Nuclear Science and Engineering Minor

A student majoring in most fields of engineering and science should have the necessary technical and mathematics background to pursue a minor in the Nuclear Science and Engineering area of specialization. Students who take the Nuclear Science and Engineering minor will open up additional avenues for employment and career growth in nuclear industry jobs related to lifecycle management of nuclear fuel, safe and economical operation of nuclear power plants, design of new facilities, radiation protection and control, nuclear non-proliferation and security, and the industrial and medical application of nuclear technology.

The Nuclear Science and Engineering minor consists of 18 credits of approved course work. Three core courses are required of all majors and they form the basis of the nuclear science and engineering focus. The core courses from the nuclear minor may also satisfy technical electives requirements of the major program. Completion of the minor allows the student to receive recognition of this accomplishment on their degree certificate.

Nuclear Science and Engineering Core (9 credits)

  • ENGY.3310 Fundamentals of Nuclear Science and Engineering (sophomore)  
  • ENGY.4350 Nuclear Reactor Engineering (junior)      
  • ENGY.4320 Nuclear Systems Design and Analysis (senior, project course)

The core sequence provides an overview of pertinent topics in fundamental nuclear physics, nuclear reactor theory and shielding, health physics concepts, heat generation and removal in a nuclear reactor, power conversion, and overall system integration and safety. They also highlight several concepts related to the operation and integration of the various systems needed in any nuclear reactor facility.

Nuclear Science and Engineering Electives (9 credits)

Additional three courses required for the nuclear minor enable students to focus on the broader science and engineering needs of nuclear technology. These courses come directly from the existing science and engineering programs at UMass Lowell. Select courses are listed below.

Nuclear Science & Engineering Focused

  • ENGY.5100 Nuclear Fuel Cycles
  • ENGY.5340 Fund. of Nuclear Security & Safeguards
  • ENGY.5360 Reactor Experiments
  • RADI.5010L Radiation Safety and Control I
  • RADI.5060 Nuclear Instrumentation
  • RADI.5240/5340 Environmental Health Physics / Internal Radiation Dosimetry and Bioassay Assessment
  • RADI.5330 External Rad. Dosimetry & Shielding
  • RADI.5620 Radiation Biology
  • RADI.6050 Radiation Interactions and Transport


  • CHEN.3030 Fluid Mechanics
  • CHEN.3040 Heat Transfer
  • CHEN.3080 Materials Science & Engineering
  • CHEN.3110 Thermodynamics
  • EECE.5130 Control Systems
  • EECE.5140 Integrated Power Systems
  • EECE.5150 Power Electronics
  • MECH.2420 Thermodynamics
  • MECH.2960 Materials Science for Engineers
  • MECH.3020 Instrumentation and Measurement Lab
  • MECH.3220 Control of Mechanical Systems
  • MECH.4030 Thermo-Fluid Applications

Only courses in which a student earns a grade of C or better can be applied to the Nuclear Science and Engineering minor.

Courses transferred from other educational institutions can be applied to the Nuclear Science and Engineering minor, but at least three of the courses applied to the minor must be taken at UMass Lowell.

Students interested in the Nuclear Science and Engineering minor should meet with the Nuclear Engineering Program Director to plan a program that will best meet the student’s goals. To declare the minor, use a Declaration or Change of Minor form, and have it signed by the Nuclear Engineering Program Director.

For more information, contact Dr. Sukesh Aghara, Nuclear Engineering Program Director.