Nuclear Engineering Minor

Opportunities in Nuclear Engineering

With a basic understanding of nuclear science, you will have many career opportunities.

  • Establish electrical energy systems such as advanced nuclear reactors needed by the United States and developing nations for economic security and growth.
  • Develop advanced radiation sources and detectors for use in scientific research as well as in precision manufacturing.
  • Contribute to national security through stewarding nuclear weapons and establishing engineering safeguards for nuclear systems.
  • Design radiation techniques to diagnose and combat cancer and other diseases.


The Undergraduate Minor in Nuclear Engineering is open to all undergraduate engineering majors. Coursework is a combination of Iowa State courses and course offerings from the Big 12 Engineering Consortium. We offer many of the classes online, and the minor currently features courses taught by Iowa State University (ISU), Kansas State University (KSU), Texas A&M University (TAMU), and the University of Texas (UTA).

Institutions participating in the consortium include
Baylor University
Iowa State University
Kansas State University
Oklahoma State University
Texas A&M University
Texas Tech University
University of Kansas
University of Missouri
University of Nebraska
University of Oklahoma
University of Texas

Minor Requirements


Must have five courses from the following:

Required course NUC E 401

Optional courses NUC E 402, NUC E 405, NUC E 410, NUC E 411, NUC E 441, NUC E 461 and NUC E 490

Enrollment Restrictions: NUC E 402, 405, 410, and 411 have restricted access. Students must have permission from the Nuclear Engineering Minor program director to enroll.

Coursework Road Map


Course descriptions

  • NUC E 401 [ISU] Nuclear Radiation Theory and Engineering (Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Phys 222, Math 266 or 267)
  • NUC E 402 [UTA] Nuclear Reactor Engineering (Cr. 3. S. Prereq: NUC E 401)
  • NUC E 405 [KSU] Radiation Protection and Shielding (Cr. 3. F. Prereq: NUC E 401)
  • NUC E 410 [KSU] Nuclear Reactor Theory (Cr. 3. F. Prereq: NUC E 401)
  • NUC E 411 [TAMU] Nuclear Reactor Analysis (Cr. 3. S. Prereq: NUC E 410)
  • NUC E 441 [ISU] Probabilistic Risk Assessment (Cr. 3. S. Prereq: STAT 305 or equivalent)
  • NUC E 461 [ISU] Radiation Detection, Measurement and Simulation (Cr.3 S. Prereq: NUC E 401)
  • NUC E 490 [ISU] Independent Study (Cr. 1-3 F.S. Prereq: NUC E 401)

How to Apply

To apply for the Undergraduate Minor in Nuclear Engineering, follow these steps:

  1. Complete the Request for Minor form available from the Iowa State University Registrar’s office.
  2. Obtain a signature from your academic adviser.
  3. Print and sign the Student Acknowledgement Form.
  4. Submit both forms to Dr. Greg Maxwell in 2012 Black Engineering.


We encourage you to consult either your undergraduate academic adviser or a member of the advisory committee for assistance during the application process. You can also contact Taylor Shire in 2025 Black Engineering if you have any questions.