Nuclear Engineering Major

A Nuclear Engineering major/degree is a program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of systems for controlling and manipulating nuclear energy, including nuclear power plant design, fission reactor design, fusion reactor design, reactor control and safety systems design, power transfer systems, containment vessels and structures design; and the analysis of related engineering problems such as fission and fusion processes, human and environmental factors, construction, and operational considerations.

Includes instruction in courses such as solid and fluid mechanics, material science, thermodynamics, and heat transfer as well as nuclear physics, nuclear power plants, numerical simulations.

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What can you do with a major/degree in Nuclear Engineering?

With a major/degree in Nuclear Engineering, you will position yourself to work in a power plant or research laboratory in a government agency, higher education or private corporation.

Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Nuclear Engineering

Professional associations are groups of specialists dedicated to topics in particular fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.

Publications/Magazines in Nuclear Engineering