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2008-09 Undergraduate Catalog


Nuclear Engineering
College: Engineering
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering
Hours for the Degree: 129
Minor: Yes
Combined-Degree Program: Yes

Nuclear 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 laboratory with multiple terminals and PCs and interface capability to the college network and the main university computing facility, a particle transport and distributed computing laboratory 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

The Department of Nuclear and Radiological Engineering has established the following educational objectives for its undergraduate program:
  • Graduates will have successful careers in nuclear engineering and related disciplines;
  • Graduates will pursue continuing education or advanced degrees;
  • Graduates will communicate effectively and work collaboratively in nuclear engineering and related disciplines; and
  • Graduates will use the knowledge and skills obtained in their undergraduate education to practice high ethical professional standards in nuclear engineering and related disciplines.

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

Critical Tracking and Recommended Semester Plan

Semester 1:

  • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
  • 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking coursework for semesters 1-5
  • Complete 1 of 8 critical-tracking courses with a minimum grade of C within two attempts: CHM 2045, 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 appear in bold.

Recommended 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, WR)3
Humanities (GE-H)3
ENU 4934 Fundamentals of Nuclear and Radiological Engineering **1
Total 15
Semester 2Credits
MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 (GE-M)4
ENC 2210 Technical Writing (GE-C) * or
ENC 3254 Professional Writing in the Discipline (GE-C)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
PHY 2048 Physics with Calculus 1 (GE-P)3
PHY 2048L Laboratory for PHY 2048 (GE-P)1
Total 14
Semester 3Credits
MAC 2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3 (GE-M)4
PHY 2049 Physics with Calculus 2 (GE-P)3
PHY 2049L Laboratory for PHY 2049 (GE-P)1
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
Humanities (GE-H)3
Total 14
Semester 4Credits
MAP 2302 Elementary Differential Equations3
Approved Biological Science (GE-B)3
Humanities (GE-H)3
CGS 2425 Computer Programming for Engineers2
EGM 2511 Engineering Statics3
Total 14
Semester 5Credits
ENU 4001 Nuclear Engineering Analysis 1 ** /+4
ENU 4034 Professional Ethics1
ENU 4605 Radiation Interactions and Sources 1 ** /+3
EEL 3033 Elements of Electrical Engineering3
EEL 3303L Electrical Circuits Laboratory1
EML 3100 Thermodynamics 13
Total 15
Semester 6Credits
ENU 4606 Radiation Interactions and Sources 2 **3
ENU 4133 Reactor Thermal Hydraulics 13
EML 4140 Heat Transfer 13
ENU 4103 Reactor Analysis and Computation 1 - Statics **3
ENU 4144 Nuclear Plant Reactor Systems 1 ** 3
Total 15
Semester 7Credits
STA 3032 Engineering Statistics3
EMA 3010 Materials3
Total 6
Semester 8Credits
ENU 4104 Reactor Analysis and Computation 2 - Dynamics **3
ENU 4612C Radiation Detection and Instrumentation Systems4
ENU 4630 Fundamental Aspects of Radiation Shielding **3
ENU 4134 Reactor Thermal Hydraulics 23
ENU 4191 Elements of NRE Design **/*** +1
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 ** /*** +3
ENU 4641C Applied Radiation Protection **2
Technical elective ***3
Total 14
Semester 10Credits
Technical elective ***3
Technical elective ***3
Technical elective ***2
Total 8

* Complete ENC 2210 or ENC 3254 with a C or better.

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

*** All technical electives must be approved by a department adviser. At least five credits of technical electives must be ENU courses. Example ENU courses include

+ Minimum C grade requirement in ENU 4001, ENU 4191, ENU 4192 and ENU 4605.

ENU 4194 Control of Nuclear Reactors and Power Plants3
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
ENU 5658 Image Analysis with Medical Physics Applications3