Bloomsburg University’s Department of Physics and Engineering Technology offers a hands-on approach to undergraduate programs in Physics, Health Physics (Radiation Safety), Electronics Engineering Technology and Secondary Education: Physics. We also offer a cooperative 3+2 engineering science program with Penn State University.
Bachelors 2017 in Berks USA. Bloomsburg University’s Department of Physics and Engineering Technology offers a hands-on approach to undergraduate programs in:
Health Physics (Radiation Safety)
Electronics Engineering Technology
Secondary Education: Physics
We also offer a cooperative 3+2 engineering science program with Penn State University.
Research and Practical Projects
With large laboratories and state of the art equipment, all of our programs feature extensive experiments and opportunities to participate in research and practical projects. From designing “smart boxes” for tracking materials in hospitals to investigating quantum mechanical properties of atoms at temperatures near absolute zero, our students are active in cutting edge research and design.
At Bloomsburg University, we encourage students to get involved in collaborative research with faculty members. Current areas of research include:
Alternative Energy — consisting of the distinct areas of biofuels, wind energy, and organic photovoltaic cells.
Ultra-Cold Atomic Physics
Health and Medical Physics
Power Electronics — using power semiconductors, magnetics, controls, and digital systems with aerospace applications.
Physics Undergraduate Program
From the tiniest subatomic particles to the entire universe, the field of physics attempts to explain the basic laws of nature by examining the interactions of matter and energy. Our current undergraduate curriculum includes courses in fields of physics such as mechanics, electricity and magnetism, atomic, nuclear, electronics, optics, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, and astrophysics.
After graduation, some physics majors pursue graduate degrees in fields such as physics, health physics, astronomy, engineering, or other related fields, while other graduates use their skills to attain careers government agencies or in industry.
The department offers both bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degree programs in physics. Both degrees programs provide a solid foundation for those wishing to pursue physics related careers.
The BA requires fewer credits that enables students to pursue as a second major. The BA degree is used by students in engineering science 3+2 and secondary education: physics . We feature a hands-on learning environment. In addition to our general physics labs, we have labs in optics, electronics, and nuclear radiation. Students are encouraged to conduct research through an independent study project of their choice using a faculty mentor.
Health Physics Undergraduate Program
Health Physics (Radiation Safety)
Bloomsburg University offers the only baccalaureate degree program in Health Physics in Pennsylvania. There are few health physics graduates, and yet the demand for them is great — in hospitals, in nuclear power plants, in homeland security, and in environmental protection.
Many BU health physics graduates have gone on to obtain master's and/or doctoral degrees.
What is Health Physics?
"Health physics" is the profession devoted to protecting people and their environment from potential radiation hazards, while making it possible to enjoy the benefits of the peaceful use of the atom.
Radiation control incorporates an understanding of many disciplines. It has common scientific interests with many areas of specialization: physics, biology, biophysics, engineering (nuclear, civil, mechanical, or electrical), chemistry, genetics, ecology, environmental sciences, metallurgy, medicine, physiology, and toxicology. The wide spectrum of knowledge required of the health physicist makes this profession both challenging and rewarding.
What Do Health Physicists Do?
Health physicists work in a variety of disciplines, including research, industry, education, environmental protection, and enforcement of government regulations. Although the health physicist usually concentrates in one of these disciplines, a professional health physicist typically performs duties in several Power Reactors.
A power reactor health physicist is responsible for all phases of radiation protection at a reactor site. Selecting, purchasing, and maintaining radiation protection, laboratory, and detection equipment are some of the responsibilities.
Medical Health Physicists
The responsibilities of a medical health physicist are broad and ever challenging. These individuals work wherever radiation sources are used to diagnose and treat human diseases. Hospitals, clinics, and major medical centers use radiation sources, including x-ray machines, particle accelerators, and many types of radioactive materials.
Health Physicists in Regulatory Enforcement and Occupational Safety
Whether it be nuclear power, medical uses, industry, environmental restoration, waste management, or educational uses of radioactive materials, there are rules and regulations that guide and provide a margin of safety. There are many occupational opportunities for health physicists in regulatory and occupational safety sectors.
Environmental Health Physicists
The environmental health physicist is the professional most closely associated with protecting the public and environment from unnecessary exposure to man-made and technologically enhanced natural radioactivity. One important aspect is the environmental surveillance for radioactivity, which involves many types of instrumentation and field sampling technologies.
Radiation Safety Officers and Staff
The Radiation Safety Officer and his staff ensure that facilities using radiation sources or radioactive materials are in compliance with state and federal regulations. They also assist in designing facilities, equipment, and programs to optimize radiation protection efforts. Opportunities exist for such positions at many universities, research centers, and industrial sites.
Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) Program
Bloomsburg University’s bachelor of science degree program in Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) teaches students to work with the latest high-tech equipment and prepare for in-demand rewarding careers in industry.
High technology components make up the computers, cell phones and other devices that are used daily. Electronics engineering technologists concentrate on applied design using current engineering practices and program management.
The day-to-day problem-solvers in the electronics manufacturing industry, technologists differ from technicians, who specialize in assembly, trouble-shooting and repair.
Engineering technologists identify and solve problems with a hands-on approach based on sound theoretical concepts. Bloomsburg's curriculum reflects that practical approach.
To prepare students for real-world careers, the 4.5-year program is structured so students serve a six-month paid apprenticeship. This unique arrangement means students pay tuition for only four years.
EET Industry Influence
Reflecting Bloomsburg's close relationship with the electronics industry, the curriculum has been shaped with input from industry leaders, who serve on the program's advisory board. These leaders include representatives from Pennsylvania high-tech firms such as:
L3 Communications and Primus Technologies, Williamsport
Optimum Controls, Reading
Merck Pharmaceuticals, Danville
Geisinger Health System, Danville
Martz Technologies, Berwick
PPL Susquehanna, Berwick
Andritz Corporation, Muncy
Secondary Education Physics Program
Bloomsburg University offers an accredited program for the preparation of high school physics teachers.
The bachelor in science in education degree is provided through the Department of Educational Studies and Secondary Education and is supported by the Department of Physics and Engineering Technology.
Each student is assigned two advisors, one in education and one in physics.
BU's Department of Physics and Engineering Technology provides all of the required physics courses, plus opportunities for students to work on special projects relating to physics education. There continues to be a widespread shortage of physics teachers, so graduates find a favorable job market.
Real schools, real classrooms and real students with all the exuberance, curiosity ... and restlessness of children. BU's College of Education pairs a strong teaching foundation in fundamentals with opportunities to work with children throughout your college life.
A central component of BU's teacher education programs is the provision of quality field experiences. These experiences broaden the teacher candidate’s understanding of effective classroom instruction and establish a platform for the transfer of theory and translation of research into practice.
3+2 Engineering Program
Note: Bloomsburg University is currently negotiating a new 3+2 agreement with Penn State. This page will be updated once a new agreement is in place. Information that follows is based on a prior agreement which is subject to change.
Bloomsburg University's Engineering Science 3+2 program consists of three years at Bloomsburg followed by two years at Penn State University. After five years, students receive a bachelor of arts from Bloomsburg (most often in physics or mathematics, although other majors are possible) along with a bachelor of science in engineering from Penn State.
The program is rigorous and is intended for advanced students.
Students must enter the program as first-year students. It is not possible to transfer into the program from other universities.
Students should be prepared to start with Calculus I during their first semester, although it is possible to complete the program starting with pre-calculus. Placement into a math class is currently decided solely based an Accuplacer exam. It is important that students perform well on this test. Students who place in a lower math class will need to take math over the summer prior to their first semester in order to be able to finish the Bloomsburg portion of the program in three years.
Students must maintain a minimum GPA (in all courses taken) of 3.00 for programs in the College of Engineering and 2.75 for programs in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.
Students must apply to Penn State after their first semester of their third year.
3+2 Engineering Programs
The following programs are currently available to students through the 3+2 program. Please note that this list could change at any time.
In Penn State’s College of Engineering:
In Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences:
Environmental Systems Engineering
Material Science and Engineering