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Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Engineering has demonstrated vast potential for growth in power generation, medicine, industrial processes, plasmas, space technologies, and national defense. The field will become even more important and diverse in the future. Nuclear engineers will contribute to such advanced technologies as advanced fission and fusion power generators, nuclear medicine, more powerful computational methods, deep-space probes and propulsion systems, semiconductor device processes, improved food safety, advanced materials processing and characterization, advanced imaging, the safe treatment and disposal of spent nuclear fuel, and new forms of industrial gauges.


Note: The First-Year Engineering Program is the entry point for all beginning engineering students. They must complete theFirst-Year Engineering requirements在进入他们选择的工程学院之前。这项学生的服务计划的使命是为推荐,教导和保留优秀的学生进行普渡工程学院。This core curriculum includes courses in math, chemistry, physics, computer programming, and communication skills, as well as introductory engineering coursework taught in the new创新的想法(I2I)学习实验室。The First-Year Engineering Program provides students with a firm foundation and initial understanding of engineering and career options to assist them in identifying which of Purdue'sengineering disciplinesis the right fit. Our professional academic advisors, faculty and student advisors are dedicated to assisting beginning engineers with the first-year experience.

Plan of Study



Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue' , as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the封闭式程序页面to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Additional Requirements: See theEngineering Transfer Criteriapage for more detailed course requirements.



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Careers in Nuclear Engineering

Graduates work in electric utilities, supervising reactor systems operations, refueling schedules, and the design and licensing of plant modifications.

Others work for the regulatory agencies, providing the knowledge base and oversight for safe and proper reactor operation.

Still others work for vendors – the companies that design reactor systems, manufacture subsystems and components, and provide inspection and engineering services for the global market.

Those who choose a research path find positions in the national laboratories of the Department of Energy, where they engage in advanced energy studies, new uses of nuclear energy and radiation science, and the computer modeling, simulation, and visualization of complex phenomena.

With a degree in nuclear engineering, you could become involved in:

  • Providing future electrical energy systems, such as advanced fission and fusion reactors, needed not only by the U.S. but also by developing nations for economic and security growth.

  • Designing power systems, nuclear propulsion systems, and radiation sources and detectors for deep-space missions.

  • Applying radiation for sterilization of medical instruments and food processing equipment, and for food preservation.

  • 开发先进的辐射源和探测器,用于科学研究以及精密制造。

  • 新利luck备用网址应用辐射诊断和有限公司mbat cancer and other diseases.

  • 优化用于处理半导体和其他材料的等离子体的使用。

  • Contributing to national security through the stewardship of nuclear weapons and engineering safeguards against nuclear proliferation.

  • 通过减少温室气体排放来保护环境,发展减少废物生产的核燃料循环,以及可以安全地存储核废料的设计设施。