BSAST in Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology (BSAST) degree in Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology emphasizes the practical application of engineering principles as they impact nuclear power generation. The 126-credit program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to perform competently in reactor operations, quality assurance, instrumentation and control technology and other related areas. Additionally, the BSAST in Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology addresses career pathways in the engineering function and thus supports the ability to obtain a professional engineering license.

Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology Program:

The Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology Program’s goal is to educate engineering technology practitioners who are immediately relevant to or practicing in industry by frequently evaluating and improving our educational programs, engaging in scholarly and industrially based activities, and working within the broader community to be relevant to the professional and global community.

The AST vision and mission statements are reviewed and updated periodically, most recently in 2014. These reviews are performed by the mentors as well as the Industrial Advisory Council (IAC). Details are published in the School and IAC meeting minutes. The current vision and mission statements are published on Thomas Edison State College’s web site. Additional information about the department can be found at www.tesc.edu

Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABETThe Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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Subject Area/Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • English Composition I (ENC-101)
(3)
  • English Composition II (ENC-102)
(3)
  • Calculus I
(3)
  • Calculus II
(3)
  • Computer Programming Requirement or Programmable Logic controller (CTR-212)
(3)
B. Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World 21
  • Psychology or Sociology
(3)
  • Statistics (STA-201)
(3)
  • Technical Writing (ENG-201)
(3)
  • Physics I with lab
(4)
  • Physics II with lab
(4)
  • Chemistry with lab
(4)
C. Personal and Social Responsibility 9
  • Diversity/Global Literacy
(3)
  • Responsible Ethical Leadership
(3)
  • Ethics or Diversity Elective
(3)
D. General Education Electives 15
II. Area of Study: Nuclear Engineering Technology 51
A. Nuclear Physics for Technology 3
B. Thermodynamics 3
C. Heat Transfer 3
D. Fluid Mechanics 3
E. Reactors and Plant Systems
  • Reactor Fundamentals
  • Primary Reactor Systems
  • Nuclear Instrumentation & Control
9
F. Radiation Effects
  • Radiation Biophysics or
  • Radiation Interaction and
  • Radiological, Reactor, Environmental Safety
6
G. Electrical Theory 3
H. Nuclear Materials 3
I. Radiation Analysis Laboratory 1
J. Nuclear Electives
  • Military/INPO Discipline Specific Training including Laboratory/Practicum (1 to 10 credits) or
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Applied Quality Management
  • Regulatory Policy & Procedures
  • Applied Economic Analysis
10
K. Nuclear Technology Assessment/Career Planning 3
L. Nuclear Engineering Technology Capstone 4
IV. Free Electives 15
Total 126

Note: Laboratories are considered to be part of the course work and/or prior experiential learning. Laboratory requirements of the degree are assigned zero credits.

  • Required Courses: Nuclear Physics for Technology, Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics, Reactor and Plant Systems, Radiation Effects, Electrical Theory, Nuclear Materials, Radiation Analysis Laboratory, Nuclear Electives, Nuclear Technology Assessment/Career Planning, Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology Capstone
  • Corollary Requirements: Calculus I and II, Statistics, Physics I and II, General Chemistry, Computer Requirement
  • How Students Earn Credit in the Area of Study: Most students have earned credit from the Navy Basic Nuclear Power School, which covers more than half of the area of study. Credit may also be earned by advanced Navy training. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), NRC license, NRRPT certification, certification from a nuclear utility INPO accredited program or ACE-reviewed company training

Policy for Required Advisement for BSAST in Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology

BSAST in Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology program students are required to schedule and complete a minimum of two program planning sessions with a School of Applied Science and Technology advisor. The first scheduled program planning sessions should be after the student receives formal evaluation of transferred credits and prior to starting courses. A second scheduled program planning session should be prior to registration for Nuclear Assessment/Career Planning (NUC-490)

The session shall encompass the following:

  • Each BSAST in Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology is required to meet with an AST advisor or military representative/advisor;
    • After receiving evaluation of transferred credits and prior to starting courses to ensure course sequencing as indicated.
    • Required to verify completion of  prerequisite courses prior to enrollment in Nuclear Energy Issues & Career Planning (NUC-490) and Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology Capstone (NUC-495)
    • Required to verify completion of  all courses before Graduation application
  • Required sequence of courses for the BSAST in Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology are the following:
    • Required the general educations courses or equivalent transfer courses prerequisites:
      • English Composition I (ENC-101) and English Composition II (ENC-102), prior to Technical Report Writing (ENG-201)
      • Calculus I (MAT-231) prior to Calculus II (MAT-232)
      • Physics I with Lab (PHY-115) prior to Physics II with Lab (PHY-116) and prior to Nuclear Physics for Technology (NUC-303)

Note: Other General Education, Free Electives and Nuclear Elective courses can be taken as determined by student and approved by advisement.

  • Required the BSAST in Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology area of study  courses or equivalent transfer courses prerequisites:
    • Nuclear Physics for Technology (NUC-303), Thermodynamics (EGM-221), Heat Transfer (EGM-323), and Fluid Mechanics (EGM-330) prior to Reactor and Plant Systems courses of Reactor Fundamentals (NUC-365), Primary Reactor Systems (NUC-331) or Nuclear Instrumentation and Control (NUC-351)
    • Nuclear Physics for Technology (NUC-303) prior to Radiation Effects courses: Radiation Biophysics (NUC-412),  Radiation Interaction (NUC-413) or Radiological, Reactor, Environmental Safety (NUC-342)
    • Radiation Effects courses: Radiation Biophysics (NUC-412),  Radiation Interaction (NUC-413) or Radiological, Reactor, Environmental Safety (NUC-342) prior to Ration Analysis Laboratory (NUC-238)
    • Required completions of general educations courses: English Composition I (ENC-101),  English Composition II (ENC-102), and Technical Report Writing (ENG-201), Calculus I (MAT-231), Calculus II (MAT-232), Physics I with Lab (PHY-115), Physics II with Lab (PHY-116), General Chemistry (CHE-111), prior to Nuclear Energy Issues & Career Planning (NUC-490)
    • Required completion of BSAST in Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology area of study courses or equivalent transfers prior to Nuclear Energy Issues & Career Planning (NUC-490)
    • Require completion of and Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology Capstone (NUC-495)
    • Prior Learning Assessment options will not be available for Nuclear Energy Issues & Career Planning (NUC-490) or Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology Capstone (NUC-495)

Program Educational Objectives:

The program educational objectives (PEOs) are broad statements describing the career and professional accomplishments that the Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology program is preparing graduates to achieve. The BSAST in Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology strives to produce qualified and competent applied technology engineering professionals who can immediately make substantial contributions to their employers.

The PEOs are to:

  1. Demonstrate an appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, and skills necessary to identify, analyze, and solve professional/technical challenges in Nuclear Energy.
  2. Possess a desire and commitment to be technically current with changing technologies through self-improvement and continuous learning.
  3. Function effectively in a professional/industrial environment, while maintaining independent thought and adhering to ethical standards.
  4. Communicate effectively in one's career environment and serve influentially in team oriented settings.
  5. Strive for increasing levels of leadership and responsibilities in the nuclear field.

Student outcomes for the BSAST Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology:

  1. Demonstrate a fundamental mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools required for nuclear facility operations and /or related fields.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to understand and apply current concepts in the areas of mathematics, science, and engineering technology.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to conduct, analyze, and interpret data to resolve technical challenges and/or improve processes.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of nuclear design concepts that are applied within the systems, components, and processes for safe operation of nuclear facilities.
  5. Demonstrate effective participation in groups as a valued team member.
  6. Demonstrate a capability to solve technical problems through proper identification, research and systematic analysis of the issue.
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in oral and written communications to the given audience utilizing standard English.
  8. Demonstrate the need and commitment to engage in lifelong learning while remaining technically current in one’s discipline.
  9. Demonstrate professional, ethical, and social responsibilities within the nuclear energy field, while recognizing differences due to culture and diversity.
  10. Demonstrate recognition of the impacts of nuclear technology solutions in an expanding societal and global context.
  11. Demonstrate a commitment for quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement in professional activities.
  12. Demonstrate knowledge of and an understanding for the Federal, State, and Local regulations, standards, and rules applying to operations and safety in the nuclear energy field.

 

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