Radiation Science (Health Physics) (B.S.)

A profession of protection

Radiation Science, also known as Health Physics, is the science of radiation protection which is diverse and one of the most interesting and rewarding fields of scientific endeavor.

This profession is devoted to protecting people and their environment from potential radiation hazards, while making it possible to enjoy the beneficial uses of radiation in medicine, energy generation, industry, and research.

Only one in PA!

Bloomsburg University offers the only baccalaureate degree program in radiation science in Pennsylvania. There are few radiation science graduates, and yet the demand for them is great!

In addition to basic education in physical science and other specialized courses, the students in this program are required to be involved in an internship, which provides them with a real-world experience beyond what they can learn in a classroom, and helps them with career readiness and marketability.

A great path to employment

Graduates from the radiation science (health physics) program are usually employed shortly after graduation. They may work in a variety of fields including:

    Nuclear Power
    Environmental Protection
    Enforcement of Government Regulations
    Decontamination and Decommissioning

List of workplaces that have hired our alumni:

    Geisinger Medical Center – Danville
    Talen Energy, Susquehanna Nuclear – Berwick
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City
    National Institute of Health (NIH)
    PA Department of Environmental Protection
    Merck and Co., West Point, PA
    Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
    Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
    Defense Health Agency
    Princeton University
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Pittsburgh
    University of South Florida
    Michigan State University
    Fox Chase Cancer Center
    Tobyhanna Army Depot
    Ecology Services, Inc.
    Cabrera Services, Inc
    Walter Robinson & Associates
    Exelon Corporation
    Lovelace Biomedical
    UniTech Services Group

Radiation Science Major Requirements

PHYSICS 140 Radiological Environmental Monitoring

PHYSICS 150 Radiation Regulations

PHYSICS 201 Introductory Physics 1 (algebra-based) or PHYSICS 211 General Physics 1* (calculus-based)

PHYSICS 202 Introductory Physics 2 (algebra-based) or PHYSICS 212 General Physics 2* (calculus-based)

PHYSICS 315 Electronics or PHYSICS 316 Digital Electronics or PHYSICS 104 Elementary Electronics

PHYSICS 410 Radiation Detection Laboratory

PHYSICS 360 Health Physics

PHYSICS 460 Applied Health Physics

PHYSICS 488 Internship in Health Physics

BIO 411 Radiation Biology

CHEM 115 Chem for Sciences I

BIO 114 Concepts of Biology 1 or BIO 173 Anatomy and Physiology 1

MATH 123 Essentials of Calculus or MATH 125 Calculus 1*

MATH 141 Introduction to Statistics or MATH 241 Probability and Statistics

ELECTIVES (minimum of 6 credits from the following courses)

PHYSICS 107 Applied Physics for the Health Sciences

CHEM 116 Chem for Sciences 2

A Computer Science course

MATH 126 Calculus 2*

MATH 225 Calculus 3*

MATH 322 Differential Equations*

PHYSICS 310 Modern Atomic Physics *

PHYSICS 400 Advanced Physics Laboratory

Independent Study/Research (PHYSICS 482,483, 488, 493, 498)

BIO 174 Anatomy and Physiology 2

BIO 208 Medical Terminology

* Courses that should be taken by students contemplating graduate school.

Radiation Science (Health Physics) (B.S.)

Out-of-state licensure and certification

Certain positions may require certification of health physicists by the American Board of Health Physics as provided in 10 CFR §35.50 Training for Radiation Safety Officer, which applies to medical facilities and is followed by all state regulatory agencies. Visit bloomu.edu/state-authorization for more information.