Environmental Health Physics

Environmental Health Physics

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Environmental Health Physics (EHP) is designed to address broad environmental issues associated with anthropogenic and natural radioactivity. The objective of the curriculum is to provide students with knowledge and training needed to protect human health and the environment from ionizing radiation. Integral to this focus area is assessing risk associated with the radiation. Research areas include low-level radiation detection, radiochemistry, and analytical techniques to quantify stable elements utilizing radiation, environmental monitoring, radionuclide transport, radioactive waste management, and risk assessment.

For Graduation and Enrollment Data, please go to the CES Current Students Page. Available here.

The mission of the Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and Science - Environmental Health Physics program is to provide a high quality graduate education program to students with a solid base in engineering and science.  The educational program is a combination of classroom instruction and research.  Students graduating from this program will have the knowledge, skills and ability to make significant contributions to the field of environmental health physics and will be sought by employers.

The educational objectives of the EHP are for its alumni to demonstrate the following within 3 to 5 years post graduation:

  • the ability to address contemporary problems in environmental health physics and/or environmental engineering science in industry, government and academia
  • the ability to do independent research, project leadership, and/or professional leadership
  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and applied sciences
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to formulate or design a system, process, or program to meet desired needs
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify and solve applied science problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of solutions in a global and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice
  • an ability to apply knowledge of environmental engineering science to the solution of environmental problems
  • an ability to apply knowledge of health physics to the solution of health physics problems
  • an ability to integrate knowledge of environmental engineering science and health physics to solve contemporary problems in environmental health physics
Departmental Core Courses:

EES 8020 Environmental Engineering Principles
EES 8430 Environmental Engineering Chemistry
EES 8510 Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering

Required Courses in addition to the departmental core courses:

EES 6100 Environmental Radiation Protection
EES 6110 Ionizing Radiation Detection and Measurement
EES 8120 Environmental Nuclear Engr. (Radioactive Waste Mgt.)
EES 8800 Environmental Risk Assessment

Approved Elective Courses:

EES 6300 Air Pollution Engineering
EES 6850 Hazardous Waste Management
EES 8030 Physicochemical Operations I
EES 8130 Environmental Radiation Protection Laboratory 3 (1,6)
EES 8320 Air Pollution Meteorology
EES 8330 Air Pollution Control Systems
EES 8420 Actinide Chemistry 
EES 8440 Environmental Engineering Chemistry Laboratory I
EES 8450 Environmental Engineering Chemistry II
EES 8550 Surface and Subsurface Transport
EXST 8010 Statistical Methods
EXST 8040 Sampling 
ME 6200 Energy Sources and Their Utilization
MTHS 6340 Advanced Engineering Mathematics
MTHS 8050 Data Analysis 

Other courses on appropriate subjects may be substituted upon approval of the student’s Advisory Committee.

Candidates must write a thesis based on original research and defend it in an oral examination. In special cases, a non-thesis option is available for students not on an assistantship; it requires 30 hours of coursework, a special project, and a comprehensive oral examination.  For details on the non-thesis oral exam, consult the Departmental Student Survival Guide.

Any student with an engineering or science undergraduate degree who is accepted by the EE&S Department and the Graduate School may pursue the M.S. or M.Engr. degree. Only individuals holding a bachelor's degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program (or its equivalent) may pursue the M.Engr. degree, provided their academic credentials are acceptable. Of the students that are pursuing a Masters degree, most will pursue a M.S. degree with select students who are engineers desiring to specialize in process engineering enrolling in the M.Engr. degree program.

For admission to the M.S. program, an applicant should have a grade point ratio/average (GPR/GPA) of at least 3.0 out of 4.0. Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for students who were accepted and actually entered the program for the past two years are shown in the table below.


Accepted Applicants
Percentile 2008-09 2009-10
 25th V=432 Q=737 A=3.5 V=485 Q=725 A=3.25
 75th V=500 Q=800 A=4.25 V=565 Q=800 A=4.5
Matriculated Students
 25th V=375 Q=710 A=3.25 V=490 Q=685 A=3.5
 75th V=505 Q=800 A=4.5 V=565 Q=790 A=4.75

Scott Flanders
Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Larry Haynes
Duke Energy

Nolan Hertel
Georgia Institute of Technology

Alice Murray
Savannah River National Laboratory

Andrew Sowder
Electric Power Research Institute

Tim Devol
Timothy A. Devol, Ph.D., CHP
Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Clemson University
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