Overview

Nuclear engineers contribute to the world in four major areas: Clean Zero-carbon Energy Production, Nuclear Security and Homeland Defense, Environment and Health, and Scientific Discovery. The NERS undergraduate program lays the foundation to allow graduates to contribute across these important areas.  The NERS undergraduate program lays a firm foundation in both mathematics and basic sciences. As a result, students spend most of the first four semesters developing a broad background in physics, math, chemistry, computing and engineering principles before delving into nuclear engineering courses in their junior and senior years. They develop special expertise in atomic and nuclear physics, nuclear processes and the interactions between matter and radiation.  Students learn to apply this knowledge to identify and solve engineering problems and conduct engineering experiments. This includes developing systems, processes and components for nuclear or radiological applications, with a close eye on radiation safety and environmental protection.  In addition to nuclear engineering and radiological concepts, students use modern tools and techniques and work in multidisciplinary teams that reflect real-world engineering projects. They also engage with the environmental, social, political and ethical aspects of the field.

The undergraduate program in nuclear engineering and radiological sciences leads to the bachelor of science in engineering (B.S.E.) in N.E.R.S.

Department Administration

Department Chair
Todd Allen, Glenn F. and Gladys H. Knoll Chair and Professor
1911 Cooley Memorial Laboratory

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