Student in Nuclear Science

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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. 

What can I do with a Nuclear Science Degree?


Students that graduate with a nuclear science degree can find themselves in some of the following career opportunities: 

  • Government Opportunities
  • Graduate School 
  • Nuclear Engineering 
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Nuclear Power 
  • Radiation Protection 



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 instrumentsIn the nuclear science laboratory, students will gain hands-on experience with a variety of radiation detectors and electronics supporting them. 


Degree Offerings

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.

Major in Physics- Nuclear Science

Degree Requirements

Major in Chemistry- Nuclear Science

Degree Requirements


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

Your Learning Experience at Augusta University

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Augusta University is one of the few institutions that offers chemistry and physics majors the opportunity to participate in a Nuclear Science track. 

Undergraduate Research

The Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS) supports faculty-led research and scholarly activity with undergraduates at Augusta University in a variety of ways including: 

  • Faculty and student development activities
  • Sponsoring the monthly student research brown bag seminars
  • Assessing the impact of student research on campus and by offering student research grants


The department offers many students the opportunity to work as paid assistants in our introductory lab courses. These students work alongside our faculty helping students and preparing labs. In addition, many of our students work as tutors in the department's Student Tutor Center.