Chair: D. Hintenlang
Graduate Coordinator: W. Bolch
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The Department offers the degrees of Master of Science, Master of Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy in nuclear engineering sciences with emphases in nuclear power engineering, medical physics, and health physics. Complete descriptions of the minimum requirements for these degrees are provided in the General Information section of this catalog.
The medical physics and health physics options are offered through interdepartmental programs in cooperation with the College of Medicine (see the Health Physics and Medical Physics description under Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies).
Combined Program –– The Department also offers a B.S.N.E./M.S. degree program. This program allows qualified students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree with a savings of one semester. Qualified students may begin their master’s program while seniors counting 12 hours of specified nuclear engineering sciences graduate courses for both the bachelor’s and master’s degree requirements. Seniors admitted to the combined program are eligible for teaching and research assistantships. Program admission requirements are (1) satisfaction of Graduate School admission requirements for a master’s degree, (2) an upper-division (undergraduate) GPA of at least 3.6, and (3) completion of specified bachelor’s degree requirements.
The graduate program has two major programs, Nuclear Engineering and Medical Physics. Specific areas of research and study in Nuclear Engineering include advanced nuclear power concepts and systems,digital control of nuclear reactor power plant technology and operations, reactor dynamics and control, and advanced radiation detectors and analysis in support of nuclear forensics and homeland security.The Medical Physics program is a CAMPEP accredited program designed to meet the professional requirements for a career in clinical service or research and development. Areas of Medical Physics study and research include diagnostic medical imaging, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine imaging, and radiation dosimetry.
The requirement for admission to the graduate program in nuclear engineering sciences is a bachelor’s degree in an approved program in engineering or in the sciences. Students applying to the Medical Physics program should have completed the equivalent of at least a minor in physics. If the student’s background is considered deficient for the planned course of study, an articulation program of background courses will be required.
Depending on professional objectives, the student may select a non-thesis option for the MS degree and substitute 8 credits of graduate-level course work, of which at least 6 credits are in nuclear engineering sciences, including a 4-credit (minimum) special project, . Completion of 32 credits will meet the minimum requirements for the non-thesis MS degree.
Normally, the requirements for a master’s degree can be completed in 12 months. Students in the medical physics option usually take 21 to 24 months to complete the master’s degree, which requires 40-42 credit hours. For a master’s degree in health physics, a student must complete 42 hours of credit. If articulation work is required, it may take longer, depending upon the extent of the student’s deficiency.