June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Nuclear and Radiological
24.384.1 - 24.384.7
Developing a Minor Program in Nuclear Science and EngineeringThe Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at XXX University (XXXU) hasrecently developed an academic minor program in Nuclear Science and Engineering for studentsmajoring in Science, Technology, Mathematics, and Engineering (STEM). The motivation fordeveloping this program came from three sources. Currently, undergraduate students in MiddleGeorgia do not have sufficient academic opportunities to gain knowledge and training in nuclearenergy sciences since no institution in this region offers a structured program in this field.Second, the minority students in our region have even fewer opportunities to gain education inthis field, since many students cannot afford the cost and/or meet the admission requirements ofcolleges and universities that have such programs. Third, the need for educating more studentsin this field, either as future scientists or as members of a technological society, is an importantnational issue that is well recognized by Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), AmericanNuclear Society (ANS), and other institutions involved in this field.The minor program is structured around four courses that will feature progressively moreadvanced topics, and hands-on laboratory-based projects and experimental analysis. Thesecourses are: a two-course sequence in Nuclear Science and Engineering with laboratorycomponents, a course in nuclear radiation and an introductory course in health physics.Through this minor program, XXXU will be able to educate and train the interested STEMstudents in basic nuclear science and engineering technologies that will not only increase theirjob opportunities in nuclear related industries, but will also prepare them to pursue graduatestudies in this field.This paper describes the opportunities and challenges for offering a minor program in this fieldwith respect to curriculum development, student recruitment, faculty development, and fundingsources.
Naghedolfeizi, M., & Arora, S., & Yousif, N. A. (2014, June), Developing a Minor Program in Nuclear Science and Engineering Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20275
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