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 (NSE) 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. 

Academics and Admission

The undergraduate program is broken into two sections: pre-engineering (two years) and pro-engineering (two years). Students not majoring in radiation health physics may earn a minor in the discipline.

The program is accredited by ABET (view our accreditation information).

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

First-year Students 

First-year students begin in the Pre-Engineering program in the College of Engineering, regardless of their chosen major. Students take approximately two years of courses including math, chemistry, physics, and introductory engineering courses. 

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

Program Example Plans

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