Radiologic Science Major, B.S.

Division of Radiologic Science

Suite 3050 Bondurant Hall, CB# 7130

(919) 966-5147

Joy Renner, Director

The School of Medicine’s radiologic science program is designed to prepare individuals for professional practice and associated responsibilities in the health specialty of medical imaging. Graduates provide patient assessment and care required for medical imaging procedures in addition to insuring that the highest quality imaging study is completed with the patient’s radiation dose as a factor. In addition to diagnostic radiology, students may select other imaging modalities and practice areas for additional competence and training. These other areas include pediatrics, mammography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, vascular interventional radiology, and cardiac catheterization laboratory. The curriculum includes course discussions and projects on global health imaging issues and the potential for international experiences in medical imaging departments and programs abroad.

Admission to the program is required.


In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must

  • attain a final cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • complete a minimum of 45 academic credit hours earned from UNC-Chapel Hill courses
  • take at least half of their major course requirements (courses and credit hours) at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 18 hours of C or better in the major core requirements (some majors require 21 hours).

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

The schedule of academic work for radiologic science (medical imaging) majors includes the following General Education requirements. Students must complete all Foundations and Approaches requirements and take at least five Connections courses, including global issues, experiential education, and U.S. diversity. In addition, the following specific requirements apply to students in the General College:

Foundations quantitative reasoning requirement (select one):3
Precalculus Mathematics
Calculus of Functions of One Variable I 1
Calculus of Functions of One Variable II
Six courses in the physical and life sciences
BIOL 101
Principles of Biology
and Introductory Biology Laboratory H
BIOL 252
Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology
and Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
CHEM 101
General Descriptive Chemistry I
and Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory I
or BIOC 107 Introduction to Biochemistry
Selection one option:8
General Physics I
and General Physics II
General Physics I: For Students of the Life Sciences
and General Physics II: For Students of the Life Sciences
PSYC 101General Psychology3
Total Hours26

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.


MATH 231 is a prerequisite for PHYS 114 (see above). If By-Examination (BE) or transfer credit is awarded for PHYS 104 and PHYS 105, then MATH 130 may be used for the Foundations quantitative reasoning requirement. If students plan to take PHYS 114 at UNC–Chapel Hill, then MATH 231 is required for the Foundations quantitative reasoning requirement.

After admission to the program, the curriculum in radiologic science includes courses in gross anatomy, pathophysiology, radiography, imaging methods, research, practice issues, and clinical practice. The first year of the program provides the foundation and skills for clinical practice and patient care in diagnostic radiography. The second year of the program builds on this foundation and enhances skills for career and practice advancement through communications, physics, and research. During the second year, the student elects areas of clinical concentration, such as magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, advanced diagnostic imaging, cardiac catheterization, and vascular/interventional imaging.

Summer Session II (Junior Year)
RADI 442Introduction to Radiologic Science3
Junior Year Fall Semester
RADI 461Radiography I4
RADI 462Radiographic Imaging I4
RADI 463Clinical Education I4
RADI 660Pathophysiology3
Junior Year Spring Semester
RADI 471Radiography II3
RADI 472Radiographic Imaging II4
RADI 473Clinical Education II4
RADI 670Integrated Principles of Radiographic Analysis4
Summer Session I and II (Senior Year)
RADI 574Clinical Education III3
RADI 575Clinical Education IV5
Senior Year Fall Semester
RADI 583Clinical Education V4
RADI 585Radiologic Health Physics3
RADI 586Research in Radiologic Science I1
RADI 594Professional Communications and Interactions3
RADI 694Clinical Decisions in Radiology3
Senior Year Spring Semester
RADI 584Clinical Education VI6
RADI 597Leadership in Radiologic Science3
RADI 681Trends in Medical Imaging Practices Issues in the Radiology Practice Environment3
RADI 686Research in Radiologic Science II2
Total Hours72

Special Opportunities in Radiologic Science

Experiential Education

All of the clinical education courses provide students with the opportunity to gain competence and proficiency in all areas of radiologic science practice in a variety of clinical environments.

Undergraduate Awards

Undergraduate students are considered for the Faculty Award for Excellence, the Award for Academic Excellence, and the Tina Robbins Award.

Undergraduate Research

Students complete a two-semester research sequence leading to a project and paper during the senior year of the program and are encouraged to submit the research projects to state and national research competitions.


Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the national certification examination from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in Radiography and in other clinical areas of expertise.


The program leading to the B.S. degree with a major in radiologic science is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee for Education in Radiologic Technology.

Scholarships and Grants

Students in the Division of Radiologic Science are eligible for Phyllis Ann Canup Pepper Scholarships, the Dr. Jerry Lambiente Loyalty Fund Scholarship, the Rufus “Buddy” Clarke Loyalty Fund Scholarship, and the Jane Cox Hendrix Scholarships.