Nuclear, Plasma, & Radiological Engineering, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science 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 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
Minimum of 6 hours from the list below:
NPRE 201Energy Systems2 or 3
NPRE 412Nuclear Power Econ & Fuel Mgmt3 or 4
NPRE 442Radioactive Waste Management3
NPRE 457Safety Anlys Nucl Reactor Syst3 or 4
NPRE 480Energy and Security3
NPRE 481Writing on Technol & Security3 or 4
NPRE 483Seminar on Security1
NPRE 498Special Topics1 to 4
Remaining 11 credit hours of technical electives from list below. 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.
Common Engineering and Technical Electives
MATH 415Applied Linear Algebra3 or 4
NPRE 199Undergraduate Open Seminar (May be taken up to 2 timse in separate seminars for credit towards concentration)1
NPRE 470Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Sources3
NPRE 475Wind Power Systems3 or 4
Thermal Sciences
ME 320Heat Transfer4
ME 400Energy Conversion Systems3 or 4
ME 402Design of Thermal Systems3 or 4
ME 404Intermediate Thermodynamics4
ME 410Intermediate Gas Dynamics3 or 4
ME 411Viscous Flow & Heat Transfer4
ME 420Intermediate Heat Transfer4
Power and Control Systems
ECE 329Fields and Waves I3
ECE 310Digital Signal Processing3
ECE 330Power Ckts & Electromechanics3
ECE 476Power System Analysis3
ECE 486Control Systems4
Solid, Fluid and Continuum Mechanics
TAM 251Introductory Solid Mechanics3
TAM 252Solid Mechanics Design1
TAM 424Mechanics of Structural Metals3 or 4
TAM 435Intermediate Fluid Mechanics4
TAM 445Continuum Mechanics4
TAM 451Intermediate Solid Mechanics4
TAM 456Experimental Stress Analysis3
Computational Sciences and Engineering
CS 357Numerical Methods I3
CS 450Numerical Analysis3 or 4
ME 471Finite Element Analysis3 or 4
Environmental Engineering and Science
CEE 201Systems Engrg & Economics3
CEE 330Environmental Engineering3
CEE 437Water Quality Engineering3
CEE 443Env Eng Principles, Chemical4
CEE 444Env Eng Principles, Biological4
CEE 445Air Quality Modeling4
CEE 446Air Quality Engineering4
CEE 447Atmospheric Chemistry4

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
Remaining 14 credit hours of 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. The list is below:13
Common Engineering and Technical Electives
MATH 415Applied Linear Algebra3 or 4
NPRE 199Undergraduate Open Seminar (May be taken up to 2 times in separate seminars for credit towards concentration)1
NPRE 201Energy Systems2 or 3
NPRE 470Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Sources3
NPRE 481Writing on Technol & Security3 or 4
NPRE 498Special Topics1 to 4
Physical Science Electives
CHEM 104General Chemistry II3
CHEM 105General Chemistry Lab II1
PHYS 435Electromagnetic Fields I3
PHYS 436Electromagnetic Fields II3
PHYS 460Condensed Matter Physics4
Electrical Engineering Electives
ECE 329Fields and Waves I3
ECE 340Semiconductor Electronics3
ECE 441Physcs & Modeling Semicond Dev3
ECE 444IC Device Theory & Fabrication4
ECE 484Prin Adv Microelec Processing3
Electronic Materials Electives
MSE 304Electronic Properties of Matls3
MSE 403Synthesis of Materials3
MSE 460Electronic Materials I3
MSE 461Electronic Materials II3
MSE 462Electronic Materials Lab3

Radiological, Medical and Instrumentation Applications

NPRE 435Radiological Imaging3
Select one from:2
Cell & Membrane Physiology Lab
Biomedical Instrumentation Lab
Nuclear Analytical Methods Lab
Remaining 21-22 credit hours from the Technical electives on the 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. The list of courses is below:
BIOE 120Introduction to Bioengineering1
CHEM 104General Chemistry II3
CHEM 105General Chemistry Lab II1
CHEM 232Elementary Organic Chemistry I3 or 4
CHEM 233Elementary Organic Chem Lab I2
IB 150Organismal & Evolutionary Biol4
IB 151Organismal & Evol Biol Lab1
MATH 415Applied Linear Algebra3 or 4
MCB 150Molec & Cellular Basis of Life4
MCB 151Molec & Cellular Laboratory1
NPRE 199Undergraduate Open Seminar (May be taken up to 2 times in separate seminars for credit towards concentration)1
NPRE 201Energy Systems2 or 3
NPRE 421Plasma and Fusion Science3
NPRE 481Writing on Technol & Security3 or 4
NPRE 498Special Topics1 to 4
TAM 335Introductory Fluid Mechanics4
Biomolecular Engineering Electives
BIOE 120Introduction to Bioengineering1
BIOE 414Biomedical Instrumentation3-4
or CHBE 472 Techniques in Biomolecular Eng
CHEM 232Elementary Organic Chemistry I3 or 4
MCB 450Introductory Biochemistry3
MCB 401Cell & Membrane Physiology3
or BIOP 401 Introduction to Biophysics
MCB 403Cell & Membrane Physiology Lab1 or 2
Biomedical Engineering Electives
BIOE 120Introduction to Bioengineering1
CHEM 232Elementary Organic Chemistry I3 or 4
ECE 380Biomedical Imaging3
BIOE 414Biomedical Instrumentation3-4
or CHBE 472 Techniques in Biomolecular Eng
BIOE 415Biomedical Instrumentation Lab2
ECE 480Magnetic Resonance Imaging3 or 4
MCB 401Cell & Membrane Physiology3
or BIOP 401 Introduction to Biophysics
MCB 402Sys & Integrative Physiology3
MCB 403Cell & Membrane Physiology Lab1 or 2
MCB 404Sys & Integrative Physiol Lab1 to 2

for the degree of Bachelor of Science 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