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We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Health Physics and Radiation Science

Degree Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science
Location North Oshawa campus location
Start dates September
Length Four years
Program load Full-time
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The four-year Honours Bachelor of Science in Health Physics and Radiation Science program provides an advanced science curriculum with a strong emphasis on the safety aspects of ionizing radiations.

General information

Energy supply, medicine, agriculture, national security, manufacturing and resource-based industries are all examples of where the use of radioactive materials or radiation-generating machines are an essential part of operations. Radiation is also used to study materials and matter on the atomic scale. Our curriculum is a combination of fundamental radiation science, technological methods and applications to prepare you for a successful career.

Our programs are designed in consultation with key industry representatives, and will provide you with necessary theoretical and applied skills to meet employers' needs. 

Experiential Learning 

We offer a wide range of optional internship and co-op opportunities to help you gain valuable, relevant work- experience to promote networking and lifelong career success.

Learning Environment 

Students have access to new, modern buildings, libraries and innovative labs including: 

  • Corrosion and Electrochemistry Laboratory
  • Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre (ERC)
  • Environment Radiation Laboratory
  • High-Performance Computing and Visualization Laboratory
  • Nuclear Simulation Laboratory
  • Radiation Protection Laboratory
  • Scientific Instrumentation Laboratory 

Additional information

Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science website

Admission requirements

Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M credits including English (ENG4U) with a minimum grade of 60 per cent, Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), and Physics (SPH4U). In addition, a combined minimum 70 per cent average in prerequisite math and science courses is required, with no grade below 60 per cent. Applicants with credentials from outside Ontario should visit the Admissions section.

Note: Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken, and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.

Last year's cut-off 70 per cent
Expected cut-off Low-70s

How to apply

The application process and important dates/deadlines are outlined on our admissions website:
Ontario secondary school applicants
Ontario secondary school graduates
Canadian out-of-province high school applicants
International applicants
Mature applicants (over 21 and never attended post-secondary)
Transfer applicants
General Arts and Science (GAS) applicants 
Home-schooled applicants

Program curriculum

Sample courses: 

  • Environmental Effects of Radiation
  • Industrial Applications and Radiation Techniques
  • Medical Imaging
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Radiation Biophysics and Dosimetry
  • Radiation Detection and Measurement
  • Radioisotopes and Radiation Machines
  • Therapeutic Applications of Radiation Techniques

A full program map is available in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar. Courses are subject to change without notice.

Experiential learning

We offer a wide range of optional internship and co-op opportunities to help you gain valuable, relevant work experience to promote networking and lifelong career success.

Career opportunities

  • Environmental safety
  • Non-destructive material testing
  • Radiation applications in health care
  • Radiation protection
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