Bachelor of Science nuclear and radiological engineering

The program educational objectives of the Nuclear and Radiological Engineering (NRE) undergraduate program are:

NRE graduates will:

  1. have a successful career in nuclear and radiological engineering or other fields
  2. conduct themselves with the highest professional and ethical principles; and
  3. engage in life-long learning through continuing education, professional development activities, and other career appropriate options.

The undergraduate curriculum in nuclear and radiological engineering is structured to meet the needs of both the student who contemplates employment immediately after graduation and the student planning to pursue graduate study. It provides maximum flexibility in the form of options for each student to develop his or her unique interests and capabilities. The core curriculum covers the basic principles of nuclear engineering, nuclear reactor core design, reactor systems engineering, nuclear power economics, reactor operations, radiation sources and detection instruments, radiation transport, radiation protection, criticality safety, regulatory requirements, and radioactive materials management.

In addition to the Institute's academic requirements for graduation with a bachelor's degree, the following are required for a BS NRE degree.

  1. A C or better must be earned in MATH 1501, MATH 1502, MATH 2401, MATH 2403, and ISYE/MATH 3770
  2. The aggregate GPA of all NRE classes must be a 2.0 or higher

Program Objectives

The program educational objectives of the Nuclear and Radiological Engineering undergraduate program are:

NRE graduates will

  1. Have a successful career in nuclear and radiological engineering or other fields
  2. Conduct themselves with the highest professional and ethical principles
  3. Engage in life-long learning through continuing education, professional development activities, and other career appropriate options.

Cooperative Plan

Since 1912, Georgia Tech has offered a five-year Undergraduate Cooperative Program to those students who wish to combine career-related experience with classroom studies. The program is the fourth oldest of its kind in the world and the largest optional co-op program in the country.

Students alternate between industrial assignments and classroom studies until they complete four or five semesters of work. Co-op students with nuclear and radiological engineering majors complete the same coursework on campus that is completed by regular four-year students. Most co-op students begin the program as freshman or sophomores and are classified as full-time students regardless whether they are attending classes on campus or are full-time at an employer's location.

Students who participate in the program have the opportunity to develop career interests, become more confident in their career choices, and develop human relation skills through their work experience. Graduates of the program receive a bachelor's degree with a Cooperative Plan Designation. Woodruff School students have traditionally been the largest group participating in the program.

Students can also complete work assignments in a foreign country as part of the International Cooperative Program. This program is a great opportunity to utilize foreign language skills, gain a global perspective, and experience a diverse culture. Proficiency in a foreign language is necessary to earn the International Cooperative Plan degree designation. For more information on the Cooperative Program, go to www.coop.gatech.edu.

The Undergraduate Professional Internship Program is for nuclear and radiological engineering students who do not participate in the Cooperative Program, but want some career-related experience before graduation. Students generally work for one semester, usually in the summer, with an option for more work. Students must have completed at least thirty hours of coursework at Georgia Tech before they can participate in the program. For more details, see: www.upi.gatech.edu.

In addition, there is a Work Abroad Program (www.workabroad.gatech.edu), which complements a student's formal education with paid international work experience directly related to nuclear and radiological engineering. Participating students typically include juniors and seniors. The international work assignments are designed to include practical training, cross-cultural exposure and learning, and the acquisition of needed skills.

For more information about all of the programs in the Division of Professional Practice, view www.profpractice.gatech.edu.

The BS/MS Program

The Woodruff School offers a BS/MS program for those students who demonstrate an interest in and ability for additional education beyond the BS degree. The program fosters intense interaction among students and faculty and includes mentoring and undergraduate research. Careful advising and course planning will enable students to begin graduate coursework in their fourth year of study. Woodruff School students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are eligible to apply for the program after completion of 30 semester credit hours at Georgia Tech, but before the completion of seventy-five semester credit hours, including transfer and advanced placement credits. Students who have more than 75 credit hours will be considered for the program on a case-by-case basis.

Participants in the BS/MS Program in the Woodruff School can obtain a master's degree in mechanical engineering, nuclear and radiological engineering, medical physics, paper science and engineering, or bioengineering. There are two options to consider:

  1. The Non-Thesis Option is similar to your undergraduate degree in that you simply take classes according to the MS degree requirements. There is no funding available in this case. With proper planning, the MS non-thesis degree could be completed in one year. Well-motivated students can complete the MS in medical physics in one-and-a-half years.
  2. The Thesis Option involves working with a faculty member on a project in one of the traditional or cutting-edge research areas in the Woodruff School. This will give you hands-on experience in working with a faculty mentor; the opportunity to work in a laboratory or a research environment; and the change to perform theoretical and experimental work. These events will foster your career interests and expand your selection of possible employers. You will have a graduate research assistantship and receive a stipend and a tuition waiver. The time to graduation depends on your thesis project, your advisor, and your work ethic.

During the first year of your graduate studies, you will be encouraged to continue for the PhD In many cases, you might be working on an interesting topic of study as part of your master's degree research that could provide the basis for doctoral research.