Undergraduate

  • MS-101 Principles of Cancer Management

    Prerequisites:

    Radiation Biology major only or permission of instructor.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course will introduce the students to the twelve major cancers. Topics to be covered for each cancer include etiology, epidemiology, detection, diagnosis, and prevention as well as the psychosocial aspects of being diagnosed with cancer. The course will also discuss the major treatment modalities for each cancer including radiation therapy, surgery, chemotherapy and immunotherapy, bone marrow transplants, and the use of clinical trials. The goals and objectives of the course will be met through the use of various teaching tools including but not limited to: models, videos, guest lectures, radiation therapy departmental tour, and a poster project with a presentation component. Cognitive assessment of the students will be accomplished through quizzes, exams and an oral presentation.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • MS-111 Introduction to Medical Dosimetry

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course will serve as a detailed introduction to the medical dosimetry profession and how it fits into the Radiation Oncology department framework. The professional relationships, responsibilities and qualifications of the medical dosimetrist and other staff will be examined. The scope of practice and code of ethics from the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists (AAMD) will be discussed in detail as well as the role of other professional organizations. The policies and procedures governing the medical dosimetry program in relation to the standards set by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) will also be reviewed. Other topics to be covered in order to prepare students for entry into their clinical rotations will include radiation safety, patient rights, privacy laws, infection control and an overview of department workflow starting from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. Finally, students will receive detailed instruction on basic hand calculations as these will form the basis of the start of their clinical rotations in the following semester.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • MS-200 Introduction to Medical Sciences

    Prerequisites:

    Acceptance into the clinical track or post-bac program.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course will serve an an introduction to the role of the radiation therapist and medical dosimetrist in a Radiation Oncology department. Through a combination of detailed lectures, discussions, role-playing, case studies, and hands-on laboratory exercises, students will be introduced to the professional and clinical aspects of their respective professions. Additional topics included radiation safety, patients rights, infection control, communication for the clinic, patient assessment, and psychosocial aspects of cancer including death and dying.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • MS-299 Intro to Clinical Radiation

    Prerequisites:

    MS 101; Acceptance into clinical track or post-bac program

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course will combine hands-on laboratory exercises, case studies, detailed lectures and discussions to introduce the student to radiation therapy. Topics to be covered include: history of x-rays, x-ray production, professional societies, departmental staff and structure, proper body mechanics, infection control, basic nursing/patient care and emergency procedures, patient communication, medical chart interpretation, linear accelerator operation, radiation safety, basic radiation therapy treatment techniques, basic medical terminology, and death and dying.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • MS-301 Clinical Radiation I

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 204 and MS 200

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Through a systems-based approach, this course will review anatomy and physiology while teaching medical terminology. This course will also discuss the major cancers associated with each anatomical system and introduce the student to radiation therapy treatment techniques and procedures.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • MS-L301 Clinical Radiation Lab I

    Prerequisites:

    MS 301 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Provides the necessary clinical experience to become a radiation therapist. All labs are conducted at our clinical affiliates. Under the supervision of licensed radiation therapists, the students will become increasingly proficient in the manipulation of treatment equipment, will gain a thorough understanding of radiation treatment plans, will deliver a prescribed radiation dose to cancer patients, and will acquire knowledge of all relevant aspects of patient care. These labs are available only to students enrolled in the clinical track.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • MS-302 Clinical Radiation II

    Prerequisites:

    MS 301

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is a continuation of MS 301. Through the same didactic approach, the course will cover all of the anatomical systems and their related medical terminology NOT covered in MS 301.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • MS-L302 Clinical Radiation II Lab

    Prerequisites:

    Students must take MS 302 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Provides the necessary clinical experience to become a radiation therapist. All labs are conducted at our clinical affiliates. Under the supervision of licensed radiation therapists, the students will become increasingly proficient in the manipulation of treatment equipment, will gain a thorough understanding of radiation treatment plans, will deliver a prescribed radiation dose to cancer patients, and will acquire knowledge of all relevant aspects of patient care. These labs are available only to students enrolled in the clinical track.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • MS-303 Clinical Radiation III

    Prerequisites:

    MS 302

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    For the senior radiation therapy student, through a systems-based approach, this course will emphasize advanced radiation treatment techniques, including patient simulation, immobilization, contouring, and beam modification. The course will also cover radiation therapy quality assurance, medical law, and medical ethics.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • MS-L303 Clinical Radiation III Lab

    Prerequisites:

    MS 303 concurrent

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Provides the necessary clinical experience to become a radiation therapist. All labs are conducted at our clinical affiliates. Under the supervision of licensed radiation therapists, the students will become increasingly proficient in the manipulation of treatment equipment, will gain a thorough understanding of radiation treatment plans, will deliver a prescribed radiation dose to cancer patients, and will acquire knowledge of all relevant aspects of patient care. These labs are available only to students enrolled in the clinical track.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • MS-L304 Clinical Practicum for Radiation Therapy

    Prerequisites:

    Take MS-301 MS-L301;

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Student radiation therapists will spend 12 weeks (full-time, 40 hrs/wk) gaining hands on patient care experience in the department of radiation oncology at our clinical affiliates. Under constant supervision by licensed therapists, the student will be guided toward the application of theory in the real world of cancer treatment.

    Term:

    Summer

    Type:

    Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • MS-310 Clinical Practicum I

    Prerequisites:

    MS 301 and MS L301

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Student radiation therapists and student dosimetrists will spend fourteen weeks (full-time, 40 hrs/wk) gaining hands-on patient care experience in the Department of Radiation Oncology at our clinical affiliates. Under constant supervision by licensed therapists and certified medical dosimetrists, the student will be guided toward the application of theory in the real world of cancer treatment and planning.

    Term:

    Summer

    Type:

    Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • MS-L311 Clinical Dosimetry Rotation I

    Prerequisites:

    MS-L111 and take MS-301 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Under the supervision of a Certified Medical Dosimetrist, students will gain hands on treatment planning experience in a clinical setting. Two,8-hour days per week, TTH.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • MS-L312 Clinical Dosimetry Rotation II

    Prerequisites:

    Take MS-L311 and MS-302 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Under the supervision of a certified medical dosimetrist, students will gain hands on treatment planning experience in a clinical setting. Three 8-hour days per week, MWF.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • MS-L313 Clinical Dosimetry Rotation III

    Prerequisites:

    MS-L312 and MS-303 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Under the supervision of a Certified Medical Dosimetrist, students will gain hands on treatment planning experience in a clinical setting. Three, 8-hour days per week, MWF.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • MS-L314 Clinical Practicum for Dosimetry

    Prerequisites:

    Take MS-301 and MS-L311;

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Student dosimetrists will spend 12 weeks (full-time, 40 hrs/wk) gaining hands on treatment planning experience in the department of radiation oncology at our clinical affiliates. Under constant supervision of certified medical dosimetrists, the student will be guided toward the application of theory in the real world of cancer treatment planning.

    Term:

    Summer

    Type:

    Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • MS-315 Radiation Physics I

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS 112, BIO 111, and MATH 134 or higher AND MS L315 CONCURRENTLY

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Content is designed to establish a thorough knowledge of the radiation physics used in radiation therapy treatments. Topics to be covered in this course include a review of basic physics (energy, mass, matter, SI units), structure of matter, types of radiations, nuclear transformations, radioactive decay, the fundamentals of x-ray generators and x-ray production, interactions of x and gamma rays with matter, absorbed dose, measurements of dose, principles of and practical use of ionization chambers and electrometers, Geiger counters and other survey meters, principles and practical use of TLDs, film, calorimetry, scintillation detectors, radiation protection and quality assurance.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • MS-L315 Radiation Science Lab

    Prerequisites:

    MS 315 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    This lab will cover a broad range of experiments associated with the Department of Radiation Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Topics include: Quality assurance measurements for radiation therapy, calibration of radiation teletherapy unit using ionization chambers, measurements of dose distribution via film, measurements of dose in a phantom via TLDs, radiation protection survey of therapy installation and brachytherapy sources, and radiation biology.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • MS-317 Radiation Physics II

    Prerequisites:

    MS 315

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course is intended to expand on the concepts and theories presented in Radiation Physics I. It will provide a detailed analysis of the treatment units used in external beam radiation therapy, their beam geometry, basic dose calculations and dose distributions. This course will also cover the principles, theories, and uses of brachytherapy. This course was previously MS 412

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • MS-415 Clinical Dosimetry

    Prerequisites:

    MS 315;MSL415 concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will discuss the factors that influence treatment planning and govern the clinical aspects of patient treatment. Topics to be covered include treatment planning with 3-D CT and MRI beams, isodose plan descriptions, clinical applications of treatment beams and advanced dosimetric calculations. This course will also contrast new emerging technologies with conventional radiation therapy techniques (SRT, SRS, IMRT, Image Guided Therapy, Respiratory Gating).

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • MS-L415 Clinical Dosimetry Lab

    Prerequisites:

    MS 315, MS L315, MS 415 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    This lab will provide the student with the opportunity to apply clinical dosimetry principles and theories learned in the classroom to actual treatment planning situations within the clinic. Through hands-on lab exercises the student will demonstrate the use of the treatment planning instruments and interpret information they compute.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • MS-416 Radiation Biology

    Prerequisites:

    Take BIO 403, MS 315 and MS L315.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Topics covered include: physio-chemical aspects of energy absorption, the sequence of events after irradiation occurring on the molecular, cellular and organized tissue levels, radiation response and repair of eukaryotic cells, effects of radiation quality, dose rate, environmental conditions, cell cycle kinetics, tumor and normal cell population dynamics, radiation-induced carcinogenesis and mutagenesis, tumor pathophysiology and radiobiology, and recent advances in experimental radiation oncology.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • MS-417 Clinical Dosimetry II

    Prerequisites:

    MS 415

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course is a continuation of Clinical Dosimetry I and will focus on advanced treatment planning techniques including intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), arc therapy, stereotactic treatment planning, and proton therapy. The advantages of each technique/modality over conventional 3D-treatment planning will be discussed. This will also be contrasted against the specific challenges presented by each technique such as the need for better immobilization, need for 4D CT scanning and daily IGRT (kV matching and/or CBCT).

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • MS-420 Oncology and Pathology

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 204, MS 302 must be taken concurrently

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course, taught by Massachusetts General Hospital physicians will review cancer epidemiology, etiology, detection, diagnosis and prevention, lymphatic drainage, and treatment. The pathology(s) of each cancer will be presented in detail including the rationale for each preferred modality of treatment.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • MS-422 Radiology for Radiation Therapy

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 204 & BIO L204: may also be taken concurrently

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course will begin with an introduction to radiology, reviewing X-ray production and discussing basic radiation physics, image formation (Kv, mA) and distortion (blur, magnification), conventional processing and digital imaging. The above-mentioned radiographic imaging concepts will be presented with conventional lectures as well as with several imaging laboratories. In addition, the basic principles of each imaging modality, including mammography, CT, MRI, Nuc Med, and Ultra Sound, will be presented. With the use of departmental tours and guest lecturers, the use, benefits and limitations of each will be discussed. Building upon the information previously presented, radiographic anatomy will also be covered with an emphasis on cross sectional anatomy. Students will review basic anatomy viewed in sectional planes (axial/transverse) of the body. Using CT and MRI images, the topographic relationship between internal organs and surface anatomy will be interpreted and discussed.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • MS-430 Senior Seminar

    Prerequisites:

    Available to Senior students in the Medical Science's Radiation Therapy Clinical Track.

    Credits:

    2.00

    Description:

    This course will be available to senior students enrolled in the Radiation Therapy Clinical Track. This seminar style course will serve three purposes; one will be to assist the senior students with the completion of the more advanced ARRT clinical competency requirements including, but not limited to, CSI, Mantle, and Paraaortic fields. This portion of the seminar will be conducted in a laboratory setting using our Phantom Patient. It's second purpose will be to prepare our graduating students for the ARRT's National Registry Exam. Exam preparation will include the use of lectures, student teaching, online teaching tools, mini mock registry exams and a full-length mock registry exam. Lastly, the seminar will assist the students with the preparation of their professional resumes including discussions regarding the skills necessary to make job interviews successful.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • MS-435 Brachytherapy

    Prerequisites:

    MS-417;

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Topics in this course will include, radioactive sources, calibration, instrumentation, factors affecting dose calculations, definitions of LDR, MDR and HDR, treatment planning and clinical dose calculation, implantation techniques, implant localization/verification, regulations, radiation safety, storage and QA. Detailed coverage of prostate brachytherapy including LDR and HDR will be emphasized.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • MS-450 Dosimetry Systems and Networking

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course is designed for the medical dosimetry student, to include a general overview of computer systems and networking in the field of radiation oncology. A historical view of computers will be covered as well as the intricate uses in the medical field today. Oncology information systems such as MOSAIC and ARIA, as well as radiation therapy software used for imaging, contouring, treatment planning, and patient charting applications will be covered. Data and system security will also be addressed.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • MS-455 Advanced Radiation Treatment Techniques

    Prerequisites:

    MS 302 & RT Clinical Student

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    For the senior radiation therapy student, this course will emphasize advanced radiation treatment techniques, including patient simulation, immobilization, contouring, beam modification, as well as special procedures.

  • MS-465 Senior Seminar for Medical Sciences

    Prerequisites:

    Senior status

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course will be available to senior students enrolled in the Radiation Therapy and Medical Dosimetry programs. This seminar style course will serve a number of purposes; one will be to prepare our graduating students for board certification in their respective disciplines (AART for Radiation Therapy and MDCB for Medical Dosimetry). Exam preparation will include the use of lectures, student teaching, online teaching tools, mini mock exams, and a full-length mock exam. The seminar will also assist students with the preparation of their professional resumes including discussions regarding the skills necessary to make job interviews successful.

  • MS-510 Independent Study

    Prerequisites:

    Seniors Only; permission of program director

    Credits:

    1.00- 7.00

    Description:

    Under special circumstances, seniors may be allowed to pursue studies in areas of particular interest to them. By special arrangement, members of the Medical Sciences Committee will schedule discussion sessions, assign projects and provide guidance and feedback. A paper & oral presentation are required.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • PHYS-111 College Physics I

    Prerequisites:

    Take MATH-121 or MATH-134 or permission of Physics department chair;PHYS L111 taken concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Introduction to the fundamental principles of physics. Study of vectors, Newton's laws, rotations, rigid body statics and dynamics, simple harmonic motion, heat and thermodynamics, kinetic theory. The laboratory consists of experiments to illustrate the basic concepts studied in the course.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS,SCI TECH ENGNR

  • PHYS-L111 College Physics Lab I

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS 111 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Introduction to the fundamental principles of physics. Study of vectors, Newton's laws, rotations, rigid body statics and dynamics, simple harmonic motion, heat and thermodynamics, kinetic theory. The laboratory consists of experiments to illustrate the basic concepts studied in the course. Error propagation, use of Excel, laboratory notebooks and formal reports required.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS,SCI TECH ENGNR

  • PHYS-112 College Physics II

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS 111 and Concurrently with PHYS L112

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Continuation of the fundamental principles of physics. Study of electric forces and fields, electric potential, DC circuits, electromagnetic induction, magnetic fields, AC circuits, introduction to optics, introduction to atomic, nuclear and particle physics.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS

  • PHYS-L112 College Physics Lab II

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS 111 and PHYS L111; PHYS 112 must be taken concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Continuation of the fundamental principles of physics. Study of electric forces and fields, electric potential, DC circuits, electromagnetic induction, magnetic fields, AC circuits, introduction to optics, introduction to atomic, nuclear and particle physics. The laboratory consists of experiments to illustrate the basic concepts studied in the course. Error propagation, use of Excel, laboratory notebooks, and formal reports required.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS

  • PHYS-151 University Physics I

    Prerequisites:

    Take MATH-121 or MATH 165. PHYS L151 concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Introduction to the fundamental principles of physics using calculus. The course includes the study of vectors, Newton's laws, rotations, rigid body statics and dynamics, simple harmonic motion, heat and temperature.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS,SCI TECH ENGNR

  • PHYS-L151 University Physics Lab I

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS 151 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    The laboratory consists of experiments to illustrate the basic concepts studied in the course: measurements, propagation of errors, vectors, Newton's laws, work and energy, momentum, rotations, oscillations, simple harmonic motion, fluid. Knowledge of algebra, trigonometry, differentiation and integration required.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS,SCI TECH ENGNR

  • PHYS-152 University Physics II

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS 151, PHYS L152 concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This calculus based course begins with topics in kinetic theory and the laws of thermodynamics. It then covers electric charge and field, Gauss' law, electrical potential and capacitance, electric currents and DC circuits. Next magnetism, electromagnetic induction, Faraday's law and AC circuits are discussed. This is followed by Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, and properties of light.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS,SCI TECH ENGNR

  • PHYS-L152 University Physics Lab II

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS 151 and L151 and PHYS 152 must be taken concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    The laboratory consists of experiments to illustrate the basic concepts studied in the course: heat, gas laws, electric forces, field, and potential, DC and AC circuits, magnetic field, electromagnetic induction, Faraday's law, optics. Calculus, algebra, trigonometry are required. Error propagation, use of Excel, laboratory notebooks, and formal reports required.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS,SCI TECH ENGNR

  • PHYS-153 University Physics III

    Prerequisites:

    Take MATH-121 or MATH-165;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This calculus-based course is the introduction of the topics of modern physics. It begins with special relativity, the Lorentz transformation, relativistic momentum and energy, addition of relativistic velocities, then covers early quantum theory, blackbody radiation, photoelectric effect, the Compton effect, photon interactions, pair production, and the Bohr theory of the atom. Then Schrodinger's equation is introduced with use of wave functions, particle box, barrier penetration, quantum mechanical tunneling, the Pauli Exclusion principle, the development of the periodic table, and the X-ray spectra. Development of solid state physics with bonding in molecules, band theory of solids and semiconductor behavior. The final topics cover nuclear physics, radioactivity, half-life, nuclear fission and fusion, medical uses of radiation, elementary particle physics and introduction to astrophysics.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    SCI TECH ENGNR

  • PHYS-L153 University Physics III Lab

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    The laboratory consists of experiments to illustrate the basic concepts of special relativity, the Lorentz transformation, relativistic momentum and energy, addition of relativistic velocities, then covers early quantum theory, blackbody radiation, photoelectric effect, the Compton effect, photon interactions, pair production, and the Bohr theory of the atom.

  • PHYS-205 Introduction to Astrophysics

    Prerequisites:

    Prerequisite: PHYS 151-152

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An introduction to the concepts and methods of astrophysics; including a history of astronomy from the ancients to Newton; light; telescopes; sun, earth, moon planets, comets, asteroids, meteors, space programs, science and technology in society. Astronomy of the cosmos; sun, stars, interstellar materials, galaxies, pulsars, quasars, black holes; nature of time relativity, cosmology.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • PHYS-206 Introduction to Radiation Oncology

    Prerequisites:

    Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate) or Medical Dosimetry Students Only

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course will serve an an introduction to the role of the radiation therapist and medical dosimetrist in a Radiation Oncology department. Through a combination of detailed lectures, discussions, role-playing, case studies, and hands-on laboratory exercises, students will be introduced to the professional and clinical aspects of their respective professions. Additional topics included radiation safety, patients rights, infection control, communication for the clinic, patient assessment, and psychosocial aspects of cancer including death and dying.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • PHYS-215 Nanomaterials and the Energy Problem

    Prerequisites:

    CHEM 111-112 or PHYS 111-112 Or Permission of Instructor

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course is designed as an introduction to nanotechnology and some of its important uses. It is aimed at science majors who have taken basic courses in physics or chemistry. The course will cover the properties and uses of carbon-nanotubes, nanocomposites, and other nanomaterials that are being fabricated in labs and industries around the world. It will serve as an introduction to the important role of nanomaterials in solving modern-day energy problems.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • PHYS-301 Clinical Radiation I

    Prerequisites:

    BIO 204 and MS 200

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Through a systems-based approach, this course will review anatomy and physiology while teaching medical terminology. This course will also discuss the major cancers associated with each anatomical system and introduce the student to radiation therapy treatment techniques and procedures.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • PHYS-L301 Radiation Therapy Rotation I

    Prerequisites:

    MS 301 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Provides the necessary clinical experience to become a radiation therapist. All labs are conducted at our clinical affiliates. Under the supervision of licensed radiation therapists, the students will become increasingly proficient in the manipulation of treatment equipment, will gain a thorough understanding of radiation treatment plans, will deliver a prescribed radiation dose to cancer patients, and will acquire knowledge of all relevant aspects of patient care. These labs are available only to students enrolled in the clinical track.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • PHYS-302 Clinical Radiation II

    Prerequisites:

    Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate) or Medical Dosimetry Students Only

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is a continuation of MS 301. Through the same didactic approach, the course will cover all of the anatomical systems and their related medical terminology NOT covered in MS 301.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • PHYS-L302 Radiation Therapy Rotation II

    Prerequisites:

    Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate) Students Only

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Provides the necessary clinical experience to become a radiation therapist. All labs are conducted at our clinical affiliates. Under the supervision of licensed radiation therapists, the students will become increasingly proficient in the manipulation of treatment equipment, will gain a thorough understanding of radiation treatment plans, will deliver a prescribed radiation dose to cancer patients, and will acquire knowledge of all relevant aspects of patient care. These labs are available only to students enrolled in the clinical track.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • PHYS-L303 Radiation Therapy Rotation III

    Prerequisites:

    MS 303 concurrent

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Provides the necessary clinical experience to become a radiation therapist. All labs are conducted at our clinical affiliates. Under the supervision of licensed radiation therapists, the students will become increasingly proficient in the manipulation of treatment equipment, will gain a thorough understanding of radiation treatment plans, will deliver a prescribed radiation dose to cancer patients, and will acquire knowledge of all relevant aspects of patient care. These labs are available only to students enrolled in the clinical track.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • PHYS-L304 Radiation Therapy Practicum

    Prerequisites:

    Take PHYS-301 PHYS-L301;*Course fulfills the following: Expanded Classroom Requirement.

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Student radiation therapists will spend 12 weeks (full-time, 40 hrs/wk) gaining hands on patient care experience in the department of radiation oncology at our clinical affiliates. Under constant supervision by licensed therapists, the student will be guided toward the application of theory in the real world of cancer treatment.

    Term:

    Summer

    Type:

    Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • PHYS-L311 Medical Dosimetry Rotation I

    Prerequisites:

    MS-L111 and take MS-301 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Under the supervision of a Certified Medical Dosimetrist, students will gain hands on treatment planning experience in a clinical setting. Two,8-hour days per week, TTH.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • PHYS-L312 Medical Dosimetry Rotation II

    Prerequisites:

    Medical Dosimetry Students Only

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Under the supervision of a certified medical dosimetrist, students will gain hands on treatment planning experience in a clinical setting. Three 8-hour days per week, MWF.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • PHYS-L313 Medical Dosimetry Rotation III

    Prerequisites:

    MS-L312 and MS-303 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Under the supervision of a Certified Medical Dosimetrist, students will gain hands on treatment planning experience in a clinical setting. Three, 8-hour days per week, MWF.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • PHYS-L314 Medical Practicum for Dosimetry

    Prerequisites:

    Take PHYS-301 and PHYS-L311; *Course fulfills the following: Expanded Classroom Requirement.

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Student dosimetrists will spend 12 weeks (full-time, 40 hrs/wk) gaining hands on treatment planning experience in the department of radiation oncology at our clinical affiliates. Under constant supervision of certified medical dosimetrists, the student will be guided toward the application of theory in the real world of cancer treatment planning.

    Term:

    Summer

    Type:

    Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • PHYS-315 Radiation Physics I

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS L315 concurrently; Radiation Biology, Radiation Science, Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate), or Medical Dosimetry Students Only

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Content is designed to establish a thorough knowledge of the radiation physics used in radiation therapy treatments. Topics to be covered in this course include a review of basic physics (energy, mass, matter, SI units), structure of matter, types of radiations, nuclear transformations, radioactive decay, the fundamentals of x-ray generators and x-ray production, interactions of x and gamma rays with matter, absorbed dose, measurements of dose, principles of and practical use of ionization chambers and electrometers, Geiger counters and other survey meters, principles and practical use of TLDs, film, calorimetry, scintillation detectors, radiation protection and quality assurance.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • PHYS-L315 Radiation Physics I Lab

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS 315 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    This lab will cover a broad range of experiments associated with the Department of Radiation Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Topics include: Quality assurance measurements for radiation therapy, calibration of radiation teletherapy unit using ionization chambers, measurements of dose distribution via film, measurements of dose in a phantom via TLDs, radiation protection survey of therapy installation and brachytherapy sources, and radiation biology.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • PHYS-317 Radiation Physics II

    Prerequisites:

    MS 315

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course is intended to expand on the concepts and theories presented in Radiation Physics I. It will provide a detailed analysis of the treatment units used in external beam radiation therapy, their beam geometry, basic dose calculations and dose distributions. This course will also cover the principles, theories, and uses of brachytherapy. This course was previously MS 412

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • PHYS-333 Math Methods of Physics

    Prerequisites:

    Take ECE-225 and ECE-L225;

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Applications of specific mathematical methods to problems in physics. Topics include complex analysis, integral transforms, eigenvalue problems, partial differential equations and group theory. This course is available in a hybrid/online format where all lectures are online and meetings with the instructor are required once per week. These meetings are for the purpose of helping students with homework problems, points in the video lectures they did not understand, or quizzes to test students' currency with the online material. These meetings are typically scheduled in a classroom but it is possible for a small number of students abroad to make special arrangements with the instructor so that the weekly meetings are held using online technology which supports voice and equation writing (such as the virtual classroom in Blackboard collaboration).

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • PHYS-361 Classical Mechanics I

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS 152 ; MATH 265 which may be taken concurrently

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Newton's laws of motion, projectiles, momentum, energy, conservation laws, oscillations, Lagrange equations, generalized momenta, central forces, orbits. This course is available in a hybrid/online format where all lectures are online and meetings with the instructor are required once per week. These meetings are for the purpose of helping students with homework problems, points in the video lectures they did not understand, or quizzes to test students' currency with the online material. These meetings are typically scheduled in a classroom but it is possible for a small number of students abroad to make special arrangements with the instructor so that the weekly meetings are held using online technology which supports voice and equation writing (such as the virtual classroom in Blackboard collaboration).

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • PHYS-362 Classical Mechanics II

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS 361

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Mechanics in non-inertial frames, rotational motion of rigid bodies, coupled oscillations, nonlinear mechanics and chaos, Hamiltonian mechanics, collision theory, continuum mechanics. This course is available in a hybrid/online format where all lectures are online and meetings with the instructor are required once per week. These meetings are for the purpose of helping students with homework problems, points in the video lectures they did not understand, or quizzes to test students' currency with the online material. These meetings are typically scheduled in a classroom but it is possible for a small number of students abroad to make special arrangements with the instructor so that the weekly meetings are held using online technology which supports voice and equation writing (such as the virtual classroom in Blackboard collaboration).

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • PHYS-367 Observational Astronomy

    Prerequisites:

    Prerequisite: PHYS 361-362

    Credits:

    2.00

    Description:

    Astrophysical instrumentation. Astronomical observations. Reduction techniques.

    Term:

    Summer

  • PHYS-381 Observational Astronomy

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS 151 AND PHYS 152 OR PHYS 153.

    Credits:

    2.00- 3.00

    Description:

    The topics covered include theoretical foundations of observational astronomy, designs of telescopes, instrumentation for telescopes, data acquisition and management, as well as practical problems in observational astronomy. Offered together with the laboratory component PHYS L381.

  • PHYS-L381 Laboratory Research Assistantship III

    Prerequisites:

    Permission of Dept. Chair Required

    Credits:

    1.00- 2.00

    Description:

    This is a laboratory based research experience which involves teams of students assisting faculty in Physics/Astronomy research projects. Students will participate in an intensive laboratory training period in the Canary Islands and will follow through with research work in consultation with faculty based in the Madrid and Boston campuses. A final paper and presentation is required. Permission of department chair is required for registration and determination of course credits.

  • PHYS-411 Physics Senior Project

    Prerequisites:

    Senior Standing

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The senior project is the capstone research experience of the undergraduate Physics Major. This one semester course requires students to work one on one with faculty in an area of mutually agreed upon research. In general, the effort will involve the use of mathematical and programming skills, laboratory techniques, and possibly field work. The end result will be both a paper and a formal presentation to both faculty and students.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • PHYS-415 Dosimetry I

    Prerequisites:

    MS 315;MSL415 concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will discuss the factors that influence treatment planning and govern the clinical aspects of patient treatment. Topics to be covered include treatment planning with 3-D CT and MRI beams, isodose plan descriptions, clinical applications of treatment beams and advanced dosimetric calculations. This course will also contrast new emerging technologies with conventional radiation therapy techniques (SRT, SRS, IMRT, Image Guided Therapy, Respiratory Gating).

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • PHYS-L415 Dosimetry I Lab

    Prerequisites:

    MS 315, MS L315, MS 415 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    This lab will provide the student with the opportunity to apply clinical dosimetry principles and theories learned in the classroom to actual treatment planning situations within the clinic. Through hands-on lab exercises the student will demonstrate the use of the treatment planning instruments and interpret information they compute.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • PHYS-416 Radiation Biology

    Prerequisites:

    Take BIO 403, MS 315 and MS L315.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Topics covered include: physio-chemical aspects of energy absorption, the sequence of events after irradiation occurring on the molecular, cellular and organized tissue levels, radiation response and repair of eukaryotic cells, effects of radiation quality, dose rate, environmental conditions, cell cycle kinetics, tumor and normal cell population dynamics, radiation-induced carcinogenesis and mutagenesis, tumor pathophysiology and radiobiology, and recent advances in experimental radiation oncology.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • PHYS-417 Dosimetry II

    Prerequisites:

    Medical Dosimetry Students Only

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course is a continuation of Clinical Dosimetry I and will focus on advanced treatment planning techniques including intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), arc therapy, stereotactic treatment planning, and proton therapy. The advantages of each technique/modality over conventional 3D-treatment planning will be discussed. This will also be contrasted against the specific challenges presented by each technique such as the need for better immobilization, need for 4D CT scanning and daily IGRT (kV matching and/or CBCT).

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • PHYS-420 Radiation Oncology & Pathology

    Prerequisites:

    Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate) or Medical Dosimetry Students Only

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course, taught by Massachusetts General Hospital physicians will review cancer epidemiology, etiology, detection, diagnosis and prevention, lymphatic drainage, and treatment. The pathology(s) of each cancer will be presented in detail including the rationale for each preferred modality of treatment.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • PHYS-422 Radiology

    Prerequisites:

    Radiation Therapy (Major or Certificate) or Medical Dosimetry Students Only

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course will begin with an introduction to radiology, reviewing x-ray production and discussing basic radiation physics, image formation (Kv, mA) and distortion (blur, magnification), conventional processing and digital imaging. The above-mentioned radiographic imaging concepts will be presented with conventional lectures as well as with several imaging laboratories. In addition, the basic principles of each imaging modality, including mammography, CT, MRI, Nuc Med, and Ultra Sound, will be presented. With the use of departmental tours and guest lecturers, the use, benefits and limitations of each will be discussed. Building upon the information previously presented, radiographic anatomy will also be covered with an emphasis on cross sectional anatomy. Students will review basic anatomy viewed in sectional planes (axial/transverse) of the body. Using CT and MRI images, the topographic relationship between internal organs and surface anatomy will be interpreted and discussed.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • PHYS-431 Undergraduate Research in Physics

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course provides a mechanism for students to receive academic credit for engaging in research. A faculty member in the physics department will serve as the research advisor for each student. This faculty advisor will have the primary responsibility for overseeing each individual student's work and will decide the grade for the course. The research project may be initiated by the student or by a faculty member.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • PHYS-435 Brachytherapy

    Prerequisites:

    Medical Dosimetry Students Only

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Topics in this course will include, radioactive sources, calibration, instrumentation, factors affecting dose calculations, definitions of LDR, MDR and HDR, treatment planning and clinical dose calculation, implantation techniques, implant localization/verification, regulations, radiation safety, storage and QA. Detailed coverage of prostate brachytherapy including LDR and HDR will be emphasized.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • PHYS-450 Dosimetry Systems and Networking and Quality Assurance

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course is designed for the medical dosimetry student, to include a general overview of computer systems and networking in the field of radiation oncology. A historical view of computers will be covered as well as the intricate uses in the medical field today. Oncology information systems such as MOSAIC and ARIA, as well as radiation therapy software used for imaging, contouring, treatment planning, and patient charting applications will be covered. Data and system security will also be addressed.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • PHYS-451 Modern Physics I

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS 152

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Atoms and elementary particles, atomic, molecular and nuclear systems. Quantum states and probability amplitude, wave mechanics, and thermal properties of matter. Atomic spectra and structure, and molecular systems. Nuclear reactions, alpha and beta decay, and high energy physics.

  • PHYS-453 Modern Physics

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS-153;

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Topics include atoms and elementary particles, atomic, molecular and nuclear systems. Quantum states and probability amplitude, wave mechanics and thermal properties of matter. Atomic spectra and structure, and molecular systems. Nuclear reactions, alpha and beta decay and high energy physics. This course is available in a hybrid/online format where all lectures are online and meetings with the instructor are required once per week. These meetings are for the purpose of helping students with homework problems, points in the video lectures they did not understand, or quizzes to test students' currency with the online material. These meetings are typically scheduled in a classroom but it is possible for a small number of students abroad to make special arrangements with the instructor so that the weekly meetings are held using online technology which supports voice and equation writing (such as the virtual classroom in Blackboard collaboration).

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • PHYS-L455 Advanced Laboratory

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS 451 and PHYS 452 or equivalent.

    Credits:

    2.00

    Description:

    Classical and modern experiments in physics; Experiments may include Frank Hertz experiment, Hall effect, nuclear magnetic resonance, quantum dots, detection of muons, x-ray spectroscopy, ellipsometry, physics of timbre of musical instruments, data acquisition.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • PHYS-461 Quantum Mechanics I

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS 361 and PHYS 362.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Non-relativistic study of particle systems, wave mechanical treatment, development of the concepts of observables, state vectors, operators and matrix representations. Hilbert space, angular momenta, coupling, symmetries, scattering, and perturbation theory. Harmonic oscillator and Hydrogen atom. This course is available in a hybrid/online format where all lectures are online and meetings with the instructor are required once a week. These meetings are for the purpose of helping students with homework problems, points in the video lectures they did not understand, or quizzes to test students' currency with the online material. These meetings are typically scheduled in a classroom but it is possible for a small number of students abroad to make special arrangements with the instructor so that the weekly meetings are held using online technology which supports voice and equation writing (such as the virtual classroom in Blackboard collaboration).

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • PHYS-462 Quantum Mechanics II

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS 461, PHYS 361 and PHYS 362.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Non-relativistic study of particle systems, wave mechanical treatment, development of the concepts of observables, state vectors, operators and matrix representations. Hilbert space, angular momenta, coupling, symmetries, scattering, and perturbation theory. Harmonic oscillator and Hydrogen atom. This course is available in a hybrid/online format where all lectures are online and meetings with the instructor are required once per week. These meetings are for the purpose of helping students with homework problems, points in the video lectures they did not understand, or quizzes to test students' currency with the online material. These meetings are typically scheduled in a classroom but it is possible for a small number of students abroad to make special arrangements with the instructor so that the weekly meetings are held using online technology which supports voice and equation writing (such as the virtual classroom in Blackboard collaboration).

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • PHYS-463 Stellar Astrophysics

    Prerequisites:

    Prerequisite: PHYS 451-452, PHYS 461-462 1 term - 4 credits

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Physics of stars. Stellar atmospheres. Stellar interiors. Stellar evolution.

    Term:

    Summer

  • PHYS-464 Statistical Physics

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS 331, PHYS 361, PHYS 362, PHYS 461

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Macroscopic objects are made up of huge numbers of fundamental particles whose interactions are well understood. Physical properties that emerge from these interactions are, however, not simply related to these fundamental interactions. In this course we will develop the tools of statistical physics, which will allow us to predict emergent cooperative phenomena. We will apply those tools to a wide variety of physical questions, including the behavior of glasses, polymers, heat engines, magnets, and electrons in solids. Computer simulations will be extensively used to aid visualization and provide concrete realization of models in order to impart deeper understanding of statistical physics.

  • PHYS-475 Senior Seminar for Radiation Therapy

    Prerequisites:

    Senior status

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course will be available to senior students enrolled in the Radiation Therapy and Medical Dosimetry programs. This seminar style course will serve a number of purposes; one will be to prepare our graduating students for board certification in their respective disciplines (AART for Radiation Therapy and MDCB for Medical Dosimetry). Exam preparation will include the use of lectures, student teaching, online teaching tools, mini mock exams, and a full-length mock exam. The seminar will also assist students with the preparation of their professional resumes including discussions regarding the skills necessary to make job interviews successful.

  • PHYS-476 Senior Seminar for Medical Dosimetry

    Prerequisites:

    Senior Status

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course will be available to second year clinical students enrolled in the Medical Dosimetry program. This seminar style course will serve a number of purposes; one will be to prepare our graduating students for board certification in MDCB for Medical Dosimetry. Exam preparation will include the use of lectures, online teaching tools, mini mock exams, and a full-length mock exam. The seminar will also assist students with the preparation of their professional resumes including discussions regarding the skills necessary to make job interviews successful.

  • PHYS-477 Electricity and Magnetism

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS-362

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Electrostatic field energy, methods for solution of boundary value problems. The magnetostatic field and magnetic circuits. Electromagnetic field energy, plane waves, wave guides and cavity resonators. Interaction of charge particles with electromagnetic fields. This course is available in a hybrid/online format where all lectures are online and meetings with the instructor are required once per week. These meetings are for the purpose of helping students with homework problems, points in the video lectures they did not understand, or quizzes to test students' currency with the online material. These meetings are typically scheduled in a classroom but it is possible for a small number of students abroad to make special arrangements with the instructor so that the weekly meetings are held using online technology which supports voice and equation writing (such as the virtual classroom in Blackboard collaboration).

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • PHYS-510 Independent Study

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Directed reading, lectures, seminar and research in selected areas of special interest.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • PHYS-533 Special Topics in Physics

    Prerequisites:

    PHYS 333, PHYS 361, PHYS 362, PHYS 461, PHYS 477

    Credits:

    2.00- 4.00

    Description:

    This is an advanced course in physics intended to introduce students to frontier areas in physics. The course is a requirement for departmental honors students. Topics are chosen from quantum field theory, condensed matter physics, high energy physics, astrophysics, quantum computing. Credit hours are adjusted based on the range and depth of topics that are covered.

  • SCI-101 Intro to Physical Science I

    Prerequisites:

    One course of MATH 104,121,128(formerly 132),130,134, or 165; SCI L101 taken concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Topics in the physical sciences treated at a level appropriate for non-science majors. Newton's laws, circular motion, heat, electricity and magnetism, optics, and atomic physics are discussed with problem sets required to illustrate the concepts.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS

  • SCI-L101 Physical Science Lab I

    Prerequisites:

    SCI 101 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Laboratory experiments and exercises to illustrate the principles covered in Science 101. On-time attendance is mandatory for pre-lab lectures. Weekly lab write-ups completed during the lab.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS

  • SCI-102 Intro to Physical Science II

    Prerequisites:

    One course of MATH 104 OR MATH 121 OR MATH 130 OR MATH 132 OR MATH 134 OR MATH 165. SCI l102 Must be taken concurrently

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Continuation of topics in the physical sciences for nonscience majors. Nuclear physics, chemical reactions, organic compounds, latitude and longitude, study of the solar system, astronomy, and cosmology are all covered.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS

  • SCI-L102 Physical Science Lab II

    Prerequisites:

    SCI 102 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Laboratory experiments and exercises to illustrate the principles covered in Science 102. On-time attendance is mandatory for pre-lab lectures. Weekly lab write-ups completed during the lab.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS

  • SCI-L105 Composite Science Lab

    Prerequisites:

    Permission of the department, transfer student status- 2 credits

    Credits:

    2.00

    Description:

    Combination of lecture and lab involving subject matter in the Physical Sciences (not Life Sciences). This is intended for transfer students who have received course credit in the physical sciences from another school and who still need to satisfy a two credit laboratory requirement.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • SCI-L106 Composite Science Lab

    Prerequisites:

    Permission of the department, transfer student status- 1 credit

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Combination of lecture and lab involving subject matter in the Physical Sciences (not Life Sciences). This is intended for transfer students only who have received course credit in the physical sciences from another school and who still need to satisfy a one credit laboratory requirement.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • SCI-108 Introduction to Cancer Care

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course will introduce the students to the top ten U.S. adult cancers, as well as the most common pediatric cancers. Topics to be covered include cancer causes, detection, and prevention. Psychosocial aspects of being diagnosed with cancer and the role nutrition plays for cancer patients will be described. The course will also discuss the major treatment modalities for each cancer including radiation therapy, surgery, chemotherapy, and bone marrow transplants. The goals and objectives of the course will be met through the use of various teaching tools including but not limited to: PowerPoint presentations, videos, guest lectures, and a poster project with a presentation component. Cognitive assessment of the students will be accomplished through homework, quizzes, exams, and a group poster and oral presentation. Students with any type of academic background are welcome.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,SCI TECH ENGNR

  • SCI-111 Astronomy I

    Prerequisites:

    MATH 104 OR MATH 121 OR MATH 130 OR MATH 134 OR MATH 165. SCI L111 must be taken concurrently.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    History of Astronomy from the ancients to Newton; light; telescopes; sun, earth, moon planets, comets, asteroids, meteors; space programs, science and technology in society. For non-science majors.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS

  • SCI-L111 Astronomy Lab I

    Prerequisites:

    SCI 111 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Laboratory experiments and exercises to illustrate the principles discussed in science 111. Observational exercises using the Celestron telescope, astrophotography exercises, and computer simulations.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS

  • SCI-112 Astronomy II

    Prerequisites:

    SCI L112 CONCURRENTLY

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Astronomy of the cosmos; sun, stars, interstellar materials, galaxies, pulsars, quasars, black holes; nature of time relativity, cosmology. For non-science majors.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS,SCI TECH ENGNR

  • SCI-L112 Astronomy Lab II

    Prerequisites:

    SCI 112 concurrently

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Laboratory experiments and exercises to illustrate the principles discussed in Science 112. Observational exercises using the Celestron telescope, astrophotography exercises, and computer simulations.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,SCI TECH ENGNR

  • SCI-113 A Habitable Earth Within the Solar System

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course introduces non-science majors to concepts that are central to making our planet habitable. It presents Earth in context of the solar system with a broad view of global climate change and energy resources in a quest to better understand the workings our planet. This course on Earth and Planetary Science is suitable for students who may have taken their last science and math course several years ago, or are just curious about knowing facts on major issues that pertain to the future of our planet. Together with a reading component, this course aims to give students a flavor of how researchers think, investigate and develop conclusions that directly affect our political and economic future. Topics covered in this course range from the solar system to the study of search for other habitable Earth-like planets, search for extraterrestrial life, and evolution of life on Earth. Other characteristics of this course are heavy use of audio-visual materials often including computer animations and simulations, in-class experiment demonstration, and intensive use of INTERNET-based resources.

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BS

  • SCI-161 Physical Science

    Prerequisites:

    One course from MATH 104 OR MATH 121 OR MATH 130 OR MATH 134 OR MATH 165 or permission of Dept. Chair. Students who have taken SCI 101/L101 or SCI 102/L102 are not eligible to take SCI 161.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This is a one-semester, non-lab introduction to the physical sciences. The student will obtain a good understanding of a wide variety of topics covered in selected chapters of the text (measurements, Newton's laws, energy, heat and global warming, wave motion, electricity and magnetism, atomic physics, nuclear physics, chemical reactions, and astronomy) and will be able to solve problems illustrating the most important concepts. Students who have taken SCI 101/L101 or SCI 102/L102 are not eligible to take SCI 161.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ

  • SCI-171 The Built World: How Humans Engineer Environments

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The most basic needs of humans have not changed - water, food, and shelter - but the means of meeting these needs has. In this course, we will examine how technology-driven societies operate by studying how cities are built and how they function. Topics will include water supply and distribution systems; transportation systems (including road and bridge design and construction); building design, construction, and operation (including skyscraper and sustainable building design), and waste removal systems (municipal and industrial wastewater removal and treatment, solid waste removal and treatment). This is not a course about little gadgets and widgets; this is a course about big engineering marvels; and it emphasizes applications of science - how things work - rather than scientific theory.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ,SCI TECH ENGNR

  • SCI-181 Science and Life in the 21st Century

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This is a four credit, non-lab, science course that examines the central scientific problems confronting the 21st century. The course studies particular topics and teaches the necessary science around these topics to provide a good understanding of the issues. The topics currently are: Energy, Science and Economic Decisions, Sustainability of Life on Earth, Health and Science.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR BA BFA & BSJ

  • SCI-201 Physics for Future Presidents

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course presents a topical introduction to the key principles and concepts of physics in the context of the world events and natural phenomena that confront world leaders and that require informed decisions and responses. Energy, health, counter-terrorism, remote sensing, space programs, nuclear proliferation, and a host of other modern challenges have technological and scientific dimensions, the understanding of which is essential to avoiding disastrous policy decisions. This course considers the application of physics to these societal challenges. The material is covered at a level and pace that a future world leader should be able to handle; the emphasis is on the development of physical reasoning skills, and not on detailed, mathematical problem solving.

    Type:

    SCI TECH ENGNR