Master of Science (M.S.) in Physics, Option in Medical Physics

Recommended Physics and Math Prerequisites

The Masters in Physics-Medical Physics option (MSMPO) program is an applied program, designed to teach graduate students application of the core physical principles of nature to diagnosis and treatment of human disease. This program therefore has its roots in the basic theories of modern physics. Much of the teaching in the classroom, labs, and clinical rotation is focused on understanding and applying modern physics in a wide range of medical settings such as diagnostic imaging, radiation therapy, development of new therapeutic agents, etc.  
Therefore, students entering the program should have a solid background in math, science, and in particular physics. This background is usually obtained through taking several core (junior and senior level) courses in these subjects during undergraduate study. For example, The OSU Physics department recommends that students entering the MSMPO program have at a minimum completed and received a grade of at least a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) in the following classes.


Core Physics courses:

  • General Physics I and II (calculus based)
  • Mathematical Methods in Physics
  • Modern Physics/Introductory Quantum Mechanics
  • Introductory Nuclear Physics


Core Math courses:

  • Calculus I and II
  • Differential Equations


Additionally, for students interested in a clinical career path, the following course is also recommended:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology