About the Undergraduate Program

Radiation health physicists ensure beneficial uses of radiation, protecting workers and the public from potential hazards associated with exposure. Within the School of Nuclear Science and Engineering there are numerous opportunities for students to gain practical knowledge and experience in many areas of the field. Research, development and testing are school hallmarks, and undergraduate students have numerous opportunities to participate in the research activities conducted by our faculty and graduate students.

Oregon State's radiation health physics program traces its roots back to the 1960s and today produces the most graduates of any program in the nation. 

No. 1
Most radiation health physics graduates in the United States.

NSE Research expenditures in 2018-19.

1 of 24
University research and test reactors in the United States.

Engineering graduate student

Comparing computer code for radiation worker safety

Undergrad Logan Anspach's research is informing the highest levels of regulating agencies in the nuclear and health physics fields.

Associate Professor Steven Reese (left) works with grad student Griffen Latimer

Bringing Medical Isotope Production Closer to Home

Every day, approximately 40,000 people in the United States receive a nuclear medicine imaging procedure using the radioisotope technetium-99m.

Associate Professor Steven Reese (right) works with graduate student Jessica Curtis in the reactor bay.

NSE’s newest faculty member is a familiar face

Steven R. Reese was promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure. But he has worked at Oregon State in association with the college since 1997, serving as director of the Radiation Center since 2005.

Academics and Admission

The Bachelor of Science and Honors Bachelor of Science degree programs in Radiation Health Physics are accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org (view our accreditation information).

For any questions about the program, please contact Joan Stueve, head undergraduate advisor. 

Transfer Students

Transfer student information is available at the Office of Admissions.

Navy Students

Education through the Seaman-to-Admiral (STA-21) program provides you with the tools to succeed as a commissioned officer, and to later have a promising career as a civilian nuclear engineer or radiation health physicist. After completion of the Naval Nuclear Power School you can enroll in the STA-21 program to complete a three-year bachelor's of science degree at NSE.

Engineering is an academically challenging field, and as a Navy student at Oregon State you’ll be held to a higher standard than traditional students. We want to see you make the grade: our world-class faculty, tutoring services and library are available to you. Because you have 36 months to complete your degree, it’s important to understand how your transcripts will transfer to Oregon State. Please review the Radiation Health Physics STA-21 Three-Year Example Plan below. 

You also need to be conscious of acceptance deadlines for the STA-21 program. Once your Oregon State application is completed, admissions decisions can be made in 2-4 weeks and sometimes in as little as one week. So please plan accordingly. 

For more specific information on the STA-21 program please visit the Oregon State Department of Naval Science.

Degree Requirements