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 at Texas A&M University is the largest program in the U.S. with a current enrollment of 297 undergraduate and 145 graduate students. Our program is ranked second nationally in undergraduate and graduate studies among public universities (U.S. News and World Report).


Enrollment (Fall 2018)

  • 297 - Undergraduate (excluding freshmen)
  • 145 - Graduate
  • 442 - Total Enrollment

Diversity (Fall 2018)

  • 20 percent female
  • 80 percent male 
  • 7.9 percent Asian
  • 2.97 percent black
  • 23.52 percent Hispanic
  • 3.88 percent other
  • 10.73 percent international
  • 50.23 percent white

Degrees Awarded (2017 - 2018)

  • 84 - Bachelor of Science, Nuclear Engineering/Radiological Health Engineering
  • 20 - Master of Science/Master of Engineering, Nuclear Engineering
  • 12 - Doctor of Philosophy, Nuclear Engineering