Health Physics

Health Physics

This new Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in Health Physics was designed in response to industry need, specifically to enhance the training and education available to the local Hanford workforce.

The four-year degree builds directly upon the skills and knowledge developed in the Associate in Applied Science in Nuclear Technology - Radiation Protection Technician program option.

  • The degree is considered "stackable," meaning it is a simple transition for most students who have or will earn the AAS in Nuclear Technology - Radation Protection Technician option. The credits earned apply directly to the requirements of this program.
  • Classes are offered in a combination of evening and online formats to allow working students to maintain employment.
  • The program is eligble for Federal Student Aid and scholarships funded by local Hanford contractors as well as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are available.
  • Classes are taught by industry subject matter experts.

The program is cohort based, a new group of students starts each fall quarter. Each cohort is limted to 20 students. 

Application Process

Students must satisfy the following academic criteria to be eligible for the program:

  • Complete an AAS in Nuclear Technology at Columbia Basin College with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or have earned at least 90 college-level credits toward an AAS in Nuclear Technology with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Be eligible to enroll in or have completed MATH& 151 Calculus I

In addition to the criteria listed above, applicants must ensure their CBC student account is active and free of any academic or financial blocks, complete and submit the CBC Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in Health Physics Program application, provide official transcripts and submit a resume.

Applications are available in the CTE Division Office or by emailing%20us!

Program Learning Outcomes for Health Physics

Program learning outcomes are the knowledge, skills, and abilities that students will achieve before they graduate. The outcomes below were developed by the faculty in the Health Physics program at CBC with input from accrediting bodies, advisory committees, employers, etc. This collaboration ensures that the outcomes are relevant for careers that this degree leads to.

Students graduating with an BAS in Health Physics will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. Design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. Function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  7. Apply knowledge of atomic and nuclear physics to nuclear and radiological systems and processes.
  8. Apply knowledge of transport and interaction of radiation with matter to nuclear and radiation processes.
  9. Measure nuclear and radiation processes.
  10. Identify professional and ethical responsibility.
  11. Explain the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
  12. Discuss contemporary issues. 
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