Apr 15, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog

Nuclear Engineering, BSNE

About the Program

The Nuclear Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Engineering Major Change (CODO) Requirements  

Degree Requirements

131 Credits Required

Nuclear Engineering Major Courses (44 credits)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (87-99 credits)

If pursuing Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering, CS 15900 - Prog Appl for Engineers is required to graduate, but not required to complete the First Year Engineering program.

First-Year Engineering Requirements (29-39 credits)

Click here for First-Year Engineering  requirements.

  • Requirement #1 - Intro to Engineering I (2-4 credits)
  • Requirement #2 - Intro to Engineering II (2-4 credits)
  • Requirement #3 - Calculus I (4-5 credits) (satisfies Quantitative Reasoning for core) 
  • Requirement #4 - Calculus II (4-5 credits) (satisfies Quantitative Reasoning for core) 
  • Requirement #5 - Chemistry I (4-6 credits) (satisfies Science #1 for core)
  • Requirement #6 - Physics (4 credits) (satisfies Science #2 for core)
  • Requirement #7 - First-Year Engineering Selective (3-4 credits)
  • Requirement #8 - Written and Oral Communication (6-7 credits) (could satisfy Written Communication, Information Literacy or Oral Communication for core)

Other Departmental Requirements (46-48 credits)

General Education Requirement (12 credits)

  • General Education I (20000 level Human Cultures: Humanities) - Credit Hours: 3.00 (satisfies Human Cultures: Humanities for core)
  • General Education II (30000+ level Human Cultures: Humanities) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education III (20000 level Human Cultures: Behavioral/ Social Sciences) - Credit Hours: 3.00 (satisfies Human Cultures: Behavioral/ Social Sciences for core)
  • General Education IV (30000+ level Human Cultures: Behavioral/ Social Sciences) - Credit Hours: 3.00

See Supplemental Information for requirements and notes

Supplemental List

Grade Requirements

  • All NUCL courses must be completed with a C- or better.

GPA Requirements

  • Students must have a graduation index of 2.0

Course Requirements and Notes

  • A maximum of 6 TR, CR, DC credits can be applied to the General Elective requirements.

Pass/No Pass Policy

  • No courses can be taken as Pass/No Pass.

Transfer Credit Policy

  • A maximum of 6 TR, CR, DC credits can be applied to the General Elective requirements.

University Requirements

University Core Requirements

For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC) 

Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry. For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course).

Upper Level Requirement

  • Resident study at Purdue University for at least two semesters and the enrollment in and completion of at least 32 semester hours of coursework required and approved for the completion of the degree. These courses are expected to be at least junior-level (30000+) courses.
  • Students should be able to fulfill most, if not all, of these credits within their major requirements; there should be a clear pathway for students to complete any credits not completed within their major.

Sample First Year Engineering Plan of Study

Fall 1st Year

13-14 Credits

Spring 1st Year

16 Credits

Sample Nuclear Engineering Sample Plan of Study

16-19 Credits

17-18 Credits

18 Credits

18 Credits

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

12 Credits

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


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

Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.

The myPurduePlan powered by DegreeWorks is the knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.