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Programs of Study

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For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering

Nuclear, plasma, and radiological engineering is a branch of engineering that is concerned with the development and use of nuclear energy and radiation sources for a wide variety of applications in energy production, in materials processing and science, and for biomedical and industrial uses. Areas of interest include the continued safe and reliable application of fission reactors as central electric power plant thermal sources; plasma processing applications and the longer term development of fusion reactors for electric power generation; and the use of radiation sources in such areas as materials, biological systems, medical treatment, radiation instrumentation, environmental systems, and activation analysis.

The first two years of the curriculum provide a strong foundation in basic sciences (physics, mathematics, and chemistry), engineering sciences (analytical mechanics and thermodynamics), an introduction to digital computer use, and introduction to nuclear energy systems. Most technical concentration takes place in the third and fourth years of the curriculum according to the educational and career interest of the students. The curriculum provides three professional concentration areas: power, safety and the environment; plasma and fusion science and engineering; and radiological, medical, and instrumentation applications. Each concentration area allows flexibility in developing advanced technical expertise but also requires depth of understanding in the area. The third path meets pre-med requirements and facilitates the minor in bioengineering. To complete this concentration area, students should take certain chemistry and biology courses in the first two years of the curriculum.

 

Overview of Curricular Requirements

The curriculum requires 128 hours for graduation and is organized as follows.

 

Orientation and Professional Development

These courses introduce the opportunities and resources your college, department, and curriculum can offer you as you work to achieve your career goals. They also provide the skills to work effectively and successfully in the engineering profession.

ENG 100 Engineering Orientation 1 0
NPRE 100 Orientation to NPRE 1
Total Hours 1
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External transfer students take ENG 300 instead.

 

Foundational Mathematics and Science

These courses stress the basic mathematical and scientific principles upon which the engineering discipline is based.

CHEM 102 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 103 General Chemistry Lab I 1
MATH 221 Calculus I 1 4
MATH 231 Calculus II 3
MATH 241 Calculus III 4
MATH 285 Intro Differential Equations 3
PHYS 211 University Physics: Mechanics 4
PHYS 212 University Physics: Elec & Mag 4
PHYS 214 Univ Physics: Quantum Physics 2
Total Hours 28
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MATH 220 may be substituted, with four of the five credit hours applying toward the degree. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus.

 

Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering Technical Core

These courses stress fundamental concepts and basic laboratory techniques that comprise the common intellectual understanding of nuclear engineering.

CS 101 Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci 1 3
ECE 205 Elec & Electronic Circuits 3
ECE 206 Elec & Electronic Circuits Lab 1
ME 200 Thermodynamics 3
NPRE 247 Modeling Nuclear Energy System 3
NPRE 431 Materials in Nuclear Engrg 3
NPRE 441 Radiation Protection 4
NPRE 446 Radiation Interact w/Matter I 3
NPRE 447 Radiation Interact w/Matter II 3
NPRE 448 Nuclear Syst Engrg & Design 4
NPRE 451 NPRE Laboratory 3
NPRE 455 Neutron Diffusion & Transport 4
NPRE 458 Design in NPRE 4
TAM 210 Introduction to Statics 1,2 2
TAM 212 Introductory Dynamics 2 3
Total Hours 46
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Students may elect to take CS 125 in place of CS 101, and TAM 211 in place of TAM 210. The extra hour will be applied toward the Professional Concentration Area electives.

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Students in the Plasma and Fusion Science Engineering Professional Concentration Area may elect to take PHYS 325 in place of TAM 212.  Further, students in this concentration may elect to take both PHYS 325 and PHYS 326 in place of TAM 210 and TAM 212.  The extra hour from PHYS 325 and PHYS 326 will be applied toward the Professional Concentration Area electives.

 

Professional Concentration Area Electives

The NPRE Professional Concentration Area requirement is fulfilled by taking certain required technical and some elective technical courses stressing the rigorous analysis and design principles practiced in one of the three professional concentration areas: Power, Safety, and the Environment; Plasma and Fusion Science Engineering; or Radiological, Medical, and Instrumentation Applications.

Professional Concentration Area electives. See the Professional Concentration Areas section below. 25
 

Liberal Education

The liberal education courses develop students’ understanding of human culture and society, build skills of inquiry and critical thinking, and lay a foundation for civic engagement and lifelong learning.

ECON 102 Microeconomic Principles 3
or ECON 103 Macroeconomic Principles
Electives from the campus General Education social & behavioral sciences list. 3
Electives from the campus General Education humanities & the arts list. 6
Electives either from a list approved by the college or from the campus General Education lists for social & behavioral sciences or humanities & the arts. 6
Total Hours 18

Students must also complete the campus cultural studies requirement by completing (i) one western/comparative culture(s) course, (ii) one non-western/U.S. minority culture(s) course, and (iii) one U.S. Minority Culture(s) course from the General Education cultural studies lists. Most students select liberal education courses that simultaneously satisfy these cultural studies requirements. Courses from the western, non-western and U.S. minority culture(s) lists that fall into free electives or other categories may also be used satisfy the cultural studies requirements.

 

Composition

These courses teach fundamentals of expository writing.

RHET 105 Writing and Research 4
Advanced Composition. May be satisfied by completing a course in either the liberal education or free elective categories which has the Advanced Composition designation. Alternately, NPRE 481 should be considered, which may also be applied to the Professional Concentration elective hours.  
Total Hours 4
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Free Electives

These unrestricted electives, subject to certain exceptions as noted at the College of Engineering advising website, give the student the opportunity to explore any intellectual area of unique interest. This freedom plays a critical role in helping students to define research specialties or to complete minors.

Free electives. Additional unrestricted course work, subject to certain exceptions as noted at the College of Engineering advising Web site, so that there are at least 128 credit hours earned toward the degree. 6
 

Professional Concentration Areas

Students are expected to develop a solid background in one of the various subfields within a Professional Concentration Area which are defined below.

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Power, Safety, and the Environment

TAM 335 Introductory Fluid Mechanics 4
or ME 310 Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics
NPRE 421 Plasma and Fusion Science 3
NPRE 432 Nuclear Engrg Materials Lab 2
Technical electives broken down as follows: 16
A minimum of 6 hours of departmentally approved NPRE Electives.
 
Technical electives selected from departmentally approved Power, Safety, and the Environment elective course work in one of the following subfields: Thermal Sciences; Power and Control Systems; Solid, Fluid and Continuum Mechanics; Computational Sciences and Engineering; Environmental Engineering and Science. The student's academic advisor must approve the chosen course set to insure that a strong program is achieved. 1
 
Total Hours 25
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Power, Safety, and the Environment elective course work.

 

Plasma and Fusion Science and Engineering

TAM 335 Introductory Fluid Mechanics 4
or ME 310 Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics
NPRE 421 Plasma and Fusion Science 3
NPRE 423 Plasma Laboratory 2
NPRE 429 Plasma Engineering 3
Technical electives selected from departmentally approved Plasma and Fusion Science and Engineering elective course work in one of the following subfields: Physical Science, Electrical Engineering, or Electronic Materials. The student's academic advisor must approve the chosen course set to insure that a strong program is achieved. 1 13
Total Hours 25
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Plasma and Fusion Science and Engineering elective course work.

 

Radiological, Medical and Instrumentation Applications

NPRE 435 Imaging w/Ionizing Radiation 3
MCB 403 Cell & Membrane Physiology Lab 2
or NPRE 444 Nuclear Analytical Methods Lab
Technical electives selected from departmentally approved Radiological, Medical and Instrumentation Applications elective course work in one of the following subfields: Biomolecular Engineering, Biomedical Engineering. The student's academic advisor must approve the chosen course set to insure that a strong program is achieved. 1 20
Total Hours 25
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Radiological, Medical and Instrumentation Applications elective course work