Master of Science - Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Security

CBRNE Security

Students in this area of concentration will develop a solid understanding of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) security. Courses will exam the technical details of weapons and sensor technologies, nonproliferation regimes, the threat of states or terrorists acquiring and using weapons of mass destruction, and the local, state, federal and global efforts to confront this kind of threat.

Core Courses

  • Contemporary Security Studies (CRIM.5750)
  • Intelligence Analysis: Policy and Practice (CRIM.5780)
  • Scientific and Technological Dimensions of National Security (CRIM.6680)
  • Research Design (CRIM.5910)
  • Security Studies Capstone Research Paper (CRIM.6990)

Electives (Choose 5 from the Following)

  • Weapons of Mass Destruction (CRIM.6640)
  • Introduction to Biosensors (EECE.5410)
  • Principles and Practices of Biological Safety (PUBH.5080)
  • Infectious Disease + (MLSC.6130)
  • Toxicology and Health (PUBH.5030)
  • Exposure and Risk Assessment (PUBH.6161)
  • Introduction to Epidemiology (PUBH.5750)
  • Risk Assessment (PUBH.6830)
  • Radiological Safety and Control I + (RADI.5010L)
  • Radiological Safety and Control II + (RADI.5020L)
  • Nuclear Instrumentation + (RADI.5060)
  • Radiation Biology + (RADI.5620)
  • Understanding the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (ENVS.5810)

+ Indicates a course that requires special permission from the instructor before enrolling.

Other graduate-level electives taken at UMass Lowell or at other campuses of the University of Massachusetts may also count toward the 5 electives, based on approval of the Program Director and Graduate Faculty Group.

More information about this program is available from the Office of Graduate Admissions.