Radiation science class

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

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. And BU offers the only undergraduate program in PA!

Program Contact
Radiation Science (Health Physics) Program Coordinator, Professor
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A profession of protection

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. 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.

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

  • Industry
  • Medicine
  • Nuclear Power
  • Military
  • Environmental Protection
  • Enforcement of Government Regulations
  • Decontamination and Decommissioning
  • Education
  • Research

The Husky Difference

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BU boasts the only Radiation Science/Health Physics program in PA
Alumni employers include: Geisinger Medical Center, Talen Energy/Susquehanna Nuclear, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, National Institute of Health, Merck and Co., Los Alamos National Laboratory, and more.

Careers

Career opportunities for this program exist in a variety of places including hospitals, universities, State and Federal agencies or institutions, national laboratories, research centers, consulting companies, industries, etc. Our graduates are highly sought-after and they are employed soon after graduation, if not before.

Potential Job Opportunities

  • Radiation Safety and Protection

Employers

Some of the interesting work places, at which our Radiation Science alumni have been employed include: 

  • Geisinger Medical Center
  • Talen Energy Corporation
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Department of Energy
  • Princeton University
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Michigan State University
  • The Mount Sinai Hospital, NYC
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
  • University of South Florida
  • Defense Health Agency
  • Spectra Tech LLC
  • West Physics consulting company
  • Exelon Corporation
  • Landauer

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