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2015-2016 University Catalog 
2015-2016 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nuclear Engineering, BSNE

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About the Program

Nuclear engineering is firmly grounded in the understanding and application of modern physics. It has demonstrated vast potential for growth in power generation, medicine, industrial processes, plasmas, space technologies, and national defense.

Nuclear engineers at Purdue contribute to such advanced technologies as fission and fusion power generators, new medical technologies and procedures, improved food safety, advanced materials processing, advanced imaging, and the safe treatment and disposal of spent nuclear fuel.

Students experience the small-classroom feel because Nuclear Engineering has approximately 110 undergraduate students and 12 professors.

Indiana’s first and only nuclear reactor has its home in Purdue University’s Electrical Engineering Building. It headlines field trips for high-school juniors and seniors who participate in demonstrations and experiments.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Nuclear Engineering  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

131 Credits for Graduation

Nuclear Engineering Major Courses (53 credits)


NE Technical Electives - (15 credits)


  • Technical Elective I - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Technical Elective II - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Technical Elective III - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Technical Elective IV - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Technical Elective V - Credit Hours: 3.00

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (48 credits)


NOTE: COM 11400  is counted separately from the 18 credits of Gen Ed requirement. Therefore the Gen Ed requirement can be considered to be 18 + 3 credits = 21 when including COM 11400 

General Electives (18 credits)

(https://engineering.purdue.edu/NE/Academics/Ugradman2010.pdf) (9 in Social sciences and 9 In Humanities)

  • G.E.-I - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • G.E.-II - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • G.E.-III - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • G.E.-IV - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • G.E.-V - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • G.E.-VI - Credit Hours: 3.00

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

18 Credits

16 Credits

16 Credits

18 Credits

18 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

18 Credits

18 Credits

Spring 4th Year

15 Credits


131 semester credits required for Bachelor of Engineering degree.
Students must have a graduation index of 2.0

Degree Requirements

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

Degree Works is knowledge source for specific requirements and completion

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

Expired Course

Any course without a link to its description is one that has been expired.  However, this course could fulfill the degree requirement historically.

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

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