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					                                                                                                  Nuclear Engineering


                                                                                                        College of Engineering
TENNESSEE
              What is Nuclear                                  ing that includes environmental,          The lowest 10 percent earned less than
                                                               societal, safety and economic con-        $58,350, and the highest 10 percent
              Engineering?                                     siderations;                              earned more than $111,260. In the
                   Nuclear engineering is the engi-          • provide students with appropriate         Federal Government, nuclear engineers
              neering discipline that focuses on the           skills in oral and written communi-       in supervisory, nonsupervisory and man-
              application of sub-atomic processes for          cation, teamwork, laboratory work,        agement positions earned an average of
              the benefit of mankind and our envi-              problem solving and the use of            $73,769 a year in 2003.
              ronment. Radiological engineering is             modern engineering tools that will            According to a 2003 salary survey by
              a special concentration within nuclear           prepare them to work productively         the National Association of Colleges and
              engineering that deals with the design           in a contemporary and global envi-        Employers, bachelor’s degree candidates
              and safe utilization of radiation in in-         ronment;                                  in nuclear engineering received starting
              dustry and medicine. Some examples of          • provide students with a diverse           offers averaging $50,104 a year.
              nuclear and radiological engineering are         general education in the humani-
              listed below:
                 • Production of electric power with
                                                               ties, ethics and social sciences to       High School Preparation
                                                               compliment their technological edu-            Core academic subjects required for
                    essentially no air pollution               cation in order to understand and
                 • Processes for the diagnosis and                                                       admission:
                                                               appreciate the importance of each            • 4 units of English
                    treatment of diseases such as cancer       in society and in personal develop-
                 • Activation analysis for identifying                                                      • 2 units of algebra
                                                               ment; and                                    • 1 unit of geometry, trigonometry,
                    materials including environmental        • foster a genuine desire for life-long
                    pollutants                                                                                 advanced math or calculus
                                                               learning in students.                        • 2 units of natural science, including
                 • Radiography inspection of welds in         The university’s engineering pro-
                    bridges and boilers                                                                        at least 1 unit of biology, chemistry
                                                           grams are fully accredited by the ABET              or physics
                 • Food preservation and sterilization     Engineering Accreditation Program.
                    of medical supplies                                                                     • 1 unit of American history
                 • Radioisotope gauges for use in                                                           • 1 unit of European history, world
                    manufacturing processes                Career Opportunities in                             history or world geography
                 • Nuclear measurement techniques          Nuclear Engineering                              • 2 units of a single foreign language
                                                                                                            • 1 unit of visual or performing arts
                    for oil well logging and airport se-        Nuclear engineering is actually a
                    curity                                 very broad and diverse engineering                 Computer courses prior to the fresh-
                 • Radioactive tracer elements for use     discipline with graduates employed in         man year in engineering are also highly
                    in medical research                    a wide variety of fields including the         recommended.
                 • Generation of radioisotope power        electric utility industry (e.g., TVA, Duke         Prospective students who want to
                    for deep space exploration             Energy, Southern Nuclear Co., Entergy),       enter the engineering program are also
                   The educational objectives for the      private industry (e.g., General Electric,     required to meet the criteria of the “Suc-
              department are to:                           Westinghouse, Honeywell, Emerson),            cess Prediction Index” (SPI). The formula
                 • provide students with fundamental       and government laboratories (e.g.,            for SPI is 10 x high school core GPA +
                    knowledge in mathematics, com-         DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory           math ACT score. The college is gradu-
                    puter science, the basic sciences      and NASA’s Johnson Space Flight Cen-          ally increasing the required SPI score.
                    and the engineering sciences that      ter). Nuclear engineering graduates also      Check the UT Admissions or College
                    are necessary to solve complex         work as medical physicists and radiation      of Engineering web sites to determine
                    problems in nuclear and radiologi-     safety officers at hospitals and other         the current SPI required. Students who
                    cal engineering;                       health related facilities. The current job    are unable to meet this requirement
                 • provide students with a real-world      market for nuclear engineers is excellent     may register as “university undecided”
                    design and analysis experience in      and is expected to improve in the future.     students and complete appropriate
                    nuclear and radiological engineer-                                                   mathematics, science and other courses
                                                                                                         before applying for admission to the
                                                           Salary Trends in Nuclear                      COE. www.engr.utk.edu/coe/undergradu-
F O R   M O R E I N F O R M A T I O N :                    Engineering                                   ate/new_checklist.html
            Department of Nuclear Engineering                  According to the U.S. Department
            315 Pasqua Hall
            Knoxville, TN 37996-2300
                                                           of Labor’s 2004-2005 Occupational             How to Major in Nuclear
                                                           Outlook Handbook, the median annual
            Phone: (865) 974-2525                          earnings of nuclear engineers were            Engineering at UT
            Fax: (865) 974-0668                            $81,350 in 2002. The middle 50 percent           The nuclear engineering degree pro-
            E-mail: utne@utk.edu                           earned between $67,970 and $92,930.           gram is administered by the UT Depart-
            Web: www.engr.utk.edu/nuclear                                                                ment of Nuclear Engineering (NE). Stu-
dents applying for entry to the university
should specify nuclear engineering as        Sample Curriculum
their chosen major when completing the
                                              Freshman Year                                            Junior Year
admission form. Students who are trans-
ferring from other departments within         Chemistry 120*, 130* .............................8      Cultures and Civilizations Elective*...........3
UT or from other educational institutions     English 101*, 102* .................................6    Mathematics 403 ...................................3
should contact the department for more        Engineering Fundamentals 105,                            Nuclear Engineering 301, 304*,
information regarding the appropriate         151 or 157, 152 or 158..........................9        342, 351, 360, 431, 470......................21
entry level and any additional courses        Mathematics 141*, 142* .........................8        Physics 341 ............................................3
necessary. For more information on the        Total ....................... 31 credit hours            Social Sciences Elective* ..........................3
admissions process, visit http://admis-                                                                Total ....................... 33 credit hours
sions.utk.edu/undergraduate                   Sophomore Year
                                              Arts and Humanities Elective* .................3         Senior Year
                                              Economics 201* or 207* .........................4        Cultures and Civilizations Elective*...........3
Requirements for Nuclear                      Electrical and Computer                                  Engineering Fundamentals 402 ...............1
Engineering                                   Engineering 301 .....................................3   Materials Science and
     The NE department currently does         Engineering Fundamentals 202, 230 .......4               Engineering 201 ....................................3
not have any special requirements for         Mathematics 231, 241 ...........................7        Mechanical Engineering 321 ...................3
admission to the nuclear engineering          Nuclear Engineering 200, 203 ................4           Nuclear Engineering 400*,
program, other than the general admis-        Physics 231*, 232* .................................7    403*, 406, 472 ....................................11
sion requirements for the university and      Total ....................... 32 credit hours            Philosophy 241*, 243*, or 244* ..............3
the college. College of Engineering stu-                                                               1
                                                                                                        Technical Electives .................................6
dents at the sophomore level and above                                                                 Total ....................... 30 credit hours
are required to own laptop computers
for class work. For more information,                                                                  Grand Total .......... 126 credit hours
please visit http://www.engr.utk.edu/coe/     *Meets University General Education Requirement
new_compreq.htm.                              1
                                               Technical electives are selected from upper-division mathematics and engineering courses and
                                                must be pre-approved by the department

Special Programs, Co-ops                        • The Pipeline Engineering Diversity                     in the nation by U.S. News and World
and Internships                                   Program www.engr.utk.edu/pipeline                      Report’s America’s Best Colleges pub-
     All UT freshman engineering stu-           • Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance                        lication.
dents are automatically enrolled in the           for Minority Participation (TLSAMP)                         NE students are also encouraged
innovative Engage Engineering Funda-              www.engr.utk.edu/tlsamp.                               to participate in the student chapter
mentals Program, designed to help stu-           The College of Engineering also                         of the American Nuclear Society (ANS)
dents learn basic engineering concepts       participates in the University Honors                       and Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor
and teamwork skills through a series of      Program, which is designed to give aca-                     society. These organizations provide
hands-on projects and activities:            demically outstanding students a unique                     members the opportunity to gain valu-
www.engr.utk.edu/efd                         undergraduate experience consisting of                      able experience in time management,
     The College of Engineering’s Office      special courses, seminars, mentoring and                    public speaking and teamwork.
of Professional Practice (OPP) provides      research projects: honors.utk.edu
income-generating opportunities for              The UT Center for International
engineering students to experience real-     Education collaborates with the COE to
world engineering challenges through         create opportunities for engineering stu-
cooperative education (co-op) and in-        dents to study in other countries:
ternship programs. Both programs offer       web.utk.edu/~global
structured learning environments where
students develop increasing responsibili-
ties by holding full-time paid positions     Highlights of Nuclear
in a professional environment related to     Engineering at UT                                         Note: This sheet is for general information
their academic and career goals:                  Nuclear engineering students at UT                   only. For more specific information on this
www.coop.utk.edu                             have the opportunity to participate in                    program refer to the UT catalog at
     In addition to financial and scholar-    research projects with both the univer-                   www.tennessee.edu/catalogs
ship programs available to all students,     sity and at nearby Oak Ridge National                     or contact the college.
                                                                                                       The University of Tennessee does not discriminate on the basis of race,
the college also provides special scholar-   Laboratory (ORNL), which is jointly man-                  sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in
                                                                                                       provision of education programs and services or employment opportunities
ships and support programs to minority       aged by the team of UT-Battelle. There                    and benefits. This policy extends to both employment by and admission
                                                                                                       to the University. • The University does not discriminate on the basis of
students, including:                         are also opportunities to interact with                   race, sex, or disability in the education programs and activities pursuant to
                                                                                                       the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the
   • Diversity Engineering Scholarship       industry leaders and collaborate with                     Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of
                                                                                                       1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. • Inquiries
      Program (DESP)                         researchers from around the globe.                        and charges of violation concerning Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, ADA, the
                                                                                                       Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), or any of the other above
      www.engr.utk.edu/desp                       The UT graduate program in nuclear                   referenced policies should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity;
                                                                                                       1840 Melrose Avenue; Knoxville, TN 37996-3560; telephone (865) 974-
   • Engineering Diversity Programs Of-      engineering was recently ranked the                       2498 (TTY available). Requests for accommodation of a disability should
                                                                                                       be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Human Resources
      fice (EDP) www.engr.utk.edu/edp         number 10 nuclear engineering program                     Management; 600 Henley Street; Knoxville, TN 37996-4125. • A project
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