Bachelor of Science in Nuclear and Radiological Engineering - Radiological Science and Engineering concentration

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.

  • A C or better must be earned in:
    MATH 1551Differential Calculus2
    MATH 1553Intro to Linear Algebra2
    MATH 1552Integral Calculus4
    MATH 2551Multivariable Calculus4
    MATH 2552Differential Equations4
  • The cumulative GPA of all required NRE and ME classes plus classes used for the concentration must be 2.0 or higher.

Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives reflect the needs of the program's constituencies and have been reviewed and validated by our constituents.
  • NRE graduates will positively contribute to nuclear and radiological engineering and related fields.
  • NRE graduates will conduct themselves with the highest professional and ethical principles that include considerations of public safety and the environment.
  • NRE graduates will engage in life long learning through graduate and continuing education, professional development activities, or other career appropriate options.
APPH 1040Sci Foundation of Health2
or APPH 1050 Sci of Phys Act & Health
Core A - Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1552Integral Calculus 14
Core B - Institutional Options
CS 1371Computing for Engineers3
Core C - Humanities
Any HUM 26
Core D - Science, Math, & Technology
PHYS 2211Intro Physics I4
PHYS 2212Intro Physics II4
MATH 1551Differential Calculus 12
MATH 1553Intro to Linear Algebra 12
or MATH 1554 Linear Algebra
or MATH 1564 LinAlg w Abstract Vec Sp
Core E - Social Sciences
Select one of the following: 33
United States to 1877
United States since 1877
American Government
Government of the U.S.
US Constitutional Issues
Select one of the following:3
Economics and Policy
The Global Economy
Prin of Macroeconomics
Prin of Microeconomics
Any SS 26
Core F - Courses Related to Major
CHEM 1310General Chemistry 44
MATH 2551Multivariable Calculus 14
MATH 2552Differential Equations 14
MSE 2001Prin&Appl-Engr Materials3
NRE 2120Elements of NRE3
Ethics Requirement 2
Major Requirements
NRE 3026Exptl Reactor Physics3
NRE 3112Radiation Detection3
NRE 3208Nuclear Reactor Phys I3
NRE 3301Radiation Physics3
NRE 3316Radiation Protection Eng3
NRE 4350Design Methods & Tools3
NRE 4351Design of Nuclear and Radiological Systems3
Non-NRE Requirements
COE 2001Statics2
ECE 3710Circuits & Electronics2
ECE 3741Instrum & Electronic Lab1
ISYE 3025Engineering Economy1
ME 3322Thermodynamics3
ME 3340Fluid Mechanics3
MATH 3670Statistics and Applns3
Radiological Science and Engineering Concentration requirements 5
NRE 4328Radiation Sources & Appl3
Select two courses:6
Radiobiology & Oncology
Diagnostic Imaging Phys
Nuclear Safeguards
Math/Science Elective 63
Engineering Elective 73
Free Electives
Free Electives (1000-level or higher) 83
Free Electives (2000-level or higher) 99
Total Credit Hours126

No Pass-Fail courses allowed

Students must earn a minimum Major GPA of 2.0 (truncated). Major GPA includes all required NRE and ME classes plus classes used for the concentration. If a class is repeated, only the last grade is included in the calculation.


 Minimum grade C


Ethics Overlay may be Humanities or Social Sciences and can be any course from the GT-approved list:


Students can receive credit for only one of ECON 2100, ECON 2101, ECON 2105 and ECON 2106. The only exception is that students can receive 6 hours credit for both ECON 2105 and ECON 2106.


CHEM 1211K can substitute for CHEM 1310. CHEM 1211K and CHEM 1212K are recommended for pre-health students. 


 Students must satisfy the requirements of EITHER the Nuclear Engineering (NE) Concentration or the Radiological Science and Engineering (RSE) Concentration. NE Concentration requires ME 3345, NRE 4210, and NRE 4214;  RSE Concentration requires NRE 4328 and two courses from the following list: NRE 4750, NRE 4803 (Nuclear Safeguards), and NRE 4407. Students may complete both Concentrations using free or engineering electives.


 Any Math or Science at 2000 level or higher with the exception of selected 1000-level courses: BIOL 1510, BIOL 1520, and CHEM 1212K.


Engineering Elective is any class from the College of Engineering at the 2000-level or higher excluding:  ME 3141, ME 3700, ME 3720, ME 3743, ME 3744, ME 4741, ME 4742, and ME 4753. Also excludes project-type courses such as VIP, and 2699, 2903, 4699, 4903 classes.  Cannot duplicate any other material used to satisfy the BSNRE degree requirements.


Free 1XXX: Cannot duplicate any other material used to satisfy the BSNRE degree requirements.


 Free 2XXX: At least 9 hours of free electives must be at the 2000 level or above with the exception of 4 hours that may be satisfied with one of the following: BIOL 1510, BIOL 1520, or CHEM 1212K. Cannot duplicate any other material used to satisfy the BSNRE degree requirements

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 three 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

The Georgia Tech 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. For more details, see:

In addition, there is a Global Internship Program (, 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 desirable skills.

For more information about all of the programs in the Center for Career Discovery and Development, visit

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. Woodruff School students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are eligible to apply for the program after completion of 30 credit hours at Georgia Tech, but before the completion of seventy-five 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 engineering, medical physics, or in Georgia Tech's interdisciplinary bioengineering graduate program. There are two options to consider:

Non-Thesis Option

The Non-Thesis Option is completed by taking 10 classes according to the MS degree requirements. In many cases, two courses can be counted towards both a student's BS and MS degrees, thereby streamlining the process. With proper planning, most MS non-thesis degrees could be completed in one year.

Thesis Option

The Thesis Option involves working with a faculty member on a project in a wide range of research topics being investigated by Woodruff School faculty members. This will give the student hands-on experience in working with a faculty mentor; the opportunity to work in a laboratory or a research environment; and the chance to perform theoretical and experimental work. These efforts will foster the student's career interests and expand their job prospects with certain employers. In some cases, a student will receive a graduate research assistantship, which includes a stipend and a tuition waiver. The time to graduation depends on the thesis project, the advisor, and the student's work ethic.

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