OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

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Nuclear Engineering Program

Wade Marcum working on HMFTF

Peaceful use of the atom

Overview

Nuclear engineering focuses on enabling the peaceful use of the atom to provide electricity, process heat and products that utilize radiation and radioactive materials.  Within the Department there are numerous opportunities for students to gain practical knowledge and experience in many areas of the field.  Research, development and testing are the hallmarks of our Ph.D., M.S. and M.Eng. programs and undergraduate students often become involved in the research activities conducted by our faculty and graduate students. At Oregon State you can experience nuclear engineering like nowhere else in the World as our large-scale test facilities, renowned faculty, and small department size make the NERHP a unique and rewarding experience. The program is accredited by ABET, view our accreditation information.

Program highlights

  • A nationally ranked graduate program by U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate Programs. (Currently the #10 Nuclear Engineering Grad Program )
  • We are the birthplace of NuScale Power Inc. the small modular reactor design company based in Corvallis. Many of our students intern with NuScale and find employment with them after graduation.
  • Our Gen IV nuclear power technology has received national attention with the installation of the High Temperature Test Facility
  • We are one of a handful of universities with an on-site research reactor and offer opportunities for highly qualified graduate and undergraduate students to become certified by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission as reactor operators and to gain reactor research experience.
Academics and Admission 

We offer bachelor’smaster's, and doctoral degrees in nuclear engineering.  Each degree level has a different set of admission requirements. 

The undergraduate or bachelor's program is broken into two sections: pre-engineering (2 years) and pro-engineering (2 years).  Please review the undergraduate admission requirements and contact the head undergraduate advisor, Joan Stueve, with any questions. 

Admission to a graduate program requires applicants to meet high standards set by the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics and the OSU Graduate School.

 

Research Areas at Oregon State