This program provides each student with a broad foundation in nuclear engineering at the graduate level. The unique combination of coursework and laboratory practice provides the student with the background for work involving the proliferation of nuclear weapons, nuclear detection, nuclear weapon effects, the nuclear fuel cycle, and nuclear power.
Program Educational Objectives
Our graduates, in their first (and subsequent) assignments within the military nuclear science and engineering career field, will be called upon to perform some or all of the following tasks. The educational objectives of the GNE program are that they will be able to perform these tasks successfully.
Students normally enter as a class in September and are scheduled to graduate in March after 18 months. The program is normally six quarters in length. Five quarters are devoted to coursework and one to thesis research. The research is normally conducted at AFIT. The first two quarters of work stress fundamentals: mathematics and physics. The next two quarters provide advanced courses in nuclear applications areas and prepare the student for thesis research in one of these areas. The fifth quarter is then devoted to independent research for the thesis. In the final quarter, the thesis is defended and revised as necessary, while final courses cover additional application areas.
Requirements in Nuclear Engineering
A student in this program is required to submit at least 48 graduate credit hours for the degree. These credit hours must include the following:
12 credit hours Independent Study
4 credit hours Mathematics at the 500 or higher level
12 credit hours Nuclear Engineering Core
12 credit hours Nuclear Applications Courses, two of which are considered a sequence
8 credits of the Nuclear Engineering Capstone