Students in various undergraduate programs ask for advice on how a Nuclear minor can be beneficial.  Some benefits may include:

  • Become more competitive when applying to a nuclear graduate program.
  • Diversify job options beyond your current BS degree.
  • If you are curious about nuclear power, nuclear medicine, and nuclear forensics.
  • If you have plans for the Navy Nuclear Program.

The Nuclear Engineering Program (UNEP) offers a minor in nuclear engineering. Students in any discipline may enter the minor if they have met the following required prerequisites:

  • C- or better in PHYS 2220, CVEEN 2010, or ME EN 2010.
  • C- or better in CHEM 1220 or CHEM 1221
  • C- or better in MATH 1220 or MATH 1320 or MATH 1321

To fulfill the requirements of the minor, students must complete the 16 credits of coursework listed below with a GPA of 3.0 or higher:

NUCL 3000: Nuclear Principles in Engineering and Science (3 cr.)
NUCL 3100: Radiation Interactions (3 cr.)
NUCL 3200: Radiochemistry (3 cr.)
NUCL 4000: Nuclear Laboratory (1 cr.)
Nuclear-related technical electives (6 cr.)

Students must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.85 or higher to remain in good standing in the minor.

The 6 credits of nuclear-related technical electives may include NUCL 6000-level courses1 or nuclear-related courses from a student’s home department.

Available NUCL 6000-level courses currently include:

NUCL 6030: Graduate Radiation Interactions
NUCL 6032: Graduate Radiochemistry
NUCL 6050: Reactor Physics
NUCL 6060: Reactor Operation and Regulatory Policy
NUCL 7220: Analytical Nuclear Forensics

1 In order to take any NUCL 6000-level or higher class, an undergraduate student must have instructor approval, meet class prerequisites, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.

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