First Year Undergraduate Curriculum

Freshman year curriculum is identical for most engineering undergraduate degree programs. Undergraduate students are admitted to the College of Engineering with a preference for the major noted on their admissions application and follow the same first-year engineering curriculum. The entry-to-a-major (ETAM) process is designed for students to take ownership of their future to identify at least three majors that are a good match for their career goals and academic performance.

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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.

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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.