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Multidisciplinary Knowledge[]

To study Nuclear Engineering, a working knowledge of Introductory Physics, General Chemistry, Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Ordinary Differential Equations and Partial Differential Equations is assumed. In addition to the courses below in Nuclear Engineering, a nuclear engineering student also studies Engineering Mechanics, Mechanics of Materials, Material Science, Thermodynamics, Transport Phenomena, and Safety Engineering And Risk Assessment from the other engineering disciplines. A knowledge of programming (Matlab/Fortran or C++) and Numerical Methods is needed to apply what you learn to the real world.

Introductory Nuclear Engineering[]

  • Introduction to Nuclear Engineering by Lamarsh and Baratta
  • Introduction to Nuclear Concepts for Engineers by Robert M. Mayo
  • Fundamentals of Nuclear Science and Engineering by Shultis and Faw

Radiation Detection[]

  • Radiation Detection and Measurement by Knoll
  • Measurement and Detection of Radiation by Tsoulfanidis and Landsberger

Ionizing Radiation and Protection[]

  • Atoms, Radiation, and Radiation Protection by Turner
  • Fundamentals of Ionizing Radiation Dosimetry by Andreo, Burns, Nahum, Seuntjens, and Attix (updated version of Introduction to Radiological Physics and Radiation Dosimetry by Attix)
  • Health Physics and Radiological Health by Johnson and Birky


  • Nuclear Reactor Engineering: Vol. 1, Reactor Design Basics by Glasstone and Sesonske
  • Nuclear Reactor Engineering: Vol. 2, Reactor Systems Engineering by Glasstone and Sesonske 
  • Nuclear Reactor Analysis by Duderstadt and Hamilton 
  • Nuclear Systems Volume I: Thermal Hydraulic Fundamentals by Todreas and Kazimi
  • Nuclear Reactor: Physics and Engineering by Lee

Nuclear Science[]

Knowledge of Quantum Mechanics is required

  • Introductory Nuclear Physics by Krane
  • Nuclear Physics in a Nutshell by Bertulani
  • Introductory Nuclear Physics by Wong (Intermediate)
  • Theoretical Nuclear Physics (Dover) by Blatt and Weisskopf
  • Theoretical Nuclear And Subnuclear Physics by Walecka (Advanced)
  • Neutrons, Nuclei and Matter by Byrne

Special Topics[]

Controlled Nuclear Fusion[]

  • Fusion Research: Principles, Experiments and Technology by Dolan
  • Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion by Chen
  • Principles of Fusion Energy by Harms, Schoepf, Miley and Kingdon
  • Fusion: An Introduction to the Physics and Technology of Magnetic Confinement Fusion by Stacey
  • Inertial Confinement Fusion by Duderstadt and Moses
  • Controlled Thermonuclear Reactions: An Introduction to Theory and Experiment by Glasstone and Loveberg
  • Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy by Freidberg

Nuclear Weapon Effects[]

  • The Effects of Nuclear Weapons (1977) by Samuel Glasstone and Philip J. Dolan
  • Capabilities of Nuclear Weapons, U.S. Department of Defense manual EM-1 (1972-1978-1981, 1651 pages) Part 1: 'Phenomenology' and Part 2: 'Damage Criteria' by Philip J. Dolan (More detailed, formerly classified, version of EoNW above)
  • Handbook of Nuclear Weapon Effects: Calculational Tools Abstracted from DSWA's Effects Manual One (EM-1) (1996) by Northrop (736 page "summary" of the formulas from the 5500~ page long Capabilities of Nuclear Weapons: Effects Manual One (1985-91))
  • Introduction to the Physics of Nuclear Weapons Effects (2001) by Charles J Bridgman

Radioactive Waste[]

  • Radioactive Waste Management by Fentiman and Saling

History and General Literature[]

  • The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
  • Project Y: The Los Alamos Story. Part I: Toward Trinity. Part II: Beyond Trinity. by David Hawkins, Edith C. Truslow, Ralph C. Smith
  • Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety by Eric Schlosser
  • Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters: From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima by James Mahaffey
  • The Los Alamos Primer: The First Lectures on How To Build an Atomic Bomb by Robert Serber
  • Peace & War: Reminiscences of a Life on the Frontiers of Science by Robert Serber
  • The Road from Los Alamos by Hans A. Bethe (Essays on atomic weapons, nuclear power, arms control, scientists and science)
  • Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats by Kristen Iversen
  • Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters by Kate Brown
  • The Plutonium Files: America's Secret Medical Experiments in the Cold War by Eileen Welsome


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