Nuclear Engineering Courses

Variable Credit Courses

NSEG 5904 – Project & Report – Variable credit course with permission of faculty.
NSEG 5974 – Independent Study – Variable credit course with permission of instructor.
NSEG 5984 – Special Study – Variable credit course with permission of instructor.
NSEG 5994 – Research & Thesis – Variable credit course with permission of faculty.
NSEG 6984 – Advanced Special Study – Variable credit course with permission of faculty.
NSEG 7994 – Research & Dissertation – Variable credit course with permission of faculty.

*The course is available via distance learning options, either VTC (live video teleconference) or online. Option is indicated following the course description.

**The course is new and has not been previously taught.

***Refers to courses without submitted applications

COURSES

  • Nuclear Engineering Fundamentals (3 cr)

    NSEG 5114*
    A foundation course in nuclear engineering. Neutron physics, reactor theory and kinetics, basic reactor design and operation, and overall power plant operation. Pre-requisite: Graduate Standing required (also available Online)

  • Nuclear Reactor Analysis (3 cr)

    NSEG 5124*
    Nuclear reactions and fission process. The fission chain reaction. Neutron diffusion and moderation. One-speed diffusion model of a nuclear reactor. Neutron slowing and multigroup diffusion theory. Nuclear reactor kinetics. Introduction to reactor core physics design. Pre-requisite: 5114 (also available by VTC)

  • Monte Carlo Methods for Particle Transport (3 cr)

    NSEG 5134*
    Basic particle transport concepts. Random processes, random number generation techniques, fundamental formulation of Monte Carlo, sampling procedures, and fundamentals of probability and statistics. Monte Carlo algorithms for particle transport, non-analog Monte Carlo method, formulations for different variance reduction techniques, and tallying procedures. Methodologies for parallelization and vectorization of the Monte Carlo methods, and examples of the Monte Carlo method for simulation of various real-life applications. Pre-requisite: Graduate standing required (also available by VTC)

  • Nuclear Fuel Cycle (3 cr)

    NSEG 5204*
    Uranium nuclear fuel cycle: mining, conversion, enrichment, fuel manufacturing, in-core fuel management and refueling, spent fuel storage, reprocessing/recycling and final disposition as waste in a geologic repository. Introduction to nuclear safeguards and nonproliferation as applied to each step of cycle. Pre-requisite: Graduate standing required (also available Online)

  • Nuclear Power Plant Operations and Systems (3 cr)

    NSEG 5214*
    Pressurized and boiling water reactors, detailed system functions and operation, reactor plant startup and shutdown procedures, reactor trip and casualty procedures, reactor transient response analysis, reactor plant licensing, ethics and integrity in the nuclear industry. Pre-requisite: 5114 (also available Online)

  • Advanced Nuclear Materials (3 cr)

    MSE 5384G/4384** 
    Materials for nuclear applications with emphasis on fission reactors. Fundamental radiation effects on materials; material properties relevant to structural, moderator, reflector, blanket, coolant, control related structural systems. Pre-requisite: Graduate Standing required

  • Reactor Thermal Hydraulics (3 cr)

    NSEG 5424*
    Fundamental processes of heat generation and transport in nuclear reactors. Heat generation by fission and radiation interactions; spatial distribution of heat generation; heat transport by conduction and convection. Effects of boiling and critical heat flux. Fundamentals of reactor thermal and hydraulic design. Pre-requisite: 5114 (also available by VTC)

  • Radiation Detection and Shielding (3 cr)

    NSEG 5604*
    Radioactive decay, interaction of charged particles and photons with matter, methods of radiation detection and radiation dosimetry, counting statistics, external radiation protection using time, distance and shielding. Pre-requisite: Graduate standing required (also available by VTC)

  • Plasma Science and Engineering (3 cr)

    NSEG 5714***
    Plasma Science and Engineering

  • Introduction to Fusion (3 cr)

    NSEG 5724***
    Introduction to Fusion

  • Neutral and Charged Particle Interactions in Matter (3 cr)

    NSEG 5734***
    Neutral and Charged Particle Interactions in Matter

  • Particle Transport Theory

    NSEG 6124*
    The course discusses neutral particle interactions and related cross sections, Linear Boltzmann equation in “forward” and “adjoint” forms and their applications, perturbation and variational techniques for particle transport problems, different numerical methods for solving the linear Boltzmann equation in serial and parallel environments, and limitations of these methods for solving real-life problems. Pre-requisite: 5124 (also available by VTC)

  • Methods & Application (3 cr)

    NSEG 6134* 
    This course discusses different advanced concepts including neutron spectra, multigroup cross-sections and resonance treatment and related issues, fuel depletion, theory of SCALE6 code system and its limitations, fuel-cell homogenization and issues, method of characteristics and fuel cell homogenization, application of perturbation theory and variational methods, finite-difference and nodal diffusion methods, advanced methods and parallel computing. Pre-requisite: 5124 (also available by VTC)

  • Advanced Reactor Physics (3 cr)

    NSEG 6334** 
    Hazards of nuclear reactors; analysis of hypothetical design basis accidents; engineered safeguards and safety design principles; nuclear criticality safety; reactor containment; reactor safety codes; and probabilistic risk assessment. Pre-requisite: 5114

  • Nuclear Reactor Safety Analysis (3 cr)

    NSEG 6414* 
    Advanced Reactor Thermal Hydraulics and Two-Phase Flow

  • Advanced Reactor Thermal Hydraulics and Two-Phase Flow (3 cr)

    NSEG 6504***
    Overview of computational material science for nuclear engineering applications

  • Overview of computational material science for nuclear engineering applications (3 cr)

    NSEG 6714***
    Magnetohydrodynamics

  • Magnetohydrodynamics (3 cr)

    NSEG 6724***
    Plasma Processing of Materials

  • Plasma Processing of Materials (3 cr)

    NSEG 6424***
    Computational Two-Phase Flow and Heat Transfer