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Undergraduate Program Overview

UT’s Nuclear Engineering Department offers exceptional opportunities to its students, and our graduates contribute to an important field needed by the United States to maintain its standard of living and its place in the world economy.

Excellent Academic Program and Partnerships

The department benefits from its association with nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Y-12 National Security Complex, UCOR at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP), and more than one hundred nuclear related companies located within the area.

Reasonable Cost and Scholarship Opportunities

Nuclear engineering students from Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia can qualify for the in-state tuition and fees through an agreement among southeastern states called the Academic Common Market. Students also have excellent scholarship opportunities through the UT campus, the College of Engineering, the Nuclear Engineering department, and national organizations. Our students are consistently awarded more DOE Nuclear Engineering scholarships than any other nuclear engineering department in the country.

Nuclear Engineering Degree Curriculum Information

Nuclear Engineering Traditional Track:

      2012; 2013; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017

Nuclear Engineering Radiological Track:

      2012; 2013; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017

Accelerated Master of Science Degree Program

The Department of Nuclear Engineering has developed the Five-Year BS/MS program in which top undergraduates can begin graduate course work and graduate research while still completing their undergraduate studies. This reduces the time required to obtain a MS degree after your BS degree. The primary component of the program is that qualified students may take up to 6 hours of approved graduate courses for their senior undergraduate electives and have them count toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Tennessee. This program is designed for students attending the University of Tennessee for their Master of Science degree because other universities may not accept these courses for graduate credit since they were used to satisfy requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree.

Significant components of the program are:

•    Students must have an overall GPA of 3.4 in required course work. Conditional admission to the 5-year program may be granted after completion of 63 hours of required course work, while full admission may be granted after the completion of 93 hours of required course work with a minimum overall GPA of 3.4.

•    The application for the program may be found here.  The application may also be picked up from the Department of Nuclear Engineering’s undergraduate advisor. Students must at least be conditionally admitted to the program prior to taking graduate courses for both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. All courses taken for graduate credit must be approved by the director of graduate studies. Students admitted to the program must request permission from the Graduate School to take approved courses for graduate credit.

•    Students admitted to the program must also follow the normal procedure for admission to the Graduate School. Admission of students into this program must be approved by the department and the Graduate School. Students will not be eligible for assistantships until they are enrolled as graduate-level students in the Graduate School.


This information was prepared by the Nuclear Engineering Department for prospective students. Every effort was made to report accurate and current information. Students may obtain official information by contacting the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and by contacting One Stop.

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