Daniel Kwak (left), NERS Undergraduate Student, and Chuanfei Dong (Right), AOSS PhD Student, run a lab experiment in NERS 575: Plasma Generation and Diagnostics Laboratory, in which they ionize nitrogen gas at varying levels to understand how the plasma reacts and what the results mean. Photo: Joseph XuThe NERS undergraduate program lays a firm foundation in both mathematics and basic sciences. As a result, students spend most of the first four semesters developing a broad background in physics, math, chemistry, computing and engineering principles before delving into nuclear engineering courses in their junior and senior years. They develop special expertise in atomic and nuclear physics, nuclear processes and the interactions between matter and radiation.

Students learn to apply this knowledge to identify and solve engineering problems and conduct engineering experiments. This includes developing systems, processes and components for nuclear or radiological applications, with a close eye on radiation safety and environmental protection.

In addition to nuclear engineering and radiological concepts, students use modern tools and techniques and work in multidisciplinary teams that reflect real-world engineering projects. They also engage with the environmental, social, political and ethical aspects of the field.


The Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Bachelor of Science in Engineering program is ABET accredited. ABET, formerly known as the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, uses a system of peer review to ensure high quality standards in engineering education. Licensed Professional Engineers must hold a degree from an ABET-accredited program.

Because of ABET accreditation and international accords, NERS BSE degrees awarded by the University of Michigan are recognized around the US and around the world. For more detailed information on our program, please see the Undergraduate Program Planning Guide, while our course standards can be found in the Course Outcomes and Objectives.