Minor in Nuclear Engineering

About the Minor

Note: The Nuclear Engineering minor is not accepting new students until further notice. Please contact one of our advisors for additional information.

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 372Radiation Detection and Measurement 3.0
ECEP 402Theory of Nuclear Reactors4.0
ECEP 406Introduction to Radiation Health Principles3.0
PHYS 330Introduction to Nuclear Physics2.0
Select 12.0 credits from any of the following principal areas12.0
Electrical Engineering Courses
Electric Motor Control Principles
Energy Management Principles
Nuclear Power Plant Design & Operation
Power Systems I
Power Systems II
Mechanical Engineering Courses
Fluid Mechanics I
Heat Transfer
Power Plant Design
Fundamentals of Plasmas I
Fundamentals of Plasmas II
Applications of Thermal Plasmas
Applications of Non-Thermal Plasmas
Materials Science Courses
Fundamentals of Materials II
Defects in Solids
Structure and Characterization of Crystalline Materials
Mechanical Behavior of Solids
The Nuclear Fuel Cycle & Materials
Chemical Engineering Courses
Fluid Mechanics
Heat Transfer
Mass Transfer
Civil Engineering Courses
Introduction to Fluid Flow
Physics Courses
Computational Physics I
Computational Physics II
Total Credits26.0

Additional Information

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

For advising questions, please contact the ECE advisor.

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