The Medical and Biological Physics minor for life sciences students is offered jointly through the departments of Physics and Biology.
Medical and biological physics intersect physics and biology, and involve the application of physics methodology to the prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment of human disease. In the areas of physiology and health, physics and physical methods are applied to understand the production, operation and safe use of ionizing radiation, microwave, radioactive, optical and acoustic sources, and their interactions with living tissues.
Delivery of high-quality healthcare requires a large pool of highly-trained individuals who will function in a variety of health-related settings such as hospitals, cancer centres, and biomedical and biotechnology research facilities. The rapidly growing and changing aspects of biomedical technologies have placed extraordinary demands on many professionals in the healthcare sector. The minor program aims to expose students to these new methods and technologies, integrated with the underlying anatomy and physiology of tissue systems. The knowledge and skills obtained can be applied to graduate studies, medical school or post-baccalaureate degrees in one of the many healthcare professions.
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Students in the Minor Program in Medical and Biological Physics must complete a total of 21 semester hours of course credit, including these four (4) core Physics courses:
General Physics for the Life Sciences:
- Physics 1210 Physics for Life Sciences I or Physics 1110 General Physics I - 3 hours
- Physics 1220 Physics for Life Sciences II or Physics 1120 General Physics II - 3 hours
- Physics 2220 Modern Physics for Life Sciences or Physics 2210 Modern Physics - 3 hours
- Physics 2430 Physics of the Human Body - 3 hours
In addition, four electives (12 semester hours) must be chosen from the following suite of courses:
- Foundations of Medical and Biological Physics:
- Physics 2210 Modern Physics – 3 hours
- Physics 2420 Introduction to Biomechanics – 3 hours
- Physics 3420 Introduction to Medical Physics – 3 hours
- Physics 3510 Advanced Biomechanics – 3 hours
- Physics 3520 Biomedical Imaging – 3 hours
- Physics 3910 Radiation Detection and Measurement – 3 hours
- Biology 2260 Human Anatomy and Histology – 3 hours
- Biology 4010 Human Physiology & Pathophysiology or Biology 4020 Comparative & Environmental Vertebrate Physiology but not both – 3 hours
- RAD 2310 Radiographic Physics – 3 hours (available only to students in the Radiography program)
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- Grade 12 Academic English
- Grade 12 Academic Mathematics
- Two Grade 12 Academic Science subjects (acceptable subjects: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Computer Science, Oceanography, Animal Science, Environmental Science)
- One additional Grade 12 Academic course
Please note: Successful completion of Grade 12 Chemistry (or equivalent) is required as a prerequisite for permission to register in CHEM-1110.
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