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