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Undergraduate Program Overview

Study Nuclear Engineering: Save the World

The most visible example of nuclear engineering is the production of nuclear energy, which is sustainable, safe, and has no carbon footprint. But nuclear engineering is so much more than that. Nuclear engineers also:

  • Help the medical field diagnose and treat diseases and sterilize equipment;
  • Identify and analyze materials such as pollutants;
  • Provide an added level of security to transportation;
  • Aid in the diagnostics and maintenance of structures and materials;
  • Provide a more reliable, cost-effective power supply for use in space exploration.

Undergraduates may elect a traditional nuclear power engineering track focusing on fission energy or a radiological engineering concentration, which prepares students for careers in the radiation safety field (health physics). Both tracks lead to a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering and are ABET accredited. Students can also earn minors in: nuclear decommissioning & environmental management, reliability and maintainability engineering, and concepts of cybersecurity, and nuclear safety.

Learn more about our minors

These exceptional opportunities ensure 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.

Choose Your Nuclear Engineering Path

Most of our students select one of two paths and take advantage of the relevant opportunities identified below, which have been shown to have a large impact on their careers. No matter the direction you choose after graduation, your classes and our instructors will help you obtain your goal.


We have a broad range of placements for our graduates, whether your focus is energy—Dominion Energy, Southern Nuclear Company, TVA, Duke Power; other industries—General Electric, Honeywell, Emerson, Westinghouse; or health, which has seen our graduates placed far and wide across the country.

If you intend to begin your career after graduation, we highly recommend the following:


If you want to take your research further, we are just 30 minutes from Y-12, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and several other major laboratories.

If you intend to apply to graduate school, we highly recommend the following:

Read more about both options on our Career Advising webpage.

Nuclear Engineering Degree Curriculum Information

Accelerated Master of Science Degree Program

The department 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.

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. Read more about funding opportunities.

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.

This information was prepared by the 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.