Course Overview

With nuclear and radiological materials poised to play a significant role in national and international plans to develop safe, secure, clean, and affordable power, and in scientific and medical innovation, it is critical that facility designers, operators, and regulators understand foundational nuclear security. The Advanced Nuclear Security Theory & Practice course, part of the UNM Nuclear Security Program, was developed to ensure that the next generation of nuclear security experts are prepared for the challenges of this growing, global industry.

What You'll Learn

This course will increase student understanding of the theoretical foundations for and practical realities of nuclear security, including current and future challenges.
  • Basic literacy: Understanding of core concepts and principles, building a base level of literacy on the various aspects of nuclear security
  • Interdisciplinary capability: The ability to reach out to adjacent fields in a knowledgeable way and engage with others in assessing the importance of new findings in related fields to nuclear security
  • Historical perspective: Understanding of historical and intellectual roots of key concepts and principles in nuclear security
  • Critical analysis: Ability to critically assess research and scholarship aimed at furthering knowledge in nuclear security
  • Links across domains and methods: Ability to identify links and connections across different fundamental domains and methods relevant to nuclear security.

Who Should Attend

Undergraduate and graduate-level nuclear engineering students and doctoral candidates, university faculty, nuclear and radiological security industry partners, and government partners.

Additional Information

UNM Faculty, Staff, and Retirees: this program is Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.


All students enrolling in Nuclear Security Program courses are expected to have an undergraduate degree in nuclear engineering or be an advanced student in this area (post-graduate and doctoral candidates welcome); have completed at least one engineering design project; and have a working knowledge of the nuclear fuel cycle and general operations of traditional nuclear power plants, research reactors, small modular reactors, and reprocessing facilities. Early- and mid-career nuclear engineers working in the nuclear industry, government, or academia are encouraged to attend. Non-traditional students will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Thank you for your interest in this course. This course is not currently open for enrollment. Please complete a Course Inquiry so that we may promptly notify you when enrollment opens.

This course is offered through UNM Nuclear Engineering.

The UNM Nuclear Security Program was developed to ensure that the next generation of nuclear security experts are prepared for the challenges of this growing, global industry.

The program is in partnership with UNM Nuclear Engineering, the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Office of International Nuclear Security (NNSA-INS) and experts from Sandia, Los Alamos, and Idaho National Laboratories.  

UNM Staff, Faculty and Retirees can use their Tuition Remission benefit on professional development programs.

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