Undergraduate Program in Nuclear Engineering
Nuclear engineering is an exciting, rapidly-evolving field which requires engineers with an understanding of physical processes of nuclear energy and an ability to apply concepts in new and creative ways. Nuclear engineers are primarily concerned with the control, monitoring, and use of energy released in nuclear processes.
Some nuclear engineers work on the design and safety aspects of environmentally-sound, passively safe nuclear fission reactors. Others are looking to future energy solutions through development and implementation of nuclear fusion systems. Others are helping in the exploration and utilization of outers pace by developing long term, reliable nuclear energy sources. With the renewed concern in environmental science, nuclear engineers are working on safe disposal concepts for radioactive waste and on methods for reduction of radiation releases from industrial facilities. They also work in developing a wide variety of applications for radioisotopes such as the treatment and diagnosis of diseases, food preservation, manufacturing development, processing and quality control, and biological and mechanical process tracers. For each of these fields there are numerous opportunities for nuclear engineers in basic research, applications, operations, and training.
The goal of nuclear engineering education is to give the student an excellent understanding of nuclear processes and fundamentals and to provide the physical and engineering principles which lead to applications of the basic processes. The course of study in nuclear engineering gives the student broad training in the fundamentals of mathematics physics, chemistry, and engineering, following by professional specialty courses in radiation detection and protection, nuclear reactor theory and safety, thermal hydraulics, and nuclear systems design. Students also select three technical electives which allow them to explore in-depth areas of interest in nuclear engineering. The graduate nuclear engineer will find a wide variety of career opportunities, or will be well prepared to pursue advanced graduate studies.
Program Educational Objectives
Graduates of the undergraduate program in Nuclear Engineering will be successfully progressing in their careers by
1. demonstrating technical competence in their nuclear engineering-related professional or post-baccalaureate educational endeavors,
2. solving problems efficiently in diverse areas of nuclear engineering and other related professions, and
3. communicating effectively in both written and oral media.