Nuclear Engr (NE)
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The bolded first line begins with a capitalized abbreviation that designates the subject area followed by the course number and title. The number of credits earned by taking the courses is also displayed.
The course description is a brief summary of the purpose of the course and the topics covered. Any requisite courses are listed and could include the following:
- Courses showing the abbreviation “COREQ” require simultaneous registration with each course named as a corequisite.
- The abbreviation “PRE-or-COREQ” means that each course named may have been taken prior to or may be taken concurrently with the course for which it is required.
- Courses showing the abbreviation “PREREQ” require the courses named as prerequisites to have been taken previously.
If the course can be applied towards a General Education Objective, the applicable Objective is listed.
To assist with your academic planning, courses in the Undergraduate Catalog are designated according to the semester they are usually offered. Unanticipated faculty vacancies and academic program changes may affect future course scheduling. Therefore, students should always contact the academic department to verify future course offerings, especially when specific courses are needed for graduation.
The following letters which appear after the course descriptions indicate the anticipated course scheduling:
F = Fall Semester, every year
S = Spring Semester, every year
Se = Sequential; a series of courses is presented until all have been taught.
Su = Summer Semester, every year
EF, ES, ESu = Even-numbered years, Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
OF, OS, OSu = Odd-numbered years, Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
D = Students should contact the Department to ask when this course will be offered.
R1 = Course is rotated every year, either Fall or Spring
R2 = Course is rotated every two years, either Fall or Spring
R3 = Course is rotated every three years, either Fall or Spring
NE 1120 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering: 1 semester hour.
Introduction to the engineering profession and to nuclear engineering in particular. F, S
NE 3301 Nuclear Engineering I: 3 semester hours.
Nuclear stability and radioactive decay; types and energies of nuclear reactions; interactions of radiation with matter, including cross sections, attenuation, and scattering. PREREQ: MATH 1170. PREREQ or COREQ: PHYS 2212. S
NE 3302 Nuclear Engineering II: 3 semester hours.
Basics of controlled chain reactions and the design of nuclear power reactors. Fission reactor theory, including neutron moderation, criticality, neutron life cycle and neutron diffusion. Types of reactors, present and future. PREREQ: NE 3301. COREQ: MATH 3360. F
NE 3399 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hours.
This is an experimental course. The course title and number of credits are announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times with the same title and content.
NE 4419 Energy Systems and Nuclear Power: 3 semester hours.
Fundamentals of conventional and renewable engergy systems. Energy sources, distribution, use and environmental effects. Nuclear power plant "balance of plant" design. PREREQ: ME 3307. PREREQ or COREQ: MATH 3360. F
NE 4445 Reactor Physics: 3 semester hours.
NE 4446 Nuclear Fuel Cycle Systems: 3 semester hours.
Alternative fuel cycles. Analysis and design of key fuel cycle components (e.g., uranium enrichment, fuel fabrication, reactor fuel management, reprocessing, and waste management). Principles of nuclear criticality safety. Criticality and thermal analysis codes. Design principles of nuclear fuel cycle facilities and equipment. PREREQ: NE 3301 and NE 3302 or equivalent. S
NE 4447 Nuclear Systems Laboratory: 1 semester hour.
NE 4450 DS Reactor Operations: 3 semester hours.
Training course; basic reactor theory and operation; regulations and qualification. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. F, S, Su
NE 4451 Nuclear Seminar: 1 semester hour.
Current topics in nuclear science and engineering. PREREQ: Senior standing or permission of instructor. Graded S/U. F, S
NE 4458 Monte Carlo Methods and Applications: 3 semester hours.
Basics of the application of stochastic methods to calculate the transport of neutrons, photons, and other sub-atomic particles. Includes introduction to the MCNP code, and sample application problems in both nuclear reactor design and in applications such as radiation beams used for cancer therapy. F
NE 4478 Reliability and Risk Assessment: 3 semester hours.
Methods of evaluating process and equipment reliability. Probabilistic methods applied to analysis and design. Setting probabilistic design objectives and calculating probabilistic performance. PREREQ: MATH 3360 and EE 4416 or permission of instructor. S
NE 4481 Independent Problems: 1-3 semester hours.
Students are assigned to, or request assignment to, independent problems on the basis of interest and preparation. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. D
NE 4487 Medical Applications in Engineering and Physics: 3 semester hours.
Applications of engineering and physics principles, particularly nuclear science, to medicine. Covers radioisotopes, X-ray imaging, magnetic resonance and ultrasound imaging, radiation protection, codes and standards. PREREQ: MATH 3360 and PHYS 2212. S
NE 4488 Nonproliferation and Nuclear Weapons and Safeguards: 3 semester hours.
History, regulation and politics of nuclear nonproliferation; technologies and practices for safeguarding special nuclear materials; detection of nuclear proliferation and prevention of nuclear terrorism. PRE-or-COREQ: BS in Science or Engineering or permission of instructor. F
NE 4496A Project Design I: 1 semester hour.
Semester one of two semester senior design course sequence. Planning project for second semester. Special topics on professionalism, ethics, and licensing. PREREQ: Approval of application for admission to course. F
NE 4496B Project Design II: 3 semester hours.
Continuation of design sequence dealing with the design, analysis, implementation, and consequences of senior design project. PREREQ: NE 4496A. S
NE 4499 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hours.