The Stephen R. Tritch Nuclear Engineering Program offers a certificate to students majoring in engineering or science.  Students in the Swanson School of Engineering programs as well as chemistry and physics majors may be most interested in obtaining this certificate.  

The objectives of the nuclear engineering certificate is to provide the basic competencies needed by science and engineering graduates to contribute quickly and effectively to the renaissance of nuclear science and technology in the United States and abroad.  The nuclear engineering certificate currently targets competency gaps that exist in the following educational areas:

  • Basic theoretical concepts of nuclear physics, reactor physics, reactor kinetics, fuel depletion and energy removal.
  • Fundamental analytical skills that can aid in understanding nuclear energy problems and solutions.
  • Interfaces between engineering disciplines involved with the design of a reactor core and the reactor coolant system for light water reactors.
  • Knowledge of important social and technical issues related to nuclear science and technology.

Students can also chose to major in Engineering Science with a concentration in Nuclear Energy.


Fifteen (15) credits are required to complete the certificate. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required for students to participate in the certificate. Students must obtain a GPA of at least 2.5 for the courses taken.   All undergraduate certificate students are required to complete three (3) courses from the list below as well as two (2) department specific courses:

  •  ENGR 1700: Introduction to Nuclear Engineering
  •  ENGR 1701: Fundamentals of Nuclear Reactors
  •  ENGR 1702: Nuclear Plant Technology

 More detailed requirements can be found here: