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Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering

College of Engineering
Mechanical and Nuclear Eng
Study System
Total Credit Hours
131 Cr.Hrs
Fall & Spring
Sharjah Main Campus
Study Mode
Full Time

Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering

Program Overview
The Department of Nuclear Engineering is a four-year study that provides students with solid knowledge of 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 eight-week 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.

Program Educational Objectives:​
Within a few years post-graduation, the Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering graduates will: 

  1. Have a productive career in nuclear engineering or related fields, either in industrial, governmental, research, or academic institutions. 
  2. Continue to develop their knowledge through lifelong learning opportunities and/or advanced degrees. 
  3. Contribute to society in a responsible manner through engagement in professional societies and/or community services.​

​Student Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science  in Nuclear Engineering, the students will have:

  1. Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. Identify ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. Apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Enrollment and Graduation Data
For a breakdown of enrollment and degrees awarded, click Enrollment and Graduation Data for more information.​​​

B.Sc. in Nuclear Engineering Course Requirement

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 ​ ​ ​ ​
Mandatory Credits18
Elective Credits6

I. University Requirements
Every 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 Requirements
The 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 Requirements
A. Mandatory requirements

The NE program core courses are listed in the table below.

Course #Title
Programming 14None
1430118Physics 2 Lab
​Statics and Dynamics
​1440133; 1430115
​Introduction to Energy Science and Technology
​Pre/Co: 1430117
0402202Circuit Analysis I3Pre/Co: 1430117,

Eng. Probability & Statistics
Pre/Co: 0402202
​Introduction to Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Science
Pre/Co: 0406100
0402255Applied Electronics for SREE30402202
0402256Applied Electronics for SREE Lab
1Pre/Co: 0402255
0402340Engineering Computations and Linear

0402348Signals and Control Systems
30402202; 0406101
​Nuclear Instrumentation and Measurement
​Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Science
0406201Fluid Mechanics30406101
0406202Fluid Mechanics Lab
1Pre/Co: 0406201
​Analytical Methods for Nuclear Engineers
​Nuclear Science and Engineering Lab I
​0407204; 0402255
0406300Heat Transfer30406200, 0406201
0406301Heat Transfer Lab
1Pre/Co: 0406300
​Elements of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
Pre/Co: 0407304
​Nuclear Reactor Theory
​0407300, 402340
​Nuclear Science and Engineering Lab II
​Nuclear Engineering Materials
​Reactor Thermal Hydraulics
​0406300, 0407300
​Nuclear Power Reactors
​0407308; 0407302
​Advanced Nuclear Lab
Pre/Co: 0407402,
Pre/Co: 0407401
​Reactor Safety Analysis
0407308, 0407302,
Pre/Co: 0407401
​Senior Design Project I
​Senior Standing
Pre/Co: 0407302,0407308
​Senior Design Project II
​NE Technical Elective I
​Depending on Selected Courses
​​NE Technical Elective II
​Depending on Selected Courses

B. Technical Elective
As 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 in-depth 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 #TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
0407450Applications of Radiation30407300
0407453Engineering Principles of Radiation Imaging30407450
0407454Radiological Health Engineering Fundamentals30407300
0407455Quantum Mechanics for Nuclear Engineering30407300, 0407304
Nuclear Reactor Dynamics
​0407308, 0407302
​Nuclear Safeguards & Technology
​Nuclear Security
​Nuclear Fuel Cycle
​Special topics in Nuclear Engineering


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 Description
Mandatory Courses

Descriptions of the core courses are given below.

Programming 13-2:4
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 user-defined data types, text files, arrays, and dynamic memory allocation.

Prerequisite: None. ​ ​

Physics II Laboratory0-3:1
Various experiments covering the topics mentioned in Physics (II) course.

1430116 - Physics 1 Lab
Pre/Co: 1430117 - Physics II. ​ ​

Circuit Analysis I3-0:3
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  Op-Amps; Transient analysis of first  order  circuits;  Phasor  technique  for  steady-state  sinusoidal  response.

Pre/Co 1440261 -  Differential Equations for  Engineers
Pre/Co 1430117 - Physics II

Eng. Probability & Statistics 
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.

Pre/Co 0402202 - Circuit Analysis I.

Applied Electronics for SREE3-0:3
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, DC-DC convertors and DC-AC inverters.

0402202 - Circuit Analysis I

0402256Applied Electronics Lab for SREE0-3:1
Diode  characteristics,  PSPICE  simulation,  BJT   and  MOS  biasing  circuits, Amplifier and its frequency response, Operational Amplifier Applications, DC- DC convertors and DC-AC inverters.

Pre/Co 0402255 - Applied Electronics for SREE

Engineering Computation and Linear Algebra3-0:3
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.

1501116 - Programming 1
1440261 - Differential Equations for Engineers. ​ ​

0402348Signals and Control Systems3-0:3
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.

0402202 - Circuit Analysis I
0406101 - Statics and Dynamics

0406100Introduction to Energy Science and Technology3-0:3
Introduction to energy. Survey of energy technologies including steam, hydro,

tidal, wave, fossil, geothermal, solar, wind, bio-fuels, 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;​

0406101Statics and Dynamics3-0:3
Force  and  moment  vectors,  resultants.  Principles  of  statics  and  free-body diagrams. Properties of areas, second moments. Internal forces in beams. Laws of friction. Principles of particle dynamics. Mechanical systems and rigid-body dynamics. Kinematics and dynamics of plane systems. Energy and momentum of 2-D bodies and systems.
Prerequisite: 1430115 - Physics I and 1440131 Calculus I for Engineers. ​ ​

Basic concepts of thermodynamics: temperature, work, heat, internal energy and enthalpy. First law of thermodynamics for closed and steady-flow open systems. Thermodynamic properties of pure substances; changes of phase; equation of state. Second law of thermodynamics: concept of entropy. Power and refrigeration cycles.
Pre-requisite: 0406101 - Statics and Dynamics; 0406100 ​ ​

0406201Fluid Mechanics3-0:3
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 one-dimensional flows; continuity, Euler, Bernoulli, steady flow energy, linear and angular momentum equations; flow in pipes and losses.
Prerequisite: 0406101 - Statics and Dynamics. ​ ​

0406202Fluid Mechanics Lab0-3:1
Introduction to basic fluid mechanics instrumentation; experimental verification and reinforcement of analytical concepts introduced in course 0406201.
Prerequisite: 0406201 - Fluid Mechanics ​ ​

0406300Heat Transfer3-0:3
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. ​ ​

0406301Heat Transfer Lab0-3:1
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. ​ ​


Analytical Methods for Nuclear Engineers3-0:3
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. ​ ​

Introduction  to  Nuclear  Engineering  and  Radiological

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. ​ ​

Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological

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. ​ ​

Nuclear Instrumentation and Measurement3-0:3
An  introduction  to  the  devices  and  techniques  most  common  in  nuclear measurements. Topics include the principles of operation of gas-filled, 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.

0405221 - Eng. Prob & Statistics
0407202 - Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Science. ​ ​

Elements of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences3-0:3
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 ​ ​

Reactor Thermal Hydraulics3-0:3
This course will cover the thermal-hydraulic fundamentals of nuclear power reactors, which includes principles of single phase flow, two-phase 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 thermal-hydraulic 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. ​ ​

0407305Nuclear Engineering Materials3-0:3
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.

0407202 - Fund. of NE and RS
1420101 – General Chemistry I

0407306Nuclear Science and Engineering Laboratory I0-3:1
An introduction to measurements common in nuclear science. The operation of  gas-filled  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. ​ ​

0407307Nuclear Science and Engineering Laboratory II0-3:1
Enhancement of laboratory skills pertinent to nuclear engineering.
Experiments related to Gamma Coincidence, half life, scattering of alpha particles, x-ray fluorescence, and neutron activation.
Prerequisite: 0407306 - Nuclear Science and Engineering Lab I. ​ ​

Nuclear Reactor Theory3-0:3
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 non-multiplying media, numerical methods for solving the neutron diffusion equation, the one-speed 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.

0407401Nuclear Power Reactors3-0:3
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. ​ ​

0407402Reactor Safety Analysis3-0:3
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. Design-basis and severe accident analysis, role of engineered safety systems, siting, and licensing. Case studies of accidents.
Pre-requisite: 0407308 - Nuclear Reactor Theory; 0407302 - Reactor Thermal Hydraulics; Pre/Co 0407401 - Nuclear Power Reactors. ​ ​

Advanced Nuclear Energy Lab0-3:1
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. ​ ​

0407491Senior Design Project I1-0:1
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 co-operation 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

Senior Design Project II3-6:3
Student teams develop professional-level experience by applying, integrating, and extending previously acquired knowledge in a major design project. Lectures are devoted to discussing project-related 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 Courses
Descriptions of the technical elective courses are given below.
Application of Radiation4-0:4
Applications of radiation interaction with matter using various forms (neutrons, ions, electrons, photons) of radiation, including radiotracers, radiogauges, activation analysis, X-ray fluorescence, neutron radiography, and nuclear reaction analysis.

0407300 - Elements of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences.

Engineering Principles of Radiation Imaging2-0:2
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. 

0407450 - Application of Radiation.


Radiological Health Engineering Fundamentals4-0:4
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. ​ ​

Quantum Mechanics for Nuclear Engineering3-0:3
Basics  of  quantum  mechanics,  wave-particle  duality,  the  semi-classical theory, Schroedinger's equation and its solution in one dimension. Tunneling effects  and  radioactive  decay,  the  deuteron,  neutron-proton  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. ​ ​

Nuclear Reactor Dynamics3-0:3
Basic equations and physical parameters of point reactor kinetics without feedback effects; the nuclear reactor as a total system; reactor excursions, Fuchs-Nordheim and Bethe-Tait models; space-time reactor dynamics; synthesis   methods.   
Prerequisite:   0407308   -   Nuclear   Reactor   Theory;
0407302 - Reactor Thermal Hydraulics. ​ ​

Nuclear Safeguards 
The course provides nuclear engineering students with a background and overview of key topics important to nuclear materials safeguards, accountability, and non-proliferation.  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 ​

Nuclear Security
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

Nuclear Fuel Cycle
This course is intended for nuclear engineering students interested in acquiring a foundation in the nuclear fuel cycle with topics ranging from nuclear-fuel reprocessing to waste treatment and final disposal. The topics include uranium nuclear fuel cycle: mining, conversion, enrichment, fuel manufacturing, in-core 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

Special Topics in Nuclear Engineering3-0:3
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, power-burnup envelope, UO2 deformation, fission gas release, oxidation, Zircaloy deformation, and radiation damage. The Power-Flow 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 as-received and irradiated fuel assemblies..
Prerequisite: 407300 - Elements of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences. ​ ​