Nuclear Science and Engineering Degree Requirements
For both the Masters and Doctoral degrees, graduates in Nuclear Engineering are exposed to a broad systems overview of the complete nuclear fuel cycle as well as having detailed expertise in a particular component of the cycle. Breadth is assured by requiring all students to complete a rigorous set of core courses. The core consists of a 13 credit-hour course sequence. The remainder of the course and research work is obtained from the multiple participating departments, as approved for each student by the student's advisor and thesis committee. Requirements for each degree type are as shown below.
- Master of Engineering: 36 total credit hours consisting of 13 hours of required core coursework, 12 credit hours of elective core coursework, 2 credit hours of seminar, and 9 credit hours of elective courses.
- Master of Science: 36 total credit hours consisting of 13 hours of core coursework, 6 credit hours of elective core courses, 2 credit hours of seminar, and at least 12 credit hours of research.
- Doctor of Philosophy: 72 total credit hours consisting of 13 hours of required core coursework, 9 credit hours of elective core coursework, 4 credit hours of seminar, at least 24 credit hours of research, and 12 credit hours of elective courses.
The required core coursework consists of the following courses (all courses are required for all degrees):
- Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Physics (NUGN510) – 3 credits
- Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Thermal-Hydraulics (NUGN520) – 3 credits
- Nuclear Reactor Laboratory (NUGN580 – Taught at the TRIGA reactor facility) – 3 credits
- Nuclear Reactor Design (NUGN585 and NUGN586) – 4 credits total
The elective core courses consist of the following (pick four for the Master of Engineering Degree, pick two for the Master of Science Degree, and pick three for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree):
- Radiation Detection and Measurement (PHGN504) – 3 credits
- Nuclear Materials Science and Engineering (MTGN593) – 3 credits
- Risk and Reliability Engineering Analysis and Design (MEGN 592) – 3 credits
- Nuclear Power and Public Policy (LAIS589) – 3 credits
- Applied Radiochemistry (CHGC511) – 3 credits
- Environmental Stewardship of Nuclear Resources (CEEN 558) - 3 credits
- Nuclear Fuel Cycle (NUGN 598) – 3 credits
The remaining elective courses required for each degree are selected in consultation with the student’s advisor and committee. Possible courses include, but are not limited to:
- Reprocessing Technologies (CHGN 598) - 3 credits
- Introduction to Health Physics (NUGN 535) - 3 credits
- Radiation Shielding (NUGN 598) – 3 credits
- Any elective core course not used to satisfy the elective core requirements
- Any 400 or 500-level course in the participating departments with a relevancy to nuclear science and engineering