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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 the knowledge and training needed to protect human health and the environment from ionizing radiation. Integral to this focus area is assessing the 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.

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  • 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 following a few years after graduation:

    1. • EHP alumni will advance in responsibility in their careers through addressing contemporary problems in environmental health physics
    2. • EHP alumni will make significant professional contributions in independent research, project leadership or professional leadership
    1. • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and applied sciences
    2. • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
    3. • an ability to formulate or design a system, process, or program to meet desired needs
    4. • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
    5. • an ability to identify and solve applied science problems
    6. • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
    7. • an ability to communicate effectively
    8. • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of solutions in a global and societal context
    9. • a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in lifelong learning
    10. • a knowledge of contemporary issues
    11. • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice
  • Departmental Core Courses:

    EES 8020 Environmental Engineering Principles
    EES 8430 Environmental Engineering Chemistry

    Required Courses in addition to the departmental core courses:

    EES 6100 Environmental Radiation Protection
    EES 6110 Ionizing Radiation Detection and Measurement
    EES 8150 Radiobiology
    EES 8800 Environmental Risk Assessment

    Approved Elective Courses:

    BIOE 6310 Medical Imaging
    EES 6140 Radioecology
    EES 6300 Air Pollution Engineering
    EES 6850 Hazardous Waste Management
    EES 8030 Physicochemical Operations I
    EES 8120 Environmental Nuclear Engineering: Radioactive Waste Management
    EES 8130 Environmental Radiation Protection Laboratory
    EES 8160 Technical Nuclear Forensics
    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. degree.

    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 into the program recently are shown in the table below.

    Accepted Applicants for the MS EHP Program

    (n = 18; accepted applicants w/o GRE scores = 0)


    2017 - 2021


    V = 151.5

    Q = 152

    A = 3.5


    V = 153.5

    Q = 156

    A = 4


    V = 157.75

    Q = 159

    A = 4.5

  • Connie Herman, Savannah River National Laboratory
    Bo Pham, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
    Dexter Robinson, Duke Energy
    John Hackett, Jacobs
    Derek Jokisch, Francis Marion University

  • Tim DeVolTimothy A. Devol, Ph.D., CHP

    Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
    Clemson University
    342 Computer Court
    Anderson, SC 29625-6510

    864-656-1014 (phone)

Application Information

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Additional information can be found on the Clemson Graduate School site.

For specific information related to the Environmental Health Physics Graduate Degree, please contact Barbara Smith. You can email or visit the Rich Labs and say Hello!

Barbara Smith