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Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
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The minor in nuclear engineering is a 15-credit-hour program available online for students who are not able to attend classes on campus. Courses are taught by Kansas State University as well as other University Engineering Alliance schools, including the University of Kansas, the University of Texas, the University of Missouri and Baylor University.

No more than 6 hours of transfer credit may be applied toward the minor. Transfer credits must be from an ABET-accredited engineering program.

Students must complete the courses with a grade of C or better.  They must earn a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA for the minor program.

 Course Format

All course work is offered at a distance via K-State Online, the course management system at Kansas State University. 

Classes are made up of lectures, readings, videos, discussion boards or other online learning activities. Classes vary in format. There may be quizzes, tests or papers, and students may be required to have an exam proctor. Students work independently, yet share comments and questions via K-State Online.

Classes are delivered within a semester time frame. Fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks. Summer classes are eight to 12 weeks.

Curriculum Sequence

* Course is offered online.

Introductory Course (required)

NE 495 - Elements of Nuclear Engineering (3 credits)*

Core Courses

Choose two of the following:

  • NE 612 - Principles of Radiation Detection (3 credits)
  • NE 630 Nuclear Reactor Theory (3 credits)*
  • NE 690 - Radiation Protection and Shielding (3 credits)*


Choose two or more from the following courses:

Courses taken as part of the core, listed above, cannot be taken as electives.

  • NE 350 - Reactor Operations Laboratory (3 credits)**
  • NE 385 - Engineering Computational Techniques (2 credits)
  • NE 415 - Introduction to Engineering Analysis (3 credits)
  • NE 612 - Principles of Radiation Detection (3 credits)*
  • NE 620 - Problems in Nuclear Engineering (variable credits). Courses include but are not limited to the following:
    • NE 620/610 Prb/Reactor Operations Virtual Laboratory (1 credit)*
    • NE 620/611 Prb/Reactor Applications Virtual Laboratory (1 credit) *
    • NE 620 Prb/Energy Systems and Resources (3 credits) *
    • NE 620 Prb/Thermal Hydraulics (3 credits) *
    • NE 620 Prb/Materials Requirements and Selection for Nuclear Energy Applications (3 credits) *
    • NE 620 Prb/Probabilistic Risk Assessment (3 credits) *
    • NE 620 Prb/Nuclear Reactor Engineering (3 credits) *
    • NE 620 Prb/Intro to Nuclear Science - Fulfilling Madame Curie's Dream (3 credits) *
  • NE 630 - Nuclear Reactor Theory (3 credits)*
  • NE 648 - Nuclear Reactor Laboratory (3 credits)**
  • NE 690 - Radiation Protection and Shielding (3 credits)*
  • NE 761 - Radiation Measurement Systems (3 credits)
  • NE 799 - Special Topics in Nuclear Engineering (variable credits)

**Laboratory courses require two weeks spent on campus to conduct laboratory experiments; reports can be submitted after the on-campus term.

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Degree: Minor
College: Engineering
Credits: 15
Course delivery: Online
Tuition per credit hour: $726.10

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