Program OverviewThe Department of Nuclear Engineering is a fouryear study that provides students with a solid knowledge in nuclear engineering. Students spend the first segment of their study in acquiring skills that serve as the foundation for later courses.
In the second segment students learn the fundamentals of nuclear engineering and gain knowledge in multiple related engineering topics including electronics, materials, and fluid mechanics.
In the third and final segment of their study, students take advanced courses in nuclear engineering, undergo an eightweek practical training, and complete senior design projects.
The Nuclear Engineering Program is the only program in the UAE that offers a BS degree in nuclear engineering. The program is committed to producing competent and highly skilled engineers who are well prepared to work in the nuclear engineering field.
To obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering, the student must complete a total of 131 credit hours. These hours span University requirements (UR), College requirements (CR) and Program requirements (PR). The allocation of the credit hours is shown in the following table:
BS in Nuclear Engineering 
 UR  CR  PR  Total 
Mandatory Credits  18
 26  75
 116

Elective Credits  6
   6  15

Total  24
 26  81  131 
I. University RequirementsEvery student is required to take 24 credit hours of general education courses distributed over seven domains. 18 mandatory credit hours are selected from domains 1, 2, 3, and 4, and 6 elective credit hours are selected from domains 5, 6, and 7 as indicated in the University section (General Education).
II. College RequirementsThe list of the College required courses and their descriptions are presented in the introductory pages of the College of Engineering section in this catalog.
III. Program RequirementsA. Mandatory requirements
The NE program core courses are listed in the table below.
Course #  Title
 CrHrs  Prerequisites 
1501116
 Programming 1  4  None 
1430118  Physics 2 Lab
 1  1430116 Pre/Co:1430117 
0406101
 Statics and Dynamics
 3
 1440133; 1430115

0406100
 Introduction to Energy Science and Technology
 3
 Pre/Co: 1430117

0402202  Circuit Analysis I  3  Pre/Co: 1430117,
Pre/Co:1440261 
0405221
 Eng. Probability & Statistics
 3
 Pre/Co: 0402202

0407200
 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Science
 3
 1440161;1430117, Pre/Co: 0406100

0406200
 Thermodynamics
 3
 0406101

0402255  Applied Electronics for SREE  3  0402202 
0402256  Applied Electronics for SREE Lab
 1  Pre/Co: 0402255 
0402340  Engineering Computations and Linear
Algebra  3  1501116 1440261

0402348  Signals and Control Systems
 3  0402202; 0406101 
0407204
 Nuclear Instrumentation and Measurement
 3
 0405221
0407202

0407202
 Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Science
 3
 0407200

0406201  Fluid Mechanics  3  0406101 
0406202  Fluid Mechanics Lab
 1  Pre/Co: 0406201 
0407304
 Analytical Methods for Nuclear Engineers
 3
 1440261

0407306
 Nuclear Science and Engineering Lab I
 1
 0407204; 0402255

0406300  Heat Transfer  3  0406200, 0406201 
0406301  Heat Transfer Lab
 1  Pre/Co: 0406300 
0407300
 Elements of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
 3
 0407202, Pre/Co: 0407304

0407308
 Nuclear Reactor Theory
 3
 0407300, 402340

0407307
 Nuclear Science and Engineering Lab II
 1
 0407306

0407305
 Nuclear Engineering Materials
 3
 1420101 0407202

0407302
 Reactor Thermal Hydraulics
 3
 0406300, 0407300

0407401
 Nuclear Power Reactors
 3
 0407308; 0407302

0407403
 Advanced Nuclear Lab
 1
 0402348
Pre/Co: 0407402, Pre/Co: 0407401

0407402
 Reactor Safety Analysis
 3
 0407308, 0407302, Pre/Co: 0407401

0407491
 Senior Design Project I
 1
 Senior Standing Pre/Co: 0407302,0407308

0407492
 Senior Design Project II
 3
 0407491

04074XX
 NE Technical Elective I
 3
 Depending on Selected Courses

B. Technical ElectiveAs part of the program for the Bachelor of Science in Nuclear and Science Engineering, the student is required to study 6 credit hours of technical elective courses. These courses allow the student to focus on a specific area for indepth knowledge and understanding. The student can also mix and match elective courses from the different areas to get a more general exposure to the different Nuclear and Science Engineering disciplines. The student should select, in cooperation with the academic advisor, the list of electives that best meet his or her needs and aspirations.
It is highly recommended that the student register for these courses after completing the Departmental requirements.
Nuclear Engineering 
Course #  Title  CrHrs  Prerequisites 
0407450  Applications of Radiation  3  0407300

0407453  Engineering Principles of Radiation Imaging  3  0407450 
0407454  Radiological Health Engineering Fundamentals  3  0407300 
0407455  Quantum Mechanics for Nuclear Engineering  3  0407300, 0407304 
0407456
 Nuclear Reactor Dynamics
 3
 0407308, 0407302

0407457
 Nuclear Safeguards & Technology
 3
 0407401

0407458
 Nuclear Security
 3
 0407402

0407459
 Nuclear Fuel Cycle
 3
 0407401

C. Senior Design Project Students will have a Senior Design Project during their senior year of study over two semesters:
• Senior Design Project I (1 credit)
• Senior Design Project II (3 credits)
Course Coding
The courses offered in the Nuclear Engineering program are designated code numbers in the form of (0406ABC) where:
A Year (level)
B Areas (as follows)
C Course sequence in an area
Course DescriptionMandatory Courses
Descriptions of the core courses are given below.
1501116
 Programming 1  32:4 
This course introduces basic programming techniques in a high level language to CS students. Subjects include: computer science fields, general introduction on computers and numbering systems, software development process, a high level programming language, selection structures, repetition structures, functions and procedures, structured and userdefined data types, text files, arrays, and dynamic memory allocation.
Prerequisite: None. 
1430118
 Physics II Laboratory  03:1 
Various experiments covering the topics mentioned in Physics (II) course.
Prerequisite:
1430116  Physics 1 Lab
Pre/Co: 1430117  Physics II. 
0402202
 Circuit Analysis I  30:3 
Fundamentals of DC and AC circuit laws; Mathematical models for circuit elements; Techniques for circuit analysis and for writing and solving circuit equations; Circuit theorems; Introduction to OpAmps; Transient analysis of first order circuits; Phasor technique for steadystate sinusoidal response.
Prerequisite: Pre/Co 1440261  Differential Equations for Engineers Pre/Co 1430117  Physics II

0405221
 Eng. Probability & Statistics
 30:3

Descriptive statistics and sampling, sample space and events, axioms of probability, conditional probability, statistical independence, Bayes theorem, discrete probability distributions (uniform, binomial, geometric, Poisson), continuous probability distributions (normal, exponential, gamma and Weibull), joint probability distribution, point estimation, central limit theorem, interval estimation, use of statistical software.
Prerequisite: Pre/Co 0402202  Circuit Analysis I.

0402255
 Applied Electronics for SREE  30:3 
Introduction to semiconductor materials and devices. Analysis of Diodes and applications. Analysis of transistor circuits (BJTs, MOSFETs). Amplifier circuits, bandwidth; feedback. Operational amplifiers and applications, filter and oscillator circuits. Introduction to power electronics, DCDC convertors and DCAC inverters. Prerequisite: 0402202  Circuit Analysis I

0402256  Applied Electronics Lab for SREE  03:1 
Diode characteristics, PSPICE simulation, BJT and MOS biasing circuits, Amplifier and its frequency response, Operational Amplifier Applications, DC DC convertors and DCAC inverters.
Prerequisite: Pre/Co 0402255  Applied Electronics for SREE

0402340
 Engineering Computation and Linear Algebra  30:3 
Basic linear algebra: LU decomposition, normal equations and least squares solutions, eigenvalues and eigenvectors decomposition of matrices. Numerical solution of linear and nonlinear system of equations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, curve fitting, numerical differentiation and integration of functions, numerical solution of ordinary differential equations, use of MATLAB to solve complex engineering problems.
Prerequisite: 1501116  Programming 1 1440261  Differential Equations for Engineers. 
0402348  Signals and Control Systems  30:3 
Representation and analysis of signals. Fourier transforms. Linear time invariant systems, impulse response, frequency response and transfer function. Introduction to linear feedback control. Analysis and design of classical control systems. Control system components and industrial process automation.
Prerequisite: 0402202  Circuit Analysis I 0406101  Statics and Dynamics

0406100  Introduction to Energy Science and Technology  30:3 
Introduction to energy. Survey of energy technologies including steam, hydro,
tidal, wave, fossil, geothermal, solar, wind, biofuels, and nuclear. Energy sources and conservation of energy, energy efficiency, energy production and uses, sources of energy for both conventional and renewable. Climate change and the future of energy. Free hand sketching, isometric drawing and orthographic projections. Introduction to 3D AutoCAD and Matlab. Prerequisite: Pre/Co 1430117  Physics II;

0406101  Statics and Dynamics  30:3 
Force and moment vectors, resultants. Principles of statics and freebody diagrams. Properties of areas, second moments. Internal forces in beams. Laws of friction. Principles of particle dynamics. Mechanical systems and rigidbody dynamics. Kinematics and dynamics of plane systems. Energy and momentum of 2D bodies and systems. Prerequisite: 1430115  Physics I and 1440131 Calculus I for Engineers. 
0406200  Thermodynamics  30:3 
Basic concepts of thermodynamics: temperature, work, heat, internal energy and enthalpy. First law of thermodynamics for closed and steadyflow open systems. Thermodynamic properties of pure substances; changes of phase; equation of state. Second law of thermodynamics: concept of entropy. Power and refrigeration cycles. Prerequisite: 0406101  Statics and Dynamics; 0406100 
0406201  Fluid Mechanics  30:3 
Fluid properties; Units; Pressure and fluid statics: pressure distribution in fluid at rest, hydrostatic forces on plane and curved surfaces, buoyancy and stability, Fluids in rigid body motion; Fluid Kinematics, dynamics of fluid motion: concepts of streamline, control volume, steady and onedimensional flows; continuity, Euler, Bernoulli, steady flow energy, linear and angular momentum equations; flow in pipes and losses. Prerequisite: 0406101  Statics and Dynamics. 
0406202  Fluid Mechanics Lab  03:1 
Introduction to basic fluid mechanics instrumentation; experimental verification and reinforcement of analytical concepts introduced in course 0406201. Prerequisite: 0406201  Fluid Mechanics 
0406300  Heat Transfer  30:3 
Mechanisms of heat transfer: conduction, convection and radiation. Steady heat conduction, insulation, cooling. Transient heat conduction. Forced convection; natural convection. Heat exchangers. Applications to energy systems. Prerequisite: 0406200  Thermodynamics. 
0406301  Heat Transfer Lab  03:1 
Experiments on measurement techniques heat transfer principles of linear and radial conduction; unsteady state heat conduction; natural and forced convection; parallel and counter flow exchangers; thermal radiation; temperature measurement. Prerequisite: Pre/Co 0406300  Heat Transfer. 
0407304
 Analytical Methods for Nuclear Engineers  30:3 
Multiple Integrals. Expanding functions in power series, complex plane, complex power series, elementary functions of complex numbers. Power series solutions of differential equations, special functions. Laplace transform solutions of differential equations. Partial differential equations Introduction to Monte Carol Method. Applications to Nuclear Engineering problems (specifically in nuclear reactor theory and radiation transport) and implementation with MATLAB. or any computing language. Prerequisite: 1440161  Calculus II for Engineers. 
0407200
 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering and Radiological
Sciences  30:3 
This course will cover history and applications of Nuclear Energy as well as fusion and fission processes, radioactivity chains, fundamentals of reactor designs. Additionally, the course will inform about biological effects of radiation, environmental impact of nuclear activities, nuclear proliferation, reactors waste and ethical issues related to nuclear engineering. Prerequisites: 1440161  Calculus II for Engineers; 1430117  Physics II. 
0407202
 Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological
Sciences  30:3 
The course will cover the technological, industrial and medical applications of radiation, radioactive materials and fundamental particles. Special relativity, basic nuclear physics, interactions of radiation with matter. Binary nuclear reactions. Fission reactors and the fuel cycle. Prerequisite: 0407200  Introduction to Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences. 
0407204
 Nuclear Instrumentation and Measurement  30:3 
An introduction to the devices and techniques most common in nuclear measurements. Topics include the principles of operation of gasfilled, solid state, and scintillation detectors for charged particle, gamma ray, and neutron radiations. Techniques of pulse shaping, counting, and analysis for radiation spectroscopy. Timing and coincidence measurements.
Prerequisite: 0405221  Eng. Prob & Statistics 0407202  Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Science. 
0407300
 Elements of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences  30:3 
The course introduces students to the basics about Nuclear Reactor Physics. It covers topics such as the basic reactor core components and properties (fuel, moderator, coolant and absorbers), neutron distributions in energy (for fast, intermediate and thermal neutrons), reactor kinetics (multiplying and non multiplying, finite or infinite systems), reactivity feedback and long term behavior. Prerequisite: 0407202  Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering and 
0407302
 Reactor Thermal Hydraulics  30:3 
This course will cover the thermalhydraulic fundamentals of nuclear power reactors, which includes principles of single phase flow, twophase flow, and heat transfer. The applications of convection heat transfer, boiling heat transfer, condensation, thermosiphon, and modeling of two phase flows in nuclear power reactors are discussed in details. The course covers the overall thermalhydraulic characteristics of the reactor core including core heat generation, thermodynamics of nuclear energy, and thermal analysis of fuel elements. Prerequisite: 0406300  Heat Transfer; 0407300  Elements of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences. 
0407305  Nuclear Engineering Materials  30:3 
The course introduces students to properties and selection criteria of materials for nuclear reactors. It covers topics such as are crystal structures and crystal defects (point, line, surface and volume) Mechanical properties (stress, strain, toughness, fracture, hardness, impact, creep, and fatigue) and corrosion properties. Radiation damage models. Microstructural changes, swelling, radiation hardening, radiation embrittlement as well as radiation effects on fatigue. Metallic and ceramic fuels mechanical, thermal and corrosion properties.
Prerequisite: 0407202  Fund. of NE and RS 1420101 – General Chemistry I

0407306  Nuclear Science and Engineering Laboratory I  03:1 
An introduction to measurements common in nuclear science. The operation of gasfilled and solid state detectors; scintillation detectors for gamma, neutron radiation, and charged particles. Counting techniques and nuclear statistics, pulse shaping, and spectroscopic analysis of radiation. Prerequisite: 0402255  Applied Electronics for SREE; 0407204  Nuclear Instrumentation and Measurement. 
0407307  Nuclear Science and Engineering Laboratory II  03:1 
Enhancement of laboratory skills pertinent to nuclear engineering. Experiments related to Gamma Coincidence, half life, scattering of alpha particles, xray fluorescence, and neutron activation. Prerequisite: 0407306  Nuclear Science and Engineering Lab I. 
0407308
 Nuclear Reactor Theory  30:3 
The course covers topics to include neutron transport (neutron density and flux, angular densities and currents, common simplifications to the transport equation, Fick's law, and diffusion boundary conditions), the one speed diffusion theory model (neutron diffusion in nonmultiplying media, numerical methods for solving the neutron diffusion equation, the onespeed diffusion model of a nuclear reactor, and reactor criticality calculations) and neutron Prerequisite: 0407300  Elements of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences. 402340 Engineering Computation & Linear Algebra.

0407401  Nuclear Power Reactors  30:3 
The course discusses the performance of nuclear power plant systems and
their role in power productions. The course focuses mainly on power reactor performance under normal operating conditions and generally discusses the reactor behavior under design basis accidents. The courses emphasizes on analyzing reactor thermodynamic cycles, components of different power reactor types (PWR, BWR, Gas Reactors, and Fast Breeding Reactors), design synthesis, reactor overall performance, load curves, environmental impacts of nuclear power plant, and nuclear plant economics.
Prerequisite: 0407308  Nuclear Reactor Theory; 0407302  Reactor Thermal Hydraulics. 
0407402  Reactor Safety Analysis  30:3 
The course will cover the principles and methods used in the safety
evaluation of nuclear power plants. Safety philosophies, design criteria and regulations. Deterministic and probabilistic models, reliability analysis, radiological consequences, and risk assessment. Designbasis and severe accident analysis, role of engineered safety systems, siting, and licensing. Case studies of accidents. Prerequisite: 0407308  Nuclear Reactor Theory; 0407302  Reactor Thermal Hydraulics; Pre/Co 0407401  Nuclear Power Reactors. 
0407403
 Advanced Nuclear Energy Lab  03:1 
Measurement of nuclear performance, control rod worth, critical rod location, power andflux distributions and feedback coefficients of reactivity. Prerequisite: 0407307  Nuclear Science and Engineering Lab II; 0402348  Signals and Control Systems; Pre/Co 0407402  Reactor Safety Analysis; Pre/Co 0407401  Nuclear Power Reactors. 
0407491  Senior Design Project I  10:1 
Graduation project consists of two courses: Senior Design Project I and Senior Design Project II. Small groups of students work together project under the supervision of the project supervisor. Each group of students gives a presentation about their project and submits a detailed report. This is the first phase of the graduation project. Subjects for the projects are linked to research interest in the Department or sometimes in cooperation with local industry. During this phase the students develop a preliminary design of the proposed project as outlined in the report produced and give a presentation at the end of semester. Prerequisite: Senior standing. Pre/Co: 0407302 Reactor Thermal Hydraulics, 0407308 Nuclear Reactor Theory

0407492
 Senior Design Project II  36:3 
Student teams develop professionallevel experience by applying, integrating, and extending previously acquired knowledge in a major design project. Lectures are devoted to discussing projectrelated issues and student presentations. A project progress proposal, report, oral presentations, and a comprehensive final report are required. Students apply modern engineering design methods to choose from alternative design subject to realistic constraints. Groups of students work together to design, build, refine and test complete hardware or /and software systems to meet specifications. Prerequisite: 0405491  Senior Design Project I. 
Elective CoursesDescriptions of the te
chnical elective courses are given below.
0407450
 Application of Radiation  40:4 
Applications of radiation interaction with matter using various forms (neutrons, ions, electrons, photons) of radiation, including radiotracers, radiogauges, activation analysis, Xray fluorescence, neutron radiography, and nuclear reaction analysis.
Prerequisite: 0407300  Elements of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences.

0407453
 Engineering Principles of Radiation Imaging  20:2 
Analytic description of radiation production, transport and detection in radiation imaging systems. Measurements methods for image quality and statistical performance of observers. Systems for radiographic and radioisotope imaging, including film/screen, storage phosphor, and electronic radiography, fluoroscopy, computed tomography, Anger camera, and PET systems. Emphasis on impact of random process on observer detection.
Prerequisite: 0407450  Application of Radiation.

0407454
 Radiological Health Engineering Fundamentals  40:4 
The course will cover the physical and biological aspects of the use of ionizing radiation in industrial and academicinstitutions, physical principles underlying shielding instrumentation, waste disposal, biological effects of low levels of ionizing radiation. Biological effects of ionizing radiation at the molecular, cellular, and organism levels. external and internal dose estimation, nonionizing radiation safety methods. Prerequisite: 0407300  Elements of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences. 
0407455
 Quantum Mechanics for Nuclear Engineering  30:3 
Basics of quantum mechanics, waveparticle duality, the semiclassical theory, Schroedinger's equation and its solution in one dimension. Tunneling effects and radioactive decay, the deuteron, neutronproton scattering. Models of the nuclear interaction, the Jellium, and nuclear shell theory. Prerequisite: 0407300  Elements of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences; 0407304  Analytical Methods for Nuclear Engineers. 
0407456
 Nuclear Reactor Dynamics  30:3 
Basic equations and physical parameters of point reactor kinetics without feedback effects; the nuclear reactor as a total system; reactor excursions, FuchsNordheim and BetheTait models; spacetime reactor dynamics; synthesis methods. Prerequisite: 0407308  Nuclear Reactor Theory; 0407302  Reactor Thermal Hydraulics. 
0407457
 Nuclear Safeguards
 30:3

The course provides nuclear engineering students with a background and overview of key topics important to nuclear materials safeguards, accountability, and nonproliferation. This course will introduce the concepts behind nuclear materials controls and accountability, State System of Accounting Systems, and introduce various NDA equipment used for verification of nuclear material as well as systems for Containment and surveillance. Prerequisite: 0407401  Nuclear Power Reactors

0407458
 Nuclear Security
 30:3

Introduction to nuclear security, Knowledge of national/international nuclear laws, security of radioactive materials and facilities, Basics of nuclear materials accounting and control, Overview of an export control system, National/International control lists, border monitoring systems, types, assessment, localization and identification, verification of alarms, Illicit trafficking of nuclear materials, Nuclear security emergency. Prerequisite: 0407402 – Reactor Safety Analysis

0407459
 Nuclear Fuel Cycle
 30:3

This course is intended for nuclear engineering students interested in acquiring a foundation in the nuclear fuel cycle with topics ranging from nuclearfuel reprocessing to waste treatment and final disposal. The topics include uranium nuclear fuel cycle: mining, conversion, enrichment, fuel manufacturing, incore fuel management, and refueling, spent fuel storage, reprocessing/recycling, and final disposition as waste in a geologic repository. The concepts of nuclear safeguards and nonproliferation are discussed in each step of the cycle. Prerequisite: 0407401  Nuclear Power Reactors

0407470
 Special Topics in Nuclear Engineering  30:3 
The course introduces the fuel manufacturing process and common materials used in manufacturing the fuel pellets and clad and their properties. The main parameters that govern the design of the Light Water Reactor (LWR) fuel elements are discussed and analyzed; in specific, powerburnup envelope, UO2 deformation, fission gas release, oxidation, Zircaloy deformation, and radiation damage. The PowerFlow relationship within the fuel assembly and its impact on the fuel assembly size, pitch, and grid spacer mixing vanes is analyzed. The course will also cover the steps needed for testing and inspection procedures of asreceived and irradiated fuel assemblies.. Prerequisite: 407300  Elements of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences.
