Technical Electives Course Descriptions

Nuclear Engineering Technical Electives

NUC E 406 (ME 406): Introduction to Statistical Thermodynamics (3 cr.) Fall Semester (odd years)
Statistical description of systems composed of large numbers of particles in the context of classical and quantum mechanics; basic concepts of probability theory and thermodynamics as they relate to statistical mechanics.  Prerequisites: ME 201, ME 300, ME 202 or CH E 303; MATH 230 or MATH 231.

NUC E 409 (MATSE 409): Nuclear Materials (3 cr.) Spring Semester
Nuclear reactor materials; relationship between changes in material properties and microstructural evolution of nuclear cladding and fuel under irradiation. Prerequisite: PHYS 214.

NUC E 420: Radiological Safety (3 CR.) Fall Semester
Ionizing radiation, biological effects, radiation measurement, dose computational techniques, local and federal regulations, exposure control. Prerequisites: NUC E 301 or NUC E/CHEM 406.
NUC E 428: Radioactive Waste Control (3 CR.) Spring Semester (even years)
Nature, sources and control of radioactive wastes; theory and practice of disposal processes.  Prerequisites: NUC E 301 or NUC E 405.

NUC E 470: Power Plant Simulation (3 CR.) Fall Semester
Basic knowledge necessary for intelligent simulation and interpretation of simulations of transients in nuclear power plants. Prerequisite: M E 320; MATH 251; NUC E 302.

NUC E 496: Independent Studies (1-18 CR.)
Students engaged in independent study under the supervision of a NUC E faculty member may use up to 3 credits of NUC E 496 for the General Technical Elective requirement (GTE). Students cannot register for NUC E 496 without having made arrangements with a faculty member and receiving the permission of the student’s Adviser. In addition to registering for NUC E 496, a Project Registration form must be submitted in 139 Reber Building. The Department requires that students have an overall GPA not less than a 3.0 to enroll in NUC E 496. NUC E 496 can be used as a General Technical Elective (GTE) but not a Nuclear Engineering Technical Elective (NETE). REVISED 9/12/2014

BME 406: Medical Imaging (3 CR.) Fall Semester
Physical principles and clinical applications of medical imaging methods. Prerequisite: PHYS 212.

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We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S., M.Eng.) graduate degrees in nuclear engineering and mechanical engineering. MNE's strength is in offering hands-on experience in highly relevant research areas, such as energy, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems.

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