1 Typical Training
1.1 College preparation
1.2 Undergraduate coursework
1.3 Naval Nuclear Power School
2 Professional Areas
2.1 Nuclear Fission
2.2 Nuclear Fusion and Plasma Physics
2.3 Nuclear Medicine and Medical Physics
2.4 Nuclear Materials and Nuclear Fuels
2.5 Radiation Measurements and Imaging
3 Nuclear engineering organizations
4 List of U.S. colleges offering nuclear engineering degrees 5 List of colleges in Canada offering nuclear engineering degrees 6 List of colleges in India offering nuclear engineering degrees 7 List of colleges in Pakistan offering nuclear engineering degrees 8 See also
9 External links
 Typical Training
The following is the typical coursework included in most U.S. nuclear engineering degree programs.
 College preparation
As with any engineering discipline, college preparation should include mathematics training through the beginnings of calculus, as well as introductory courses in physics and chemistry.
 Undergraduate coursework
Undergraduate coursework should begin with a foundation in mechanics and dynamics of particle motion, thermodynamics, introductory computer programming, college level physics and chemistry, and a rigorous training in mathematics through differential equations.
Midway through undergraduate training a nuclear engineer must choose a specialization within his or her field that he or she will further study. Further coursework in a nuclear engineering program includes but is not limited to fluid mechanics, reactor physics, quantum mechanics, thermal hydraulics, linear circuits, radiation effects, and neutron transport.
Specialization in fission includes the study of nuclear reactors, fission systems, and nuclear power plants, the primary teachings deal with neutronics and thermal-hydraulics for nuclear generated electricity. A firm foundation in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics in addition to hydrodynamics is a must.
Specialization in nuclear fusion includes electrodynamics and plasmas. This area is very much research oriented and training often terminates with a graduate level degree.
Specialization in nuclear medicine includes courses dealing with doses and absorption of radiation in bodily tissues. Those who get competency in this area usually move into the medical field. Many nuclear engineers in this specialization go on to become board licensed medical physicists or go to medical school and become a radiation oncologist. Research is also a common choice for graduates.
 Naval Nuclear Power School
The US Navy runs a program called Naval Nuclear Power School to train both officers and enlisted sailors for nuclear plant operation. While some officers have undergraduate backgrounds in nuclear engineering, any officers who take the requisite math and science classes are also accepted, whereas most of the enlisted students hold no college degrees at all. Despite this, they are prepared, through a rigorous training program (lasting between 65 weeks for Machinist's Mates and eighteen months for Electronics Technicians and Electrician's Mates), to operate the nuclear and steam plants aboard the navy's submarines and aircraft carriers. This training carries Department of Energy certification, and many...