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The decision to enter the field of nuclear engineering was made in 1957, while Dr. John C. Calhoun was dean of engineering. The AGN-201 nuclear training reactor was purchased and installed in the mechanical engineering shops building, under the direction of Dr. Richard E. Wainerdi in 1957. At the time when the Academic Council approved the recommendation for a nuclear engineering department, only two degree programs were administered: a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in nuclear engineering. The undergraduate program was established in 1966.

The Department of Nuclear Engineering is the largest program in the U.S. Our program is ranks second in graduate studies nationally among public universities.

#2 graduate program (Public) By U.S. News and World Report

Ranked among public institutions, 2024

$16M research expenditures

Research expenditures for 2022-23

Student Enrollment

Enrollment (Fall 2022)
Student Level Number of Students
Undergraduate 258
Master's 52
Doctoral 69
Total Enrollment 379

Source: Texas A&M University Data and Research Services
As reported to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Degrees Awarded

Degrees Awarded (Fall 2021, Spring 2022 and Summer 2022)
Degree Level Number of Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's 71
Master's 19
Doctoral 24
Total Degrees Awarded 114
Source: Texas A&M University Data and Research Services


Faculty (Fall 2022)
Tenure Status Number of Faculty
Tenured/Tenure-Track 14
Academic Professional Track 8
Total Faculty 22