Nuclear Engineering (NUC ENG)

Courses

NUC ENG 24 Freshman Seminars 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
The Berkeley Seminar Program has been designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small-seminar setting. Berkeley Seminars are offered in all campus departments, and topics vary from department to department and semester to semester.

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NUC ENG 100 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016
The class provides students with an overview of the contemporary nuclear energy technology with emphasis on nuclear fission as an energy source. Starting with the basic physics of the nuclear fission process, the class includes discussions on reactor control, thermal hydraulics, fuel production, and spent fuel management for various types of reactors in use around the world as well as analysis of safety and other nuclear-related issues. This class is
intended for sophomore NE students, but is also open to transfer students and students from other majors.
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NUC ENG 101 Nuclear Reactions and Radiation 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Energetics and kinetics of nuclear reactions and radioactive decay, fission, fusion, and reactions of low-energy neutrons; properties of the fission products and the actinides; nuclear models and transition probabilities; interaction of radiation with matter.

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NUC ENG 102 Nuclear Reactions and Radiation Laboratory 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Laboratory course in nuclear physics. Experiments will allow students to directly observe phenomena discussed in Nuclear Engineering 101. These experiments will give students exposure to (1) electronics, (2) alpha, beta, gamma radiation detectors, (3) radioactive sources, and (4) experimental methods relevant for all aspects of nuclear science. Experiments include: Rutherford scattering, x-ray fluorescence, muon lifetime, gamma-gamma angular
correlations, Mossbauer effect, and radon measurements.
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NUC ENG 104 Radiation Detection and Nuclear Instrumentation Laboratory 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Basic science of radiation measurement, nuclear instrumentation, neutronics, radiation dosimetry. The lectures emphasize the principles of radiation detection. The weekly laboratory applies a variety of radiation detection systems to the practical measurements of interest for nuclear power, nuclear and non-nuclear science, and environmental applications. Students present goals and approaches of the experiements being performed.

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NUC ENG 107 Introduction to Imaging 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Introduction to medical imaging physics and systems, including x-ray computed tomography (CT), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), positron emission tomography (PET), and SPECT; basic principles of tomography and an introduction to unfolding methods; resolution effects of counting statistics, inherent system resolution and human factors.

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NUC ENG 120 Nuclear Materials 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Effects of irradiation on the atomic and mechanical properties of materials in nuclear reactors. Fission product swelling and release; neutron damage to structural alloys; fabrication and properties of uranium dioxide fuel.

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NUC ENG 124 Radioactive Waste Management 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Components and material flowsheets for nuclear fuel cycle, waste characteristics, sources of radioactive wastes, compositions, radioactivity and heat generation; waste treatment technologies; waste disposal technologies; safety assessment of waste disposal.

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NUC ENG 130 Analytical Methods for Non-proliferation 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Use of nuclear measurement techniques to detect clandestine movement and/or possession of nuclear materials by third parties. Nuclear detection, forensics, signatures, and active and passive interrogation methodologies will be explored. Techniques currently deployed for arms control and treaty verification will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on common elements of detection technology from the viewpoint of resolution of threat signatures
from false positives due to naturally occurring radioactive material. Laboratory will involve experiments conducted in the Nucleonics Laboratory featuring passive and active neutron signals, gamma ray detection, fission neutron multiplicity, and U and Pu isotopic identification and age determination. Students should be familiar with alpha, beta, gamma, and neutron radiation and basic concepts of nuclear fission.
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NUC ENG 150 Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Neutron interactions, nuclear fission, and chain reacting systematics in thermal and fast nuclear reactors. Diffusion and slowing down of neutrons. Criticality calculations. Nuclear reactor dynamics and reactivity feedback. Production of radionuclides in nuclear reactors.

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NUC ENG 155 Introduction to Numerical Simulations in Radiation Transport 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Computational methods used to analyze radiation transport described by various differential, integral, and integro-differential equations. Numerical methods include finite difference, finite elements, discrete ordinates, and Monte Carlo. Examples from neutron and photon transport; numerical solutions of neutron/photon diffusion and transport equations. Monte Carlo simulations of photon and neutron transport. An overview of optimization techniques
for solving the resulting discrete equations on vector and parallel computer systems.
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NUC ENG 161 Nuclear Power Engineering 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Energy conversion in nuclear power systems; design of fission reactors; thermal and structural analysis of reactor core and plant components; thermal-hydraulic analysis of accidents in nuclear power plants; safety evaluation and engineered safety systems.

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NUC ENG 162 Radiation Biophysics and Dosimetry 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Interaction of radiation with matter; physical, chemical, and biological effects of radiation on human tissues; dosimetry units and measurements; internal and external radiation fields and dosimetry; radiation exposure regulations; sources of radiation and radioactivity; basic shielding concepts; elements of radiation protection and control; theories and models for cell survival, radiation sensitivity, carcinogenesis, and dose calculation.

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NUC ENG 167 Risk-Informed Design for Advanced Nuclear Systems 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2012
Project-based class for design and licensing of nuclear facilities, including advanced reactors. Elements of a project proposal. Regulatory framework and use of deterministic and probabilistic licensing criteria. Siting criteria. External and internal events. Identification and analysis of design basis and beyond design basis events. Communication with regulators and stakeholders. Ability to work in and contribute to a design team.

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NUC ENG 170A Nuclear Design: Design in Nuclear Power Technology and Instrumentation 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Design of various fission and fusion power systems and other physically based applications. Each semester a topic will be chosen by the class as a whole. In addition to technology, the design should address issues relating to economics, the environment, and risk assessment.

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NUC ENG 170B Nuclear Design: Design in Bionuclear, Nuclear Medicine, and Radiation Therapy 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Spring 2008
A systems approach to the development of procedures for nuclear medicine and radiation therapy. Each semester a specific procedure will be studied and will entail the development of the biological and physiological basis for a procedure, the chemical and biochemical characteristics of appropriate drugs, dosimetric requirements and limitations, the production and distribution of radionuclides and/or radiation fields to be applied, and the
characteristics of the instrumentation to be used.
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NUC ENG 175 Methods of Risk Analysis 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2013, Fall 2011
Methodological approaches for the quantification of technological risk and risk based decision making. Probabilistic safety assessment, human health risks, environmental and ecological risk analysis.

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NUC ENG 180 Introduction to Controlled Fusion 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Introduction to energy production by controlled thermonuclear reactions. Nuclear fusion reactions, energy balances for fusion systems, survey of plasma physics; neutral beam injection; RF heating methods; vacuum systems; tritium handling.

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NUC ENG H194 Honors Undergraduate Research 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Supervised research. Students who have completed three or more upper division courses may pursue original research under the direction of one of the members of the staff. A final report or presentation is required. A maximum of three units of H194 may be used to fulfill a technical elective requirement in the Nuclear Engineering general program or joint major programs.

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NUC ENG 198 Group Study for Advanced Undergraduates 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Group studies of selected topics.

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NUC ENG 199 Supervised Independent Study 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Supervised independent study. Enrollment restrictions apply; see the Introduction to Courses and Curricula section of this catalog.

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NUC ENG S199 Supervised Independent Study 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Supervised independent study. Please see section of the for description and prerequisites.

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NUC ENG 200M Introduction to Nuclear Engineering 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017
Overview of the elements of nuclear technology in use today for the production of energy and other radiation applications. Emphasis is on nuclear fission as an energy source, with a study of the basic physics of the nuclear fission process followed by detailed discussions of issues related to the control, radioactivity management, thermal energy management, fuel production, and spent fuel management. A discussion of the various reactor types in use around the world
will include analysis of safety and nuclear proliferation issues surrounding the various technologies. Case studies of some reactor accidents and other nuclear-related incidents will be included.
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NUC ENG 201 Nuclear Reactions and Interactions of Radiation with Matter 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Interaction of gamma rays, neutrons, and charged particles with matter; nuclear structure and radioactive decay; cross sections and energetics of nuclear reactions; nuclear fission and the fission products; fission and fusion reactions as energy sources.

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NUC ENG 204 Advanced Concepts in Radiation Detection and Measurements 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2013, Fall 2011
Advanced concepts in the detection of ionizing radiation relevant for basic and applied sciences, nuclear non-proliferation, and homeland security. Concepts of signal generation and processing with advantages and drawbacks of a range of detection technologies. Laboratory comprises experiments to compare conventional analog and advanced digital signal processing, information generation and processing, position-sensitive detection, tracking, and
imaging modalities.
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NUC ENG 220 Irradiation Effects in Nuclear Materials 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Physical aspects and computer simulation of radiation damage in metals. Void swelling and irradiation creep. Mechanical analysis of structures under irradiation. Sputtering, blistering, and hydrogen behavior in fusion reactor materials.

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NUC ENG 221 Corrosion in Nuclear Power Systems 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2014, Spring 2011
Structural metals in nuclear power plants; properties and fabrication of Zircaloy; aqueous corrosion of reactor components; structural integrity of reactor components under combined mechanical loading, neutron irradiation, and chemical environment.

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NUC ENG 224 Safety Assessment for Geological Disposal of Radioactive Wastes 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012
Multi-barrier concept; groundwater hydrology, mathematical modeling of mass transport in heterogeneous media, source term for far-field model; near-field chemical environment, radionuclide release from waste solids, modeling of radionuclide transport in the near field, effect of temperature on repository performance, effect of water flow, effect of geochemical conditions, effect of engineered barrier alteration; overall performance assessment
, performance index, uncertainty associated with assessment, regulation and standards.
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NUC ENG 225 The Nuclear Fuel Cycle 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2013
This course is intended for graduate students interested in acquiring a foundation in nuclear fuel cycle with topics ranging from nuclear-fuel reprocessing to waste treatment and final disposal. The emphasis is on the relationship between nuclear-power utilization and its environmental impacts. The goal is for graduate engineering students to gain sufficient understanding in how nuclear-power utilization affects the environment, so that they
are better prepared to design an advanced system that would result in minimized environmental impact. The lectures will consist of two parts. The first half includes mathematical models for individual processes in a fuel cycle, such as nuclear fuel reprocessing, waste solidification, repository performance, and nuclear transmutation in a nuclear reactor. In the second half, these individual models are integrated, which enables students to evaluate environmental impact of a fuel cycle.
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NUC ENG 230 Analytical Methods for Non-Proliferation 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Use of nuclear measurement techniques to detect clandestine movement and/or possession of nuclear materials by third parties. Nuclear detection, forensics, signatures, and active passive interrogation methodologies will be explored. Techniques currently deployed for arms control and treaty verification will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on common elements of detection technology from the viewpoint of resolution of threat signatures
from false positives due to naturally occurring radioactive material. Laboratory will involve experiments conducted in the Nucleonics Laboratory featuring passive and active neutron signals, gamma ray detection, fission neutron multiplicity, and U and Pu isotopic identification and age determination. Students should be familiar with alpha, beta, gamma, and neutron radiation and basic concepts of nuclear fission.
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NUC ENG 250 Nuclear Reactor Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2013, Spring 2012
Fission characteristics; neutron chain reactions, neutron transport and diffusion theory; reactor kinetics; multigroup methods, fast and thermal spectrum calculations, inhomogeneous reactor design, effects of poisons and fuel depletion.

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NUC ENG 255 Numerical Simulation in Radiation Transport 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Computational methods used to analyze nuclear reactor systems described by various differential, integral, and integro-differential equations. Numerical methods include finite difference, finite elements, discrete ordinates, and Monte Carlo. Examples from neutron and photon transport, heat transfer, and thermal hydraulics. An overview of optimization techniques for solving the resulting discrete equations on vector and parallel computer systems.

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NUC ENG 260 Thermal Aspects of Nuclear Reactors 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2012
Fluid dynamics and heat transfer; thermal and hydraulic analysis of nuclear reactors; two-phase flow and boiling; compressible flow; stress analysis; energy conversion methods.

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NUC ENG 262 Radiobiology 3 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
Radiobiology is concerned with the action of ionizing radiation on biological tissues and living organisms. It combines two disciplines: radiation physics and biology. Radiobiology combines our understanding of ionizing radiation and molecular biology, and is a required knowledge for health physicists, radiation biologists and medical physicists. This course will provide such knowledge for a diverse group of students with need in either disciplines. This course
represents one of the requisites for the Joint UC Berkeley-UC San Francisco Medical Physics Certificate Program.
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NUC ENG 265 Design Analysis of Nuclear Reactors 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2013
Principles and techniques of economic analysis to determine capital and operating costs; fuel management and fuel cycle optimization; thermal limits on reactor performance, thermal converters, and fast breeders; control and transient problems; reactor safety and licensing; release of radioactivity from reactors and fuel processing plants.

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NUC ENG 267 Risk-Informed Design for Advanced Nuclear Systems 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2012
Project-based class for design and licensing of nuclear facilities,including advanced reactors. Elements of a project proposal. Regulatory framework and use of deterministic and probabilistic licensing criteria. Siting criteria. External and internal events. Identification and analysis of design basis and beyond design basis
events. Communication with regulators and stakeholders. Ability to work in and contribute to a design team.

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NUC ENG 275 Principles and Methods of Risk Analysis 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2013, Fall 2011
Principles and methodological approaches for the quantification of technological risk and risk-based decision making.

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NUC ENG 280 Fusion Reactor Engineering 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Engineering and design of fusion systems. Introduction to controlled thermonuclear fusion as an energy economy, from the standpoint of the physics and technology involved. Case studies of fusion reactor design. Engineering principles of support technology for fusion systems.

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NUC ENG 281 Fully Ionized Plasmas 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2014, Spring 2011
Introduction to warm and hot magnetized plasmas. Single particle motion in electric and magnetic fields. Collective particle oscillations, waves and instabilities. Magnetohydrodynamic equilibria, stability and transport. Magnetically confined plasmas for controlled fusion. Space plasmas.

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NUC ENG C282 Charged Particle Sources and Beam Technology 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2013, Fall 2011
Topics in this course will include the latest technology of various types of ion and electron sources, extraction and formation of charge particle beams, computer simulation of beam propagation, diagnostics of ion sources and beams, and the applications of beams in fusion, synchrotron light source, neutron generation, microelectronics, lithography, and medical therapy. This is a general accelerator technology and engineering course that will be
of interest to graduate students in physics, electrical engineering, and nuclear engineering.
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NUC ENG C285 Nuclear Security: The Nexus Between Policy and Technology 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
The course will review the origins and evolution of nuclear energy, how it has been applied for both peaceful and military purposes, and the current and prospective challenges it presents. The purpose of the course is to educate students on the policy roots and technological foundations of nuclear energy and nuclear weapons so they are positioned to make original contributions to the field in their scholarly and professional careers.

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NUC ENG 290A Special Topics in Applied Nuclear Physics 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2002
Special topics in applied nuclear physics. Topics may include applied nuclear reactions and instrumentation, bionuclear and radiological physics, and subsurface nuclear technology, among other possibilities. Course content may vary from semester to semester depending upon the instructor.

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NUC ENG 290B Special Topics in Nuclear Materials and Chemistry 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2013
Special topics in nuclear materials and chemistry. Topics may include advanced nuclear materials and corrosion. Course content may vary from semester to semester depending upon the instructor.

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NUC ENG 290C Special Topics in Nuclear Energy 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2002 10 Week Session
Special topics in nuclear energy. Topics may include fission reactor analysis and engineering, nuclear thermal hydraulics, and risk, safety and large-scale systems analysis. Course content may vary from semester to semester depending on the instructor.

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NUC ENG 290D Special Topics in Nuclear Non-Proliferation 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Summer 2007 3 Week Session
Special topics in nuclear non-proliferation. Topics may include homeland security and nuclear policy, and nuclear fuel cycle and waster management. Course content may vary from semester to semester depending on the instructor.

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NUC ENG 290E Special Topics in Environmental Aspects of Nuclear Energy 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Special topics in environmental aspects of nuclear energy. Lectures on special topics of interest in environmental impacts of nuclear power utilizations, including severe accidents. The course content may vary from semester to semester, and will be announced at the beginning of each semester.

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NUC ENG 290F Special Topics in Fusion and Plasma Physics 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2007 10 Week Session, Summer 2007 3 Week Session
Special topics in fusion and plasma physics. Topics may include laser, particle bean and plasma technologies, fusion science and technology, and accelerators. Course content may vary
from semester to semester depending upon the instructor.

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NUC ENG 295 Nuclear Engineering Colloquium 0.0 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Presentations on current topics of interest in nuclear technology by experts from government, industry and universities. Open to the campus community.

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NUC ENG 298 Group Research Seminars 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Seminars in current research topics in nuclear engineering: Section 1 - Fusion; Section 2 - Nuclear Waste Management; Section 3 - Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics; Section 4 - Nuclear Chemistry; Section 6 - Nuclear Materials; Section 7 - Fusion reaction design; Section 8 - Nuclear Instrumentation.

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NUC ENG 299 Individual Research 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Investigation of advanced nuclear engineering problems.

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NUC ENG N299 Individual Research 1 - 6 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Summer 2016 8 Week Session, Summer 2015 8 Week Session
Investigation of advanced nuclear engineering problems.

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NUC ENG 375 Teaching Techniques in Nuclear Engineering 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
This course is designed to acquaint new teaching assistants with the nature of graduate student instruction in courses in the department of Nuclear Engineering. Discussion, practice, and review of issues relevant to the teaching of nuclear engineering. Effective teaching methods will be introduced by experienced GSIs and faculty.

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NUC ENG 602 Individual Study for Doctoral Students 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Individual study in consultation with the major field adviser, intended to provide an opportunity for qualified students to prepare themselves for the various examinations required of candidates for the Ph.D.

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