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Nuclear Engineering Technology Associate Degree Program Overview

The Nuclear Engineering Technology (NET) Associate of Science Degree program, taught in conjunction with Alexandria Technical and Community College, is designed for Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who are interested in Nuclear Engineering. The NET program meta major is designed to provide to students who have completed Navy Basic Nuclear Power School a math and science focused education that encompasses the complete Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). The MnTC core curriculum fulfills all lower division liberal arts and science requirements within most Bachelor of Science degree programs within and outside of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. The Nuclear Engineering Technology program is intended to capitalize on previous college course work, military nuclear energy training, and other experiences to support successful student transfer into a Nuclear Energy Engineering Bachelor of Science degree or related engineering technology programs of study. This program is additionally available to students outside the Nuclear Power School and will provide preparation necessary to enroll in general Applied Engineering, Engineering Technology, and related B.S. or B.A.S. university programs. 
 
Every associate degree program offered by the USNCC includes the five-course Naval Studies Certificate which provides a naval-relevant foundation to your lifelong educational journey. This is what sets the USNCC associate degree program apart from any other degree program available to you.
 
In addition to the Naval Studies Certificate, you will also earn an Undergraduate Certificate in Nuclear Engineering Fundamentals, which is a seven-course program providing the foundational science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) knowledge needed to successfully achieve an associate or bachelor’s degree in applied engineering. This professionally-relevant certificate helps set you apart as meeting required pre-requisite competencies in the hard sciences sought by bachelors of applied engineering technology programs.
 
Finally, you will complete the general education requirements that round out your critical thinking and communication skills and ensure your degree is transferable to a four-year degree program. This program ensures you have an established pathway to a bachelor’s degree with little to no loss in credit. While the USNCC will not pay for your courses beyond the associate degree program in Nuclear Engineering Technology, it will have provided you a quality foundation in your educational journey, which you can use your tuition assistance benefits, GI Bill, or other funding opportunities to continue.

Nuclear Engineering Technology Associate Degree Partner Institution

The USNCC Nuclear Engineering Technology associate degree is completed through Alexandria Technical and Community College, who is the degree grantor for this program. Alexandria Technical and Community College was selected for this program because of their military friendliness, quality education program, expertise in the field, and established pathway to a four-year degree program with little to no loss of credit.
 
As a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Alexandria Technical and Community College is committed to the success of their students and to diversity, equity, and inclusion. They work innovatively on behalf of their students, their college, and their community. ATCC provides services and programs for service members and veterans including credit for military training and a dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military service members, and their families.

ATCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Nuclear Engineering Technology Associate Degree Program Description

In addition to the Naval Studies Certificate and general education requirements, the Nuclear Engineering Technology AS degree develops your knowledge and expertise in science, technology, engineering and math fields and is designed to support your success in the workplace and while pursuing a related bachelor’s degree program.
 
The Associate of Science in Nuclear Engineering Technology (NET) program prepares students with the foundational STEM knowledge needed to pursue a bachelor's of science degree in Engineering Technology or related engineering disciplines. The NET program meta major is designed to provide to students who have completed Navy Basic Nuclear Power School a math and science focused education that encompasses the complete Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). The MnTC core curriculum fulfills all lower division liberal arts and science requirements within most Bachelor of Science degree programs within and outside of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. The Nuclear Engineering Technology program is intended to capitalize on previous college course work, military nuclear energy training, and other experiences to support successful student transfer into a Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology Bachelor's of Science degree or related engineering program of study. This program is additionally available to students outside the Nuclear Power School and will provide preparation necessary to enroll in general Applied Engineering, Engineering Technology, and related B.S. or B.A.S. university programs. 

Nuclear Engineering Technology Associate Degree Outcomes

1. Demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills by practicing scientific and mathematical methods of inquiry; objectively utilize information from charts, graphs, and figures to analyze, discern, infer results, outcomes, or solutions when applied to real world situations. 
 
2. Exhibit proficiency in written and oral communication necessary to work successfully in team work environments. 
 
3. Demonstrate information literacy, effectively and precisely convey ideas, and cite sources in assignments and projects. Students will recognize biases, assumptions and limitations found in relevant literature.
 
4. Recognize diversity in human experiences and develop a disposition of inclusion, equity, and civic engagement by demonstrating the ability to separate fact, misinformation, inference, and opinion when examining historical, cultural, economic, sociological, philosophical, or psychological situations.
 
5. Be academically prepared and demonstrate habits of mind needed for success in a related bachelor’s degree program.    
 

Nuclear Engineering Technology Associate Degree Program Requirements

To be eligible for this program, you must meet the following criteria:
  • Active duty enlisted Sailor, Marine, Coast Guardsman, or Coast Guard Reservist
  • High school diploma or equivalent

Nuclear Engineering Technology Associate Degree Program Plan

NAV101 Naval Ethics and Leadership 3 Credits
NAV102 Modern Naval History 3 Credits
NAV103 Naval Force Design 3 Credits
NAV104 Military/Civilian Organization and Policies 3 Credits
NAV105 Introduction to the Geopolitical Environment 3 Credits
General Education
ENGL1410 Composition I 3 Credits
ENGL1420 Composition II 3 Credits
COMM1437 Intercultural Communication 3 Credits
MATH1425 Pre-Calculus 4 Credits
ENGL1495 Environmental Literature 3 Credits
Nuclear Engineering Fundamentals Technical Core
MATH1426 Calculus I 4 Credits
MATH2232 Calculus II 4 Credits
MATH1447 Introduction to Statistics 4 Credits
PHYS1081 Engineering Physics I with Lab 4 Credits
PHYS1082 Engineering Physics II with Lab 4 Credits
CHEM1500 General Chemistry with Lab 4 Credits
MFGT2552 Programmable Logic Controls 4 Credits
NUCPXXXX Nuclear Technical Elective 4 Credits
Total: 63 Credits

Nuclear Engineering Technology Associate Degree Math Intensity

High

Nuclear Engineering Technology Associate Degree Learning Environment

All of the courses for the Nuclear Engineering Technology associate degree are offered online and asynchronously, both via the USNCC for the Naval Studies Certificate and through Alexandria Technical and Community College for the rest of the degree program. This means that, as long as you have access to the internet, you are able to take these courses on your schedule, wherever you are in the world. Whether you are stationed on a ship in Norfolk, conducting field exercises in Okinawa, patrolling in a cutter the coasts of Alaska, or providing security or logistical support out of Bahrain, you are able to use your off-duty hours to further your education through the USNCC. Since these courses are offered asynchronously, this means you will not be required to log on to specific meetings at specific times throughout the week. You will be assigned due dates for your assignments; as long as you can post by those deadlines, you will meet attendance requirements.

Nuclear Engineering Technology Associate Degree Ideal Rating/MOS Candidates

While there is no requirement at this time to be a part of any rating or MOS community, this program was designed primarily with the following community in mind:
Navy
EMN
ETN
MMN
The Nuclear Engineering Technology associate degree is a specialized degree program that is designed to help Sailors who have completed the nuclear engineering pipeline and are looking to advance their educational goals and develop their critical thinking skills in the nuclear field.
Marine Corps
None
The Nuclear Engineering Technology associate degree is a specialized degree program that is designed to help Sailors who have completed the nuclear engineering pipeline and are looking to advance their educational goals and develop their critical thinking skills in the nuclear field.
Coast Guard
None
The Nuclear Engineering Technology associate degree is a specialized degree program that is designed to help Sailors who have completed the nuclear engineering pipeline and are looking to advance their educational goals and develop their critical thinking skills in the nuclear field.

Nuclear Engineering Technology Associate Degree Education Pathways

The Nuclear Engineering Technology associate degree program transfers seamlessly to the Thomas Edison State University's ABET-accredited Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology Bachelor of Science degree program.

The Bachelor of Science degree with an area of study in Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology emphasizes the practical application of engineering principles as they impact nuclear power generation. The 120-credit program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to perform competently in reactor operations, quality assurance, instrumentation and control technology and other related areas. Additionally, the BS degree with an area of study in Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology addresses career pathways in the engineering function and thus supports the ability to obtain a professional engineering license. 

Nuclear Engineering Technology Associate Degree Career Opportunities

In addition to improving your capabilities as an enlisted leader in the core career fields listed above, the NET associate degree also sets you up for success in the following career fields after you finish your service in the military, whether it is after four years or 34 years:
  • Engineering Technologists and Technicians, Except Drafters
  • Non-Destructive Testing Specialists
  • Photonics Technicians
  • Nuclear Monitoring Technicians
  • Nuclear Power Reactor Operators

Contact Information

To find out more about this program and how to apply, contact our enrollment office at info@usncc.edu.
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