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Nuclear Engineering (NUC E)

NUC E 401 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering (3) Fundamental concepts of nuclear engineering, including fission, reactor theory, shielding, and radioisotopes; intended for other than nuclear engineering students.
Effective: Fall 2001
Prerequisite: MATH 250 orMATH 251  

NUC E 403 Advanced Reactor Design (3) Physical principles and computational methods for reactor analysis and design. Multigroup diffusion theory; determination of fast and thermal group constants; cell calculations for heterogeneous core lattices.
Effective: Fall 1983
Prerequisite: NUC E 302  

NUC E 405 (CHEM 406) Nuclear and Radiochemistry (3) Theory of radioactive decay processes, nuclear properties and structure, nuclear reactions, interactions of radiation with matter, biological effects of radiation.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: CHEM 452 orPHYS 237 orNUC E 301  

NUC E 406 (M E 406) Introduction to Statistical Thermodynamics (3) Statistical description of systems composed of large numbers of particles in the context of classical and quantum mechanics; basic concepts of probability theory and thermodynamics as they relate to statistical mechanics.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: M E 300 orM E 201 orM E 202 orCH E 303;MATH 230 orMATH 231  

NUC E 408 Radiation Shielding (3) Radiation sources in reactor systems; attenuation of gamma rays and neutrons; point kernel methods; deep penetration theories; Monte Carlo methods.
Effective: Spring 1985
Prerequisite: NUC E 301  

NUC E 409 (MATSE 409) Nuclear Materials (3) Nuclear reactor materials: relationship between changes in material properties and microstructural evolution of nuclear cladding and fuel under irradiation.
Effective: Spring 2003
Prerequisite: PHYS 214  

NUC E 420 Radiological Safety (3) Ionizing radiation, biological effects, radiation measurement, dose computational techniques, local and federal regulations, exposure control.
Effective: Spring 1997
Prerequisite: NUC E 301 orNUC E 405  

NUC E 428 Radioactive Waste Control (3) Nature, sources, and control of radioactive wastes; theory and practice of disposal processes.
Effective: Spring 1997
Prerequisite: NUC E 301 orNUC E 405  

NUC E 430 Design Principles of Reactor Systems (3) Nuclear power cycles; heat removal problems; kinetic behavior of nuclear systems; material and structural design problems.
Effective: Spring 2016
Prerequisite: NUC E 302 ; Prerequisite or concurrent:M E 410  

NUC E 431W Nuclear Reactor Core Design Synthesis (4) Technical and economic optimization of nuclear systems.
Effective: Spring 2016
Prerequisite: NUC E 403, NUC E 430 ; prerequisite or concurrent:ENGL 202C  

NUC E 441 Nuclear Security Threat Analysis and Assessments (3) Nuclear threat assessment and analysis for non-state actors to nuclear and radiological facilities and supply lines.
Effective: Summer 2015
Prerequisite: NUC E 301  

NUC E 442 Nuclear Security System Design (3) Science and engineering associated with the design, evaluation, and implementation of systems to secure nuclear and radiological materials.
Effective: Summer 2015
Prerequisite: NUC E 302  

NUC E 446 (M E 446) Reliability and Risk Concepts in Design (3) Introduction to reliability mathematics. Failure data collection and analysis. Components and systems reliability prediction. Effects of maintenance on reliability. Risk Analysis. Case studies in engineering applications.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: MATH 250 orMATH 251;M E 345 orNUC E 309  

NUC E 450 Radiation Detection and Measurement (3) Theory and laboratory applications of radiation detectors, including proton, neutron, charged particle detectors, NIM devices, and pulse-height analysis.
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: NUC E 301 orNUC E 405;NUC E 309  

NUC E 451 Experiments in Reactor Physics (3) Acquisition and processing of nuclear and atomic data; application to nucleonic phenomena of importance in nuclear engineering.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: E E 212, NUC E 450  

NUC E 470 Power Plant Simulation (3) Basic knowledge necessary for intelligent simulation and interpretation of simulations of transients in nuclear power plants.
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: M E 320, MATH 251, NUC E 302  

NUC E 490 (E E 471, AERSP 490) Introduction to Plasmas (3) Plasma oscillations; collisional phenomena; transport properties; orbit theory; typical electric discharge phenomena.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: E E 361 orPHYS 467  

NUC E 494H Senior Thesis (1-9) Students must have approval of a thesis adviser before scheduling this course.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: Junior or senior status in the University Scholars Program  

NUC E 496 Independent studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

NUC E 497 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

NUC E 499 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2008
 

NUC E 501 Reactor Engineering (3) Thermal hydraulic fundamentals applied to power reactors, thermal analysis of fuel elements and two-phase heat transfer in heated channels.
Effective: Spring 1992
Prerequisite: NUC E 430  

NUC E 502 Reactor Core Thermal-Hydraulics (3) In-depth analysis of the reactor core thermal hydraulics; computational methods and practical applications.
Effective: Fall 2010
Prerequisite: NUC E 430  

NUC E 505 Reactor Instrumentation and Control (3) Reactor control principles; classical control methods; operational control problems; control simulation using modern mainframe and microcomputer software packages; reactor instrumentation.
Effective: Spring 1992
Prerequisite: NUC E 302 orNUC E 401  

NUC E 511 Nuclear Reactor Kinetics and Dynamics (3) Analytical kinetics and dynamics modeling for reactivity-induced transients; reactor accident kinetics methods for simple and complex geometries; experimental methods.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: NUC E 301;NUC E 302  

NUC E 512 Nuclear Fuel Management (3) Nuclear fuel inventory determination and economic value through the fuel cycle. Emphasis on calculational techniques in reactor, optimization, and design.
Effective: Fall 1983
Prerequisite: NUC E 302  

NUC E 521 Neutron Transport Theory (3) Derivation of Boltzmann equation for neutron transport; techniques of approximate and exact solution for the monoenergetic and spectrum regenerating cases.
Effective: Fall 1986
Prerequisite: NUC E 403 orPHYS 406  

NUC E 523 (MATSE 523) Environmental Degradation of Materials in Nuclear Power Plants (3) Degradation of materials performance when exposed to the combination of high temperature, neutron irradiation, and aggressive electrochemistry found in nuclear reactors.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: NUC E 409  

NUC E 525 Monte Carlo Methods (3) Fundamentals of the probability theory and statistics, analog and non-analog Monte Carlo methods and their applications, random processes, and numbers.
Effective: Summer 1993
Prerequisite: MATH 141, PHYS 237, STAT 401  

NUC E 530 Parallel/Vector Algorithms for Scientific Applications (3) Development/analysis of parallel/vector algorithms (finite-differencing of PDEs and Monte Carlo methods) for engineering/scientific applications for shared and distributed memory architectures.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: AERSP 424 orCMPSC 450  

NUC E 540 (AERSP 540) Theory of Plasma Waves (3) Solutions of the Boltzmann equation; waves in bounded and unbounded plasmas; radiation and scattering from plasmas.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: E E 471  

NUC E 541 Plasma Theory (3) Advanced topics in kinetic theory, fluctuation theory, microinstability, and turbulence.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: E E 471 orNUC E 490  

NUC E 542 Source and Detector Technologies for Nuclear Security (3) Theory and technology behind detectors, sensors, and source technologies including portal monitors and field deployable radiation detection systems.
Effective: Spring 2016
Prerequisite: NUC E 450  

NUC E 543 Nuclear Security Education Laboratory (3) Hands-on experience with the radiation detection systems, sensors, devices, and source technologies for nuclear security applications.
Effective: Spring 2016
Prerequisite: NUC E 450, NUC E 542  

NUC E 590 Colloquium (1-3) Continuing seminars which consist of a series of individual lectures by faculty, students, or outside speakers.
Effective: Spring 1991
 

NUC E 596 Individual Studies (1-9) Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Spring 1987
 

NUC E 597 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently; several different topics may be taught in one year or term.
Effective: Spring 1987
 

NUC E 600 Thesis Research (1-15) No description.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

NUC E 601 Ph.D. Dissertation Full-Time (0) No description.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

NUC E 602 Supervised Experience in College Teaching (1-3 per semester/maximum of 6) Graduate assistants receive credit for teaching lower level courses while under the direct supervision of a graduate faculty member.
Effective: Fall 1983
Prerequisite: graduate student standing in nuclear engineering  

NUC E 610 Thesis Research Off Campus (1-15) No description.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

NUC E 611 Ph.D. Dissertation Part-Time (0) No description.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

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