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UNDERGRADUATE : Course 22 Roadmaps

The purpose of this section is to answer a very common question:
 “So what exactly could you do with a bachelor’s degree from NSE?” 

To help with this we have designed course “roadmaps” that lay out various paths forward depending on student interest and plans after graduation. As we hope you will see, the department offers a wide and appealing variety of student outcomes. This is because NSE centers itself around the unique discipline of low-energy nuclear science, rather than just a single application. It is important to note that in addition to the specific outcomes described each roadmap provides strong preparation for a broad range of technical and non-technical careers.

Because NSE is a smaller department you will find a great deal of flexibility in arranging your courses through personal interactions with your NSE advisor, professors and the Undergraduate Chair.

An administrative note: These various roadmaps, including double majors, all lead to exactly the same SB in Nuclear Science and Engineering (also please see information on the Five-Year Program). In some cases we have suggested how electives could be used to pursue your area of interest while meeting SB requirements. In all cases consult with your advisor on your course path.

Please direct any questions to Undergraduate Chair, Professor Dennis Whyte (whyte@mit.edu) or Heather Barry (hbarry@mit.edu).


  • Basic NSE
  • Fission Energy
  • Fission Reactor Physics & Design
  • Fusion Energy
  • Plasmas & Fusion (NSE + Physics Double Major)
  • Medical Applications (also Preparation for Med School)
  • Quantum Engineering (NSE + Physics Double Major)
  • Nuclear Security & Policy (NSE + Political Science Double Major)
  • Nuclear Materials (NSE + MSE Double Major)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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