Department of Nuclear Engineering
Why study Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M?
Texas A&M University’s undergraduate program in nuclear engineering enjoys a solid reputation as one of the oldest, largest, and best equipped in the United States. In the Department of Nuclear Engineering, undergraduates use the laboratories and facilities other programs often reserve for graduate students.
An ABET fully accredited degree program, Nuclear Engineering stresses broad fundamental education in mathematics, science and engineering. Mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and computational analysis are part of the nuclear engineering curriculum.
The curriculum provides a balanced education in virtually all aspects of nuclear engineering principles and practice, from atomic and nuclear theory to reactor design. Many of the students who complete undergraduate degrees in nuclear engineering go on to pursue advanced degrees in the department’s graduate programs, including specialties in health physics and nuclear engineering.
What does a Nuclear Engineer or a Health Physicist Do?
Here is but a partial list of the jobs in high demand for nuclear engineers and health physicists:
- Constructing and operating nuclear power plants
- Designing, constructing, and operating advanced nuclear power plants
- Investigating and optimizing advanced nuclear fuel cycles
- Designing, constructing, and operating fusion reactors
- Analyzing and preparing for long-term energy security for this country and the world
- Designing and constructing power systems for space exploration and propulsion
- Designing methods for securing, verifying, and productively utilizing excess nuclear weapons material
- Developing arms control and nonproliferation technologies
- Expanding and improving the use of radio nuclides in medicine
- Advancing medical imaging
- Providing new radiotherapy technologies
- Improving food safety using radiation pasteurization
- Remediating nuclear waste generated during the cold war
Other Reasons to Choose Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M!
The students here are the best in the world! The students at A&M are magic: you will be amazed how friendly people are and how many friends you’ll make in the first week. It’s the biggest “small” campus in the world.
- Essentially all of our graduates receive job offers. The average starting salary for B.S. graduates is $60,000 (plus signing bonuses in many cases).
- Scholarships up to $10,000 are awarded to top students ($2,500/year for 4 years).
- The faculty to student ratio is about 1:10, thus allowing smaller classes and providing more personal interaction between the professors and students.
- Texas A&M is the only school in Texas offering an undergraduate degree in nuclear engineering.
- The department assists students in finding summer employment related to nuclear engineering or health physics.
- Texas A&M has an active Cooperative Training program. Qualified students have alternate periods in school and work in the nuclear industry, leading to a degree in about 5 years. The students’ salaries help pay school expenses and a majority of these companies offer jobs to co-op students upon graduation.
- Many of our B.S. students elect to continue their studies here to receive a M.S. or Ph.D. degree. Financial support is provided for virtually all graduate students.
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