W.S. Charlton, “Nuclear Nonproliferation and International Security Master of Science Degree at TAMU”, JNMM, 35, 2 (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 institutions alike.