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  • Nuclear and Radiological Sciences

    This degree emphasizes the nuclear sciences rather than nuclear engineering. Students pursue a pre-medical emphasis or a pre-medical physics emphasis. Any student pursuing this degree must have a selected program, including option area electives, approved in advance by an advisor.

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

    Diverse opportunities await graduates of the Department of Nuclear and Radiological Engineering (NRE) because nuclear sciences have and will continue to make major contributions to electricity production, medical diagnostic imaging and therapy, non-destructive testing as well as radiation detection and measurement. These opportunities will continue to grow as we face more challenges in energy production and medicine. For the last three decades, the nuclear industry has contributed over 20% of our country’s electricity production, and major advances continue to be made in the development of radiation diagnostics and treatment for medical and industrial applications.

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    Pre-Medical Emphasis

    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    Critical Tracking

    Note that critical tracking is the same for both emphases.

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • Complete 1 of 8 critical-tracking courses with a minimum grade of C within two attempts: BSC 2010, CHM 2045 or CHM 2095, MAC 2311, MAC 2312, MAC 2313, MAP 2302, PHY 2048, PHY 2049
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course with a minimum grade of C within two attempts
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • Complete all 8 critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C in each course within two attempts
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required
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    Model Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. Students are required to complete IUF 1000 The Good Life (GE-H) in semester 1 or 2. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements. This is often done concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H or S).

    This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

    Semester 1 Credits
    BSC 2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1
    State Core GE-B/P
    3
    BSC 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology 1 Laboratory 1
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1 (GE-B/P) or
    CHM 2095 Chemistry for Engineers 1
    3
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
    GE-P
    1
    MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1
    State Core GE-M
    4
    Composition
    State Core GE-C; WR
    3
    Total 15
    Semester 2 Credits
    BSC 2011 Integrated Principles of Biology 2
    GE-B
    3
    BSC 2011L Integrated Principles of Biology 2 Laboratory
    GE-B
    1
    CHM 2046 General Chemistry 2 (GE-P) or
    CHM 2096 Chemistry for Engineers 2
    3
    CHM 2046L General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
    GE-P
    1
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    3
    MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2
    GE-M
    4
    Total 15
    Semester 3 Credits
    ENC 3246 Professional Communication for Engineers
    GE-C; WR; minimum grade of C required
    ​3
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H
    3
    Total 6
    Semester 4 Credits
    CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry 1 3
    MAC 2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3 4
    PHY 2048 Physics with Calculus 1 3
    PHY 2048L Physics with Calculus 1 Laboratory
    GE-P
    1
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    State Core GE-S
    3
    Total 14
    Semester 5 Credits
    CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry 2 3
    CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory 2
    COP 2271 Computer Programming for Engineers 2
    MAP 2302 Elementary Differential Equations 3
    PHY 2049 Physics with Calculus 2 3
    PHY 2049L Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 2
    1
    Total 14
    Semester 6 Credits
    BCH 4024 Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 4
    ENU 4001 Nuclear Engineering Analysis 1
    4
    ENU 4605 Radiation Interactions and Sources 1
    4
    ENU 4934 Fundamentals of Nuclear and Radiological Engineering
    Seminar
    1
    Total 13
    Semester 7 Credits
    APK 2100C Applied Human Anatomy with Laboratory 4
    EEL 3003 Elements of Electrical Engineering 3
    EGN 4034 Professional Ethics 1
    PHY 3101 Introduction to Modern Physics 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) or
    Humanities (GE-H)
    3
    Total 14
    Semester 8 Credits
    STA 3032 Engineering Statistics 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    GE-S
    3
    Total 6
    Semester 9 Credits
    APK 2105C Applied Human Physiology with Laboratory 4
    ENU 4612C Radiation Detection and Instrumentation Systems 3
    ENU 4612L Radiation Detection and Instrumentation Systems Laboratory 1
    ENU 4630 Fundamental Aspects of Radiation Shielding 3
    Engineering elective 3
    Total 14
    Semester 10 Credits
    ENU 4145 Risk Assessment for Radiation Systems 3
    ENU 4641C Applied Radiation Protection 2
    Engineering elective 3
    Pre-med electives 6
    Total 14

    All nuclear engineering and nuclear engineering sciences majors must pass all required undergraduate department courses with an overall C average.

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    Engineering Electives

    All technical engineering electives must be approved by a department advisor. At least five credits of technical engineering electives must be ENU courses. Examples include courses in nuclear engineering, engineering materials, thermodynamics, statics, dynamics, and advanced programming.

    Examples of Pre-Medical Electives
    PCB 3063 Genetics (4) or AGR 3303 Genetics (3)
    PCB 4723C Physiology and Molecular Biology of Animals (5)
    PCB 5235 Immunology (3)

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    Pre-Medical Physics Emphasis

    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    Critical Tracking

    Note that critical tracking is the same for both emphases.

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • Complete 1 of 8 critical-tracking courses with a minimum grade of C within two attempts: BSC 2010, CHM 2045 or CHM 2095, MAC 2311, MAC 2312, MAC 2313, MAP 2302, PHY 2048, PHY 2049
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course with a minimum grade of C within two attempts
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • Complete all 8 critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C in each course within two attempts
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required
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    Model Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

    This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

    Semester 1 Credits
    BSC 2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1
    State Core GE-B/P
    3
    BSC 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology 1 Laboratory 1
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1 (GE-P) or
    CHM 2095 Chemistry for Engineers 1
    3
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
    GE-P
    1
    MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1
    State Core GE-M
    4
    Composition
    State Core GE-C; WR
    3
    Total 15
    Semester 2 Credits
    CHM 2046 General Chemistry 2 (GE-P) or
    CHM 2096 Chemistry for Engineers 2
    3
    CHM 2046L General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
    GE-P
    1
    ENC 3246 Professional Communication for Engineers
    GE-C; minimum grade of C required
    3
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    3​
    MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2
    GE-M
    4
    Total 14
    Semester 3 Credits
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H
    3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    State Core GE-S
    ​3
    Total 6
    Semester 4 Credits
    MAC 2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3
    GE-M
    4
    PHY 2048 Physics with Calculus 1 3
    PHY 2048L Physics with Calculus 1 Laboratory
    GE-P
    1
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    GE-S
    6
    Total 14
    Semester 5 Credits
    COP 2271 Computer Programming for Engineers 2
    MAP 2302 Elementary Differential Equations 3
    PHY 2049 Physics with Calculus 2 3
    PHY 2049L Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 2
    1
    STA 3032 Engineering Statistics 3
    Total 12
    Semester 6 Credits
    ENU 4001 Nuclear Engineering Analysis 1
    4
    ENU 4605 Radiation Interactions and Sources 1
    4
    ENU 4934 Fundamentals of Nuclear and Radiological Engineering
    Seminar
    1
    PHY 3101 Introduction to Modern Physics or
    PHY 3063 Enriched Modern Physics
    3
    PHY 3323 Electromagnetism 1 3
    Total 15
    Semester 7 Credits
    APK 2100C Applied Human Anatomy with Laboratory 4
    EEL 3003 Elements of Electrical Engineering 3
    EGN 4034 Professional Ethics 1
    PHY 4424 Optics 1 3
    Physics elective 3
    Total 14
    Semester 8 Credits
    Engineering electives 6
    Total 6
    Semester 9 Credits
    APK 2105C Applied Human Physiology with Laboratory 4
    ENU 4612C Radiation Detection and Instrumentation Systems 3
    ENU 4612L Radiation Detection and Instrumentation Systems Laboratory 1
    ENU 4630 Fundamental Aspects of Radiation Shielding 3
    ENU 4905 Special Problems in Nuclear and Radiological Engineering
    Individual Work
    1
    PHY 4604 Introductory Quantum Mechanics 1 3
    Total 15
    Semester 10 Credits
    ENU 4145 Risk Assessment for Radiation Systems 3
    ENU 4641C Applied Radiation Protection 2
    Engineering electives 6
    Physics elective 3
    Total 14

    All nuclear engineering and nuclear engineering sciences majors must pass all required undergraduate department courses with an overall C average.

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    Engineering Electives

    All technical engineering electives must be approved by a department advisor. At least five credits of the technical engineering electives must be ENU courses. Examples include courses in nuclear engineering, engineering materials, thermodynamics, statics, dynamics, and advanced programming.

    Examples of Pre-Medical Physics Electives
    ENU 5626 Radiation Biology (3)
    ENU 5658 Image Analysis with Medical Physics Applications (3)

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    Related Nuclear Engineering and Science Programs

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