Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute

 Academic Programs:

M.S. IN NUCLEAR ENGINEERING (Health Physics, Medical Physics, Power)

The Nuclear Engineering program is designed for those entering students with a B.S. degree in engineering or in chemistry or physics. Students from other fields will be considered on an individual basis. Those students who have attained a B.S. degree in nuclear engineering may be given revised curricula depending on their backgrounds and the requirements of the specific program in which they are enrolled.

Prerequisites--All students are expected to have the equivalent of a full sequence of college calculus, including differential equations. At least two semesters of calculus-based physics are also required. Students need to have a basic mastery of mathematical applications to engineering problems equivalent to the material covered in NE 306 and radiation safety as covered in NE 303. These are prerequisites which may be taken concurrently in the first semester. However, these courses are not normally used to satisfy the 31-credit requirement. The student is required to present evidence of having previously taken these courses or equivalents to satisfy these prerequisites.

The required, basic curriculum is presented in Table 1. This course sequence is taken by all students. Students may then choose electives given in Table 2 to complete the required 31 hours for graduation. Typically, this will involve selecting 5 elective courses. These are grouped in general categories of similar subject matter; however, it is not necessary for a student to be restricted to only one emphasis area. These emphasis areas include power, fusion/plasma, and health and medical physics, as well as a miscellaneous category. Students must take courses from at least two of these areas. All courses of study must be approved by the student's advisor and/or the student's committee.

Table 1. Required Nuclear Engineering Courses (REQUIRED COURSES WILL TYPICALLY ACCOUNT FOR 16 CREDITS - All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted)

PREREQUISITIES (not included in the required 31 credits):
7303 Radiation Safety (or equivalent)
7306 Advanced Engineering Math (or equivalent)
7346 Nuclear Reactor Engineering
7391 Radiation Detection
7085 Problems (3 credits of Master's level research)
8404 Nuclear Reactor Laboratory I
8409 Interactions of Radiation with Matter (Atomic & Nuclear Physics)
7087 Seminar (1 credit)
8090 Research is used for a 6-credit M.S. thesis

If the student has previously satisfied other requirements, a 6-credit thesis may be substituted for 3 credits of NE 400

Table 2. Elective Courses: ELECTIVE COURSES WILL TYPICALLY ACCOUNT FOR 15 CREDITS (All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted)

7315 Energy Systems and Resources
8402 Nuclear Fuel Cycle
7411 Reactor Physics I
8411* Nuclear Reactor Theory I
8412** Nuclear Reactor Theory II
8432* Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics and Safety
8461** Neutron Transport Theory
7353** Introduction to Fusion
8453** Fusion Theory
7328 Introductory Radiation Biology
8403 Applied Topics in Medical Physics and Health Physics (1- 3 credits)
8429 Radiation Dosimetry
8471 Radiation Protection
8406 Clinical and Research Applications In Medical and
Health Physics (1 credit)
8435** Physics of Diagnostic Radiology
8439** Clinical Physics of Radiotherapy
8452** Ultrasound and Magnetic Resonance Imaging
8454** Clinical Physics of Nuclear Medicine
7330 Scientific & Technology of Terrorism & Counter-Terrorism
7331 Non-Proliferation Issues for Weapons of Mass Destruction
7350 Nuclear Methods in Bio-Environmental Studies
7382 Lasers and Their Applications
7379 Particulate Systems Engineering
8401 Sect. 2 Terrorism & Counter Terrorism
8421* Advanced Radiation Detection Electronics
8450** Superconductivity
8451** Computational Methods of Reactor Analysis

*May not be taught every year.
**Typically taught only every other year.

Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute
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University of Missouri,
Columbia, MO 65211 (573) 882-8201