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Undergraduate Physics Preparation

A sample UW‑Madison curriculum for a B.S. in physics with medical physics emphasis is shown below. This is by no means the only acceptable curriculum for entry into the Medical Physics graduate program. It does emphasize, however, the importance of a strong physics and mathematics background as a prerequisite for work in this field. An undergraduate degree in biology or another life science typically will not fulfill this requirement unless it includes considerable physics and mathematics.

 

Year Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

1st Math 221 (Calc. & Anal. Geom.) 5 Math 222 (Calc. & Anal. Geom.) 5
  Language† 4 Physics 207 (General) 5
  Comp. Sci. 302 (Programming) 3 Chem. 103 (General) 4
  Elective* 3    
 

Total

15 Total 14

2nd Math 223 (Calc. & Anal. Geom.) 5 Math 319 (Ord. Diff. Eqs.) 3
  Physics 208 (General) 5 Physics 241 (Modern) 3
  Chem. 104 (General) 5 Chem. 341 (Organic) 3
      Elective* 3-7
 

Total

15

Total

12-16

3rd Zool. 151 (Intro. Biol.) 5 Zool. 152 (Intro. Biol.) 5
  Math 321 (Applied Analysis 3 Math320 (Linear) 3
  Physics 307 (Intermed. Lab) 1 Physics 322 (E & M Fields) 3
  Physics 311 (Mechanics) 3 Physics 325 (Optics) 3
  Elective* 3    
 

Total

15

Total

14

4th Physics 448 (Atomic & Quantum) 3 Physics 449 (Atomic & Quantum) 3
  Physics 415 (Heat) 3 Physiology 235 5
  Med. Phys. 265 (Intro. to Med. Phys.) 2 Electives* 9
  Electives* 6    
  Total 14 Total 17

 

It is assumed here that the student has been credited with 2 sequential years of the same language in high school.

* Electives must include 12 credits from Humanities and 12 credits from Social Studies areas to satisfy L & S "breadth" requirement.

** Students considering graduate study in Medical Physics may contact the Department of Medical Physics for additional information.



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