October 21-25 marks National Nuclear Science Week, a “weeklong celebration to focus local, regional and national interests on all aspects of nuclear science.” Excelsior College will mark the positive contributions of the nuclear industry to the world’s energy needs.
The institution will also use this week to raise awareness of the educational opportunities offered by Excelsior for those pursuing a career in the nuclear field.
Excelsior College Degree Programs
Excelsior offers degrees at both the associate and bachelor-levels in nuclear engineering technology.
The Associate in Science in Nuclear Technology follows the Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program (NUCP), a framework for educating and developing operators and technicians for nuclear power plants. The program offers a direct route into the nuclear technology industry as a nuclear technician.
The Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering Technology is one of only three programs in the U.S. accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. The program offers graduates marketable skills and expertise in a variety of topic areas, including plant systems and reactor cores, nuclear materials, atomic and nuclear physics and applied thermodynamics and heat transfer. The required courses are taught largely by nuclear industry experts. This program also offers the student to transfer in credit from other regionally-accredited schools and colleges; military experience (especially Navy Nuclear Power School and Prototype), and INPO plant training.
In early 2013, Excelsior announced a partnership with the Regional Center for Nuclear Education and Training (RCNET), a consortium of 37 community colleges that follow NUCP, aimed at developing the next generation of nuclear industry leaders.
Under the educational agreement, graduates of the associate degree programs at any of the 37 community colleges that make up RCNET, will be able to pursue, at a reduced cost, a bachelor’s degree from Excelsior’s accredited program in nuclear engineering technology or other technical areas. A four-year degree is widely considered preferred path for leadership positions within most nuclear facilities.
Excelsior also offers students an opportunity to pursue technology degrees at both the AS or BS-levels with concentrations in the nuclear field.
American Nuclear Society-Student Section
In addition to the degree programs, Excelsior is home to the only American Nuclear Society (ANS) Student Section hosted by a distance learning institution. The purpose of the section is to promote the advancement of science and engineering relating to nuclear and allied sciences and arts through affiliation with an international organization of nuclear scientists and engineers.
Alpha Nu Sigma Honor Society
Excelsior also hosts a chapter of the Alpha Nu Sigma Honor Society, an affiliate honor society of the ANS. Membership in Alpha Nu Sigma recognizes the high scholarship, integrity, and potential achievement in the applied nuclear science and nuclear engineering of those outstanding student members of the American Nuclear Society who are inducted into the Society. Members of the honor society are selected from juniors and seniors in the top 40 percent of their class.
Every year students in the Excelsior College BS in Nuclear Engineering Technology degree program are inducted into the College’s chapter of the Alpha Nu Sigma nuclear honor society in a ceremony held in Albany, New York during commencement.
Additional Nuclear-related News from 2013
Nuclear Industry Webinars
[Webinar] Women in Nuclear: The NEI’s Grow Your Own Approach. In this webinar, Elizabeth McAndrew-Benavides of the Nuclear Energy Institute discusses how higher education and industry is collaborating to keep more women in the nuclear