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Health Physics Graduate Program - 5th year for 4 (honors) + 1 (graduate) M.S. Plan of Study in Nuclear Engineering And Radiological Health Science

Curricula For A "4 + 1" M.S. Degree in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Health Science between the Schools of Health Sciences and Nuclear Engineering
This M.S. degree option is only available to students who have completed the undergraduate Radiological Health Science (honors) major at Purdue University.


  • The students from Nuclear Engineering would take their prescribed courses for the 8 semesters of study normally leading to a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering.
  • The students from Health Sciences would take their prescribed courses for the 8 semesters of study leading to a B.S. in Radiological Health Science (Honors).
  • The 5th year studies would require a total course load of 33 credit hours.
  • The student may only choose the non-thesis MS option.
  • The NE students will be required to write a major paper or perform an experiment and write a report as part of the specified practicum experience.

Fifth-Year Curricula:

  1. Four-year HSCI, one year NE: (approved by Nuclear Engineering faculty)
    Ninth Semester (Fall) Tenth Semester (Spring)
    NE 500-level Technical Elective, 3 Cr. NE 500-level Technical Elective, 6 Cr.
    NE 501 - Nuclear Engineering Principles, 3 Cr. NE 503 - Radioactive Waste Management, 3 Cr.
    NE 510 - Nuclear Reactor Theory I, 3 Cr. NE 504 - Nuclear Engineering Experiments., 3 Cr.
    NE 551 - Mass, Momentum and Energy Transfer*, 3 Cr. NE 520 - Radiation Effects & React. Mat., 3 Cr.
    NE 696 - Nuclear Engineering Seminar, 0 Cr. NE 696 - Nuclear Engineering Seminar, 0 Cr.
    NE 697 - Nuclear Engineering Projects, I 3 Cr. NE 697 - Nuclear Eng Projects II, 3 Cr.

  2. Four-year NE, one year HSCI: (approved by the Health Sciences faculty)
    Ninth Semester (Fall) Tenth Semester (Spring)
    STAT 511 - Statistical Methods♣, 3 Cr. HSCI 514 - Radiation Instrumentation Laboratory, 1 Cr.
    HSCI 534 - Applied Health Physics, 3 Cr. HSCI 526 - Principles of Health Physics Dosimetry, 3 Cr.
    HSCI 570 - Intrduction to Medical Diagnostic Imaging, 3 Cr. HSCI 540 - Radiation Biology, 3 Cr.
    HSCI 574 - Medical Health Physics, 2 Cr. HSCI 572 - Radiation Oncology Physics, 3 Cr.
    HSCI 696 - Seminar, 1 Cr. HSCI 696 - Seminar, 1 Cr.
    HSCI 698 - M.S. Practicum I, 3 Cr. HSCI 698 - M.S. Practicum II, 3 Cr.
    NUPH 530 and 530L Applied Nuclear Pharmacy, 3 Cr. NUPH 550 - Introduction to PET, 2 Cr.

*Equivalent courses may be defined by School Heads
♣ - STAT 512 Applied Regression Analysis or other course may be substituted for STAT 511

NOTICE: Graduate courses taken while registered as a graduate student at Purdue University may be considered for fulfilling the plan of study requirements only if the student has received grades of C or better. For courses at the 300 or 400 level taken as a graduate student or courses that represent either undergraduate or graduate excess credit or transfer credit, grades of B or better are required for fulfilling plan of study requirements.

Approved by faculty graduate committee October 28, 2003
Approved by faculty committee October 31, 2003.
Approved by Health Sciences faculty September 2, 2005.

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