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The minor in nuclear engineering consists of 21 credits. It is designed to allow students in other departments (CHEM, CLSE, EGRB, BIOL, PHYS, CMSC, MATH, STAT, ECE) to hybridize their curriculum with nuclear science, engineering and technology to complete this minor during their four-year college degree plan.  

Course Title Hours
Required courses
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3
EGMN 351Nuclear Engineering Fundamentals3
Select three courses from:9
Nuclear Reactor Theory
Radiation Safety and Shielding
Nuclear Power Plants
Probabilistic Risk Assessment
System Analysis of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle
Energy and Sustainability
Monte Carlo Simulations
Fast Breeder Reactors
Select two from:6
Cellular and Molecular Biology
Biology of Cancer I
Physical Chemistry I
Atomic and Molecular Structure
Chemical Reaction Engineering
Instrumentation Laboratory
Programming Languages
Introduction to Data Science
Biomedical Instrumentation
Cellular Engineering
Introduction to Electromagnetic Fields
Introduction to Integrated Systems Design
Advanced Digital Systems Design
Power System Analysis
Numerical Methods
Mathematical and Computational Modeling
Electromagnetism I
Quantum Physics I
Introduction to Statistical Data Science
Total Hours21

Note on prerequisites

Prerequisite for EGMN 351 is MATH 200 with a minimum grade of C or permission of the instructor.

Prerequisite for CHEM 101 is MATH 139, MATH 141, MATH 151, MATH 200, MATH 201 or satisfactory score on the VCU mathematics placement test within the one-year period immediately preceding the beginning of the course; and CHEM 100 with a minimum grade of B or satisfactory score on the chemistry placement exam/assessment within the one-year period immediately preceding the beginning of the course.