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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nuclear Engineering Major, BS in Nuclear Engineering

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uTrack Requirements (for students entering Fall 2013 or later)

Universal Tracking (uTrack) is an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA. uTrack requirements only affect full-time, degree-seeking students who first entered Fall 2013 or later. uTrack does not apply to transfer students who enter prior to Fall 2015.



The first two years of the curriculum are considered to be lower-division and the two remaining years upper-division. Students must apply for progression to departmental upper-division courses, which depends on academic performance. Factors considered include overall grade point average, performance in selected lower-division courses and evidence of orderly progression through the prescribed curriculum.

Full Status

A lower-division student may apply for progression to upper-division after completing CHEM 120 * or CHEM 128 *, CHEM 130 * or CHEM 138 *; MATH 141 * or MATH 147 *, MATH 142 * or MATH 148 *, MATH 231 ; EF 151 * or EF 157 *, EF 152 * or EF 158 *; and PHYS 231 *, with a grade of C or better in each, and an overall GPA of at least 2.5.

Provisional Status

Students who have completed CHEM 120 * or CHEM 128 *, CHEM 130 * or CHEM 138 *; MATH 141 * or MATH 147 *, MATH 142 * or MATH 148 *, MATH 231 ; EF 151 * or EF 157 *, EF 152 * or EF 158 *, and PHYS 231 * with a grade of C or better and have an overall GPA between 2.0 and 2.5 may apply for provisional status. The granting of provisional status is based on the availability of space in departmental programs after full status students have been accommodated. Provisional status students are required to demonstrate their ability to perform satisfactorily in upper-division by attaining a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the first 9 hours of 300-level required nuclear engineering courses. Award of upper-division full status is dependent upon this performance. Students who have not progressed to upper-division will be dropped from departmental courses.

Nuclear Engineering Graduation Requirements

Students are strongly recommended to meet with their advisor every semester. Students are required to maintain a cumulative grade point of at least 2.0 in all nuclear engineering courses taken at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, used to satisfy the graduation requirements. No more than four credit hours of required nuclear engineering courses in which a C- or lower is the highest grade earned may be counted toward graduation. This is in addition to the university’s graduation requirements.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering

Term 1 Hours Milestone Notes
CHEM 120 * or CHEM 128  4 MATH 130  or higher or one Arts and Humanities*, Cultures and Civilizations*, or Social Sciences* Elective
EF 105   1  
EF 151 * or EF 157  4  
ENGL 101 * or ENGL 118  3  
MATH 141 * or MATH 147  4  
Term 2
CHEM 130 * or CHEM 138  4 MATH 130  or higher
EF 152 * or EF 158  4  
ENGL 102  3  
MATH 142 * or MATH 148  4  
Term 3
ECON 201 * or ECON 207  4 EF 151 * or PHYS 135 
EF 230   2  
MATH 231  or MATH 237   3  
ME 202   2  
NE 200   2  
PHYS 231  3  
Term 4
1Arts and Humanities Elective * 3 EF 152 * or PHYS 136 
MATH 241  or MATH 247   4  
ME 331   3  
PHYS 232  4  
NE 233   3  
Term 5
1Cultures and Civilizations Elective * 3 CBE 201  or COSC 102  or ME 202  or MSE 201  
NE 342  or NE 347 , NE 362  or NE 367   6  
PHYS 341   3  
ECE 301   3  
Term 6
NE 351  or NE 357 , NE 401 *, NE 470   10 No milestones
MSE 201  or MSE 207   3  
1Social Sciences Elective * 3  
Term 7
ME 321   3 No milestones
NE 360 , NE 402 * or NE 427 *, NE 471   9  
2Technical Elective 3  
Term 8
1Arts and Humanities Elective * 3 No milestones
1Cultures and Civilizations Elective * 3  
NE 400 *, NE 406  or NE 467 , NE 472   7  
2Technical Elective 3  
TOTAL 126  
* Meets University General Education Requirement .
1 Chosen from the University General Education list .
2 Technical electives are selected from upper-division mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering courses and must be preapproved by the department. Courses in Nuclear Engineering, other than 500, 502 and 598, may also be used as technical electives.

Honors Program – Nuclear Engineering Major

In addition to satisfying the requirements described for the nuclear engineering major, candidates for the honors program in nuclear engineering must also complete the following requirements.

  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.4.
  • Four 100- or 200-level honors courses** (14 hours minimum, at least two courses must be from engineering fundamentals, physics, math, chemistry, or biology).
  • Complete two upper-division honors courses in nuclear engineering (NE 347 , NE 357 , NE 367 , NE 427 *, NE 447 , or NE 467 ).
  • Satisfy the breadth requirements for the Engineering Honors Program as shown on the Tickle College of Engineering website.
* Meets University General Education Requirement .
** While most students fulfill this requirement with 100- and 200-level courses, students may substitute upper level courses on approval of the Honors faculty.

Five-Year BS/MS Program – Nuclear Engineering Major

The department offers a Five-Year BS-MS program with a BS (major in nuclear engineering) and an MS (major in nuclear engineering) for qualified students. The primary component of the program is that qualified students may take up to 6 hours of approved graduate courses for their senior undergraduate electives and have them count toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Tennessee. This program is designed for students attending the University of Tennessee for their Master of Science degree because other universities may not accept these courses for graduate credit since they were used to satisfy requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree. Significant components of the program are:

  • Students must have an overall GPA of 3.4 in required coursework. Conditional admission to the five-year program may be granted after completion of 63 hours of required coursework, while full admission may be granted after the completion of 93 hours of required coursework with a minimum overall GPA of 3.4.

  • Students must at least be conditionally admitted to the program prior to taking graduate courses for both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. All courses taken for graduate credit must be approved by the director of graduate studies. Students admitted to the program must request permission from the Graduate School to take approved courses for graduate credit.

  • Students admitted to the program must also follow the normal procedure for admission to the Graduate School. Admission of students into this program must be approved by the department and the Graduate School. Students will not be eligible for assistantships until they are enrolled as graduate-level students in the Graduate School.

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