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Nuclear Engineering Principles


Credit Hours:


Start Date:

August 24, 2020

Learning Objective:

Course runs SU19 Mod 2 & 3: June 10 - July 30. F19 runs Aug. 19 - Dec. 7.
SU2018 Course Syllabus


A first course for graduate students desiring a nuclear engineering sequence and an elective for students in science or engineering. The course is structured in four parts: (1) Nuclear structure and radiation, biological effects and medical applications of radiation. (2) Basics of neutron and reactor physics, neutron diffusion and reactor criticality. (3) Nuclear materials and waste. (4) Reactor systems and safety.

Topics Covered:


NUCL 50100 may be taken by students who do not have a nuclear engineering undergraduate background.

Applied / Theory:


25% of grade


No Project


3 midterm exams, 45% of grade/ 1 final exam, 30% of grade


Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.
1. J. Lamarsh and A. Baratta, Introduction to Nuclear Engineering, 4th edition, Pearson, 2018. pp. 802.
2. Chart of Nuclides, 17th/Ed., Bechtel and Knolls Atomic Power Labratory, 2009.

Computer Requirements:

ProEd Minimum Requirements:


Tuition & Fees: