Nuclear energy is a source of power, which is created by a nuclear reaction. This course will give the student a basic understanding of the theory and philosophy behind nuclear energy. This course discusses the basis of all matter. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals required to understand the atom and its components: the electron, neutron and proton. We will discuss how atoms are held together in both a stable and unstable condition resulting in various isotopes of the elements. It will explain the rigors of nuclear culture. The atom and its binding forces will be introduced. Characteristics and properties of the various radiation types will be covered in detail. Nuclear technology career pathways will be discussed.