NMTEC 241 Radiation Biology • 1 Cr.
Discusses the potentially harmful effects of radiation on humans. Topics include the basic chemistry of radiation interactions in living cells, the effects of extensive radiation exposure, and the potential long-term effects of accumulated radiation damage. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.
After completing this class, students should be able to:1. Define and correctly use the various units used to describe amounts of radiation. 2. Discuss the effects of radiation on molecules and cells, and the consequences of these effects seen in human tissues. 3. Outline the physiological basis, symptoms, and causes of death of each of the three acute radiation syndromes. 4. Distinguish between deterministic and stochastic effects of radiation, and describe specific effects in each category. 5. Delineate sources of radiation exposure among the general population, synthesize responses to questions about concerns regarding radiation, and discuss the theory of radiation hormesis. 6. Analyze media characterizations of the effects of radiation and discriminate between statements consistent with the science of radiation biology and statements that exaggerate or otherwise misrepresent radiation's effects.