Nuclear Nonproliferation Science and Policy

 

Graduate Certificate | Nuclear Nonproliferation Science and Policy

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

Government, private, and academic sectors all seek experts with an interdisciplinary understanding of the science enabling nuclear nonproliferation regimes and the policies that create and implement those regimes. The Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Nonproliferation Science and Policy creates professionals who meet this need. This 12-credit-hour program can be completed entirely online. The objective of the program, offered jointly by NC State University's departments of Nuclear Engineering and Political Science, is to educate students about nuclear nonproliferation from both the engineering and the social science perspectives. Students are exposed to state-of-the-art techniques. They also obtain an in-depth understanding of the technical and policy challenges to developing and implementing robust international nuclear nonproliferation regimes. Academic coursework includes class projects which cover key areas such as proliferation case studies and physical security simulations, as well as interactions with subject matter experts.

Eligibility

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree. Certificate students must meet prerequisites for all certificate courses they enroll in. Both Non-Degree Studies (NDS) and NC State degree-seeking students are accepted to this certificate program. Current NC State degree students should contact the program director for application information.

Cost

This 12-credit graduate program includes two 3-credit graduate nuclear engineering courses (6 credits total)  and two 3-credit graduate political science courses (6 credits total). At 2018-19 tuition rates, the average tuition cost of these courses is $479 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,287 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $5,748 for North Carolina residents and $15,444 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

Four courses totaling 12 credit hours (generally, two nuclear engineering courses and two political science courses) are required. Certificate students choose their courses depending on their interests. Their plan must be approved by the certificate program director. All courses must be NC State courses; transfer credits are not accepted.

Choose two from these Nuclear Engineering courses (all are offered online):

NE 501 - Reactor Analysis and Design

Units: 3

Elements of nuclear reactor theory for reactor core design and operation. Includes one-group neutron transport and mutigroup diffusion models, analytical and numerical criticality search, and flux distribution and calculations for homogeneous and heterogeneous reactors, slowing down models, introduction to perturbation theory.

Offered in Spring Only

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2019 Spring Term

NE 504 - Radiation Safety and Shielding

Units: 3

A basic course in radiation safety and environmental aspects of nuclear power generation. Topics include radiation interaction, photon attenuation, shielding, internal and external dose evaluation, reactor effluents and release of radioactivity into the environment, transportation and disposal of radioactive waste; and environmental impact of nuclear power plants. Term-long project.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Fall Term

NE 505 - Reactor Systems

Units: 3

Nuclear power plant systems: PWR, BWR and advanced concepts. Design criteria, design parameters, economics, primary and secondary loops, safety systems, reactor control and protection systems, containment, accident and transient behaviors, core design, and reactivity control mechanisms. Term-long project. Credit for both NE 405 and NE 505 is not allowed

Offered in Spring Only

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2019 Spring Term

NE 512 - Nuclear Fuel Cycles

Units: 3

Processing of nuclear fuel with description of mining, milling, conversion, enrichment, fabrication, irradiation, shipping, reprocessing and waste disposal. Fuel cycle economics and fuel cost calculation. In-core and out-of-core nuclear fuel management, engineering concepts and methodology. Term-long project. Credit for both NE 412 and NE 512 is not allowed

Offered in Fall Only

NE 520 - Radiation and Reactor Fundamentals

Units: 3

Basics of nuclear physics and reactor physics that are needed for graduate studies in nuclear engineering. Concepts covered include, atomic and nuclear models, nuclear reactions, nuclear fission, radioactive decay, neutron interactions, nuclear reactors, neutron diffusion in non-multiplying and multiplying systems, and basic nuclear reactor kinetics.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Fall Term

NE 541 - Nuclear Nonproliferation Technology and Policy

Units: 3

Technology and policy challenges and solutions to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Topics include: issues of nuclear proliferation inherent to civilian nuclear power development; technologies, processes, and policies for safeguarding nuclear materials and technology; integrating the preceding subjects to strengthen the global nuclear nonproliferation regime. Includes a field trip to Oak Ridge National Laboratory during Spring Break to gain hands-on experience with safeguards measurements of nuclear material. The field trip is required; there is no cost to the student.

Offered in Spring Only

NE 723 - Neutron Transport Theory

Units: 3

Advanced theory of neutron transport and computational methods of solving particle transport [linear Boltzmann] equation for reactor physics problems. Principle topics: models of neutron transport; analytic methods for solving transport equation; asymptotic diffusion limit; PN and SPN methods, homogenization methodology; numerical methods for multidimensional problems; computational methods for multiphysics problems. Objective is to enable students to read literature and perform relevant analysis of neutron transport and reactor-physics problems.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Fall Term

NE 770 - Nuclear Radiation Attenuation

Units: 3

Advanced course in computational methods for neutron and photon transport. Methods include Monte Carlo and deterministic solutions to the transport equation for both fixed source and eigenvalue problems. Digital computers employed in the solution of practical problems.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Years

NE 795 - Advanced Topics In Nuclear Engineering I

Units: 1 - 3

A study of recent developments in nuclear engineering theory and practice.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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Choose these two Political Science courses (both are offered online):

PS 560 - Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy & Process

Units: 3

Policy and processes associated with global nuclear nonproliferation efforts. Special emphasis on the history of the development of the global nonproliferation regime, current challenges, and future threats.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2019 Spring Term

PS 561 - Nuclear Weapons Strategy and Proliferation - 3 credits

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Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details

Dr. John Mattingly

Program Director, Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Nonproliferation Science and Policy

College of Engineering

919.515.0224
jkmattin@ncsu.edu

Stefani Buster

Assistant Director, Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Nonproliferation Science and Policy

College of Engineering

919.513.2529
srbuster@ncsu.edu

Contact me for: Admission information