Nuclear Chemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University offers a minor in Nuclear Chemical Engineering.  This program focuses on the front and back ends of the nuclear fuel cycle (i.e., the processing of nuclear materials before and after the nuclear reactor).  A student must pass 18 credits from the list below with a grade of C or better. No courses may be taken S/U. All prerequisites for the classes must be met or consent of the instructor obtained before enrolling in a class.

Available to undergraduate students.

Three (3) required courses: 9 cr.

  • CHME 470. Introduction to Nuclear Energy
  • CHME 471.  Health Physics
  • CHME 476. Nuclear Fuel Cycles

Three (3) elective courses selected from: 9 cr.

  • C E 470. Design of Municipal and Hazardous Waste Landfills
  • CHME 439. Environmental Modeling
  • CHME 448. Industrial Safety
  • CHME 472. Detection Techniques for Radionuclides and Volatile Organic Carbons
  • CHME 473. Regulations and Compliance
  • CHME 474. Power Plant Design
  • CHME 475. Nuclear Reactor Theory
  • CHME 479. Degradation and Corrosion of Materials*
  • CHME 491. Introduction to Nuclear Criticality Safety
  • CHEM 472. Analytical Methods for Toxic Organics & Metal Ions in the Environment
  • E E 280. DC and AC Circuits
  • E S 452. Geohydrology
  • E S 470. Environmental Impacts of Land Use and Contaminant Remediation*
  • ENVE 455. Solid and Hazardous Waste Systems Design
  • ECON 571. Regulatory Policy and Industry Analysis: Electricity
  • PHYS 315. Modern Physics
  • PHYS 315L. Experimental Modern Physics
  • PHYS 454. Intermediate Modern Physics I
  • PHYS 455. Intermediate Modern Physics II
  • SOIL 424. Soil Chemistry
  • SOIL 477. Environmental Soil Physics
  • SOIL 477 L. Environmental Soil Physics Laboratory
  • SOIL 479. Environmental Soil Chemistry

NMSU Chemical & Materials Engineering is partnering with Los Alamos National Laboratory on the development of a pipeline of Nuclear Criticality Safety specialists to staff LANL.  This relationship will be realized through internships, a specialized course in nuclear criticality safety (to be offered Fall 2017 for the first time), and offers of employment.  See the slide summary below.

NMSU CHME students pursuing a minor in nuclear energy in containment at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station during an outage in 2013.

Last modified: May 30, 2017