Radiochemistry encompasses chemical and nuclear properties of radioelements and isotopes. The UNLV Radiochemistry Ph.D. Program 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.

Available Options

  • Post-Bachelor’s Track
  • Post-Masters Track


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Learning Outcomes

Technical Components
Thesis Committees assess the technical competency of students based on performance in programmatic courses identified as appropriate to the student, as well as performance in a research setting.
Communication Skills
Students are further evaluated on performance in seminars, prospectus, oral and written thesis, defense, presentations, and publications.
Analytical and Critical Thinking Skills
Assessed by the Thesis Committee and others who evaluate student performance on seminars, prospectus, oral and written reports, publication reviews, papers presented and/or submitted, and thesis.
Expertise in Radiochemistry
Thesis presentation, written, and oral. Assessed by Thesis Committee.

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, environmental studies, and many others. Furthermore, a Ph.D. degree is generally required to obtain a university faculty position to help educate the next generation of scientists.


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Doctor of Philosophy - Radiochemistry

Post-Bachelor’s Track

Post-Masters Track


Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The curriculum offered by the Department of Chemistry meets the needs of students who intend to pursue advanced traiing in the sciences, medicine, and other professional and technical fields. With chemistry being known as the "central science," our students establish a strong understanding in the composition, structure, and properties of matter, especially in chemical reaction.


Department of Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences

The department of health physics and diagnostic sciences within the School of Integrated Health Sciences provides a high-quality educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of health physics; medical physics; comprehensive medical imaging; radiochemistry; and radiography.


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School of Integrated Health Sciences

With many degree offerings that are accredited by national organizations, the School of Integrated Health Sciences offers dynamic classroom instruction, laboratory/clinical practice, research, and mentoring. Our students develop skills that help them break into health-related fields and further their graduate or professional studies.