Nuclear, Plasma, & Radiological Engineering, BS

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


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

department faculty: Nuclear, Plasma, & Radiological Engineering Faculty


overview of college admissions & requirements: The Grainger College of Engineering

college website: https://grainger.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 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


Graduation Requirements

Minimum Overall GPA: 2.0


Minimum hours required for graduation: 128 hours


General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement. One of the SBS courses must be an introductory economics course (ECON 102 or ECON 103).


Orientation and Professional Development

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

Foundational Mathematics and Science

CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
MATH 221Calculus I 24
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

CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci 33
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 3,42
TAM 212Introductory Dynamics 43
Total Hours46

Professional Concentration Area Electives

Students choose one of the Professional Concentration Areas below.25
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 398Special Topics1 to 4
NPRE 412Nuclear Power Econ & Fuel Mgmt3 or 4
NPRE 442Radioactive Waste Management3
NPRE 457Safety Anlys Nucl Reactor Syst3 or 4
NPRE 461Probabilistic Risk Assessment3 or 4
NPRE 480Energy and Security3
NPRE 481Writing on Technol & Security3 or 4
NPRE 483Seminar on Security1
NPRE 498Special Topics1 to 4
Remaining 10 credit hours of technical electives from list below. Technical electives selected from departmentally approved Power, Safety, and the Environment elective course work in Common Engineering and Technical Electives or 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
STAT 400Statistics and Probability I4
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 445
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 13 credit hours of technical electives selected from departmentally approved Plasma and Fusion Science and Engineering elective course work in Common Engineering and Technical Electives or one of the following subfields: Physical Science, Electrical Engineering, or Electronic Materials. The student's academic advisor must approve the chosen course set to ensure that a strong program is achieved.
Common Engineering and Technical Electives
MATH 415Applied Linear Algebra3 or 4
NPRE 199Undergraduate Open Seminar1
NPRE 201Energy Systems2 or 3
NPRE 398Special Topics1 to 4
NPRE 461Probabilistic Risk Assessment3 or 4
NPRE 470Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Sources3
NPRE 481Writing on Technol & Security3 or 4
NPRE 498Special Topics1 to 4
STAT 400Statistics and Probability I4
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
Electronic Materials Electives
MSE 304Electronic Properties of Matls3
MSE 403Synthesis of Materials3
MSE 460Electronic Materials I3
MSE 461Electronic Materials II3
MSE 462
Radiological, Medical and Instrumentation Applications
NPRE 435Radiological Imaging3
Select one from:
MCB 403Cell & Membrane Physiology Lab1 or 2
BIOE 415Biomedical Instrumentation Lab2
NPRE 444Nuclear Analytical Methods Lab2 or 3
Remaining 20 credit hours from the Technical electives on the departmentally approved Radiological, Medical and Instrumentation Applications elective course work in Common Engineering and Technical Electives or 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.
Common Engineering and Technical Electives
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
ME 310Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics4
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 398Special Topics1 to 4
NPRE 421Plasma and Fusion Science3
NPRE 461Probabilistic Risk Assessment3 or 4
NPRE 481Writing on Technol & Security3 or 4
NPRE 498Special Topics1 to 4
STAT 400Statistics and Probability I4
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 401Cellular 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 250Molecular Genetics3
MCB 252Cells, Tissues & Development3
MCB 401Cellular 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

Electives

The Grainger College of Engineering Liberal Education course list, or additional courses from the campus General Education lists for Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities and the Arts 56
Free electives. Additional unrestricted course work, subject to certain exceptions as noted by the College, so that there are at least 128 credit hours earned toward the degree. 66
Total Hours of Curriculum to Graduate128

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


Suggested Sequence

The curriculum sequence below is a suggested sequence, as all Grainger Engineering students work with a department academic advisor to achieve their educational goals, specific to their needs and preparation. Dynamic and Static curricular maps, which include prerequisite sequencing, can be found here.

First Year
First SemesterHours
NPRE 100Orientation to NPRE1
ENG 100Engineering Orientation0
MATH 2211Calculus I4
CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
RHET 105 (or Free elective)2Writing and Research4-3
General education elective33
 Semester Hours16-15
Second Semester
MATH 231Calculus II3
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
CS 1014Intro Computing: Engrg Sci3
Free elective (or RHET 105)2,53-4
General education elective33
 Semester Hours16-17
Second Year
First Semester
MATH 241Calculus III4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec Mag4
TAM 2104,6Introduction to Statics2
Professional Concentration Area elective73
General 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
General 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
General 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
General education elective33
 Semester Hours16
Second Semester
NPRE 441Radiation Protection4
NPRE 458Design in NPRE4
Professional Concentration Area electives6
 Semester Hours14
 Total Hours: 128