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  • Nuclear Engineering

    Nuclear engineering includes the design, development and operation of nuclear power systems; numeric simulation of nuclear systems; health physics and radiation protection; radiation imaging; radiation measurements; national security and non-proliferation; nondestructive examination of materials and structures using radiation techniques; use of radiation in medicine for treatment and diagnostics; and using radiation in food processing, industrial processing and manufacturing control.

    About This Major

    • College: Engineering
    • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering
    • Credits for Degree: 127
    • Minor: Yes
    • Certificate Program: Yes
    • Combined-Degree Program: Yes
    • Academic Learning Compact
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    Critical TrackingRecommended Semester Plan


    A full complement of experimental facilities is available, including a 100 KW research and training reactor, a neutron activation analysis laboratory and a D-D neutron source for radiation studies. The department also has specialized nuclear instrumentation in the radiation detection laboratories located in the Nuclear Science Building and the Nuclear Field Building.

    Students should concentrate electives in one discipline to achieve solid familiarity in a minor field of study. These electives, chosen with an advisor, allow option area specialization in reactor engineering, reactor operations, radioisotopes and nuclear radiation technology, and radiation and biological systems.

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    Transfer Admission Requirements

    It is the department’s policy to admit the best-qualified transfer applicants as demonstrated by academic achievement. Successful applicants must have earned:

    • An overall 2.5 grade point average, based on the first two attempts in the eight preprofessional (critical-tracking) courses;
    • Minimum grades of C in Calculus 1 (MAC 2311), Calculus 2 (MAC 2312), Calculus 3 (MAC 2313), Differential Equations (MAP 2302), General Chemistry 1 (CHM 2045/2095 and CHM 2045L), and finally General Chemistry 2 (CHM 2046/2096) or Integrated Principles of Biology 1 (BSC 2010). Only the first two attempts in each course, including withdrawals, will be considered for admission to or retention in the department;
    • A cumulative minimum 2.0 GPA is required for all courses.
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    Department Requirements

    • Minimum grades of C are required in ENC 3246, ENU 4001, ENU 4191, ENU 4192 and ENU 4605.
    • The department encourages students to accept internships and opportunities to study abroad. It is highly recommended that students seek academic advising for appropriate registration planning.
    • All nuclear engineering and nuclear radiological sciences majors must pass all required undergraduate department courses with an overall C average.
    • All technical electives must be approved by a department advisor. At least three credits of technical electives must be ENU courses.
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    Educational Objectives

    The Department of Nuclear and Radiological Engineering has established the following educational objectives for its undergraduate program.

    Graduates will:

    • Have successful careers in nuclear engineering or related disciplines
    • Pursue continuing education or advanced degrees
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    The department will provide quality education and conduct nationally recognized research in nuclear and radiological engineering to serve the needs of Florida and the nation.

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    Critical Tracking

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • Complete 1 of 8 critical-tracking courses with a minimum grade of C within two attempts: CHM 2045 or CHM 2095; CHM 2046 or CHM 2096 or BSC 2010; MAC 2311, MAC 2312, MAC 2313, MAP 2302, PHY 2048, PHY 2049
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course with a minimum grade of C within two attempts
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • Complete all 8 critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C in each course within two attempts
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required
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    Recommended Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements. This is often done concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H or S).

    Semester 1 Credits
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1 (GE-B/P) or
    CHM 2095 Chemistry for Engineers 1 (GE-B/P)
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (GE-P) 1
    ENU 1000 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering 1
    MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (State Core GE-M) 4
    Composition (State Core GE-C; E6)​ (ACT/SAT Placement scores do not exempt this requirement) 3​
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (State Core GE-S) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 2 Credits
    ENC 3246 Professional Communication for Engineers (GE-C; E6) 3
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life (GE-H)​ ​3
    MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 (GE-M) 4
    PHY 2048 Physics with Calculus 1 (GE-B/P) 3
    PHY 2048L Physics with Calculus 1 Laboratory (GE-B/P) 1
    Total 14
    Semester 3 Credits
    ENU 4934 Fundamentals of Nuclear and Radiological Engineering 1​
    MAC 2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3 (GE-M) 4
    PHY 2049 Physics with Calculus 2 (GE-B/P) 3
    PHY 2049L Physics with Calculus 2 Laboratory (GE-B/P) 1
    STA 3032 Engineering Statistics 3
    Humanities (State Core GE-H, D from ARH 2000 or THE 2000) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 4 Credits
    BSC 2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1 or
    CHM 2046 General Chemistry 2 or
    CHM 2096 Chemistry for Engineers 2 (all GE-B/P)
    COP 2271 Computer Programming for Engineers 2
    EGM 2511 Engineering Mechanics: Statics 3
    EML 3100 Thermodynamics​ ​3
    MAP 2302 Elementary Differential Equations 3
    Total 14
    Semester 5 Credits
    EGM 3520 Mechanics of Materials 3
    EMA 3010 Materials​ ​3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S, N; E6)​​ ​3
    Total 9
    Semester 6 Credits
    EEL 3003 Elements of Electrical Engineering 3
    EGN 3353C Fluid Mechanics 3
    EGN 4034 Professional Ethics​ ​1
    ENU 4001 Nuclear Engineering Analysis 1 4
    ENU 4605 Radiation Interactions and Sources 1 4
    Total 15
    Semester 7 Credits
    EML 4140 Heat Transfer 3
    ENU 4103 Reactor Analysis and Computation 1: Statics 4
    ENU 4144 Nuclear Power Plant Reactor Systems 1 ​3
    ENU 4800 Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Materials​ ​3
    Technical elective​ ​3
    Total 16
    Semester 8 Credits
    ENU 4134 Reactor Thermal Hydraulics 2 4
    ENU 4191 Elements of NRE Design 1
    ENU 4612 Radiation Detection and Instrumentation Systems 3
    ENU 4612L Radiation Detection and Instrumentation Systems Laboratory ​1
    ENU 4630 Fundamental Aspects of Radiation Shielding 3
    Technical elective​ ​3
    Total 15
    Semester 9 Credits
    ENU 4145 Risk Assessment for Radiation Systems 3
    ENU 4192 Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Design 1 3
    ENU 4505L Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Laboratory 1 (E4) ​3
    ENU 4641C Applied Radiation Protection (E2) 2
    Technical elective​ ​3
    Total 14
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    ENU Technical Electives

    The choice of engineering science and technical electives allows emphasis in nuclear power engineering, nuclear instrumentation, criticality safety safeguards, radiation imaging, plasmas/fusion, advanced nuclear reactor concepts and non-proliferation.

    Of the nine credits of technical electives required, three credits must be ENU and six credits may be any engineering, mathematics or science course 3000-level or above. Course examples include:

    ENU 4905 Individual Work 8 max
    ​ENU 4906 Special Problems in NRE Design ​8 max
    ​ENU 4930 Special Topics ​8 max
    ​ENU 4944 Practical Work in NRE ​5 max
    ENU 4949 Co-op Work Experience 3 max
    ENU 5658 Image Analysis with Medical Physics Applications 3
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majors: nuclear-engineering