3-2  BA/MS Program in Physics with an Emphasis on Medical Physics

 Track 3 -Imaging/Diagnostics (with Emphasis on Physics and Medical Imaging) 

Each student should discuss an individualized course-plan for the  3-2 program with Professors Bodek and Bigelow (Physics), in consultation with Professor Schell (Oncology) and Professor Zhong (Radiology and Physics). The course plan should satisfy the requirements of a BA in Physics and a MS in Physics. The following  is one possible track for students

Students in the imaging Track-3 (with emphasis on physics and engineering)  of this 3-2 program receive a  BA degree in Physics with an Undergraduate Certificate in Biological/Medical Physics and an MS degree in Physics with an emphasis in Medical Physics, Medical Imaging and Diagnostics.  Since the program includes several recommended courses in ECE,  students also qualify for a minor in ECE.  Imaging Track -3 is aimed at students who have a strong interest in Physics and  Electrical Engineering (e.g. have started as majors in physics or engineering)  and wish to pursue a career in Medical Imaging and Diagnostics.

(A) Physics BA Requirement: Students must sastisfy the requirements of a BA degree  degree in Physics: A total of 128 credits are required for a BA.

(B) Physics MS Requirement: Students must sastisfy the requirements of the  3-2  BA/MS program  in Physics: A total of 30 additional credits are required for a MS degree and includes a MS thesis. The MS thesis should be in an area of Medical/Biological Physics.

(C) Two introductory courses in Chemistry: CHM131 (or CHM151) Chemical Concepts I with Lab  and CHM132 (or CHM152) Chemical Concepts II with Lab are required (also needed for a minor in Optics and for the Certificate in Medical Physics; or for a minor in Biology if desired).

(D) Satisfying the requirements of a minor in ECE  (Signals and Communications)  is required. http://www.ece.rochester.edu/underGrad/eceMinor.php

ECE 111 Introduction to Signals and Circuits
ECE 113 Circuits and Signals
ECE 114 Introduction to Computers and Programming
ECE 241 Signals
ECE 242 Communications

(E) Satisfying the requirements of the Undergraduate Certificate in Biological/Medical Physics is required.

(F) Biology Requirements: one course in Human Anatomy BIO 203 -- Human Anatomy (with Lab) and one course in Human Physiology (BME260 is  recommended but BIO 204 Human Physiology with Lab is OK) or equivalent courses in the Medical School

(G) At least two 4 credit graduate courses in Medical Imaging: PHY422/BME452/ECE452/OPT452/ PHY452 Medical Imaging (required) and PHY513 Magnetic Resonance Imaging: from Spins to Brain recommended.

(H) ECE446 and ECE447 recommended

(I) Advanced Experimental Techniques  PHY445/245W required (special section of PHY443/243W).  The four experiments are(1) Lifetime of Muon, (2) Electron Spin Reonance/MRI, (3)  Nuclear Spectroscopy. (4)  Frank Hertz Experiment or Hall Effect,

(J) Upper-level writing requirement is satisfied with  PHY445/245W(Advanced Lab) or  PHY 495 MS Thesis.

(K) Cluster Requirements. Students can elect to satisfy their Humanites and Social Science Cluster requirements in any way they chose. However,

  1. It is recommended (but not required) that undergraduates satisfy their social science 3-course cluster requirement in the area of Psychology. For example, S1CSP008  (Personality Psychology), as medical professionals need to communicate effectively with patients and family members  (This cluster is satisfied by  the following courses:  Psychology CSP161, Motivation and Emotion CSP262, and Gender Difference in Communication CSP192Q).
  2. It is recommended (but not required)  that undergraduates in the program satisfy their humanities 3-course cluster requirement in  the area of verbal and written communication.  For example  H1ENG016 (Media, Culture and Communication) would be good because  medical professionals  must  communicate effectively with  with patients and family members, as well as write a variety of reports.  (This cluster is satisfied by the following courses: Media Communication ENG118, Debate ENG135, and Public Speaking ENG134).
  3. In the sample program below (if the above two cluster are chosen) these courses are designated as:  

For an individualized program consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in physics. Prof. Nick Bigelow  (nbig@lle. rochester.edu)  and Professor Jianhui Zhong (jianhui.zhong@rochester.edu). 

Students  may also do a Minor in Biology if they wish (per agreement with Prof. Olek in Biology, students in this program can get a minor in Biology with the following 5 courses (BIO 110BIO 199  2 + BIO 199L (Lab) (Cell and Molecular Biology), Bio198+lab (Genetics), BIO 203+lab (Anatomy) and BME 260-recommended (or BIO 204)  Physiology. Students in this program do not need to take Bio111 (if they have had Chemistry prior to taking Bio 199).

The following is a sample recommeded program for students track -3 Diagnostics (including a minor in  ECE).

First Year
Fall Spring
MTH161  or MTH171 - Calculus I (4 credit) MTH162 or MTH172  Calculus II (4 credit) 
PHY 141 -- Honors Mechanics 3, or Primary Writing (4 credit) Primary Writing, or PHY 121 -- Mechanics 3
Elective: e.g. Cluster Course No. 1
PHY 143 -- Honors Modern Physics, 4  or  Elective
Elective: e.g. Cluster Course No. 2
Elective: e.g. Cluster course No. 4 (4 credit)
Second Year
Fall Spring
MTH164 -- Multidimensional Calculus  (4 credit) MTH165 -- Linear Algebra & Diff. Eqs. (4 credit)
PHY 142 (or PHY 122-- Electromagnetism (4 credits) with Lab PHY 237 -- Quantum Mech. of Physical Systems (4 cr), or PHY 123 -- Modern Physics (4 cr) 5
ECE minor course 1: ECE111  Intro to signals and circuits 1
ECE minor course 2:  ECE113 (circuits and design)
CHM131    (or CHM151 ) Chemical Concepts I with Lab
Elective:  e.g.  Cluster Course No. 5 

Third Year
Fall Spring
PHY 217 -- Electromagnetism I Elective: Or  PHY 237 -- Quantum Mech. of Physical Systems 5
MTH 281 -- Fourier Series
MTH 282 -- Intro. Complex Variables
PHY 235 -- Classical Mechanics  CHM132 (or CHM152 ) Chemical Concepts II with Lab 
ECE minor course 3: ECE241 Signals
ECE minor course 4: ECE114 (C++)

Fourth Year
Fall Spring
BIO 110   2 
BIO 199  2 + BIO 199L (Lab)
ECE446 (Digital Signal Processing)
ECE Minor Course 5: ECE242 communications
PHY445/245W -- Advanced Laboratory (upper level writing I)  special section:
PHY422/BME452/ECE452/OPT452/   Medical Imaging 6 (4 credits, Parker)
Elective: e.g.  Cluster course No. 3  Elective: e.g.  Cluster Course No. 6
Fifth Year
ECE447  Digital Image Processing
 Elective: e.g.  PHY421/301/RAD501 Seminar in the Physics of Medical Imaging (Foster, 2 credit) (noon-1 , second half of Spring semester till Mid May)
BIO203 -- Human Anatomy (with Lab)
BIO 204 Human Physiology (4 credit. with Lab)
PHY513  Magnetic Resonance Imaging: from Spins to Brain (4 credit, Zhong) (recommended)
or PHY 423/302   Reading Course: Topics in  Health Physics (Schell - 4 credit)
     alternates every other year  
or PHY420/ECE420/PHY251  Intro to Solid State Physics
or PHY 440/PHY254  Nuclear and Particle Physics
or PHY 424/PHY253  Biological Physics  (if offered)
or ECE221 Devices
Elective:  e.g. BME 251/PHY252  Biomedical Ultrasound (4 credit)
or  PHY446/CHM 466  Nuclear Chemistry (4 credit) (if offered)
or  PHY440/PHY254  Nuclear and Particle Physics (if offered)
or  PHY420/ECE420/PHY251 Solid State Physics (if offered)
or  PHY424/PHY253  Biological Physics  (if offered)
PHY 495 MS Thesis in Medical Physics or Biological Physics or Medical/Biological Optics (4 Credits)
PHY 495 MS Thesis in Medical or Biological Physics or Medical/Biological Optics (4-6 Credits)- upper level writing II
Above program can by adjusted to student interest in consultation with Bigelow and Zhong

1 Towards requirement of an ECE Minor

2  Students with a grade of 4 or 5 in AP biology can place out of BIO 110/11

3Students who have had an introduction to differential and integral calculus in high school are encouraged to take PHY 141 in the Fall instead of PHY 121 in the Spring.

4PHY 143 is open to freshmen only, except by permission of the instructor.

5Students who have taken PHY 143 in their freshman year should take PHY 237 in their sophomore year, and consider PHY 246 for their junior year. Students who have not taken PHY 143 in their freshman year should take PHY 123 in their sophomore year andPHY 237 in their junior year.

6A course Medical Imaging can be used to complete the Undergraduate Certificate in Biological/Medical Physics.

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Requirements for a MS in Physics under the 3-2 Program taken from
For the Master's degree, the requirements include at least 30 credit hours of coursework beyond the requirements for the Bachelor's degree, with the following stipulations:  At least 12 hours must be at the 400 level or higher .

For Plan A (MS Thesis), 6-12 hours must represent the dissertation research/reading.  At most 6 hours may be reading course(s).  At most 10 hours may be transfer credits, including courses taken at the University of Rochester prior to graduate matriculation in the program. (The regulations state that "Ordinarily, no course completed before the candidate has received the bachelor's degree may be included in the graduate program.'' This rule is waived for the 3/2 program.)

For the Specialization in Medical physics the three 400 level courses, the MS Thesis and the 30 credit hours are typically satisfied by the following courses:

PHY445/245WAdvanced Lab  - special section (4 credit)
PHY440  Nuclear and Particle Physics (4 credit) 
PHY422/ECE452    Medical Imaging  (4 credit, Parker)
PHY 423  Topics in Health Physics (4 credit, Schell) 
PHY513   Magnetic Rersonace Imaging: from Spins to Brain (4 credit, Zhong) 
PHY421RAD501 Seminar in the Physics of Medical Imaging (2 credit, Foster)
PHY 495   MS Thesis in Medical or Biological Physics or Medical/Biological Optics (6-12 credits)
BIO 201  Human Anatomy (with Lab)
BIO 204  Human Physiology (4 credit with Lab)

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