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Radiation Protection

The Associate in Science degree program with an area of study in Radiation Protection is designed for health physics technicians and other radiation workers in the nuclear industry, hospitals and manufacturing. The program enables mid-career adults meet their educational and professional needs through credit transfer and course completion, positing graduates to transition to the Bachelor of Science degree program. The degree is a 60-credit program.

AS, Radiation Protection: Credit Distribution

Subject/Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 38
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Information Literacy
    SOS-110: Critical Information Literacy
B. Civic and Global Learning 9
  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Civic Engagement
C. Knowledge of Human Cultures 6
D. Understanding the Physical and Natural World 8
II. Area of Study: Radiation Protection 21
A. Nuclear Physics 3
B. Radiation Biology or Chemistry 3
C. Health Physics
  • Radiation Safety
  • Health Physics
  • Radiation Protection
D. Radiation Measurement
  • Radiation Detection and Measurement
  • Nuclear Instrumentation and Measurement
  • Radiation Dosimetry
E. Radiation Protection Electives
  • Health Physics Techniques
  • Radiation Effects
  • Radiation Shielding
  • Radioactive Waste Control
  • ALARA Principles
  • Nuclear Radiation Fundamentals
  • Thermodynamics or Heat Transfer
  • Radiation Biophysics
  • Radiation and Reactor Systems
F. Associate Capstone (APS-295) 3
III. Electives 1
Total Credits 60
Degree Requirements Credits
The following courses are required for the AS degree program with an area of study in Radiation Protection and can be fulfilled in either the General Education or Electives sections of the degree chart. 14
  • College Algebra
  • Physics I with Lab
  • Physics II with Lab
  • How Students Earn Credit in the Option: Students who have completed NRRPT certification will have completed the option. Students who completed Navy Nuclear Power School will have completed most of the option

Dr. Richard Coe

Richard CoeDr. Richard Coe, assistant dean of the School of Applied Science and Technology, oversees our Nuclear programs. Dr. Coe worked in the nuclear energy industry for 20 years and is the recipient of the Robert L. Long Nuclear Training and Education Excellence Award in recognition of his professional contribution to training and education in the nuclear energy field. He has also been recognized by the American Nuclear Society with the Nuclear Training and Education Pioneer Award.

Leverage Your Training

Have you earned acquired college-level technical expertise on the job? If so, it may be worth college credit. The University also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit, including transferring previous college credits, all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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