Nuclear Engineering, BS

School of Engineering

Program Description:

Nuclear engineers are on the forefront of rapidly developing areas that include better, safer ways to power our planet. They’re working on reactor system designs, nuclear non-proliferation, radiation interaction with materials, and reducing and controlling radioactive waste.

The Nuclear Engineering undergraduate program at the University of New Mexico gives the student broad training in the fundamentals of mathematics, physics, chemistry and engineering, followed by professional specialty course work involving radiation interaction with matter, radiation transport, radiation detection and protection, nuclear reactor theory and safety, thermalhydraulics and nuclear systems design. Students also select technical electives that allow them to explore in-depth areas of interest in nuclear engineering.

Among the exciting research areas, UNM nuclear engineering professors are studying what happens to the cooling system of a nuclear reactor under severe accident conditions.

Collaborations with national laboratories focus on a variety of areas, including nuclear criticality safety, radiation transport, reactor theory, space nuclear power, and probabilistic risk assessment.

The program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/.


Admission Requirements:

To earn a baccalaureate degree in nuclear engineering, a student must apply to and be admitted to the baccalaureate program in the Department of Nuclear Engineering. For students who have entered the University of New Mexico as freshmen, application to the program is typically made in the sophomore year. In most cases, such students will have been admitted to the School of Engineering as pre-majors (see “Admission to the School of Engineering” in the School of Engineering section of this catalog). Transfer students may apply to the program as soon as they have met the program admission requirements discussed below. To ensure that they receive the proper advisement, the department strongly encourages all students who are interested in entering the baccalaureate program in nuclear engineering to apply to the department as soon as they are eligible.

The criteria for admission to the Baccalaureate Program in Nuclear Engineering are specified in detail in the advisement brochure, which may be obtained from the department. There are 18 semester hours of Freshman year technical subjects required by the School of Engineering for admission, and a minimum grade point average of 2.50 in those courses is required for admission to undergraduate study in Nuclear Engineering. A total of 26 semester hours applicable to a degree is required for admission with a grade point average of at least 2.20. All applicants must have completed English 101 or its equivalent before admission. All courses required in a Nuclear Engineering Baccalaureate degree program must have grades of C- or better for satisfying both admission and graduation requirements.  


Career Opportunities:

 With a degree in Nuclear Engineering from UNM, students are ready to:

  • Research new energy systems
  • Control radioactive waste and industrial radiation releases
  • Use radioisotopes for the treatment and diagnosis of diseases
  • Develop long-term, reliable nuclear energy sources for space and terrestrial applications 


Contact Information:

Sarah E. Dominguez: Program Advisement Coordinator
(505) 277-5606
skieltyk@unm.edu