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Doctor of Philosophy in Radiochemistry

Radiochemistry encompasses chemical and nuclear properties of radioelements and isotopes. The UNLV Radiochemistry Ph.D. Program, established by the departments of Health Physics and Chemistry, is a student-driven research intensive program stressing fundamental aspects of radiochemistry science. The curriculum and research provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary examination of radiochemistry topics and experiences. Student opportunities in research and education are expanded through interactions with national and international collaborators. Program graduates have the necessary skill set to secure employment and participate in radiochemistry research and related activities.

Learning Objectives

  • Technical Competency: Thesis Committees will assess the technical competency of students based on their performance in programmatic courses identified by each committee as appropriate to the student, as well as their performance in a research setting.
  • Communication Skills: Assessed by Thesis Committees and other who evaluate student performance on seminars, prospectus, oral and written reports, papers presented and/or submitted, and thesis.
  • Analytical and/or Critical Thinking Skills: Assessed by Thesis Committees and other who evaluate student performance on seminars, prospectus, oral and written reports, publication reviews, papers presented and/or submitted, and thesis.
  • Expertise: Thesis presentation, written and oral. Assessed by Thesis Committees.

Career Possibilities

A Ph.D. degree, the terminal degree in the field of radiochemistry, provides a wide variety of career opportunities performing forefront research in areas as diverse as radiochemistry, nuclear chemistry, materials research, renewable energy studies, nuclear forensics, and environmental studies, as well as many others. Furthermore, a Ph.D. degree is generally required to obtain a university faculty position to help educate the next generation of scientists.