The Catholic University of America

Curriculum

Thirty credit hours, 12 months as a full time intensive program or 2 to 3 years part time. Currently 2 courses are taught per semester, i.e., it takes a minimum of 2 years to finish.

FIRST SEMESTER (12 credit hours for full time students)

  • NEP 520: Health Physics (3 credit hours)
  • NEP 521: Radiochemistry (3 credit hours)
  • NEP 522: Materials Science of Nuclear Waste Forms (3 credit hours)
  • NEP 523: The Nuclear Fuel Cycle (3 credit hours) 
 

SECOND SEMESTER (12 credit hours for full time students)
The second semester comprises four courses for full-time students, three required plus one elective.

  • NEP 601: Radioactive Waste Management and Disposal I - High Level Waste (3 credit hours)
  • NEP 602: Radioactive Waste Management and Disposal II - Low Level Waste (3 credit hours)
  • NEP 615: Laws, Regulations, and Responsibilities (3 credit hours)

    Elective courses (3 credit hours)
  • NEP 621: Groundwater Remediation (3 credit hours)
  • NEP 624: Instruments and Methods Lab (3 credit hours) 

    Several courses from other Catholic University programs can also be taken as acceptable electives for the NEP program. However, some of these courses may not be offered every semester or may not be taught in the evening.  

FINAL PROJECT (6 credit hours

  • NEP 795 is a minimum 6-week full-time research project at VSL with a final report to be submitted and presented.    
  • NEP 796 is a 6-week minimum internship in the US nuclear industry or internationally with a final report to be submitted and presented.
  • NEP 797 is a topical research project (six weeks in guidance on a research a topic, write topical report, submit, and present. Alternatively 2 semesters in guidance as a part-time student).  

 For more details go to the "Final Project" page.