Campus: CSU Fresno -- January 21, 2005
New Biomedical Physics Program Developed at Fresno State
A new biomedical physics undergraduate program at California State University,
Fresno offers students the opportunity to prepare for careers in quantitative
The special degree program in the Department of Physics was developed with a grant
from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of
Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and is one of the first such programs
in the nation.
Biomedical physics is an applied branch of physics concerned with the application
of the concepts and methods of physics to the diagnosis, management and treatment
of human disease. It is allied with medical electronics, bioengineering and health
physics. The main areas of application are treatment of cancer by ionizing radiation;
imaging with x-rays, ultrasound and magnetic resonance; imaging and treatment with
radioisotopes; and protection of occupational workers in radiation-related
The range of specialized courses at Fresno State will include human anatomy and
physiology, neuroanatomy to magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy of the
human brain, radiation health physics, diagnostic radiology, measurement systems
and instrumentation, conduct of human research and nuclear medicine and its
application in neurology.
Dr. Amir Huda, assistant physics professor, who oversaw the grant and program
development, said an undergraduate curriculum in the physics of neuroimaging
reflects an innovative vision to attract and motivate students to pursue careers
in quantitative neurosciences.
Huda said the new program aims to serve as a feeder program for graduate
instruction in medical physics/neurosciences by providing a solid foundation in
physics, biology and mathematics so that students can handle the challenges of an
In addition to classroom instruction, students will participate in actual clinical
training in local area medical centers, summer internships at prospective graduate
schools, state-of-the-art laboratories in research institutions, and structured
seminars with one-to-one interaction with the best researchers in the country.
For more information, see
or contact Huda at email@example.com.
Contact: Shirley Melikian Armbruster, (559) 278-2795 or (559)