Chemical Engineering/Nuclear Engineering Joint Major

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Bachelor of Science (BS)

The joint major programs are designed for students who wish to undertake study in two areas of engineering in order to qualify for employment in either field or for positions in which competence in two fields is required. The joint majors contain comparable proportions of coursework in both major fields. While they require slightly increased course loads, they can be completed in four years. Both majors are shown on the student's transcript of record. Students in this joint major program are concurrently enrolled in both the College of Engineering and the College of Chemistry, but their college of residence will be the College of Chemistry.

The areas of nuclear technology that depend heavily upon chemical engineering training include isotope separation, fuel reprocessing, waste management, feed material preparation, fuel chemistry, effluent control, fusion reactor fuel processing, and new reactor types.

Admission to the Joint Major

Admission to the joint major programs is open to transfer students but closed to freshmen. Continuing students may petition for a change to a joint major program after their first year. For further details regarding how to declare the joint major, please contact the College of Chemistry.

Other Joint Major Offered with the College of Engineering

Chemical Engineering/Materials Science Engineering

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Major Requirements

In addition to the University, campus, and college requirements, listed on the College Requirements tab, students must fulfill the below requirements specific to their major program.

General Guidelines

  1. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 must be maintained in all courses undertaken at UC Berkeley, including those from UC Summer Sessions, UC Education Abroad Program, UC Berkeley in Washington Program, and XB courses from University Extension.
  2. A minimum GPA of 2.0 in all courses taken in the college is required in order to advance and continue in the upper division.
  3. A minimum GPA of 2.0 in all upper division courses taken at the University is required to satisfy major requirements.
  4. Students in the College of Chemistry who receive a grade of D+ or lower in a chemical and biomolecular engineering or chemistry course for which a grade of C- or higher is required must repeat the course at UC Berkeley.

For information regarding grade requirements in specific courses, please see the notes sections below.

For information regarding residence requirements and unit requirements, please see the College Requirements tab.

Lower Division Requirements 

MATH 1ACalculus4
MATH 1BCalculus4
MATH 53Multivariable Calculus4
MATH 54Linear Algebra and Differential Equations4
CHEM 1A
1AL
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
4
or CHEM 4A General Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis
CHEM 1BGeneral Chemistry4
or CHEM 4B General Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis
PHYSICS 7APhysics for Scientists and Engineers4
PHYSICS 7BPhysics for Scientists and Engineers4
PHYSICS 7CPhysics for Scientists and Engineers4
ENGIN 7Introduction to Computer Programming for Scientists and Engineers4
ENGIN 45
45L
Properties of Materials
and Properties of Materials Laboratory
4

Upper Division Requirements

CHEM 120APhysical Chemistry3-4
or PHYSICS 137A Quantum Mechanics
CHM ENG 140Introduction to Chemical Process Analysis4
CHM ENG 141Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics4
CHM ENG 142Chemical Kinetics and Reaction Engineering4
CHM ENG 150ATransport Processes4
CHM ENG 150BTransport and Separation Processes4
CHM ENG 154Chemical Engineering Laboratory4
CHM ENG 160Chemical Process Design4
or NUC ENG 170A Nuclear Design: Design in Nuclear Power Technology and Instrumentation
CHM ENG 162Dynamics and Control of Chemical Processes4
CHM ENG 185Course Not Available3
ENGIN 117Methods of Engineering Analysis3
NUC ENG 101Nuclear Reactions and Radiation4
NUC ENG 104Radiation Detection and Nuclear Instrumentation Laboratory4
NUC ENG 150Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Theory4
NUC ENG 162Radiation Biophysics and Dosimetry3
or BIOLOGY 1A General Biology Lecture
Nuclear engineering electives: select 6 units of upper division NUC ENG courses
Engineering electives: select 3-4 units of upper division engineering courses.

College Requirements

Undergraduate students in the College of Chemistry must fulfill the following requirements in addition to those required by the major program.  

For detailed lists of courses that fulfill college requirements, please see the College of Chemistry page in this Guide. 

Entry Level Writing

All students who will enter the University of California as freshmen must demonstrate their command of the English language by fulfilling the Entry Level Writing Requirement. Fulfillment of this requirement is also a prerequisite to enrollment in all reading and composition courses at UC Berkeley.

American History and American Institutions

The American History and Institutions requirements are based on the principle that a US resident graduated from an American university should have an understanding of the history and governmental institutions of the United States.

American Cultures

American Cultures is the one requirement that all undergraduate students at Cal need to take and pass in order to graduate. The requirement offers an exciting intellectual environment centered on the study of race, ethnicity and culture of the United States. AC courses offer students opportunities to be part of research-led, highly accomplished teaching environments, grappling with the complexity of American Culture.

Foreign Language

Applies to Chemistry and Chemical Biology majors only.

The Foreign Language requirement may be satisfied with one foreign language, in one of the following ways:

  • By completing in high school the third year of one foreign language with minimum grades of C-.

  • By completing at Berkeley the second semester of a sequence of courses in one foreign language, or the equivalent at another institution. Only foreign language courses that include reading and composition as well as conversation are accepted in satisfaction of this requirement. Foreign language courses may be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.

  • By demonstrating equivalent knowledge of a foreign language through examination, including a College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) Advanced Placement Examination with a score of 3 or higher (if taken before admission to college), an SAT II: Subject Test with a score of 590 or higher, or a proficiency examination offered by some departments at Berkeley or at another campus of the University of California.

Reading and Composition

In order to provide a solid foundation in reading, writing and critical thinking the College requires lower division work in composition.

  • Chemical Engineering majors – A-level R&C course (e.g., English R1A) by end of freshman year

  • Chemical Biology and Chemistry majors – A- and B-level courses by end of sophomore year

Humanities and Social Sciences Breadth Requirement – Chemistry & Chemical Biology majors

  • 15 units total; includes Reading & Composition (R1A + R1B) and American Cultures courses

  • Remaining units must come from the College of Chemistry’s lists of approved humanities and social science courses

  • Breadth courses may be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis (excluding R&C)

  • AP, IB, and GCE A-level exam credit may be used to satisfy the breadth requirement

Humanities and Social Sciences Breadth Requirement – Chemical Engineering major

  • 19 unit total; includes Reading & Composition (R1A only) and American Cultures courses

  • Breadth Series requirement: As part of the 19 units, students must complete two courses, at least one being upper division, in the same or very closely allied humanities or social science department(s).  AP credit may be used to satisfy the lower division aspect of the requirement.

  • Breadth Series courses and all remaining units must come from the College of Chemistry’s lists of approved humanities and social science courses

  • Breadth courses may be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis (excluding R&C)

  • AP, IB, and GCE A-level exam credit may be used to satisfy the breadth requirement

Class Schedule Requirements

Minimum units per semester – 13

Maximum units per semester – 19.5

12 units of course work each semester must satisfy degree requirements.

Chemical engineering freshmen and Chemistry majors are required to enroll in a minimum of one chemistry course each semester.

After the freshman year, Chemical Engineering majors must enroll in a minimum of one chemical and biomolecular engineering course each semester.

Semester Limit

  • Students who entered as freshmen – 8 semesters

  • Chemistry & Chemical Biology majors who entered as transfer students – 4 semesters

  • Chemical Engineering majors who entered as transfer students – 5 semesters

Summer sessions are excluded when determining the limit on semesters. Students who wish to delay graduation to complete a minor, a double major, or simultaneous degrees must request approval for delay of graduation before what would normally be their final two semesters. The College of Chemistry does not have a rule regarding maximum units that a student can accumulate.

Senior Residence

After 90 units toward the bachelor’s degree have been completed, at least 24 of the remaining units must be completed in residence in the College of Chemistry, in at least two semesters (the semester in which the 90 units are exceeded, plus at least one additional semester).

To count as a semester of residence for this requirement, a program must include at least 4 units of successfully completed courses. A summer session can be credited as a semester in residence if this minimum unit requirement is satisfied.

Juniors and seniors who participate in the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) for a full year may meet a modified senior residence requirement. After 60 units toward the bachelor’s degree have been completed, at least 24 (excluding EAP) of the remaining units must be completed in residence in the College of Chemistry, in at least two semesters. At least 12 of the 24 units must be completed after the student has already completed 90 units. Undergraduate Dean’s approval for the modified senior residence requirement must be obtained before enrollment in the Education Abroad Program.

Minimum Total Units

A student must successfully complete at least 120 semester units in order to graduate.

Minimum Academic Requirements

Grades

A student must earn at least a C average (2.0 GPA) in all courses undertaken at UC, including those from UC Summer Sessions, UC Education Abroad Program, and UC Berkeley Washington Program, as well as XB courses from University Extension.

Minimum Course Grade Requirements

Students in the College of Chemistry who receive a grade of D+ or lower in a chemical and biomolecular engineering or chemistry course for which a grade of C- or higher is required must repeat the course at Berkeley.

Students in the College of Chemistry must achieve:

  • C- or higher in CHEM 4A before taking CHEM 4B

  • C- or higher in CHEM 4B before taking more advanced courses

  • C- or higher in CHEM 112A before taking CHEM 112B GPA of at least 2.0 in all courses taken in the college in order to advance to and continue in the upper division

Chemistry or chemical biology majors must also achieve:

Chemical engineering students must also achieve:

  • C- or higher in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) 140 before taking any other CBE courses

  • C- or higher in CHM ENG 150A to be eligible to take any other course in the 150 series

  • 2.0 GPA in all upper division courses taken at the University to satisfy major requirements

Chemical engineering students who do not achieve a grade of C- or higher in CHM ENG 140 on their first attempt are advised to change to another major. If the course is not passed with a grade of C- or higher on the second attempt, continuation in the Chemical Engineering program is normally not allowed.

Minimum Progress

To make normal progress toward a degree, undergraduates must successfully complete 30 units of coursework each year. The continued enrollment of students who do not maintain normal progress will be subject to the approval of the Undergraduate Dean. To achieve minimum academic progress, the student must meet two criteria:

  1. Completed no fewer units than 15 multiplied by the number of semesters, less one, in which the student has been enrolled at Berkeley. Summer sessions do not count as semesters for this purpose.

  2. A student’s class schedule must contain at least 13 units in any term, unless otherwise authorized by the staff adviser or the Undergraduate Dean.

Plan of Study

For more detailed information regarding the courses listed below (e.g., elective information, GPA requirements, etc.), please see the Major Requirements tab.

Freshman
FallUnitsSpringUnits
MATH 1A4MATH 1B4
CHEM 4A or 1A and 1AL4ENGIN 74
English R1A or equivalent4PHYSICS 7A4
Breadth Elective3CHEM 4B or 1B4
 15 16
Sophomore
FallUnitsSpringUnits
PHYSICS 7B4MATH 544
MATH 534PHYSICS 7C4
CHM ENG 1404CHM ENG 1414
Breadth Elective3CHM ENG 150A4
 15 16
Junior
FallUnitsSpringUnits
ENGIN 45
45L
4NUC ENG 1044
ENGIN 1173CHM ENG 1853
NUC ENG 1014NUC ENG 162 or BIOLOGY 1A3
CHM ENG 1424Breadth Elective3
CHM ENG 150B4NUC ENG 1504
 19 17
Senior
FallUnitsSpringUnits
Nuclear Engineering Electives6CHM ENG 160 or NUC ENG 170A3-4
CHEM 120A or PHYSICS 137A3-4CHM ENG 1624
CHM ENG 1544Breadth Electives6
Upper Division Engineering Elective3-4 
 16-18 13-14
Total Units: 127-130

Courses

Chemical Engineering/Nuclear Engineering

CHM ENG 24 Freshman Seminars 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2015, Fall 2014
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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CHM ENG 40 Introduction to Chemical Engineering Design 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Design and analysis of processes involving chemical change. Strategies for design, such as creative thinking and (re)definition of the design goal. Methods for analyzing designs, such as mathematical modeling, empirical analysis by graphics, and dynamic scaling by dimensional analysis. Design choices in light of process efficiency, product quality, economics, safety, and environmental issues.

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CHM ENG 84 Sophomore Seminar 1 or 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2010
Sophomore seminars are small interactive courses offered by faculty members in departments all across the campus. Sophomore seminars offer opportunity for close, regular intellectual contact between faculty members and students in the crucial second year. The topics vary from department to department and semester to semester. Enrollment limited to 15 sophomores.

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CHM ENG 90 Science and Engineering of Sustainable Energy 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2013
An introduction is given to the science and technologies of producing electricity and transportation fuels from renewable energy resources (biomass, geothermal, solar, wind, and wave). Students will be introduced to quantitative calculations and comparisions of energy technologies together with the economic and political factors affecting the transition from nonrenewable to sustainable energy resources. Mass and energy balances are used to
analyze the conversion of energy resources.
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CHM ENG 98 Directed Group Studies for Lower Division Undergraduates 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Supervised research on a specific topic.

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CHM ENG 98W Directed Group Study 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2015
Directed group study consisting of supplementary problem sets, review sessions, and discussions related to chemical engineering. Topics vary with instructor.

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CHM ENG 140 Introduction to Chemical Process Analysis 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Material and energy balances applied to chemical process systems. Determination of thermodynamic properties needed for such calculations. Sources of data. Calculation procedures.

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CHM ENG 141 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Thermodynamic behavior of pure substances and mixtures. Properties of solutions, phase equilibria. Thermodynamic cycles. Chemical equilibria for homogeneous and heterogeneous systems.

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CHM ENG 142 Chemical Kinetics and Reaction Engineering 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Analysis and prediction of rates of chemical conversion in flow and nonflow processes involving homogeneous and heterogeneous systems.

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CHM ENG 143 Computational Methods in Chemical Engineering 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016
The purpose of Chemical Engineering Modeling and Computations in Chemical Engineering is to teach students the methodologies used in setting up mathematical models of simple chemical processes and operations, and the numerical techniques used to simulate them. Included are techniques to obtain physical properties of mixtures/solutions using equations of state. This is followed by simple processes such as vapor liquid equilibrium, separation operations such as distillation
, heat transfer, and chemical reactions in ideal reactors such as stirred tank and plug flow. Later on, real chemical process equipment and processes are modeled and simulated, using many of the techniques learned earlier. Programming languages such as Matlab and...
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CHM ENG 150A Transport Processes 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Principles of fluid mechanics and heat transfer with application to chemical processes. Laminar and turbulent flow in pipes and around submerged objects. Flow measurement. Heat conduction and convection; heat transfer coefficients.

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CHM ENG 150B Transport and Separation Processes 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
Principles of mass transfer with application to chemical processes. Diffusion and convection. Simultaneous heat and mass transfer; mass transfer coefficients. Design of staged and continuous separations processes.

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CHM ENG 154 Chemical Engineering Laboratory 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Experiments in physical measurements, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, kinetics, and separation processes. Emphasis on investigation of basic relationships important in engineering. Experimental design, analysis of results, and preparation of engineering reports are stressed.

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CHM ENG 160 Chemical Process Design 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Fall 2016
Design principles of chemical process equipment. Design of integrated chemical processes with emphasis upon economic considerations.

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CHM ENG 161S Industrial Chemical Process Design 6 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Design of chemical processes and equipment, with an emphasis on industry-sponsored and/or industry-tailored processes

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CHM ENG 162 Dynamics and Control of Chemical Processes 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Analysis of the dynamic behavior of chemical processes and methods and theory of their control. Implementation of computer control systems on process simulations.

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CHM ENG 170A Biochemical Engineering 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
This course intends to introduce chemical engineers to the basic concepts of biochemical engineering. The course focuses on the use of chemical engineering skills and principles in the analysis and design of biologically-based processes. The main emphasis will be on biochemical kinetics, heat and mass transfer, thermodynamics, and transport phenomena as they apply to enzyme catalysis, microbial growth and metabolism, fermentation and bioreactor
design, product recovery and downstream processing. Fundamental topics in biological sciences will be introduced as necessary throughout the course.
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CHM ENG 170B Biochemical Engineering 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012
The second of a two-semester sequence intended to introduce chemical engineers to the basic concepts of biochemical engineering. The course focuses on the use of chemical engineering skills and principles in the analysis and design of biologically-based processes. The emphasis will be on biochemical kinetics, protein engineering, cell growth and metabolism, bioreactor design, downstream processing, pharmacokinetics, drug delivery, and ethics.

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CHM ENG C170L Biochemical Engineering Laboratory 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012
Laboratory techniques for the cultivation of microorganisms in batch and continuous reactions. Enzymatic conversion processes. Recovery of biological products.

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CHM ENG 171 Transport Phenomena 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2011, Spring 2009, Spring 2007
Study of momentum, energy, and mass transfer in laminar and turbulent flow.

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CHM ENG 176 Principles of Electrochemical Processes 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2014, Spring 2012
Principles and application of electrochemical equilibria, kinetics, and transport processes. Technical electrolysis and electrochemical energy conversion.

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CHM ENG C178 Polymer Science and Technology 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
An interdisciplinary course on the synthesis, characterization, and properties of polymer materials. Emphasis on the molecular origin of properties of polymeric materials and technological applications. Topics include single molecule properties, polymer mixtures and solutions, melts, glasses, elastomers, and crystals. Experiments in polymer synthesis, characterization, and physical properties.

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CHM ENG 179 Process Technology of Solid-State Materials Devices 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Chemical processing and properties of solid-state materials. Crystal growth and purification. Thin film technology. Application of chemical processing to the manufacture of semiconductors and solid-state devices.

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CHM ENG 180 Chemical Engineering Economics 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Optimal design of chemical processes and unit operations, emphasizing the interactions between technical and economic considerations. Analysis of process risks. Chemical and biomolecular process design in the presence of uncertainties. Interest rate determinants and their effects on chemical process feasibility and choices. Relationships between structure and behavior of firms in the chemical processing industries. Multivariable input-output analyses.

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CHM ENG H193 Senior Honors Thesis 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
A senior honors thesis is written in consultation with the student's faculty research advisor. This is a required course for students wishing to graduate with honors in Chemical Engineering.

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CHM ENG H194 Research for Advanced Undergraduates 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Original research under direction of one of the members of the staff.

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CHM ENG 195 Special Topics 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Lectures and/or tutorial instruction on special topics.

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CHM ENG C195A The Berkeley Lectures on Energy: Energy from Biomass 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
After an introduction to the different aspects of our global energy consumption, the course will focus on the role of biomass. The course will illustrate how the global scale of energy guides the biomass research. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of the biological aspects (crop selection, harvesting, storage and distribution, and chemical composition of biomass) with the chemical aspects to convert biomass to energy. The course aims to
engage students in state-of-the-art research.
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CHM ENG 196 Special Laboratory Study 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Special laboratory or computational work under direction of one of the members of the staff.

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CHM ENG 197 Field Study in Chemical Engineering 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Supervised experience in off-campus organizations relevant to specific aspects and applications of chemical engineering. Written report required at the end of the term. Course does not satisfy unit or residence requirements for the bachelor's degree.

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CHM ENG 198 Directed Group Study for Undergraduates 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Supervised research on a specific topic. Enrollment is restricted; see Introduction to Courses and Curricula section in the General Catalog.

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CHM ENG 199 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015

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Nuclear Engineering

NUC ENG 24 Freshman Seminars 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 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 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
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 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2013
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 2014, Fall 2012
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 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
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 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
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 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
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 2013, Fall 2011, Fall 2009
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 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
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: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 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: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Group studies of selected topics.

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NUC ENG 199 Supervised Independent Study 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, 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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Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

Keith Alexander, Adjunct Professor. New Product Development; Technology Commercialization.

Nitash P. Balsara, Professor. Chemical engineering, synthesis and characterization of soft microstructured polymer materials, nucleation, neutron scattering, depolarized light scattering.
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Alexis T. Bell, Professor. Understanding the fundamental relationships between the structure and composition of heterogeneous catalysts and their performance.
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Elton J. Cairns, Professor. Electrochemistry and electrocatalysis.
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Carlo Carraro, Adjunct Professor.

Douglas S. Clark, Professor. Biochemical engineering and biocatalysis.

David B. Graves, Professor. Plasma processing and electronic materials.
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Teresa Head-Gordon, Professor. Computational chemistry, biophysics, bioengineering, biomolecules, materials, computational science.
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Enrique Iglesia, Professor. Chemical engineering, catalytic materials, heterogeneous catalysis, chemical reaction engineering, methane and biomass coversion processes, refining processes, hydrogen generation, alkane activation deoxygenatiion and desulfurization catalysis, zeolites.
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Alexander Katz, Assistant Professor. Chemical engineering, nanoengineering, catalytic imprinted silicas, catalysts in biological systems, catalysis, chemical sensing.
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Jay Keasling, Professor. Microorganism metabolic engineering for environmentally friendly product.
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Sanjay Kumar, Professor. Biomaterials, molecular and cellular bioengineering, stem cells, cancer biology, translational medicine.
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Markita Landry, Assistant Professor.

Jeffrey R. Long, Professor. Inorganic and solid state chemistry, synthesis of inorganic clusters and solids, controlling structure, tailoring physical properties, intermetal bridges, high-spin metal-cyanide clusters, magnetic bistability.
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Roya Maboudian, Professor. Surface and interfacial science and engineering, thin-film science and technology, micro-/nano-systems technology, harsh-environment sensors, silicon carbide, biologically-inspired materials synthesis.
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Brian Maiorella, Adjunct Professor.

Kranthi K. Mandadapu, Assistant Professor. Statistical Mechanics, Continuum Mechanics — Polycrystalline Materials, Biological Membranes, Bacterial Motility.

Bryan D. McCloskey, Assistant Professor. Electrochemical energy storage, electrocatalysis, molecular and ionic transport through polymers.

Ali Mesbah, Assistant Professor. Process Systems and Control.
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Susan J. Muller, Professor. Chemical engineering, fluid mechanics, Rheology, complex fluids, microfabrication processes, Genetic Engineering of Protein Polymers, Finite Element Modeling of Bubbles, Stress Fluids, Taylor-Couette instabilities.
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John M. Prausnitz, Professor. Molecular thermodynamics of phase equilibria.
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+ Clayton J. Radke, Professor. Surface and colloid science technology.
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+ Jeffrey A. Reimer, Professor. Materials chemistry, applied spectroscopy, alternative energy, nuclear spintronics.
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David Schaffer, Professor. Neuroscience, biomolecular engineering, bioengineering, stem cell biology, gene therapy.
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Berend Smit, Professor.

Wenjun Zhang, Assistant Professor. Natural product biosynthesis and engineering for health and bioenergy applications.

Lecturers

Joanna Bechtel Dahl, Lecturer.

Colin Cerretani, Lecturer.

Shannon Ciston, Lecturer.

Dean C. Draemel, Lecturer.

Gregory R. Schoofs, Lecturer.

Steve Sciamanna, Lecturer.

Ravi Upadhye, Lecturer.

P. Henrik Wallman, Lecturer.

Marjorie Went, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Harvey W. Blanch, Professor Emeritus. Biochemical Engineering.
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Morton Denn, Professor Emeritus.

Jean M. J. Frechet, Professor Emeritus. Materials chemistry, catalysis, drug delivery, analytical chemistry, organic synthesis, polymer science, macromolecules, chiral recognition, control of molecular architecture at the nanometer scale, reactive surfaces.
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Simon Goren, Professor Emeritus.

C. Judson King, Professor Emeritus. Separation processes, spray drying, and higher education.
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Scott Lynn, Professor Emeritus.

John S. Newman, Professor Emeritus. Chemical engineering, electrochemical systems, lithium batteries, industrial electrochemical processes, methanol fuel cells.
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+ Michael C. Williams, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Chemical Engineering Joint Major Program

Visit the Program website

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

201 Gilman Hall

Phone: 510-642-2291

http://cheme.berkeley.edu/

Department Chair, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Jeffrey Reimer, PhD

Phone: 510-643-3951

cbechair@berkeley.edu

Nuclear Engineering

4155 Etcheverry Hall

Phone: 510-642-4077

Fax: 510-643-9685

http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/

Department Chair, Nuclear Engineering:

Karl A. Van Bibber, PhD

Phone: 510-542-3477

karl.van.bibber@nuc.berkeley.edu

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