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Medical Physics

A major in Medical Physics will have a student learning all about the application of Physics in Medicine. The student will become proficient in the Physics of the human body and techniques used for therapy and imaging.

It also involves the familiarization with several machines used in healthcare. This major will allow students to further their interest in medicine and Physics while doing practical work which encourages good health practices.

To graduate with a Physics Major, the student must have done at Level 1:

  • Semester 1
    • MATH1185  Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers
    • MATH1141  Introduction to Linear Algebra and Analytic Geometry
    • PHYS1411  Mechanics
    • PHYS1412  Waves, Optics and Thermodynamics
  • Semester 2

A major requires 36 Part II credits, 30 of which are core courses, and the other 6 from electives.

A minor requires 18 Part II credits, all of which are highlighted in the table below.                           

Core Courses
  Level II Level III
Core for Major and Minor  PHYS2351 – Quantum Mechanics and Nuclear Physics

 PHYS3389 – Medical Radiation Physics and Imaging

 PHYS2386 – Electricity and Magnetism and Optics
 PHYS2300 - General Physics Lab 1
 PHYS2296 - Physics of the Human Body
 PHYS2200 – Practices in Medical Physics 1
Core for Major only  ELET2460 -  Signals and Systems  PHYS3341– Biomedical Optics and Biomechanics
 PHYS2396 – Computer Applications in Physics  PHYS3300 - Advanced Practices in Medical Physics


Any two of the following courses can be chosen as electives, if qualified, to complete the Medical Physics Major:

PHYS3399 - Research Project
Any other PHYS course
Any Level II or III Electronics course
MATH2230 - Engineering Mathematics 2

If pursuing a double major, a single advanced level course CANNOT count towards 2 majors. Therefore, due to overlapping core courses, a double major within the department MUST have Electronics as one of the majors. 

The Mathematics courses listed are those required to complete Physics majors. For more information on Mathematics courses, please contact the Department on Mathematics. Students pursuing both MATH1142 and MATH1151 otherwise do not need to do MATH1185.

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