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Rensselaer Catalog 2017-2018 
Rensselaer Catalog 2017-2018 [Archived Catalog]

Nuclear Engineering Curriculum

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First Year

Fall Semester

  • MANE 1961 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering Credit Hours: 1
    (See footnote 2 below)
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4

Spring Semester

  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4

Second Year

Spring Semester

  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4

Third Year

Summer Arch*

*For students who have applied for and been granted an exception, the Summer Arch courses would be taken during the fall semester. For listing of the exception process go to:

  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4


  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Professional Development II Credit Hours: 2
    (See footnote 5 below)

Fourth Year


  • Free Elective II Credit Hours: 4
  • Restricted (NE) Elective I Credit Hours: 3


  • Free Elective III Credit Hours: 4
  • Restricted (NE) Elective II Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
    (See footnote 4 below)

Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Electives

In this area, the electives are based on the Institute and School of Engineering requirements. Students are urged to elect humanities, arts, and social science sequences through which they will obtain adequate breadth and depth in subject areas. 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. Includes Professional Development I.
  2. Other 1-credit Engineering Exploration courses, such as ENGR 1300 Engineering Processes may be substituted.
  3. May be taken either semester senior year. 
  4. Any course in engineering or science at 2000 level or higher.
  5. For a list of courses that satisfy te PD II requirement refer to the link “Courses that satisfy the PD II requirement” on the SIS home page.
  6. MATH 2010 Multivariable Calculus and Matrix Algebra and MATH 2400 Introduction to Differential Equations may be taken in either semster of the second year.

Dual Major Programs

Dual major programs in Nuclear Engineering and Mechanical Engineering are available to students who follow prescribed programs that can be completed in eight semesters. Degree templates for dual majors offered by the MANE department may be found here:

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