BSAST in Radiation Protection

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology (BSAST) degree in Radiation Protection is designed for radiation safety personnel in nuclear power plants, hospitals, industrial and research settings .  The program enables mid-career adults in a wide range of applied fields meet their educational and professional needs while completing a baccalaureate degree.  The degree is a 120-credit program.

Subject/Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Information Literacy
B. Civic and Global Learning 9
  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Civic Engagement
C. Knowledge of Human Cultures 9
D. Understanding the Physical and Natural World 8
E. Mathematics 3
F. General Education Electives 16
II. Area of Study: Radiation Protection 45
A. Nuclear Physics 3
B. Radiation Biology 3
C. General Radiation Protection
  • Radiation Protection
  • Radiological Safety
  • Health Physics
  • Radiation Protection and Control
D. Radiation Measurements
  • Radiation Detection and Measurement
  • Nuclear Instrumentation & Measurement
  • Radiation Dosimetry
E. Radiation Effects
  • Radiation Effects on Materials
  • Biological Effects of Radiation
  • Radiochemistry
  • Radioisotopes Engineering
  • Radiation Biophysics
  • Radiation Interactions
F. Applied Health Physics
  • Radiation Shielding
  • Environmental Radiation
  • Radioactive Waste Control
  • Protection Standards
  • Safety Controls for Nuclear Operations
  • Quality Control
  • ALARA Principles
  • Applied Health Physics Internship
G. Radiation Protection Electives
  • Nuclear Reactor Operations & Safety
  • Nuclear Fuel Cycle Hazardous Materials
  • Industrial Safety Instrument Analysis (Chemistry)
  • Heat Transfer or Thermodynamics Analytic
  • Organic or Biochemistry
  • Nuclear Chemistry
  • Radiation Biology
  • Radiation Protection Internship
H. Current Trends & Applications 3
III. Electives 15
Total 120
Degree Requirements Credits
The following courses are required for the BSAST Degree in Radiation Protection and can be fulfilled in either the General Education or Electives sections of the degree chart. 23
  • Technical Writing
  • Computer Concepts (CIS-107) or above
  • Statistics
  • College Algebra
  • Higher Level Math above College Algebra
  • Physics I with Lab
  • Physics II with Lab
  • General Biology

  • How Students Earn Credit in the Area of Study: College credit is awarded for NRRPT certification, Navy Basic Nuclear Power School and ACE recommended company training. The remaining credits may be earned by Guided Study, Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) or classroom instruction.

Note: Courses listed in the Area of Study are offered as a guide. Other courses may also be considered appropriate for the program. The inclusion of similar courses must be reviewed by the Evaluation team. Students must submit their program plan for review to ensure that course selection is appropriate for the degree.


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