Nuclear, Plasma, & Radiological Engineering, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science: Major in Nuclear, Plasma, & Radiological Engineering


department catalog page: Nuclear, Plasma, & Radiological Engineering

department website: https://npre.illinois.edu/

department faculty: Nuclear, Plasma, & Radiological Engineering Faculty


overview of college admissions & requirements: Engineering Catalog

college website: https://engineering.illinois.edu/


Nuclear, plasma, and radiological engineering is a branch of engineering that is concerned with the development and use of nuclear energy and radiation sources for a wide variety of applications in energy production, in materials processing and science, and for biomedical and industrial uses. Areas of interest include the continued safe and reliable application of fission reactors as central electric power plant thermal sources; plasma processing applications and the longer term development of fusion reactors for electric power generation; and the use of radiation sources in such areas as materials, biological systems, medical treatment, radiation instrumentation, environmental systems, and activation analysis.

The first two years of the curriculum provide a strong foundation in basic sciences (physics, mathematics, and chemistry), engineering sciences (analytical mechanics and thermodynamics), an introduction to digital computer use, and introduction to nuclear energy systems. Most technical concentration takes place in the third and fourth years of the curriculum according to the educational and career interest of the students. The curriculum provides three professional concentration areas: power, safety and the environment; plasma and fusion science and engineering; and radiological, medical, and instrumentation applications. Each concentration area allows flexibility in developing advanced technical expertise but also requires depth of understanding in the area. The third path meets pre-med requirements and facilitates the minor in bioengineering. To complete this concentration area, students should take certain chemistry and biology courses in the first two years of the curriculum.

for the degree of Bachelor of Science: Major in Nuclear, Plasma, & Radiological Engineering


Overview of Curricular Requirements

The curriculum requires 128 hours for graduation and is organized as follows.

Orientation and Professional Development

These courses introduce the opportunities and resources your college, department, and curriculum can offer you as you work to achieve your career goals. They also provide the skills to work effectively and successfully in the engineering profession.

ENG 100Engineering Orientation 10
NPRE 100Orientation to NPRE1
Total Hours1

Foundational Mathematics and Science

These courses stress the basic mathematical and scientific principles upon which the engineering discipline is based.

CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
MATH 221Calculus I 14
MATH 231Calculus II3
MATH 241Calculus III4
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations3
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec & Mag4
PHYS 214Univ Physics: Quantum Physics2
Total Hours28

Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering Technical Core

These courses stress fundamental concepts and basic laboratory techniques that comprise the common intellectual understanding of nuclear engineering.

CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci 13
ECE 205Electrical and Electronic Circuits3
ECE 206Electrical and Electronic Circuits Lab1
ME 200Thermodynamics3
NPRE 247Modeling Nuclear Energy System3
NPRE 431Materials in Nuclear Engrg3
NPRE 441Radiation Protection4
NPRE 446Radiation Interact w/Matter I3
NPRE 447Radiation Interact w/Matter II3
NPRE 448Nuclear Syst Engrg & Design4
NPRE 451NPRE Laboratory3
NPRE 455Neutron Diffusion & Transport4
NPRE 458Design in NPRE4
TAM 210Introduction to Statics 1,22
TAM 212Introductory Dynamics 23
Total Hours46

Professional Concentration Area Electives

The NPRE Professional Concentration Area requirement is fulfilled by taking certain required technical and some elective technical courses stressing the rigorous analysis and design principles practiced in one of the three professional concentration areas: Power, Safety, and the Environment; Plasma and Fusion Science Engineering; or Radiological, Medical, and Instrumentation Applications.

Professional Concentration Area electives. See the Professional Concentration Areas section below.25

Liberal Education

The liberal education courses develop students’ understanding of human culture and society, build skills of inquiry and critical thinking, and lay a foundation for civic engagement and lifelong learning.

ECON 102Microeconomic Principles3
or ECON 103 Macroeconomic Principles
Electives from the campus General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences list. 3
Electives from the campus General Education Humanities and the Arts list.6
Electives either from a list approved by the college or from the campus General Education lists for Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities and the Arts.6
Total Hours18

Students must also complete the campus cultural studies requirement by completing (i) one western/comparative culture(s) course, (ii) one non-western/U.S. minority culture(s) course, and (iii) one U.S. Minority Culture(s) course from the General Education cultural studies lists. Most students select liberal education courses that simultaneously satisfy these cultural studies requirements. Courses from the western, non-western and U.S. minority culture(s) lists that fall into free electives or other categories may also be used satisfy the cultural studies requirements.

Composition

These courses teach fundamentals of expository writing.

RHET 105Writing and Research4
Advanced Composition. May be satisfied by completing a course in either the liberal education or free elective categories which has the Advanced Composition designation. Alternately, NPRE 481 should be considered, which may also be applied to the Professional Concentration elective hours.
Total Hours4

Free Electives

These unrestricted electives, subject to certain exceptions as noted at the College of Engineering Advising Website, give the student the opportunity to explore any intellectual area of unique interest. This freedom plays a critical role in helping students to define research specialties or to complete minors.

Free electives. Additional unrestricted course work, subject to certain exceptions as noted at the College of Engineering advising Web site, so that there are at least 128 credit hours earned toward the degree. 6

Professional Concentration Areas

Students are expected to develop a solid background in one of the various subfields within a Professional Concentration Area which are defined below.

Power, Safety, and the Environment

TAM 335Introductory Fluid Mechanics4
or ME 310 Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics
NPRE 421Plasma and Fusion Science3
NPRE 432Nuclear Engrg Materials Lab2
Technical electives broken down as follows:16
A minimum of 6 hours of departmentally approved NPRE Electives.
Technical electives selected from departmentally approved Power, Safety, and the Environment elective course work in one of the following subfields: Thermal Sciences; Power and Control Systems; Solid, Fluid and Continuum Mechanics; Computational Sciences and Engineering; Environmental Engineering and Science. The student's academic advisor must approve the chosen course set to insure that a strong program is achieved. 1
Total Hours25

Plasma and Fusion Science and Engineering

TAM 335Introductory Fluid Mechanics4
or ME 310 Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics
NPRE 421Plasma and Fusion Science3
NPRE 423Plasma Laboratory2
NPRE 429Plasma Engineering3
Technical electives selected from departmentally approved Plasma and Fusion Science and Engineering elective course work in one of the following subfields: Physical Science, Electrical Engineering, or Electronic Materials. The student's academic advisor must approve the chosen course set to insure that a strong program is achieved. 113
Total Hours25

Radiological, Medical and Instrumentation Applications

NPRE 435Radiological Imaging3
Select one from:2
Cell & Membrane Physiology Lab
Biomedical Instrumentation Lab
Nuclear Analytical Methods Lab
Technical electives selected from departmentally approved Radiological, Medical and Instrumentation Applications elective course work in one of the following subfields: Biomolecular Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Radiation Detection and Analysis. The student's academic advisor must approve the chosen course set to ensure that a strong program is achieved. 120
Total Hours25

for the degree of Bachelor of Science: Major in Nuclear, Plasma, & Radiological Engineering


Suggested Sequence

The schedule that follows is illustrative, showing the typical sequence in which courses would be taken by a student with no college course credit already earned and who intends to graduate in four years. Each individual's case may vary, but the position of required named courses is generally indicative of the order in which they should be taken.

First Year
First SemesterHours
CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
ENG 100Engineering Orientation0
MATH 2211Calculus I4
NPRE 100Orientation to NPRE1
RHET 105 (or Free elective)2Writing and Research4-3
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours16-15
Second Semester
CS 1014Intro Computing: Engrg Sci3
MATH 231Calculus II3
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
Liberal education elective33
RHET 105 (or Free elective)2,5Writing and Research3-4
 Semester Hours16-17
Second Year
First Semester
MATH 241Calculus III4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec Mag4
TAM 2104,6Introduction to Statics2
Professional Concentration Area elective73
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours16
Second Semester
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations3
ME 200Thermodynamics3
PHYS 214Univ Physics: Quantum Physics2
NPRE 247Modeling Nuclear Energy System3
TAM 2126Introductory Dynamics3
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours17
Third Year
First Semester
ECE 205Electrical and Electronic Circuits3
ECE 206Electrical and Electronic Circuits Lab1
NPRE 446Radiation Interact w/Matter I3
TAM 335 or ME 310 (or Professional Concentration Area elective in Radiological, Medical, and Instrumentation Applications)8Introductory Fluid Mechanics4
Liberal education elective33
Free elective 3
 Semester Hours17
Second Semester
NPRE 421 (or Professional Concentration Area elective in Radiological, Medical, and Instrumentation Applications)8Plasma and Fusion Science3
NPRE 447Radiation Interact w/Matter II3
NPRE 451NPRE Laboratory3
NPRE 455Neutron Diffusion Transport4
Professional Concentration Area elective73
 Semester Hours16
Fourth Year
First Semester
NPRE 431Materials in Nuclear Engrg3
NPRE 448Nuclear Syst Engrg Design4
Professional Concentration Area electives76
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours16
Second Semester
NPRE 441Radiation Protection4
NPRE 458Design in NPRE4
Professional Concentration Area electives6
 Semester Hours14
 Total Hours: 128