B.S. Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear engineering is a field with exciting and expanding opportunities. Careers range from operating nuclear power plants to research for the future of nuclear reactor design, nuclear fuels, reprocessing and waste disposal.  Other areas include space propulsion, medical treatment and homeland security applications.  Job prospects in nuclear engineering are good, with opportunities as close as the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and spanning across the U.S. and the world.  Salaries for nuclear engineers are among the highest for all engineering professions. Graduates with a B.S. may start at an annual income greater than $60,000. 

Students earning this degree must complete 8 of the 9 University General Education Objectives (a minimum of 36 credits - see the General Education Requirements described in the Academic Information section of this catalog).  The program of study for the Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering degree totals 122 credits (minimum) as follows.  Some of the required courses also satisfy or partially satisfy General Education Objectives, as noted.

General Education

Objective 1- ENGL 11026
Objective 2- COMM 11013
Objective 3- MATH 11703
Objective 46
Objective 5- CHEM 1111 & CHEM 1111L, PHYS 22117
Objective 66
Students must fulfill Objective 7 or Objective 83
Objective 7- CS 1181
Objective 8
Objective 93
Total Credits37

Major Requirements  

CE 1105Engineering Graphics2
CE/ME 2210Engineering Statics3
CE/ME 2220Engineering Dynamics3
CE/ME 3350Mechanics of Materials3
CE/ME 3341Fluid Mechanics3
CE 3361Engineering Economics and Management3
CHEM 1111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)
COMM 1101Fundamentals of Oral Communication (Satisfies General Education Objective 2)3
CS 1181Computer Science and Programming I (Satisfies General Education Objective 7)3
ECE 2205Principles of Electrical Circuits3
NE 4478Reliability and Risk Assessment3
ENGL 1102Writing and Rhetoric II (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 1)3
HPHY 4416Introduction to Nuclear Measurements3
MATH 1170Calculus I (Satisfies General Education Objective 3)4
MATH 1175Calculus II4
MATH 2240Linear Algebra3
MATH 2275Calculus III4
MATH 3360Differential Equations3
MATH 4421Advanced Engineering Mathematics I3
ME 3307Thermodynamics3
ME 3322Mechanical Engineering Materials3
ME 4443Thermal Fluids Laboratory1
ME 4476Heat Transfer3
NE 1120Introduction to Nuclear Engineering1
NE 3301Nuclear Engineering I3
NE 3302Nuclear Engineering II3
NE 4419Energy Systems and Nuclear Power3
NE 4445Reactor Physics3
NE 4446Nuclear Fuel Cycle Systems3
NE 4447Nuclear Systems Laboratory1
NE 4451Nuclear Seminar1
NE 4496AProject Design I1
NE 4496BProject Design II3
PHYS 2211Engineering Physics I (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)4
PHYS 2212Engineering Physics II4
Nuclear Engineering Elective3
Engineering Elective3

Degree Totals

Program Admission Requirements0
General Education37
Major Requirements (w/o General Education)85
Free Electives0
Total Credits122

 ISU Degree Requirements

ISU General Education

Major Academic Plan (MAP)