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Nuclear, Plasma & Radiological Engineering

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What is Nuclear, Plasma & Radiological Engineering?

This major focuses on the development and use of nuclear energy and radiation sources for a wide variety of applications in energy production, materials processing, and science, and for biomedical and industrial uses. Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering may be for you if you have an interest in current and developing fission and fusion technology, ensuring homeland security through detection technology, the big picture of energy production and consumption, radiological technology, risk assessment and analysis, and making computers, cell phones, and game consoles better, cheaper, and faster.

Career Options

  • Controls & control systems
  • Energy policy & security
  • Fusion energy
  • Government & state regulations
  • Health physics
  • Materials performance & processing
  • Medical diagnostics & therapy
  • Microelectronics
  • Nuclear & medical instrumentation
  • Power plant design, supervision operations, & safety
  • Waste management

Post-Graduation Success1

91% employed or continuing education

56% employed after graduation

35% attending graduate school

$62,573 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Exelon, Exelon Generation, Entergy

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of California, Berkeley

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

30 - 34 ACT Score

1400 - 1490 SAT Score

3.55 - 3.95 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,040
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,008
  • Total: $36,016

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $33,610
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,348
  • Total: $52,926

International

  • Tuition: $38,828
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,348
  • Total: $58,144
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