be available to second year clinical students enrolled in the Medical Dosimetry program. This seminar style course will serve a number of purposes; one will be to prepare our graduating students for board certification in MDCB for Medical Dosimetry. Exam preparation will include the use of lectures online teaching tools mini mock exams and a full-length mock exam. The seminar will also assist students with the preparation of their professional resumes including discussions regarding the skills necessary to make job interviews successful.

Prerequisites:

Min GPA of 3.5. An Internship for credit form must be submitted to the department chair.

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

Provides students with credit for an unpaid internship completed during the semester when credit is earned. Students must secure an approved internship and provide documentation from the internship's overseer to a full time faculty member sponsor in order to register for the course. The internship must involve participation in research and / or patient care. Students or their overseers will be required to submit monthly records of internship hours and provide the faculty sponsor with a written summary of internship experiences and accomplishments by the last week of classes.