University Catalog 2023-2024

Health Physics (Minor)

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

The minor will enable students to understand the fundamentals of ionizing radiation safety, radiological control and the dosimetric consequences of nuclear activity to workers, the public and environment. The breadth and depth of the minor is designed to enable students to become a Certified Health Physicist by the American Board of Health Physics during the course of their professional career.

Admissions and Certification of Minor

To be admitted to the program, a student must have a GPA of at least 2.0. Application for admission to any University minor program is now available via MyPack Portal. Admission will be based upon the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. Go to Add a Minor to apply.


Dr. Robert Hayes
2101 Burlington Engineering Laboratories

SIS Code:  14HPM

Plan Requirements

  • Completion of the designated HP courses with all courses completed with a C- or better
  • NE 290 Introduction to Health Physics must be completed with a B or better
  • NE 431 Nuclear Waste Management/NE 531 Nuclear Waste Management and NE 490 Health Physics and Radiological Emergency Response/NE 590 Health Physics and Radiological Emergency Response must be completed with a B- or better
Required Courses
ET 105Introduction to Environmental Regulations1
NE 202Radiation Sources, Interaction and Detection4
NE 290Introduction to Health Physics3
MEA 215Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences4
ST 370Probability and Statistics for Engineers3
BAET 323Water Management
NE 404/504Radiation Safety and Shielding3
MEA 412Atmospheric Physics3
NR 484Environmental Impact Assessment4
NE 431/531Nuclear Waste Management3
NE 490/590Health Physics and Radiological Emergency Response3
Total Hours31