Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering

Program Details

We have both undergraduate and graduate programs in the fission area. These programs emphasize the use of nuclear energy for electricity production. The undergraduate curriculum is comprehensive, covering nuclear physics, reactor physics, thermohydraulics, materials, and environmental issues. Two required laboratory classes make extensive use of our TRIGA reactor. These majors generally end up working at a reactor owner, operator or vendor. At the graduate level, we have strong programs in reactor safety, thermohydraulics, nuclear materials, neutronics, and the nuclear fuel cycle.

Radiation sciences

BS in Nuclear Engineering – Radiation Sciences Track

As part of our undergraduate program in nuclear engineering, we have a radiation sciences track that emphasizes the non-electric applications of nuclear energy. The program focuses on nuclear engineering fundamentals, with emphasis on ionizing radiation. These students often go on to further study in health or medical physics.

Find out about admission requirements, suggested course sequences, and friendly advice from alumni in the undergraduate handbook.



Our programs in engineering mechanics and nuclear engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

The Department of Engineering Physics has not sought ABET accreditation for the engineering physics undergraduate degree because it is intended for those who plan to go on to graduate studies and/or a research-related career. Although the lack of ABET accreditation does not preclude one from obtaining professional licensing, the process is somewhat longer in most states that license professional engineers.

You can verify our ABET accreditation by visiting:

1. Program Area: Select “Engineering Mechanics” or “Nuclear Engineering.”

2. State: Select “Wisconsin.”

3. Click the “Search” button.

NEEP educational objectives for undergraduate education

The NEEP faculty recognize that our graduates will choose to use the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their undergraduate years to pursue a wide variety of career and life goals and we encourage this diversity of paths. Initially, we expect graduates will begin their careers in fields that utilize their knowledge, education and training in the interaction of radiation with matter as it applies to health, power or security.

Whatever path our graduates choose to pursue, our educational objectives for the nuclear engineering and engineering mechanics programs are to allow them to:

1. Exhibit strong performance and continuous development in problem-solving, leadership, teamwork,
and communication, initially applied to nuclear engineering or engineering mechanics, and demonstrating an unwavering commitment to excellence.

2. Demonstrate continuing commitment to, and interest in, his or her training and education, as well as those of others.

3. Transition seamlessly into a professional environment and make continuing, well-informed career choices.

4. Contribute to their communities.

Educational outcomes

Nuclear Engineering program students are expected to have…

1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. This includes:
a. an ability to apply knowledge of basic mathematics, science and engineering
b. an ability to use advanced mathematical and computational techniques to analyze, model, and design physical systems consisting of solid and fluid components under steady state and transient conditions.
c. an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs.
d. an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

3. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.

4. knowledge of professional and ethical standards.

5. an ability to communicate effectively.

6. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.

7. a recognition of the need for, and ability to engage in life-long learning.

8. a knowledge of contemporary issues.



Academic Year Sept. 2010 Sept. 2011 Sept. 2012 Sept. 2013 Sept. 2014 Sept. 2015 Sept. 2016 Sept. 2017 Sept. 2018 Sept. 2019
Number of Graduate Students
EM 27 28 22 28 31 26 26 28 16 18
NEEP 88 92 102 92 104 105 100 106 90 69
Number of Undergraduate Students
EM 102 90 83 106 121 184 222 204 201 184
EP 13 20 24 19 15 19 29 26 31 23
NE 70 91 86 87 77 129 124 102 80 76


Degrees Granted


Academic Year 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Engineering Mechanics
B.S. 33 36 22 25 21 24 56 46 50
M.S. 11 10 6 9 6 6 6 8 4
Ph.D. 2 1 1 3 2 2 1 1 2
Engineering Physics
B.S. 6 3 7 3 9 9 0 3 6
Nuclear Engineering
B.S. 21 20 22 20 32 33 28 19 22
Nuclear Engineering & Engineering Physics
M.S. 12 27 28 30 19 33 23 19 22
Ph.D. 9 3 6 9 11 9 10 8 15