Bachelor of Science

The undergraduate program in the Department of Nuclear Engineering strives to produce qualified engineers to work to meet the technical manpower needs in the areas of nuclear energy production, space applications, and radiological health technologies. Graduates of our program find careers in government and private labs, regulatory agencies, reactor vending, utilities, architect engineering, and the space program.

The nuclear engineering baccalaureate degree programs stress engineering science fundamentals and mathematics. However, considerable numbers of elective hours are available in the curriculum to permit students to broaden their educations as desired.

Students who intend to work in the nuclear power industry immediately upon completion of their B.S. degrees may choose to follow the "Power Option Alternative," a slightly modified degree program that focuses more heavily on the skills required for this subset of our student population. For more information on the Power Option Alternative, please see the Undergraduate Guide.

First Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
ENGL 104 - Comp. & Rhetoric 3 hrs
ENGR 111 - Foundations of Engr. I 2 hrs
MATH 151 - Engr. Math I1 4 hrs
PHYS 218 - Mechanics 4 hrs
University Core Curriculum Elective2 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours16 hrs

Second Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
CHEM 107 - Chemistry for Engrs. 4 hrs
CHEM 117 - Gen. Chemistry for Eng. 1 hr
ENGR 112 - Foundations in Engr. II 2 hr
MATH 152 - Engr. Math II 4 hrs
PHYS 208 - Electricity & Optics 4 hrs
University Core Curriculum Elective2 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours17 hrs

Notes:

  1. A grade of C or better is required.
  2. Entering students will be given a placement test in mathematics. Test results will be used in selecting the appropriate starting course which may be at a higher or lower level
  3. To be selected from the University Core Curriculum. Of the 18 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from visual and performing arts, 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from U.S. history (typically HIST 105 & 106), Political Science (POLS 206 & 207). The required 6 hours from international and cultural diversity may be met by courses satisfying the visual and performing arts, social and behavioral sciences, and the political science and history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses. In addition, ENGR 482 or PHIL 482 must be taken.

First Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
MEEN 221 - Statics & Particle Dynamics 3 hrs
NUEN 265 - Mat'l Sci. Nucl. Energy Appl 3 hrs
MATH 251 - Engr. Math III 3 hrs
NUEN 201 - Intro. to Nucl. Engr. I 3 hrs
NUEN 101 - Principles of Nuclear Engr. 1 hr
University Core Curriculum Electives1 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours16 hrs

Second Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
MEEN 315 - Principles of Thermodynamics 3 hrs
CVEN 305 - Mechanics of Materials 3 hrs
ECEN 215 - Principles of Electrical Engr. 3 hrs
MATH 308 - Differential Equations 3 hrs
NUEN 302 - Intro. to Nucl. Engr. II 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours15 hrs

Notes:

  1. To be selected from the University Core Curriculum. Of the 18 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from visual and performing arts, 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from U.S. history (typically HIST 105 & 106), Political Science (POLS 206 & 207). The required 6 hours from international and cultural diversity may be met by courses satisfying the visual and performing arts, social and behavioral sciences, and the political science and history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses. In addition, ENGR 482 or PHIL 482 must be taken.

First Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
ENGL 210 - Tech Writing1
or
COMM 203 - Public Speaking1
3 hrs
MEEN 344 - Fluid Mechanics 3 hrs
MATH 309 - Linear Algebra: Diff. Equations 3 hr
NUEN 301 - Nuclear Reactor Theory 3 hrs
NUEN 309 - Radiological Safety 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours15 hrs

Second Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
MEEN 461 - Heat Transfer 3 hrs
ISEN 302 - Econ. Anal. of Engr. Proj. 2 hrs
NUEN 329 - Analytical and Numerical Methods 3 hrs
NUEN 303 - Nuclear Detection & Isotopes 3 hr
NUEN 304 - Nuclear Reactor Analysis 3 hrs
University Core Curriculum Elective2 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours17 hrs

Notes:

  1. To be selected from the University Core Curriculum. Of the 18 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from visual and performing arts, 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from U.S. history (typically HIST 105 & 106), Political Science (POLS 206 & 207). The required 6 hours from international and cultural diversity may be met by courses satisfying the visual and performing arts, social and behavioral sciences, and the political science and history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses. In addition, ENGR 482 or PHIL 482 must be taken.

First Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
NUEN 405 - Nucl. Engr. Experiments 3 hrs
NUEN 406 - Nucl. Engr. Sys. & Design 3 hrs
NUEN 430 - Comp. Appl. in Nucl. Eng.1 3 hrs
University Core Curriculum Elective2 3 hrs
Technical Elective3 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours15 hrs

Second Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
ENGR 482 - Ethics & Engineering2 3 hrs
NUEN 410 - Design of Nuclear Reactors 4 hrs
NUEN 481 - Seminar 1 hrs
NUEN Technical Elective3 3 hrs
Technical electives3 3 hrs
University Core Curriculum Elective2 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours17 hrs

Notes:

  1. Power Option Alternative. Students who intend to work in the nuclear power industry immediately upon completion of the B.S. degrees have the option of substituting the 3 hour course NUEN 460 "Nuclear Plant Systems & Transients" for NUEN 430. If this choice is made, then the student must also select the 2 hour course NUEN 418 "Core Modeling" as a technical elective.
  2. To be selected from the University Core Curriculum. Of the 18 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from visual and performing arts, 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from U.S. history (typically HIST 105 & 106), Political Science (POLS 206 & 207). The required 6 hours from international and cultural diversity may be met by courses satisfying the visual and performing arts, social and behavioral sciences, and the political science and history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses. In addition, ENGR 482 or PHIL 482 must be taken.
  3. As approved by departmental advisor.