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Top NSE 114 INTRO TO NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND RADIATION HEALTH PHYSICS I (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Introduction to the nuclear engineering and radiation health physics fields; problem-solving techniques; careers in the nuclear industry; nuclear history; elementary nuclear and reactor physics; basic nuclear fission and fusion theory; reactor types; nuclear safety; nuclear fuel cycle; and radiation protection.

Top NSE 115 INTRO TO NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND RADIATION HEALTH PHYSICS II (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Introduction to the nuclear engineering and radiation health physics fields; problem-solving techniques; careers in the nuclear industry; nuclear history; elementary nuclear and reactor physics; basic nuclear fission and fusion theory; reactor types; nuclear safety; nuclear fuel cycle; and radiation protection.

Top NSE 233 MATHEMATICAL METHODS FOR NSE (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Development and application of analytical and numerical methods with applications to problems in the NE/RHP field. Major topics will include solution of ODEs and systems of ODEs, root finding techniques and numerical integration and differentiation. Major applications will include solution of the Bateman Equations and solution of the diffusion equation. PREREQS: MTH 254* [C] or MTH 254H* [C]

Top NSE 234 NUCLEAR AND RADIATION PHYSICS I (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Relativistic dynamics; basic nuclear physics; basic quantum mechanics; radioactivity; electromagnetic waves; interaction of ionizing radiation with matter; cross sections; basic atomic structure. PREREQS: MTH 251 [C] or MTH 251H [C]

Top NSE 235 NUCLEAR AND RADIATION PHYSICS II (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Radioactivity; radioactive decay modes; decay kinetics, interaction of neutrons with matter; nuclear reactions; fission and fusion basics; cross sections. PREREQS: (NSE 234 [C] or NE 234 [C] or RHP 234 [C] ) and (MTH 252 [C] or MTH 252H [C] )

Top NSE 236 NUCLEAR RADIATION DETECTION AND INSTRUMENTATION (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Principles and mechanisms underlying nuclear radiation detection and measurements; operation of nuclear electronic laboratory instrumentation; application of gas-filled, scintillation and semiconductor laboratory detectors for measurement of alpha, beta, gamma, and neutron radiation; experimental investigation of interactions of radiation with matter. Lec/lab. PREREQS: NSE 235 [C] or NE 235 [C] or RHP 235 [C]

Top NSE 311 INTRODUCTION TO THERMAL-FLUID SCIENCES (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Basic concepts of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer are introduced. Conservation of mass, energy, moment and the second law of thermodynamics are included. CROSSLISTED as ME 311. PREREQS: (ENGR 212 [C] or ENGR 212H [C] ) and (MTH 256 [C] or MTH 256 [C] )

Top NSE 311H INTRODUCTION TO THERMAL-FLUID SCIENCES (4) 
Basic concepts of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer are introduced. Conservation of mass, energy, moment and the second law of thermodynamics are included. CROSSLISTED as ME 311H. PREREQS: (ENGR 212 [C] or ENGR 212H [C] ) and (MTH 256 [C] or MTH 256H [C] ) and Honors College approval required.

Top NSE 312 THERMODYNAMICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Energy destruction, machine and cycle processes, law of corresponding states, non-reactive gas mixtures, reactive mixtures, thermodynamics of compressible fluid flow. CROSSLISTED as ME 312. PREREQS: (NSE 311 [C] or NSE 311H [C] or NE 311 [C] or NE 311 [C] or ME 311 [C] or ME 311H [C] ) and (MTH 256 [C] or MTH 256H [C] )

Top NSE 312H THERMODYNAMICS (4) 
Energy destruction, machine and cycle processes, law of corresponding states, non-reactive gas mixtures, reactive mixtures, thermodynamics of compressible fluid flow. CROSSLISTED as ME 312H. PREREQS: (NSE 311 [C] or NSE 311H [C] or NE 311 [C] or NE 311H [C] or ME 311 [C] or ME 311H [C] ) and (MTH 256 [C] or MTH 256H [C] ) and Honors College approval required.

Top NSE 319 SOCIETAL ASPECTS OF NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Description and discussion of nuclear-related issues as they impact society. (Bacc Core Course)

Top NSE 331 INTRODUCTORY FLUID MECHANICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Introduces the concepts and applications of fluid mechanics and dimensional analysis with an emphasis on fluid behavior, internal and external flows, analysis of engineering applications of incompressible pipe systems, and external aerodynamics. CROSSLISTED as ME 331. PREREQS: (MTH 254 [C] or MTH 254H [C] ) and (MTH 256 [C] or MTH 256H [C] ) and (ENGR 212 [C] or ENGR 212H [C] ) and (ENGR 311 [C] or ENGR 311H [C] or ME 311 [C] or ME 311H [C] or NSE 311 [C] or NSE 311H [C] or NE 311 [C] or NE 311H [C] )

Top NSE 331H INTRODUCTORY FLUID MECHANICS (4) 
Introduces the concepts and applications of fluid mechanics and dimensional analysis with an emphasis on fluid behavior, internal and external flows, analysis of engineering applications of incompressible pipe systems, and external aerodynamics. CROSSLISTED as ME 331H. PREREQS: (MTH 254 [C] or MTH 254H [C] ) and (MTH 256 [C] or MTH 256H [C] ) and (ENGR 212 [C] or ENGR 212H [C] ) and (ENGR 311 [C] or ENGR 311H [C] or ME 311 [C] or ME 311H [C] or NSE 311 [C] or NSE 311H [C] or NE 311 [C] or NE 311H [C] ) and Honors College approval required.

Top NSE 332 HEAT TRANSFER (4)  Offered in current or future terms
A treatment of conductive, convective and radiative energy transfer using control volume and differential analysis and prediction of transport properties. CROSSLISTED as ME 332. PREREQS: (MTH 256 [C] or MTH 256H [C] ) and (ENGR 212 [C] or ENGR 212H [C] ) and (NSE 311 [C] or NSE 311H [C] or NE 311 [C] or NE 311H [C] or ME 311 [C] or ME 311H [C] ) and (ME 331 [C] or ME 331H [C] or NSE 331 [C] or NSE 331H [C] or NE 331 [C] or NE 331H [C] )

Top NSE 332H HEAT TRANSFER (4)  Offered in current or future terms
A treatment of conductive, convective and radiative energy transfer using control volume and differential analysis and prediction of transport properties. CROSSLISTED as ME 332H. PREREQS: (MTH 256 [C] or MTH 256H [C] ) and (ENGR 212 [C] or ENGR 212H [C] ) and (NSE 311 [C] or NSE 311H [C] or NE 311 [C] or NE 311H [C] or ME 311 [C] or ME 311H [C] ) and (ME 331 [C] or ME 331H [C] or NSE 331 [C] or NSE 331H [C] or NE 331 [C] or NE 331H [C] ) and Honors College approval required.

Top NSE 401 RESEARCH (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.

Top NSE 403 THESIS/DISSERTATION (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top NSE 405 READING AND CONFERENCE (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top NSE 406 PROJECTS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top NSE 407 SEMINAR (1)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top NSE 410 INTERNSHIP (1-12)  Offered in current or future terms
Supervised technical work experience at approved organizations. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits. PREREQS: Upper-division standing.

Top NSE 415 NUCLEAR RULES AND REGULATIONS (2)  Offered in current or future terms
An introduction to the key nuclear regulatory agencies; major nuclear legislation; current radiation protection standards and organizations responsible for their implementation. Offered alternate years. PREREQS: NSE 481 or NE 481 or RHP 481

Top NSE 429 SELECTED TOPICS IN NUCLEAR ENGINEERING (1-3) 
Topics associated with nuclear engineering not covered in other undergraduate courses; topics may vary from year to year. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 45 credits. PREREQS: Instructor approval required.

Top NSE 435 RADIATION SHIELDING AND EXTERNAL DOSIMETRY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Theoretical principles of shielding for neutron and gamma radiation; external dosimetry fundamentals for neutrons, photons, and charged particles; applications to problems of practical interest; analytical, numerical, and computer solutions emphasized. PREREQS: (NSE 234 [C] or NE 234 [C] or RHP 234 [C] ) and (NSE 235 [C] or NE 235 [C] or RHP 235 [C] ) and (NSE 481 [C] or NE 481 [C] or RHP 481 [C] ) and /or instructor approval.

Top NSE 440 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND WASTE MANAGEMENT (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Mining, milling, conversion, enrichment, fuel fabrication, reprocessing, and waste management of nuclear fuel, including disposal of low- and high-level radioactive waste. PREREQS: NSE 235 [C] or NE 235 [C] or RHP 235 [C]

Top NSE 450 PRINCIPLES OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE (3) 
Basic principles of nuclear medicine; detectors; radiopharmaceutical; dosimetry; imaging procedures.

Top NSE 451 NEUTRONIC ANALYSIS I (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Physical models of neutronic systems; nuclear physics; steady state and transient neutronic system behavior; introductory neutron transport theory, one speed diffusion theory; numerical methods; fast and thermal spectrum calculations; multigroup methods; transmutation and burnup; reactor fuel management; reactivity control; perturbation theory; neutronic laboratory sessions. PREREQS: (MTH 256 [C] or MTH 256H [C] ) and (NSE 235 [C] or NE 235 [C] or RHP 235 [C] ) and (NSE 333 [C] or NE 333 [C] or RHP 333 [C] ) and NSE 451 and NSE 452 must be taken in order.

Top NSE 452 NEUTRONIC ANALYSIS II (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Physical models of neutronic systems; nuclear physics; steady state and transient neutronic system behavior; introductory neutron transport theory, one speed diffusion theory; numerical methods; fast and thermal spectrum calculations; multigroup methods; transmutation and burnup; reactor fuel management; reactivity control; perturbation theory; neutronic laboratory sessions. Lec/lab. PREREQS: NSE 451 [C] or NE 451 [C] and NSE 451 and NSE 452 must be taken in order.

Top NSE 455 REACTOR OPERATOR TRAINING I (3) 
The Oregon State University TRIGA reactor Operator Training I class is one of a two-course series. Students interested in participating in this course are expected to enroll in both the NSE 455/NSE 555 and NSE 456/NSE 556 classes taught during spring and summer terms. Students successfully completing the NSE 455/NSE 555 and NSE 456/NSE 556 series will culminate their course work with the opportunity to take a certification test proctored by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. PREREQS: (NSE 236 [C] or NE 236 [C] or RHP 236 [C] ) and (MTH 256 [C] or MTH 256H [C] )

Top NSE 456 REACTOR OPERATOR TRAINING II (4) 
The Oregon State University TRIGA reactor Operator Training II class is one of a two-course series. Students interested in participating in this course must have already taken and successfully passed NSE 455/NSE 555. Students successfully completing NSE 455/NSE 555 will culminate their course work with the opportunity to take a certification test proctored by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. PREREQS: NSE 455 [C] or NE 455 [C] and instructor approval required.

Top NSE 457 NUCLEAR REACTOR LABORATORY (2)  Offered in current or future terms
Experimental investigation of the principles of nuclear reactor operation. Use of the OSU TRIGA Reactor and other laboratory facilities. Preparation and presentation of laboratory reports. Lec/lab. PREREQS: (NSE 451 [C] or NE 451 [C] or NSE 551 [C] or NE 551 [C] ) and (NSE 452 [C] or NE 452 [C] or NSE 552 [C] or NE 552 [C] )

Top NSE 467 NUCLEAR REACTOR THERMAL HYDRAULICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Hydrodynamics and conductive, convective and radiative heat transfer in nuclear reactor systems. Core heat removal design; critical heat flux, hot spot factors, single- and two-phase flow behavior. Advanced thermal hydraulic computer codes. PREREQS: ME 332 [C] or ME 332H [C] or NSE 332 [C] or NSE 332H [C] or NE 332 [C] or NE 332H [C]

Top NSE 468 NUCLEAR REACTOR SAFETY (3) 
Focused on probability risk assessment and system reliability analysis techniques applied to nuclear reactor safety. Application of these methods will be performed specifically through examination of neutronics and thermal hydraulic transients, effectiveness of emergency systems, accident prevention and mitigation, and assessment of radioactive release to the environment. PREREQS: (NSE 451 [C] or NE 451 [C] ) and (NSE 467 [C] or NE 467 [C] )

Top NSE 473 NUCLEAR REACTOR SYSTEMS ANALYSIS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Analysis of nuclear light water reactor (pressurized water reactor and boiling water reactor) design and operation, including the nuclear steam supply system, engineered safety features and balance of plant systems; regulatory design requirements; industry standards; plant engineering and instrumentation drawings. Advanced reactor system designs. PREREQS: NSE 452 [C] or NE 452 [C] and approval of the instructor or graduate standing.

Top NSE 474 NUCLEAR SYSTEMS DESIGN I (4)  Offered in current or future terms WIC Core Course
Part I of a two-part series aimed at developing the student's ability to utilize fundamental nuclear and radiation protection skills to transform concepts into practical designs. Design projects involve the integration of neutronics, thermal hydraulics, safety and risk analysis, power production, materials, radiation protection, economic optimization, statistics and other skills. (Writing Intensive Course) PREREQS: Senior standing. NSE 474 and NSE 475 must be taken in order.

Top NSE 475 NUCLEAR SYSTEMS DESIGN II (4)  Offered in current or future terms WIC Core Course
Part II of a two-part series aimed at developing the student's ability to utilize fundamental nuclear and radiation protection skills to transform concepts into practical designs. Design projects involve the integration of neutronics, thermal hydraulics, safety and risk analysis, power production, materials, radiation protection, economic optimization, statistics and other skills. (Writing Intensive Course) PREREQS: (NSE 452 [C] or NE 452 [C] ) and (NSE 474 [C] or NE 474 [C] or RHP 474 [C] ) and senior standing. NSE 474 and NSE 475 must be taken in order.

Top NSE 481 RADIATION PROTECTION (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Fundamental principles and theory of radiation protection; regulatory agencies, dose units; source of radiation; biological effects and risk; dose limits; applications of external and internal dosimetry; shielding and atmospheric dispersion. PREREQS: NSE 235 [C] or NE 235 [C] or RHP 235 [C]

Top NSE 483 RADIATION BIOLOGY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Biological effects of ionizing radiation at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels with emphasis on vertebrates; both acute and chronic radiation effects are considered. PREREQS: NSE 481 [C] or RHP 481 [C] or MP 481 [C] and /or senior standing.

Top NSE 488 RADIOECOLOGY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Radionuclides in the environment: their measurement and identification, uptake and transfer through food chains. Effect of radiation on natural populations of plants and animals. PREREQS: NSE 481 [C] or RHP 481 [C] or NE 481 [C] and /or graduate standing.

Top NSE 499 SPECIAL TOPICS (0-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.



 
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