"Nuclear Nonproliferation and International Security Master of Science Degree at TAMU,"
, 35(2), 7-10 (2006).
Texas A&M University (TAMU) has been developing
nonproliferation and nuclear security educational courses for the
past several years. These have included both fundamentals in
nuclear engineering and nuclear science as well as topical courses
on nonproliferation issues and international security policy. TAMU
teaches a senior-level undergraduate nuclear engineering course
titled "Nuclear Nonproliferation" as well as graduate-level courses
such as "Technical Issues in Nuclear Nonproliferation and Arms
Control," "Policy Issues in Nuclear Nonproliferation and Arms
Control," "Radiation Detection and Nuclear Material Measurements,"
and "Critical Analysis of Nuclear Security Data." Recently TAMU has
endeavored to construct a master of science degree plan that links
these courses and provides a structured technical degree focused on
nuclear nonproliferation and international security. This program
had its genesis from collaborations and discussions with Los Alamos
National Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of
Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, and two key Russian universities
(the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and the Obninsk State
Technical Institute for Nuclear Power Engineering). It is
envisioned that this degree program will provide the next
generation of students focused on the nonproliferation arena and
generate key personnel for laboratories and governments