Graduate Courses

NSE 510. INTRODUCTION TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

This introductory course provides an overview of the field of nuclear science and engineering as it relates to nuclear power and nuclear technologies. Fundamental concepts relevant to nuclear systems are introduced, including radioactivity, radiation interaction phenomena, chain reaction physics, and transport in engineering materials. Nuclear reactor physics and design concepts are introduced with focus on light water fission reactors. A survey of advanced nuclear technologies and applications is provided. Prerequisites: graduate or senior standing or consent of the instructor.

NSE 520. APPLIED NUCLEAR PHYSICS

This course introduces engineering and science students to the fundamental topics of nuclear physics for applications, basic properties of the nucleus, nuclear radiations, and radiation interactions with matter. The course is divided into four main sections: (1) introduction to elementary quantum mechanics, (2) nuclear and atomic structure, (3) nuclear decays and radiation, and (4) nuclear matter interactions and nuclear reactions. Prerequisites: Physics of mechanics and electrodynamics (PH1110/11 and PH1120/21) and mathematical techniques up to and including ordinary differential equations (MA2051)

NSE 530. HEALTH PHYSICS

This course builds on fundamental concepts introduced in NSE510 and applies them to key topics in health physics and radiation protection. Health physics topics include man-made and natural sources of radiation, dose, radiation biology, radiation measurement, and radiation safeguards. Radiation protection concepts are explored as they apply to existing and advanced nuclear power generators, including reactor safety, nuclear waste and byproducts, regulatory constraints, and accident case studies. Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of the instructor.

NSE 540. NUCLEAR MATERIALS

NSE 550. REACTOR DESIGN, OPERATIONS, AND SAFETY

This course provides a systems engineering view of commercial nuclear power plant technology. Power plant designs and their evolutions are studied, ranging from early to modern generation light water reactors, as well as advanced designs families, such alternate moderator and breeder reactors. Critical aspects of conventional power reactor designs are explored in detail, including steam supply, reactor core, control, and protection systems. Plant operational characteristics are studied, including reactor dynamics, control, feedback, and fuel cycle management. Critical power plant safety aspects of the design and operations are explored and reinforced with lessons learned from major power generator accidents scenarios (including Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima Daiichi). Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of the instructor.

NSE 595. ST: DOSIMETRY AND SHIELDING