Nuclear Science and Engineering Program

The Nuclear Science and Engineering program at Colorado School of Mines delivers a traditional nuclear engineering core curriculum while emphasizing all aspects of the nuclear fuel life cycle.


Mark JensenNuclear Science and Engineering at Colorado School of Mines is an interdisciplinary program that draws from the expertise of faculty in the departments of Chemistry; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; Mechanical Engineering; Metallurgical and Materials Engineering; Physics; and Economics and Business.

Founded in 2007, the program has quickly risen to place of national prominence. While delivering a traditional nuclear engineering core curriculum, the program emphasizes the nuclear fuel life cycle, including fuel exploration and processing, nuclear power systems production, design and operation, fuel recycling, storage and waste remediation, radiation detection and radiation damage, as well as the policy issues surrounding each of these activities. Related research is conducted in the Nuclear Science and Engineering Center.

Students in all three nuclear engineering degree programs 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.

Mark Jensen
Grandey University Chair in Nuclear Science and Engineering
Professor, Department of Chemistry