Courses Offered

Five courses have been developed for the NRC designated Nuclear Minor Program at Texas A&M University – Kingsville. The minor program and all the courses have been approved by the university. The five courses are:

MEEN 3398 Computer Applications in Nuclear Engineering*

Applications of computer software to solve nuclear engineering problems; nuclear data and cross-section libraries; deterministic and stochastic models; single and multi-objective optimization; applied nuclear engineering codes.

Coordinator: Dr. Kai Jin, Phone: (361) 593-2135, Email:

Course Objectives:

  • Introduce computational methods for nuclear engineering applications.
  • Introduce applied nuclear engineering code systems and computational technologies.
  • Introduce deterministic and stochastic models.
  • Discuss optimization problems in nuclear engineering.
  • Introduce software tool box to solve the optimization problems.
*Note: This course uses SCALE6 code package as the main simulation tool. It must be requested from by each individual student. The code will be used around the fourth week of the class. It may take two weeks or more to receive the code in mail, if you are a US citizen. Processing time is much longer for non-citizen students. Processing time varies for different countries of citizen. Request may be denied for certain countries of citizen. The approval process is handled by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Department of Energy. It is not controlled by the instructor or TAMUK. Students are advised to apply for the code two months before the first day of the class, especially for the international students. Failure to obtain the code before the midterm will result in drop from the class, I or F grade. A fee of $250-$750 may be required for non-citizens based on the current policy. Students of US citizen should receive the disks at no cost. Please check RSICC website for current policies.

MEEN 4395 Thermal Hydraulics of Nuclear Reactors

Thermal hydraulics of nuclear reactor core, two phase flow regimes, the boiling curve, the dry out phenomena, natural circulation in reactor core, transient and instabilities of two phase flow.
Prerequisites: MATH 3320, PHYS 2325, MEEN 3392.

Coordinator: Dr. Yousri Elkassabgi, Phone: (361) 593-2293, Email:

Course Objectives:

  • To gain understanding of the thermal hydraulic processes that takes place inside the reactor core.
  • To get familiar with heat transfer processes that affects the cooling systems of the nuclear reactors and its key components.

MEEN 4396 Nuclear Safety and Reliability

Introduction to nuclear safety systems and licensing principles. Design criteria and regulations. Deterministic, probabilistic, and reliability analysis. Radiological consequences, and risk assessment. Design basis accidents and severe accident management. Implications for advanced reactors. Prerequisites: Senior Standing.

Course Objectives:

  • Introduction to safety principles and methods utilized in designing, constructing and operating nuclear power plants.
  • Regulatory requirements for designing, constructing and operating a nuclear power plant.
  • Provide students with experiential knowledge in the preparation and evaluation of a Safety Analysis Report for meeting regulatory requirements and the experience of presenting the analysis to a regulatory review board.
  • Introduce the methods for accident analysis, risk assessment and management and for dealing with external events.
  • Show the students how these principles and methods can be utilized for advanced nuclear energy systems.

MEEN 4397 Nuclear Energy

Introduction to basic topics in the analysis and design of nuclear power plants. 
Prerequisites: PHYS 2326, MATH 3320.

Course Objectives:

  • To provide students with an introduction to basic topics associated with analysis and design of nuclear fission reactors.
  • Overview of atomic and nuclear physics.
  • Introduction to reactor design theory.
  • Practical aspects of Nuclear Power Plants

This page was last updated on: January 31, 2018