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2005-06 Undergraduate Catalog


Nuclear and Radiological Engineering
College: Engineering
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Hours for the Degree: 125
Minor: Yes
Combined-Degree Program: Yes

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

A full complement of experimental facilities is available, including a 100 KW research and training reactor, a neutron activation analysis laboratory, a higher performance PC lab with multiple terminals and PCs and interface capability to the college network and the main university computing facility, a particle transport and distributed computing lab for nuclear systems simulations. The department also has robotic research facilities and specialized nuclear instrumentation.

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.

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


The department's primary goal is to educate nuclear and radiological engineering professionals to benefit society in the release, control and safe utilization of nuclear energy, radiation and radioactivity.

Educational Objectives
  • To provide the ability to apply advanced mathematics, computational skills, science and engineering science, including atomic and nuclear physics, to identify, formulate, analyze and solve nuclear and radiological engineering problems,
  • To develop knowledge of the fundamentals of radiation transport, interactions, detection and numerical simulation with the principles required for the analysis, design and safe operation of radiation producing and using equipment and systems,
  • To design and conduct experiments and to analyze and interpret data using current experimental, data acquisition and data analysis techniques, and
  • To communicate effectively, work collaboratively and understand the professional and ethical responsibilities and the impact of engineering solutions in a societal and economic context to facilitate pursuit of successful, productive careers.

ENU 4185 Nuclear Reactor Fuel Management2
ENU 4194 Control of Nuclear Reactors and Power Plants3
ENU 4211 Computer Methods in Nuclear Engineering Science3
ENU 4630 Fundamental Aspects of Radiation Shielding2
ENU 5186 Nuclear Fuel Cycles3
ENU 5176L Principles of Nuclear Reactor Operations Lab1
ENV 4212 Nuclear Power Radioactive Waste Technology3
ENU 5705 Adv Concepts for Nuclear Energy 3
ENU 5351 Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion 3
ENU 5176 Principles of Nuclear Reactor Operations3
ENU 5626 Radiation Biology3

Critical Tracking Requirements

Semester 1:

  • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
  • 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking course work for semesters 1-5
  • Complete 1 of 8 tracking courses with a minimum grade of C within two attempts (CHM 2045, CHM 2046 or approved biological science course, MAC 2311, MAC 2312, MAC 2313, MAP 2302, PHY 2048, PHY 2049)

Semester 2:

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

Semester 3:

  • Complete 2 additional courses with a minimum grade of C within two attempts

Semester 4:

  • Complete 2 additional courses with a minimum grade of C within two attempts

Semester 5:

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

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

Suggested semester-by-semester plan

Semester 1Credits
MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (GE–M)4
CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1 (GE–P)3
CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (GE–P)1
Composition (GE–C)3
Humanities (GE–H)3
Total 14
Semester 2Credits
MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 (GE–M)4
Biological Sciences (GE–B)3
ENC 2210 Technical Writing (GE–C) * or
ENC 3254 Professional Writing in the Discipline (GE–C)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE–S)3
Total 13
Semester 3 Credits
MAC 2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3 (GE–M)4
PHY 2048 Physics with Calculus 1 (GE–P)3
PHY 2048L Laboratory for PHY 2048 (GE–P)1
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE–S)3
Humanities (GE–H)3
Total 14
Semester 4 Credits
MAP 2302 Elementary Differential Equations3
PHY 2049 Physics with Calculus 2 (GE–P)3
PHY 2049L Laboratory for PHY 2049 (GE–P)1
Humanities (GE–H)3
CGS 2425 Computer Programming for Engineers2
Total 12
Semester 5 Credits
ENU 4001 Nuclear Engineering Analysis 1 **4
ENU 4144 Nuclear Plant Reactor Systems 1 **3
ENU 4605 Radiation Interactions and Sources 1 **3
EML 3100 Thermodynamics3
ENU 4934 Fundamentals of Nuclear and Radiological Engineering **1
Total 14
Semester 6 Credits
ENU 4606 Radiation Interactions and Sources 2 **3
EEL 3303L Electrical Circuits Laboratory1
EEL 3003 Elements of Electrical Engineering or
EEL 3111C Circuits 1
EML 4140 Heat Transfer3
ENU 4103 Reactor Analysis and Computation 1 - Statics **3
EGN 4034 Professional Ethics1
Total 14
Semester 7 Credits
STA 3032 Engineering Statistics3
EMA 3010 Materials3
Technical elective in design3
Total 9
Semester 8Credits
ENU 4104 Reactor Analysis and Computation 2 - Dynamics **3
ENU 4612L Radiation Detection and Instrumentation Systems Laboratory **1
ENU 4630 Fundamental Aspects of Radiation Shielding **3
ENU 4134 Thermodynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer in Nuclear Systems **4
ENU 4612 Radiation Detection and Instrumentation Systems **3
Total 14
Semester 9 Credits
ENU 4145 Risk Assessment for Radiation Systems **3
ENU 4505L Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Laboratory 1 **3
ENU 4192 Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Design 1 **4
ENU 4641C Applied Radiation Protection **2
Total 12
Semester 10Credits
Technical elective in design 3
Specialty area elective ††6
Total 9

* Complete ENC 2210 with a C or better.

** All nuclear engineering and nuclear engineering sciences majors must pass all required undergraduate department courses with an overall C average.

All electives must be approved by a department adviser. At least three credits of the engineering science and design or technical electives must include non-required 4000/5000-level ENU courses.

†† Six elective credits will comprise an engineering specialty: materials, electrical circuits, electronics, thermodynamics, heat and mass flow, computer sciences, engineering sciences, environmental engineering or bio- engineering. A recommended computer science sequence would be COP 3530 and either CAP 4700 or CAP 4410. Specialty area electives must be approved by a department adviser.