Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons: Proliferation and Nonproliferation

Course #NS3285

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


This course examines the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) weapons. It is an introductory survey course that covers the history and causes of NBC proliferation, the impact of proliferation on U.S. and international security, and the range and effectiveness of past efforts to restrain and/or mitigate proliferation. The class focuses on the changing nature of NBC proliferation problems, evaluating contemporary challenges and assessing potential future policy responses. It assumes no specialized prior knowledge of the subject matter. For this reason, it reviews the basic technologies of NBC weapons and current perspectives on proliferation problems and debates on means to overcome them. Prerequisites: None.

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Academic Calendar

  •  06 Jun 2023

    Spring quarter pre-graduation awards ceremony

  •  09 Jun 2023

    Spring quarter last day of classes

  •  13 Jun 2023

    Spring quarter final examinations begin