Radiation Science Major

Do you want to pursue a career or graduate studies in the health sciences, including radiation safety, clinical research, and/or biology? Our radiation science major could be for you.

The Radiation Science Major emphasizes laboratory and research training rather than clinical training, making it ideal preparation for medical research careers and graduate study. By integrating the study of biology, radiation, physics, chemistry, and mathematics, our well-rounded program prepares you for a career in healthcare or any of the sciences. Majors in the program have the opportunity to complete an internship at a regional healthcare facility, including the possibility of interning at a top medical center, even though clinical training isn't a requirement of this program.

In addition to your core courses and labs, you'll take required courses in cancer care, math, physics, and biostatistics. Three electives will round out your education in this complex field.

Radiation Science graduates are working as clinical research assistants and radiation safety personnel, and pursuing graduate and certificate study in biology, medical dosimetry, health physics/radiation safety, and nursing. They are also found studying in dental and medical school and in physician assistant programs.

Suffolk also offers a Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry

Recent alumni of the Suffolk Radiation Science Major have gained employment at:

  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Courses & Requirements

Learn more about the classes, requirements, and different options available to complete the program.

"The instructors were great because they were practicing clinicians and could share their patient experiences in a way that could not be learned in a classroom. The proximity of Suffolk University to Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) was also a great benefit, as I had the experience of taking a Radiation Physics lab in the Radiation Oncology Simulation suite at MGH."
Kathryn Silva, '14, Radiation Science Major Stem Cell Transplant Coordinator, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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