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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 ranked third in graduate studies nationally among public universities. Download our latest fact sheet here.

Ranked among public institutions, 2023

$16M research expenditures

Research expenditures for 2020-2021

Student Enrollment

Enrollment (Fall 2021)
Student Level Number of Students
Undergraduate 272
Master's 47
Doctoral 81
Total Enrollment 400

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

Degrees Awarded

Degrees Awarded (Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021)
Degree Level Number of Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's 59
Master's 31
Doctoral 10
Total Degrees Awarded 100
Source: Texas A&M University Data and Research Services


Faculty (Fall 2021)
Tenure Status Number of Faculty
Tenured/Tenure-Track 16
Academic Professional Track 6
Total Faculty 22

Diversity (preliminary 20th class day)

  • Gender
    • 17.3% female
    • 82.7% male
  • Ethnicity
    •  6.8% Asian
    • 1.3% black
    • 24.5% Hispanic
    • 11.0 % international
    • 51.8% white
    • 4.8% other ethnicity or unknown