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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

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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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health Physics and Radiation Science

In this age of advanced technological development, it is difficult to find an aspect of our modern life that does not involve the use of ionizing radiation. Energy supply, medicine, agriculture, national security, manufacturing and resource-based industries are all examples of where the uses of radioactive materials or radiation-generating machines are an essential part of their operations. Radiation is also a unique tool for the study of materials and matter on the atomic scale. Radiation science recently has seen huge advances in techniques for material science using advanced radiation sources such as synchrotrons, neutron spallation sources and reactor neutron beams.

Such a wide-spread and general application of radiation leads to a constant and growing demand for trained scientists who understand radiation, its applications and hazards, and can work towards the betterment of society through its safe and innovative use.

The curriculum is designed to provide you with a comprehensive knowledge of advanced science for radiation protection of humans and the environment, as well as the application of radiation technologies in health care and industry. The first two years establish the fundamentals in: 

  • Mathematics;
  • Physical and biological sciences; and
  • Technology.

During your third year, you will the fundamentals of:

  • Radiation detection and measurement;
  • Imaging
  • Radiation biophysics; and
  • How radiation is produced and used in a wide range of applications.

Fourth year allows for specialization and includes two thesis projects.

Included in the program are courses such as:

  • Industrial Applications of Radiation Techniques;
  • Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Technology;
  • Medical Imaging;
  • Radiation Biophysics and Dosimetry;
  • Radiation Detection and Measurement;
  • Radiological and Health Physics; and
  • Therapeutic Applications of Radiation Techniques.