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Nuclear Engineering Program

In September of 2002 South Carolina State University (SC State University) in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UWM) received approval by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education to offer a Bachelors of Science Degree in Nuclear Engineering. This agreement was unique in its approach and the first of its kind right at the beginning of the nuclear renaissance. This agreement was initiated because of the need to expand the inclusion of minorities in all levels of nuclear energy, research, development, and production. Currently, the Nuclear Engineering Program (NEP) is in partnership with both North Carolina State University (NC State) and the UWM. Under these agreements, students in the nuclear engineering program complete the second half of their senior year at either the UWM or NC State University in order to meet all requirements to obtain the Bachelors of Science Degree in Nuclear Engineering (conferred by SC State University).

The program began with five (5) students and grew to over 45 students (at present). As of May 2019, the NEP has awarded 76 Bachelor of Science degrees in Nuclear Engineering. It is the only Undergraduate Nuclear Engineering program in the state of South Carolina, and it is the only Nuclear Engineering program at an HBCU. The SC State Nuclear Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. http://www.abet.org

The SC State Nuclear Engineering Program has attracted and retains a permanent and highly qualified faculty capable of teaching all of the Nuclear Engineering courses offered at SC State and our partnering institutions (UWM & NC State). The program has a permanent core faculty consisting of three Ph.Ds. The faculty brings over 50 years of combined teaching, training, and industrial experience.

o     The SC State Nuclear Engineering Program constructed and operates a highly acclaimed, state-of-the-art Radiation Science teaching laboratory.

o     The SC State Nuclear Engineering Program constructed a state-of-the-art Environmental Radiochemistry laboratory.

o     The SC State Nuclear Engineering Program has formed partnerships with industry and federal agencies for scholarships and research support.

o     The Nuclear Engineering Program attracts distinguished and prominent guest nuclear engineers, including two presidents of the American Nuclear Society and an Under-secretary and Associate Deputy Secretary of the Department of Energy, and a Commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

o     The SC State Nuclear Engineering Program has established recognized outreach programs (Summer Nuclear ScienceInstitutes) for high school students and guidance counselors in the Southeast region. The success of this program recruited top students to SC State within STEM and other disciplines. To date we have had over 100 student participants in the Institutes.

Nuclear Engineering Curriculum

Nuclear Engineering Program Enrollment and Graduation Data
Degrees Awarded
Fall 2009
Fall 2010
Fall 2011
Fall 2012
Fall 2013
Fall 2014
Fall 2015
Fall 2016
Fall 2017
Fall 2018

Nuclear Engineering Program Mission

The mission of the Nuclear Engineering program which supports the mission of the University and the College is to produce engineers who are highly skilled, competent and well prepared in the fields of Nuclear and Radiological Engineering, to enter professional careers in the public and private sectors and pursue degrees beyond the baccalaureate level in professional or graduate school.

Program Educational Objectives

•     To educate nuclear engineers who are highly sought after in nuclear and related fields.

•     To educate nuclear engineers who can obtain graduate degrees.

•     To train graduates who have the communication and problem solving skills to succeed as professionals in any environment (as individuals in groups or in leadership positions).

•     To produce graduates who are aware of the impact of their activities as engineers in the realm of ethical, environmental, societal, legal and global concerns.

Student Outcomes

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies