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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 Tickle 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:

      2013; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019

Nuclear Engineering Radiological Track:

      2013; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019

Nuclear Engineering Minors


The minor consists of 15 hours.

    • NE 404 Nuclear Fuel Cycle
    • NE 433 or NE 233 Principles of Health Physics
    • CE 340 Construction Engineering and Management I
    • NE 406 Radiation Shielding
    • NE 542 Management of Radioactive Materials

Italics are required BS courses, * Signifies radiological track.

The minor requires the completion of a minimum of 15-16 credits.

This minor program is intended for students not majoring in computer science, computer engineering, or electrical engineering. It includes 6 hours of core curriculum, 6-7 hours of math and programming prerequisites, and 3 hours of discipline-specific elective.

    • COSC 366 – Introduction to Cybersecurity
    • ECE 462 – Cyber-Physical Systems Security
    • NE 362 – Numerical Methods and Fortran
    • STAT 251 – Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers*
    • NE 351 – Nuclear System Dynamics, Instrumentation, and Controls

Italics are required BS courses, * Signifies radiological track.

The minor consists of 15 hours.

    • NE 401 – Radiological Engineering Laboratory
    • NE 483 – Introduction to Reliability Engineering
    • NE 484 – Introduction to Maintainability Engineering
    • STAT 251 – Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers*
    • NE 351 – Nuclear System Dynamics, Instrumentation, and Controls

Italics are required BS courses, * Signifies radiological track.

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. Read more about the Five-Year BS/MS program.

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 or One Stop.