Nuclear Chemical Engineering


minor code: NCHE

Faculty Steward: Andersen

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.

Two (2) required courses: 6 cr.

  • CHME 470. Introduction to Nuclear Energy
  • CHME 476. Nuclear Fuel Cycles

Four (4) elective courses selected from: 12 cr.

  • C E 470. Design of Municipal and Hazardous Waste Landfills
  • CHME 307. Stage-Separations 
  • CHME 471.  Health Physics
  • CHME 479. Degradation and Corrosion of Materials*
  • CHME 491. Introduction to Nuclear Criticality Safety
  • CHME 498. Undergraduate Research (nuclear-based project)
  • ENVS 312. Emergency Response to Hazardous Materials Incidents
  • ENVS 452. Geohydrology
  • ENVS 462. Sampling and Analysis of Environmental Contaminants
  • ENVS 470. Environmental Impacts of Land Use and Contaminant Remediation
  • ENVE 455. Solid and Hazardous Waste Systems Design
  • PHYS 315. Modern Physics
  • PHYS 315L. Experimental Modern Physics
  • PHYS 454. Intermediate Modern Physics I
  • PHYS 455. Intermediate Modern Physics II
  • SOIL 479. Environmental Soil Chemistry
NMSU CHME students pursuing a minor in nuclear energy in containment at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station during an outage in 2013.