Minor in Nuclear Engineering

About the Minor

The field of nuclear engineering covers topics from fundamental particle physics to nuclear power. Example commercial applications where nuclear engineers are utilized are power, medicine, oil exploration, and testing of materials. The nuclear engineering minor familiarizes students with terminology, mathematical applications, theory, and ethics corresponding to common nuclear engineering topics. This minor is open to all engineering, physics, and chemistry majors.  

The minor assumes that students will have a background in mathematics and physics equivalent to that covered in the first two years of the engineering curriculum. In mathematics, this would include calculus (MATH 121 - MATH 122) and dynamic engineering systems (ENGR 232). The physics requirements are PHYS 101, PHYS 102 and PHYS 201. In addition, CHEM 101, ENGR 220, and ENGR 231 are needed. Courses taken to meet these requirements will not count toward the minor.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
ECEP 371Introduction to Nuclear Engineering2.0
or MEM 371 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering I
ECEP 402Theory of Nuclear Reactors4.0
ECEP 372Radiation Detection and Measurement 3.0
ECEP 406Introduction to Radiation Health Principles3.0
MATE 450The Nuclear Fuel Cycle & Materials3.0
PHYS 330Introduction to Nuclear Physics2.0
Select 9.0 credits from at least two of the following principal areas9.0
Industrial Applications Electives
Nuclear Power Plant Design & Operation
Power Plant Design
Applications of Thermal Plasmas
Applications of Non-Thermal Plasmas
Power Engineering Electives
Electric Motor Control Principles
Energy Management Principles
Power Systems I
Power Systems II
Nuclear & Thermal Engineering & Science Electives
Fundamentals of Plasmas I
Fundamentals of Plasmas II
Materials Electives
Introduction to Mechanical Behavior of Materials
Defects in Solids
Structure and Characterization of Crystalline Materials
Mechanical Behavior of Solids
Transport Phenomena Electives
Process Fluid Mechanics
Process Heat Transfer
Introduction to Fluid Flow
Fluid Mechanics I
Heat Transfer
Simulation Electives
Computational Physics I
Computational Physics II
Advanced Computational Physics
Total Credits26.0

The Nuclear Engineering minor is open to all engineering majors. The minor consists of a minimum of six required courses for 17.0 credits and an additional 9.0 credits of elective courses.

Additional Information

Additional information about this minor is available on the ECE Department website.

For advising questions, please contact the ECE advisor.

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