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Nuclear Engineering Undergraduate Course Plan 

NE UG Course Plan

Nuclear engineering includes the use of radiation in medicine for treatment and diagnostics; design, development and operation of nuclear power systems; numeric simulation of nuclear systems; health physics and radiation protection; biomedical engineering and radiation imaging; nondestructive examination of materials and structures using radiation techniques; nuclear energy for space power and propulsion; and using radiation in food processing, industrial processing and manufacturing control.

About This Major

  • College: Engineering
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering
  • Hours for the Degree: 128
  • Minor: Yes
  • Combined-Degree Program:Yes


A full complement of experimental facilities is available, including a 100 KW research and training reactor, a neutron activation analysis laboratory and particle transport and distributed computing laboratories for nuclear systems simulations. The department also has specialized nuclear instrumentation and the Florida Institute of Nuclear Security and Detection (FINDS).

Students should concentrate several electives in one discipline to achieve solid familiarity in a minor field of study. These electives, chosen with an adviser, allow option area specialization in reactor engineering, reactor operations, radioisotopes and nuclear radiation technology, and radiation and biological systems.


The program will provide quality education and conduct nationally recognized research in nuclear and radiological engineering to serve the needs of Florida and the nation. 

Critical Tracking

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

Equivalent critical tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students

Semester 1

  • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
  • 2.5 GPA on all critical tracking coursework for semesters 1-5
  • Complete 1 of 8 critical tracking courses with a minimum grade of C within two attempts: CHM 2045 or CHM 2095, approved biological science course,
    MAC 2311, MAC 2312, MAC 2313, MAP 2302, PHY 2048, PHY 2049

Semester 2

  • Complete 1 additional critical tracking course with a minimum grade of C within two attempts

Semester 3

  • Complete 2 additional critical tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts

Semester 4

  • Complete 2 additional critical tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts

Semester 5

  • Complete all 8 critical tracking courses with minimum grades of C in each course within two attempts

Recommended Semester Plan

Engineering Science and Technical Electives: The choice of electives allows emphasis in nuclear power engineering, health physics, engineering physics, nuclear instrumentation, radioisotope applications, radiation imaging, medical treatment and scientific computing.

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.


  • All nuclear engineering and nuclear and radiological sciences majors must pass all required undergraduate department courses with an overall C average.
  • ENC 3254, ENU 4001, ENU 4191, ENU 4192 and ENU 4605 require minimum grades of C.
  •  All technical electives must be approved by a department adviser. At least five credits of technical electives must be ENU courses.

ENU Technical Electives

ENU 4194 Control of Nuclear Reactors and Power Plants                  3   
ENU 5176 Principles of Nuclear Reactor Operations                  3   
ENU 5176L Principles of Nuclear Reactor Operations Laboratory                  1   
ENU 5186 Nuclear Fuel Cycles                  3   
ENU 5351 Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion                  3   
ENU 5626 Radiation Biology                  3   
ENU 5658 Image Analysis with Medical Physics Applications                  3   
ENU 5705 Adv Concepts for Nuclear Energy                  3   
ENV 4212 Nuclear Power Radioactive Waste Technology                  3   


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