Nuclear Science

Listing of Course Designations & Rubrics

Nuclear Science - NS

In the fall of 1999, the nuclear science graduate program was moved to the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Nuclear science courses in this area are in the process of being transferred to the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

General education courses are marked with stars ().

2051 Introduction to Nuclear Science (3) F,S Matter and energy; structure of the atom and nucleus; radioactivity; types of radiation; radiation interactions; dose and biological effects; radiation detection and safety; environmental radiation; applications of nuclear science in medicine, industry, agriculture, and national defense; nuclear power generation; nuclear fusion.

3411 Fundamentals of Nuclear Radiation Science (3) F,S Prereq.: one sem. of MATH 1020/1021 or equivalent and one sem. of chemistry or physics; 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Nuclear structure, transmutations, decay, interactions of radiation with matter; radiation detection and measurement.

4101 Tracer Methodology for Biological Sciences (3) F,S 2 hrs. lecture/demonstration; 3 hrs. lab. Specifically for students in the biological sciences. Properties of ionizing radiation, instruments for detecting and measuring radiation, and biological uses of radioisotopes.

4141 Radioecology (3) F Prereq.: NS 4101 or equivalent. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Also offered as ENVS 4141. Radio tracers, stable tracers, and radiation effects in both natural and laboratory-contained communities of organisms.

4331 Radiation Protection and Exposure Evaluation (3) F Prereq.: NS 3411 or 4101 or equivalent. Nuclear science and engineering majors and minors must also register for NS 4332. Control and evaluation of radiation exposure, including external and internal dosimetry, techniques of dose reduction, and consequences of radiation exposure.

4332 Radiation Protection and Exposure Evaluation Laboratory (1) F Prereq.: Concurrent enrollment in NS 4331. Radiation detection techniques and instrumentation; applied health physics exercises in radiation surveys; inspections; exposure incident investigation.

4352 Environmental Radiological Evaluation and Remediation (2) S Prereq.: NS 3411 or permission of instructor. Methods of surveying and sampling to determine radiological concentrations; federal and state regulations governing remediation criteria; models and computer codes used to estimate dose; remediation planning and implementation.

4353 Environmental Radiological Evaluation and Remediation Laboratory (1) S Prereq.: credit for or concurrent enrollment in NS 4352. Laboratory supplement to NS 4352. Sampling and analytical techniques used to measure radionuclides in the environment.

4527 Nuclear Reactor Theory and Design (3) F,S Prereq.: two semesters of physics and an introductory course in computer programming. Characteristics of radioactive materials, neutron interactions, the fission process; static criticality, time-dependent behavior of cores, and design of nuclear power reactors.

4566 Nuclear Reactor Systems (3) F Prereq.: NS 4527 or equivalent. Engineering aspects of reactor systems; nuclear fuel cycles, isotope separation, mechanical and thermal design, selection of materials, and environmental impact of nuclear facilities.

4570 Nuclear Facility Safety (3) S Safety analysis of nuclear facilities, accident sequences, dispersal of radionuclides, estimation of dose and dose commitments, and engineered safeguards.

4991, 4992 Special Problems in Nuclear Science (1-4,1-4) F,S Prereq.: thorough knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering related to the proposed problem; and consent of instructor and director. Theoretical or experimental problems involving the application of nuclear technology.

4995 Seminar (1) F,S Prereq.: permission of instructor. Elective seminar especially for undergraduate minors in nuclear science and engineering. Course may be repeated on audit basis only.

7101 Advanced Tracer Methodology for Biological Sciences (3) S Prereq.: NS 4101 or equivalent. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Qualitative and quantitative aspects of tracer applications in modern biological research; combining tracer techniques with other analytical methods.

7115 N-15 Stable Tracer Methodology for Biological Sciences (2) S-E Prereq.: consent of instructor. 1 hr. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Quantitative N-15 tracer applications and methodology in biological nitrogen systems, combining N-15 procedures with mass spectrometer techniques.

7121 Radiobiology (3) S Prereq.: NS 4101 or equivalent. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Effects of ionizing radiation on molecular, cellular, and organ system levels of biological organization; study of X-rays, gamma rays, and accelerator beams in interaction with living systems.

7210 Clinical Principles in Radiation Therapy (3) F Prereq.: NS 4101, 7121 or equivalent. Clinical principles utilized in the treatment of malignant disease with external beam irradiation and sealed source brachy therapy techniques.

7260 Clinical Radiation Therapy Rotation (3) F Prereq.: NS 4101, 7101, 7121, or equivalent. May be taken concurrently with NS 7210, 7270, or 7331. Daily clinical rounds and performance of dosimetry and treatment planning activities for external beam and brachy therapy cancer treatment modalities under medical and physics staff supervision, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center.

7270 Technical Methodology in Radiation Therapy (3) S Prereq.: NS 4101, 7121 or equivalent. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Technical aspects of the treatment of malignant disease; instruments and their limitations; calibration and dosimetry techniques; clinical practice.

7280 Advanced Clinical Radiation Therapy Rotation (2) S,Su Prereq.: NS 7260. May be taken concurrently with NS 7210, 7270, or 7331. May be taken for a max. of 4 hrs. credit. Sequel to NS 7260. Daily clinical rounds under supervision of medical and clinical physics staff at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center; study of a wide variety of isotopic and radiation source techniques for diagnosis and treatment of malignant diseases.

7331 Radiation Dosimetry (3) V Prereq.: NS 4331 or equivalent. Methods for measuring radiation fields and absorbed radiation doses by ion-collection devices, photographic methods, solid-state systems, chemical systems, and calorimetric methods, as applied to isotopic and machine sources.

7520 Nuclear Reactor Materials (3) V Principles governing structure and properties of materials used in nuclear reactors; radiation effects, problems in selection, fabrication, and use of these materials.

7525 Nuclear Engineering Laboratory (2) S Prereq.: credit or registration in NS 7527. 6 hrs. lab. Operation of nuclear counting and spectroscopy systems; measurements of neutron behavior in multiplying and nonmultiplying media; development of design parameters from empirical data.

7527, 7528 Reactor Engineering (3,3) F,S Prereq.: consent of department. NS 7527 is prerequisite for 7528. Basic concepts of reactor physics; slowing-down theory, homogeneous and heterogeneous reactors; diffusion and transport theories for neutron flux calculations; criticality calculations: one-group, two-group, and multigroup methods; core burn up analysis.

7529 Nuclear Reactor Dynamics (3) S Prereq.: NS 7527 and credit for or registration in NS 7528. Transient reactor analysis; analytical and numerical point kinetics calculations; perturbation theory expressions for reactivity; feedback effects; reactor transfer functions and stability; coupled neutronics and thermal hydraulic transients; space-time kinetics.

7530 Nuclear Shielding Analysis and Design (2) F Nuclear radiation interactions and their application to the design and analysis of shield systems, calculation of source terms, geometric transformations, attenuation factors, and heating rates associated with photon and neutron shielding.

7537 Radiation Transport Theory I (3) F Prereq.: NS 7527 or NS 7530 or equivalent. Also offered as PHYS 7537. Fundamentals of neutron and gamma transport theory; the Boltzmann equation; elementary analytical solutions; deterministic computational methods, including Fourier transform, spherical harmonics, and discrete ordinates techniques; applications to shielding and reactor physics.

7538 Radiation Transport Theory II (3) S Prereq.: NS 7527 or NS 7530 or equivalent. Also offered as PHYS 7538. Radiation transport simulation by the Monte Carlo method; phase-space tracking; response estimators; biasing methods; integral form of the Boltzmann equation; neutron and photon transport calculations.

7555 Nuclear Reactor Analysis (3) S Prereq.: MATH 4038 or 4340 and NS 7527; or equivalent. Numerical methods and solutions to multigroup neutron diffusion and transport equations; lattice physics methods; nodal techniques; applications to fuel management and light water reactor core physics analysis; calculation of temperature coefficients; advanced reactor systems.

7566, 7567 Advanced Nuclear Reactor Systems (3,3) F,S Prereq.: NS 4527 or equivalent. Engineering aspects of fission reactor systems, including fuel behavior, energy removal, materials selection, and core interface with the balance of the plant.

7575 Two-Phase Flow and Heat Transfer (3) Prereq.: ME 4433 or equivalent. Modeling and analysis of liquid-vapor flow systems and applications in nuclear reactor design and safety; nucleation phenomena; boiling heat transfer, burnout, condensation; flow instabilities, critical flow, loss of coolant accidents.

7991 Advanced Projects in Nuclear Science and Engineering (1-3) Prereq.: NS 4101 or 4331 or 4527, and consent of director. Theoretical or experimental problems involving the application of nuclear technology.

7992 Advanced Topics in Nuclear Science and Engineering (3) Prereq.: consent of director. May be taken for a max. of 6 hrs. of credit when topics vary. Advanced treatment of a specific area of nuclear technology of current interest.

7995 Seminar (1) F,S Required every semester for degree candidates in nuclear science and nuclear engineering. Only 1 sem. hr. of credit may be counted toward degree.

7999 Report Investigation (1-6) Prereq.: NS 4101 or 4331 or 4527; and consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Detailed analysis of a technical problem or a comprehensive design project.

8000 Thesis Research (1-12 per sem.) "S"/"U" grading.




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