Medical physics is the application of physics concepts in medicine and health care. A medical physicist may specialize in such areas as medical imaging, radiation therapies, health physics, and nuclear medicine.

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The Physics Department offers students a solid foundation in both classical and modern physics. Medical emphasis students take an additional 12 credits in chemistry and biology. Laboratory courses are an important component of the physics program, giving students valuable skills and knowledge in many areas.

Faculty are always on hand to help guide students throughout their coursework and experiences on campus. Courses are specifically designed to allow for the maximum interaction possible to help students get to know the faculty on a more personal level. Students have the chance to be mentored towards a future career path that will be best suited and rewarding to them.

Faculty are always encouraging students to work together on homework and studying. Having professors who care about their students and help them understand the material is amazing.

Kelli M.,
BYU-I Graduate

Career Path

Graduates with a degree in Physics, emphasis in Medical have a wide array of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.

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Medical Physicist

Medical physicists are often found in the following healthcare specialties: diagnostic and interventional radiology (also known as medical imaging), nuclear medicine, radiation protection and radiation oncology.

Nuclear medicine physicist

Nuclear medicine is a medical specialty involving the application of radioactive substances in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.


Medical physicists play a vital and often leading role on the medical research team. Their activities cover wide frontiers, including such key areas as cancer, heart disease, and mental illness.

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Getting started in this degree

If you want to get a taste for Physics, emphasis in Medical, start with one of the following degree-specific courses:

For a full listing of all courses required for this degree, refer to the course catalog.

* If you are not prepared to take Calculus your first semester, contact your faculty mentor of Physics Dept. Office


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The Advising Office can help with degree planning and preparation. To declare your major or minor, plan classes, or find out who your advisor is, visit the Advising homepage.

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