Undergraduate Course Catalog 2007-2008

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Total Credit Hours: 139
Major Credit Hours: 96

A grade of C or better must be earned in a prerequisite course in order to advance to the next course in the sequence.

Students must have a minimum composite ACT of 23 to be accepted into the Radiation Therapy Program. Transfer students must have a cumulative and biology GPA of 3.25 to be accepted.

It is the policy of the Biology department to support with letters of recommendation for professional school applications, only those students who have achieved a cumulative and science GPA of  3.25 by the time they complete 02-355 Biochemistry I and have no withdrawals in their records. In the event that a student has his/her request for letters of recommendation denied, he/she has the right to petition for reconsideration with the understanding that there is no guarantee that the petition will be successful. Acceptance into any professional or graduate school is solely determined by the admission committee of that school. All faculty members have the right to decline a request to write a letter of recommendation for any student.

Radiation Therapy majors may take a Biology class only two times. If a student has not achieved a minimum grade of "C" after the second attempt, the student may not repeat the class.

Students are required to shadow, observe an RT, for a day at Northwestern Memorial Hospital or show proof of such activity at another medical facility before applying to the program.

The Biology Department will award 3 hours of credit for our general education class 02-100 (Introduction to Biology) when students have received a score of 4 or 5 on AP tests. We do not award any credit for major classes based on AP scores.

I. Core Courses (96)
02-110 General Biology I (4)
02-111 General Biology I Lab (1)
02-115 General Biology II (4)
02-116 General Biology II Lab (1)
02-220 Genetics (4)
02-221 Genetics Lab (1)
02-224 Microbiology (4)
02-226 Microbiology Lab (1)
02-355 Biochemistry I- Molecular Biochemistry (3)
02-356 Biochemistry I Lab (1)
02-335 Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology (3)
02-336 Case Studies in Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology (1)
02-331 Principles and Practice of Radiation Therapy I (3)
02-333 Pathology/Sectional Anatomy (2)
02-334 Radiation Physics (2)
02-337 Clinical Practicum I (3)
02-339 Medical Imaging and Processing (2)
02-340 Management and Methods of Patient Care I (2)
02-342 Radiation Safety and Protection (2)
02-426 Immunology (3)
02-431 Principles and Practice of Radiation Therapy II (3)
02-432 Treatment Planning (2)
02-433 Radiation Therapy Physics (2)
02-434 Quality Management (2)
02-436 Operational Issues in Radiation Therapy (2)
02-437 Clinical Practicum II (3)
02-440 Management and Methods of Patient Care II (2)
02-452 Radiation Biology (2)
02-494 Research Methods in Allied Health (2)
03-110 General Chemistry I (4)
03-111 General Chemistry I Lab (1)
03-115 General Chemistry II (4)
03-116 General Chemistry II Lab (1)
03-220 Organic Chemistry I (4)
03-221 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1)
03-225 Organic Chemistry II (4)
03-226 Organic Chemistry II Lab (1)
13-200 Calculus I (4)
17-200 College Physics I (4)
17-201 College Physics I Lab (1)

II. The advanced writing requirement of the General Education curriculum is satisfied by the successful completion of the following courses that contain strong writing components: General Biology Labs I and II, Microbiology Lab, and Research Methods.

III. Select one of the following:
02-380 Biochemistry Journal Club (1)
02-381 Physiology Journal Club (1)
02-382 Microbiology Journal Club (1)
02-384 Genetics Journal Club (1)