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Up close picture of the Nuclear Reactor core. The Radiological Sciences Program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics (Radiological Health Physics option), a Master of Science degree in Radiological Sciences and Protection, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physics (Radiological Sciences option).

Program Mission and Educational Objectives

Chemical/Nuclear Engineering student working in reactor.

The mission of the Radiological Sciences Program is to provide students with a quality higher education in radiological sciences and serve the community through research, teaching, and outreach.

The program educational objectives of the Radiological Sciences Program are stated in terms of what all program graduates will be qualified to practice at the time of graduation and what most graduates will be able to achieve a few years after graduation. Graduates with a B.S. degree in Physics under the Radiological Health Physics option have:

  1. the technical knowledge and skills to practice health physics;
  2. an understanding of the ethical, social, legal, and professional issues faced in health physics practice; and
  3. a solid foundation for graduate studies, continuing education, and life-long professional development in radiological and other physical sciences.

Graduates with an M.S. degree in Radiological Sciences and Protection who chose the Project option or the Thesis option have:

  1. the technical knowledge and skills to practice health physics;
  2. an understanding of the ethical, social, legal, and professional issues faced in health physics practice;
  3. a solid foundation for graduate studies, continuing education, and life-long professional development in radiological and other physical sciences;
  4. the ability to conduct research; and
  5. advanced knowledge and skills in external and internal radiation dosimetry.

Graduates with an M.S. degree in Radiological Sciences and Protection who chose the Professional Science Master option have:

  1. the technical knowledge and skills to practice health physics;
  2. an understanding of the ethical, social, legal, and professional issues faced in health physics practice;
  3. a solid foundation for graduate studies, continuing education, and life-long professional development in radiological and other physical sciences;
  4. a foundation in business administration and professional communication; and
  5. advanced knowledge and skills in external and internal radiation dosimetry.

Graduates with a Ph.D. degree in Physics under the Radiological Sciences option have:

  1. the ability to conduct independent research at an advanced level;
  2. advanced knowledge and skills in external and internal radiation dosimetry; and
  3. the demonstrated ability to advance fundamental knowledge in the field of Radiological Sciences.