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NucE 405 Nuclear and Radiochemistry

Course Description

The objective of this course is to introduce you to the theories and phenomena of nuclear science. The level of the course is such that you will obtain enough depth of understanding so that you can apply nuclear science principles to your field of interest. The course focuses on the fundamental ideas in the following areas of study:

  1. Phenomena of nuclear properties and structure
  2. Kinetics of radioactive decay
  3. Theory of radioactive decay
  4. Theory and phenomena of nuclear reactions
  5. Interactions of radiation with matter and biological effects of radiation

In this particular course, you have the opportunity to video tutorials, which we developed during a year-long project to enable you to learn material that is usually taught to first-year graduate students.

Course Instructor
Dr. Gary L. Catchen


PSU Course Catalog Description

NUC E 405 (CHEM 406) Nuclear and Radiochemistry (3) Theory of radioactive decay processes, nuclear properties and structure, nuclear reactions, interactions of radiation with matter, biological effectsof radiation.

Prerequisite: CHEM 452 or PHYS 237 or NUC E 301

Required Course Textbook


"Nuclear and Radiochemistry," by G. Friedlander, J. W. Kennedy, E. S. Macias, and J. M. Miller (Wiley-Interscience, New York, 1981, 3rd ed.)


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The enrollment process is:

  1. Contact the the Office of Continuing and Distance Education for admission into the course at 814-865-7643.

  2. Complete and submit the Registration Form via mail, fax, or in person. See the Registration Page.


Office for Disability Services
Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University’s educational programs. If you have a disability‐related need for reasonable academic adjustments in this course, contact the Office for Disability Services (ODS) at 814‐863‐1807 (V/TTY). For further information regarding ODS, please visit the Office of Disability Services website at

In order to receive consideration for course accommodations, you must contact ODS and provide documentation (see the documentation guidelines at If the documentation supports the need for academics adjustments, ODS will provide a letter identifying appropriate academics adjustments. Please share this letter and discuss the adjustments with your instructor as early in the course as possible. You must contact ODS and request academic adjustment letters at the beginning of each semester.


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Penn State University
Office of Continuing and Distance Education in Engineering
301-A Engineering Unit C
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 865-7643   Fax: (814) 865-3969