Bachelor of Science in Nuclear and Radiological Engineering

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 1553Introduction to Linear Algebra2
    MATH 1552Integral Calculus4
    MATH 2551Multivariable Calculus4
    MATH 2552Differential Equations4
    MATH 3670Probability and Statistics with Applications3
  • 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 (NRE) undergraduate program are:

NRE graduates will:

  • have a successful career in nuclear and radiological engineering or other fields
  • conduct themselves with the highest professional and ethical principles; and
  • engage in life-long learning through continuing education, professional development activities, and other career appropriate options.
APPH 1040Scientific Foundations of Health2
or APPH 1050 The Science of Physical Activity and Health
Core A - Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1501Calculus I 34
Core B - Institutional Options
CS 1371Computing for Engineers3
Core C - Humanities
Any HUM 16
Core D - Science, Math, & Technology
PHYS 2211Introductory Physics I4
PHYS 2212Introductory Physics II4
MATH 1502Calculus II 34
Core E - Social Sciences
Select one of the following:3
The United States to 1877
The United States since 1877
American Government in Comparative Perspective
Government of the United States
American Constitutional Issues
Select one of the following:3
Economic Analysis and Policy Problems
The Global Economy
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Any SS 16
Core F - Courses Related to Major
CHEM 1310General Chemistry 4
PHYS 2213Introduction to Modern Physics 3
MATH 2401Calculus III 34
MATH 2403Differential Equations 34
MATH 3670Probability and Statistics with Applications 33
Ethics Requirement 2
Major Requirements
NRE 2110Introduction to Nuclear and Radiological Engineering2
NRE 3112Nuclear Radiation Detection3
NRE 3208Nuclear Reactor Phys I3
NRE 3301Radiation Physics3
NRE 3316Radiation Protection Engineering3
NRE 4206Radiation Physics Laboratory2
NRE 4208Nuclear Reactor Physics II4
NRE 4214Reactor Engineering3
NRE 4232Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Design4
NRE 4328Radiation Sources and Applications3
Non-NRE Requirements
COE 2001Statics2
COE 3001Mechanics of Deformable Bodies3
ECE 3025Electromagnetics3
ECE 3710Circuits and Electronics2
ECE 3741Instrumentation and Electronics Lab1
ISYE 3025Essentials of Engineering Economy1
ME 3322Thermodynamics,Thermodynamics I3
ME 3340Fluid Mechanics,Fluid Mechanics I3
ME 3345Conduction and Radiation Heat Transfer3
MSE 2001Principles and Applications of Engineering Materials3
Technical Electives
Technical Electives 49
Total Credit Hours126

No pass-fail courses allowed.

Student must earn a 2.0 GPA within NRE courses.

If a course is repeated, only the last grade is included in the calculation.


Students must complete an Ethics requirement. See below for allowable Ethics courses.


Students must complete one Ethics course during their program. Allowable Ethics courses include: HTS 2084, INTA 2030, PHIL 3105, PHIL 3109, PHIL 3127, or PHIL 4176.


Minimum grade of C required.


Any 3000-level or higher course from the College of Computing, Engineering, or Sciences. APPH and PSYC courses not allowed.

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

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:

In addition, there is a Work Abroad 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 needed 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 you 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 events will foster your career interests and expand your selection of possible 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 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.