Jul 27, 2021  
Rensselaer Catalog 2019-2020 
Rensselaer Catalog 2019-2020 [Archived Catalog]

Nuclear Engineering Curriculum

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Freshmen or sophomores who have identified nuclear engineering as their major may follow the baccalaureate program below in lieu of the general core engineeing program.  Dual major programs which lead to a single baccalaureate degree embracing two fields are also available and are described in more detail in the MANE Handbook (emailed to you when you declare a major in MANE, and available from the MANE Student Services office, JEC 2012).

First Year


  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 3 below)


  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 3 below)

Second Year


  • STSS 4100 Professional Development II Credit Hours: 2
     (See footnotes 1, 5, and 6 below)


  • Materials Science Elective Credit Hours: 4 
    (See footnotes 1, 5, and 7 below)

Third Year

The Arch Summer Semester*

*For students who have applied for and been granted an exception, the Summer Arch courses would be taken during the spring semester. For instructions on the exception process go to: http://info.rpi.edu/arch/students/#ExceptionProcess.

(See footnote 9 below)

  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 3 below)
  • SoE 2XXX Engineering Design Elective  Credit Hours: 4 
    (See footnote 8 below)

Fall* OR Spring

*If following the B.S. in Nuclear Engineering curriculum, students must select the Fall term as their “on-campus” semester.

  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
     (See footnote 3 below)

Fourth Year


  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 1 below)
  • HASS Elective  Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 3 below)
  • MANE 4XXX NE Technical Elective Credit hours: 3
    (See footnotes 1 and 11 below)


  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 1 below)
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 1 below)
  • MANE 4XXX Nuclear Engineering Laboratory II Credit Hours: 3
    (See footnote 10 below)
  • MANE 4XXX NE Technical Elective II Credit Hours: 3
    (See footnotes 1 and 11 below)

Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Electives

The HASS Core for enginering students (described under “Schools/School of Humanities, Arts and, Social Sciences”, elsewhere in this catalog) is based on Institute and School of Engineering requirements.  Be certain that you understand these graduation requirements.

Beyond meeting these requirements, MANE students are encouraged (but not required) to:

  • Choose at least one HASS course that further develops their ability to make informed judgements that consider the impacts of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and/or societal contexts; and
  • take HASS courses that will improve their communication skills beyond the one required HASS Communication Intensive course.

Students desiring minors in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences must consult the school or department in which the courses are offered to obtain further information and specific requirements.


  1. These required courses may be taken in any order in the academic year shown (or in a previous year) given the pre-requisites are met.
  2. Choice of ENGR 1200 Engineering Graphics and CAD, ENGR 1400 Engineering Communication, or CIVL 1200 Engineering Graphics for Civil Engineers.
  3. The five HASS Electives may be taken in any semester; it is recommended to schedule one in each of the first two semesters and one in the Arch Summer Semester.
  4. Any 1-credit engineering exploration elective (e.g., “Introduction to [major]” or ENGR 1300 Engineering Processes) may be substituted.
  5. These courses may be taken in the Arch Summer Semester (if the summer schedule permits).
  6. For a list of courses that satisfy the PD II requirement refer to the link “Professional Development II Courses” on the Registrar’s “Academic Planning” web page. It should be completed before the capstone design course.
  7. Choose from MANE  4460 Engineering Materials for Nuclear Applications or ENGR 1600 Materials Science.
  8. Choose from MANE 2220 Inventor’s Studio I or ENGR 2050 Introduction to Engineering Design; both have ENGR 1010 Professional Development I embedded in them.
  9. Students restricted from Arch (e.g., ROTC, certain athletes) will delay PD III until senior year, after the Professional Development I content in the Engineering Design Elective.
  10. Choose from MANE 4440 Critical Reactor Lab or MANE 4961 LINAC Lab.
  11. NE Technical Electives
    •NE Technical Electives are MANE 4000-level or higher courses related to Nuclear Engineering that are taken for 3 credits or more.
    •The NE Technical Electives allow you to focus on your technical interest or area of specialization within the Nuclear Engineering field.
    •If students have questions regarding whether a specific course satisfies the NE Technical Elective requirements, students should consult with their academic adviser.
    •An independent study course, such as a design project or an undergraduate research project with a Nuclear Engineering instructor, may be used to satisfy one of the NE Technical Electives.
    •NE Technical Electives may not be taken on a Pass/No Credit basis.


Dual Major Programs

 A Dual major in Nuclear Engineering and Mechanical Engineering is available to students who follow prescribed program that can be completed in eight semesters. General requirements and procedures for dual degrees are described in more detail in the  MANE Hanbook (emailed to you when you declare a major in MANE, and available from the MANE Students Services office, JEC 2012).

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