Program in Nuclear Engineering

Richard Christensen, Program Director (UI Idaho Falls, 1776 Science Center Dr., Idaho Falls, ID 83402; telephone 208/553-8102;; Faculty: Fatih Aydogan, Robert Hiromoto, Raghunath Kanakala, Haiyan Zhao, John Crepeau, Indrajit Charit, Batric Pesic, Gabriel Potrniche, Vivek Utgikar.

The world's growing need for energy requires a diversity of energy sources, including nuclear energy. Approximately 20% of the electricity used in the U.S. stems from nuclear power. As power plants continue to age there is a need to develop next-generation nuclear reactors and to educate future generations of nuclear scientists and engineers. The demand for nuclear engineers is projected to significantly outpace supply during the next decade. For more information please see our web page at

Admissions Requirements and Procedures. The minimum requirements to enter any of the graduate programs in nuclear engineering are: an undergraduate degree in engineering or closely related field from an ABET accredited U.S. program, does not include technical degrees; and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. GRE General Exam is recommended but not required for students with an undergraduate degree from a U.S. ABET accredited program. The GRE General Exam is required for all other applicants. TOEFL (minimum score: computer based 83, paper based, 560) is required for all students whose primary language is not English. All applicants are required to submit 3 letters of recommendation, a 1-2 page Statement of Career Objectives and a 1-2 page Curriculum Vitae/Resume. Applicants to the graduate programs are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the program’s Graduate Committee. Some applicants who have a baccalaureate degree in a field other than engineering may be required to complete certain undergraduate deficiency courses before they will be allowed to take graduate level courses.


See the course description section for courses in Nuclear Engineering (NE).