Nuclear Engineering Major Nuclear Engineering Major Nuclear engineering makes practical use of the energy that is released by the atomic nucleus. Applications extend into the fields of electric power, medicine, nuclear weapons, and nuclear weapons effects. Breadcrumb nuclear engineering major Majors-and-Minors-left MENU Explore Academic Majors and Minors Academic Majors American Politics Major Applied Statistics and Data Sciences Major Chemical Engineering Major Chemistry Major Civil Engineering Major Computer Science Major Cyber Science Major Defense and Strategic Studies Major Economics Major Electrical Engineering Major Engineering Management Major Engineering Psychology Major English Major Environmental Engineering Major Environmental Science Major Foreign Area Studies: Africa Major Foreign Area Studies: East Asia Major Foreign Area Studies: Eurasia Major Foreign Area Studies: Europe Major Foreign Area Studies: Latin America Major Foreign Area Studies: Middle East Major Foreign Language: Arabic Major Foreign Language: Chinese Major Foreign Language: French Major Foreign Language: German Major Foreign Language: Persian Major Foreign Language: Portuguese Major Foreign Language: Russian Major Foreign Language: Spanish Major Geography Major Geospatial Information Science Major History Major International Affairs Major Kinesiology Major Law and Legal Studies Major Life Science Major Management Major Mathematical Sciences Major Mechanical Engineering Major Nuclear Engineering Major Operations Research Major Philosophy Major Physics Major Sociology Major Space Science Major Systems & Decision Sciences Major Systems Engineering Major Academic Minors Aeronautical Engineering Minor America in the World Minor American Foundations Minor Applied Statistics Minor Cyber Security Minor Diversity and Inclusion Studies Minor Engineering Management Minor General History Minor Geography Minor Grand Strategy Minor Network Science Minor Nuclear Science Minor Photonics Minor Regional Studies Minor Robotics Minor Space Science Minor Systems Engineering Minor Terrorism Studies Minor War Technology and Society Minor Guidance on Choosing an Academic Major Overview Courses Enrichment The nuclear engineering major is interdisciplinary: It draws widely upon mathematics, physics, and mechanics, with special emphasis on applied physics and the thermal-hydraulic aspects of mechanical engineering. It is designed to provide depth of knowledge in the application of nuclear energy to include power production, radiation health physics, nuclear weapons, and weapons effects. The major is taught through multiple departments and includes electives from physics, mathematics, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, and nuclear engineering. The nuclear engineering student will gain a broad background for further study in graduate school and Army assignments requiring expertise in mechanical engineering, applied radiation physics, nuclear weapons and weapons effects, or any of a variety of related topics. The nuclear engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Nuclear engineering majors have a lab requirement component. To learn more about this area of study, visit the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering. Required Courses MC300 FUND OF ENGR MECH AND DESIGN MC311 THERMAL-FLUID SYSTEMS I MC364 MECHANICS OF MATERIALS NE300 FUNDAMENTALS OF NUCLEAR ENGR NE355 NUCLEAR REACTOR ENGINEERING NE361 COMPUTATIONAL DESIGN IN NE NE400 NUCLEAR ENGINEERING SEMINAR NE450 NUCLEAR WEAPONS EFFECTS NE452 INSTRUMENTATION AND SHIELDING NE461 ADV COMPUTATIONAL DESIGN IN NE NE474 RADIOLOGICAL SAFETY PH365 MODERN PHYSICS Sample Electives CH362 MASS & ENERGY BALANCES CH485 HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER EE377 ELECTRICAL POWER ENGNRNG EM384 ANYL METH FOR ENGR MANAGEMENT EM411 PROJECT MANAGEMENT EV350 ENVIRONMNTL ENGR TECHNOLOGIES MC312 THERMAL-FLUID SYSTEMS II MC380 ENGINEERING MATERIALS3 ME202 COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN ME403 MANUFACTURING/MACHINE COMP DSN ME472 ENERGY CONVERSION SYSTEMS MG382 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PL394 ANTHROPOMETRICS & BIOMECHANICS PL479 LEADING ORGNZS THRU CHANGE XE442 ALTERNATIVE ENERGY ENGINEERING This major offers an honors track. To learn more, view the full Nuclear Engineering Major Curriculum. Cadets who major in nuclear engineering have the opportunity to work with the West Point Nuclear Science and Engineering Research Center; to apply for a summer Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) program, USMA-run academic enrichment experience; to join the Nuclear Engineering Club; and to apply for membership in the American Nuclear Society’s Alpha Nu Sigma National Honor Society. To learn more about enrichment for this area of study, visit the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering or the Photonics Research Center.