Nuclear Engineering Certificate Program

Study Nuclear Engineering at WSU Tri-Cities

Safety & security in a new power model

Washington State University has developed a Nuclear Engineering emphasis within its College of Engineering and Architecture. The emphasis is comprised of specific courses as well as new modules for existing courses pertaining to basic nuclear science, engineering principles, and applications. In addition, nuclear safety, nuclear security, and nuclear environmental protection will be addressed. The availability of employment in the region’s extensive engineering enterprises with activities related to nuclear power production, nuclear waste treatment, nuclear fuel processing, and medical isotope production, has excited students to this discipline’s growing future. The recent national attention generated by news of potential new nuclear power and fuel business activities has added to the appeal of this program.

Why study Nuclear Engineering at WSU Tri-Cities?

The regional center for nuclear engineering employment is located near Richland, Washington; hence, the program will be led by resident and adjunct faculty at the Tri-Cities campus of Washington State University, located in Richland. The faculty at this location interact closely with local nuclear industry and government agencies associated with the U.S. government’s Hanford nuclear reservation. This includes the only operating commercial nuclear power reactor in the Northwestern United States (Columbia Generating Station, operated by Energy Northwest), as well as the largest nuclear waste treatment project in the nation, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. There is also a nuclear fuel vendor, Areva, and related businesses nearby including DOE’s contractors. At its main campus, WSU operates the Nuclear Radiation Center, which includes one of the dwindling number of University research reactors and is home to a unique radiochemistry program.


  • Engineer, Nuclear Engineer, Nuclear Reactor Engineer, Nuclear Licensing Engineer, Nuclear Design Engineer, System Engineer, Resident Inspector, Scientist, Criticality Safety Engineer, Generation Engineer

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