Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The graduate program in Radiological Sciences trains students in: (1) the sciences and technologies that are used to produce radiant energy forms, (2) the scientific knowledge gained by using radiant energy forms to understand and modify biological processes, and (3) the application of radiant energy forms for the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases.  The degrees offered are: (1) Ph.D. degree specializing in Radiological Sciences, or (2) Master of Science degree specializing in Medical Health Physics. 

The curriculum provides an opportunity for students to acquire a core of fundamental knowledge through a synergistic program of formal courses, seminars, teaching opportunities, and hands-on research experience.  Each student is encouraged to design with the assistance of a research adviser, an individual course of study consistent with his/her career goals.  

Radiological Sciences Admissions Requirements

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test and a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 are required. Three letters of recommendation are required. During the application process, essays stating the reasons for your interest in Radiological Sciences, description of professional goals and an outline of your undergraduate, industrial or summer research, teaching experience and clinical experience are required.

For all Radiological Sciences tracks a Baccalaureate degree in a natural science or engineering discipline is required. A degree in any other field must have provided sufficient science and mathematics courses to give the applicant the equivalent of a degree in natural science or engineering. Applicants must have undergraduate credit for the following courses: 1) Biology: Two semesters of general biology; 2) Chemistry: Two semesters of general chemistry; 3) Physics: at least two semesters of general physics; 4) Mathematics: Through calculus and ordinary differential equations; 5) Computer Science: Introduction to Computer Science (one semester).

Students accepted into the CAMPEP-accredited , Health Science Center Ph.D. Medical Physics track shall have acquired a strong foundation in basic Physics.  This should be documented by either an undergraduate degree in physics or a degree in a related engineering or physical science with coursework that is equivalent to a minor in Physics (includes at least three upper level undergraduate physics courses).

Students accepted into the Human Imaging track typically are already in an M.D./Ph.D. program or already have an M.D. and are pursuing their Ph.D. while simultaneously completing a medical residency program.

The admission process includes review of academic history as well as experience and goals of applicant. Telephone and on-campus interviews are conducted for qualified applicants selected by the Admissions Committee.

Radiological Sciences Degree Requirements

A minimum of 72 credit hours and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is required for the Ph.D. degree. In addition, all doctoral candidates must register for RADI 7099 Dissertation for at least two semesters in order to graduate. The student is required to demonstrate intellectual command of the subject area of the graduate program and capability to carry out independent and original investigation in the area. The student must successfully defend a dissertation and be recommended by their program COGS for approval of their degree to the Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Radiological Sciences - Human Imaging Track

First Year
FallCredit Hours
IBMS 5000Fundamentals Of Biomedical Sciences 8
RADI 6097Research 4
Spring
RADI 6024Radiological Anatomy & Physiology 3
RADI 6097Research 9
Second Year
Fall
RADI 5015Physics Of Diagnostic Imaging 1 3
RADI 5001Basic Radiation Safety 1
RADI 6049Intro To Magnetic Resonance 2
RADI 5090Sem Radiological Science 1
TSCI 5070Responsible Conduct Of Patient-Oriented Clinical Research 2
Human Imaging Elective 3  3
Spring
RADI 6012Phys Nuclear Medi Imaging 3
RADI 5007Statistics in the Radiological Sciences 2
RADI 6071Supervised Teaching 2
Human Imaging Elective  3
RADI 6097Research 2
Third Year
Fall
RADI 5025Molecular Oncology & Radiobiology 3
RADI 5090Sem Radiological Science 1
RADI 6097Research 8
Spring
RADI 6097Research 10
RADI 6071Supervised Teaching 2
Fourth Year
Fall
RADI 7099Dissertation 12
Spring
RADI 7099Dissertation 12
 Total Credit Hours: 96.0

Radiological Sciences - Medical Physics

First Year
FallCredit Hours
RADI 5005Fundamentals Of Radiation Dosimetry 3
RADI 5015Physics Of Diagnostic Imaging 1 3
RADI 5001Basic Radiation Safety 1
RADI 6030Physics Of Radiotherapy 3
RADI 6049Intro To Magnetic Resonance 2
Spring
RADI 6024Radiological Anatomy & Physiology 3
RADI 5020Principles of Health Physics 1 3
RADI 5007Statistics in the Radiological Sciences 2
RADI 5090Sem Radiological Science 1
RADI 6012Phys Nuclear Medi Imaging 3
Second Year
Fall
RADI 5025Molecular Oncology & Radiobiology 3
Medical Physics Elective  3
INTD 5082Responsible Conduct of Research 1.5
Medical Physics Elective  3
RADI 6097Research 1.5
Spring
RADI 6097Research 5
Medical Physics Elective  3
RADI 5090Sem Radiological Science 1
Medical Physics Elective  3
Third Year
Fall
RADI 5090Sem Radiological Science 1
RADI 7099Dissertation 10
RADI 6071Supervised Teaching 1
Spring
RADI 6071Supervised Teaching 1
RADI 7099Dissertation 11
Fourth Year
Fall
RADI 7099Dissertation 11
RADI 5090Sem Radiological Science 1
Spring
RADI 7099Dissertation 11
RADI 5090Sem Radiological Science 1
 Total Credit Hours: 96.0

Radiological Sciences - Radiation Biology Track

First Year
FallCredit Hours
RADI 5001Basic Radiation Safety 1
IBMS 5000Fundamentals Of Biomedical Sciences 8
RADI 5025Molecular Oncology & Radiobiology 3
Spring
RADI 6024Radiological Anatomy & Physiology 3
RADI 6012Phys Nuclear Medi Imaging 3
RADI 5020Principles of Health Physics 1 3
RADI 5007Statistics in the Radiological Sciences 2
RADI 5090Sem Radiological Science 1
Second Year
Fall
RADI 5015Physics Of Diagnostic Imaging 1 3
RADI 5090Sem Radiological Science 1
RADI 6049Intro To Magnetic Resonance 2
INTD 5082Responsible Conduct of Research 1.5
RADI 6097Research 1.5
Radiation Biology Elective  3
Spring
Radiation Biology Elective  3
RADI 6097Research 6
Radiation Biology Elective  3
Third Year
Fall
RADI 5090Sem Radiological Science 1
RADI 7099Dissertation 10
RADI 6071Supervised Teaching 1
Spring
RADI 5090Sem Radiological Science 1
RADI 7099Dissertation 11
Fourth Year
Fall
RADI 7099Dissertation 11
RADI 5090Sem Radiological Science 1
Spring
RADI 7099Dissertation 12
 Total Credit Hours: 96.0

Radiological Sciences - Neuroscience Imaging

First Year
FallCredit Hours
PHYT 7009Neuroscience 1 3
RADI 6017Neuroimaging Methods 3
RADI 5001Basic Radiation Safety 1
RADI 5015Physics Of Diagnostic Imaging 1 3
RADI 6049Intro To Magnetic Resonance 2
Spring
RADI 6012Phys Nuclear Medi Imaging 3
PHYT 7019Neuroscience 2 3
RADI 6024Radiological Anatomy & Physiology 3
RADI 5007Statistics in the Radiological Sciences 2
RADI 5090Sem Radiological Science 1
Second Year
Fall
RADI 6051Statistical Parametric Mapping 3
RADI 5090Sem Radiological Science 1
TSCI 5070Responsible Conduct Of Patient-Oriented Clinical Research 2
RADI 6071Supervised Teaching 2
RADI 6097Research 4
Spring
Neuroscience Imaging Elective  3
RADI 6097Research (Neuroscience Imaging Elective) 8
RADI 5090Sem Radiological Science 1
Third Year
Fall
RADI 5090Sem Radiological Science 1
RADI 6097Research 11
Spring
Neuroscience Imaging Elective  3
RADI 6097Research 9
Fourth Year
Fall
RADI 7099Dissertation 12
Spring
RADI 7099Dissertation 12
Fifth Year
Fall
RADI 7099Dissertation 12
Spring
RADI 7099Dissertation 12
 Total Credit Hours: 120.0

Radiological Sciences Objectives/Program Outcomes

  1. Proficiency in Core Biomedical and Radiological Science Principles
  2. Capacity to Conduct Biomedical Research
  3. Critically Review and Interpret Research Literature
  4. Demonstrate Competence in Written Communication
  5. Demonstrate Competence in Verbal Communication
  6. Conduct Research in an Ethical Manner