Radiation Protection/Health Physics

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with an area of study in Radiation Protection/Health Physics is designed to prepare learners for a career as radiation protection/health physics professional. The program content includes, but is not limited to, fundamentals of radiation protection/health physics, personnel dosimetry, shielding/activation, measurement, instrumentation, biological effects of radiation, and plus related prerequisite elements. A total of 18 Area of Study credits must be from 300/400 level courses.

Subject/Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Information Literacy
B. Civic and Global Learning 9
  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Civic Engagement
C. Knowledge of Human Cultures 9
D. Understanding the Physical and Natural World 8
E. Mathematics 3
F. General Education Electives 16
  • TES-100 Cornerstone: Lifelong Learning Strategies
II. Area of Study:Radiation Protection/Health Physics 53
A. Introduction to Nuclear Engineering Technology & Radiation Health Physics (RPT-270) 3
B. Nuclear Physics for Technology (NUC-303) 3
C. Radiation Detection & instrumentation (RPT-260) 3
D. Nuclear Rules & Regulations (NUC-380) 3
E. Radiation Biology (RPT-271) 3
F. Radiation Ecology (RPT-272) 3
G. Radiation Biophysics (NUC-412) 3
H. Radiation Interactions (NUC-413) 3
I. Radiological, Reactor, Environmental Safety (NUC-342) 3
J. Introduction to Radiation Generating Devices & Medical (RPT-275) 3
K. Nuclear Materials (NUC-402) 3
L. Radiation Shielding & External Dosimetry (RPT-302) 3
M. Radiation Analysis Laboratory (NUC-238) 1
N. Reactor Fundamentals (NUC-365) 3
O. Nuclear Instrumentation & Control (NUC-351) 3
P. Radioactive Shipments, Packaging & Transporting (RPT-280) 3

Q. Radiation Protection/Health Physics Assessment/Career Planning (RPT-490)

R. Radiation Protection/Health Physics Capstone (RPT-495) 4
III. Electives 12
Total 125
Degree Requirements Credits
The following courses are required for the BS degree, Radiation Protection/Health Physics, and can be fulfilled in either the General Education or Electives sections of the degree chart. 28
  • Computer Concepts (CIS-107) or above
  • Statistics
  • College Algebra
  • Higher Level Math above College Algebra
  • Physics I with Lab or Chemistry I with Lab
  • Physics I with Lab or Chemistry I with Lab
  • Chemistry I with Lab or Chemistry I with Lab
  • Chemistry II with Lab or Chemistry II with Lab


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