Nuclear Science is a prominent and expanding field, especially in the state and region. The proximity of the Savannah River Site, the development of the MOX facility, the expansion of the Plant Vogtle facility, and the importance of radionuclides in medical physics each represent some of the various rewarding career opportunities for graduates with nuclear science experience. Nuclear science 4-year degree programs are not common, and graduates will have knowledge and skills to set them apart from others. Nuclear workers have a high-value skill set in an expanding field.
Students that graduate with a nuclear science degree can find themselves in some of the following career opportunities:
Successful chemistry and physics majors develop strong problem-solving skills and are interested in learning how the world around them works. Many chemistry and physics majors find great satisfaction with the laboratory work including manipulation of materials and operating analytical instruments. In the nuclear science laboratory, students will gain hands-on experience with a variety of radiation detectors and electronics supporting them.
The nuclear track is open to both Chemistry and Physics majors. The track consists of 3 nuclear courses as a part of a comprehensive curriculum, with the course title being CHEM or PHYS depending on the major. CHEM3000 or PHYS3000: “Introduction to Nuclear Science”; CHEM 3010 or PHYS3010: “Introduction to Nuclear Measurements”; CHEM 3020 or PHYS3020: “Applications of Nuclear Science”. A new nuclear science lab has been created which will allow students to gain access and experience with radiation detection and measurements which are applicable to both research and industry endeavors.
Students currently on Nuclear Science Scholarships (up to $3,300 per semester)
Students since 2013 have had internship opportunities at SRNL every summer
New workers will be needed in the nuclear industry in our region in the next 5 years