Nuclear Engineering - BS

The Department of Nuclear Engineering offers a BS in Nuclear Engineering.

The freshman year is identical for degrees in aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, electronic systems engineering technology, industrial distribution, industrial engineering, manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology, mechanical engineering, multidisciplinary engineering technology, nuclear engineering, ocean engineering, and petroleum engineering. The freshman year is slightly different for chemical engineering in that students take CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112. Biomedical Engineering also requires a two semester sequence of chemistry courses consisting of CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112.  Students pursuing degrees in biological and agricultural engineering should refer to the specific curriculum for this major. It is recognized that many students will change the sequence and number of courses taken in any semester. Deviations from the prescribed course sequence, however, should be made with care to ensure that prerequisites for all courses are met.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 13
ENGR 111Foundations of Engineering I 12
MATH 151Engineering Mathematics I 1,24
PHYS 218Mechanics 14
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
CHEM 107General Chemistry for Engineering Students 1,43
CHEM 117General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory 11
ENGR 112Foundations of Engineering II 12
MATH 152Engineering Mathematics II 14
PHYS 208Electricity and Optics 14
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 33

A grade of C or better is required.


Entering students will be given a math placement exam. Test results will be used in selecting the appropriate starting course which may be at a higher or lower level.


Of the 18 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from creative arts (for Industrial Distribution this is 3 hours from language, philosophy and culture, see IDIS curriculum for more information), 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from American history, and 6 from government/political science. The required 6 hours from international and cultural diversity may be met by courses satisfying the creative arts, social and behavioral sciences (for Industrial Distribution this is language, philosophy and culture), and American history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses.


BMEN and CHEN require 8 hours of freshman chemistry, which may be satisfied by CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112; Credit by Examination (CBE) for CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 plus CHEM 102/CHEM 112; or 8 hours of CBE for CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112.

Second Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
MATH 251Engineering Mathematics III 3
MEEN 221Statics and Particle Dynamics 3
NUEN 101Principles of Nuclear Engineering 1
NUEN 201Introduction to Nuclear Engineering I 3
NUEN 265Materials Science for Nuclear Energy Applications 3
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
CVEN 305Mechanics of Materials 3
ECEN 215Principles of Electrical Engineering 3
MATH 308Differential Equations 3
MEEN 315Principles of Thermodynamics 3
NUEN 302Introduction to Nuclear Engineering II 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
COMM 203 or ENGL 210Public Speaking or Technical and Business Writing 3
MATH 309Linear Algebra for Differential Equations 3
MEEN 344Fluid Mechanics 3
NUEN 301Nuclear Reactor Theory 3
NUEN 309/SENG 309Radiological Safety 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
ISEN 302Economic Analysis of Engineering Projects 2
MEEN 461Heat Transfer 3
NUEN 303Nuclear Detection and Isotope Technology Laboratory 3
NUEN 304Nuclear Reactor Analysis 3
NUEN 329Analytical and Numerical Methods 3
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
Fourth Year
NUEN 405Nuclear Engineering Experiments 3
NUEN 406Nuclear Engineering Systems and Design 3
NUEN 430Computer Applications in Nuclear Engineering 53
Technical elective 63
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
ENGR 482/PHIL 482Ethics and Engineering 3
NUEN 410The Design of Nuclear Reactors 4
NUEN 481Seminar 1
NUEN Technical elective 63
Technical elective 63
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 95

Power Option alternative. Students who intend to work in the nuclear power industry immediately upon completion of the BS degrees have the option of substituting NUEN 460. If this choice is made, then the student must also select NUEN 418 as a technical elective.


As approved by departmental advisor.

Total Program Hours 128