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Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Courses


MSE 150 COMPUTATIONAL TOOLS FOR MATERIALS SCIENCE (3-0-3)(F). Hands on experience solving problems using computers, identifying problems amenable to computation, and a survey of common tools for managing and manipulating code relevant to Materials Science and Engineering field. PRE/COREQ: MATH 170.

MSE 245 INTRODUCTION TO MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (3-0-3)(F,S)(DLN). Application of basic principles of physics and chemistry to the engineering properties of materials. Development of a fundamental understanding of structure, property, processing and performance relationships in all classes of materials including metals, ceramics, polymers and electronic materials. PREREQ: CHEM 111 and MATH 170.

MSE 245L INTRODUCTION TO MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING LAB (0-2-1)(F,S). Practical experience in testing and processing of engineering materials, data acquisition, data analysis, and technical communication. COREQ: MSE 245.

MSE 246 MATERIALS FOR SOCIETY (3-0-3)(S)(CID). Applies concepts of structure, processing, properties, and performance to case studies of materials. Emphasis on the development and societal impact of these materials, and communicating that information. PREREQ: ENGL 102 and MSE 245.

MSE 280 INTRO TO MATERIALS LAB PRACTICE (0-2-1)(F/S). Introduction to laboratory practices including safety, record keeping, error calculation, and ethical practice. Techniques and tools used in materials science practice with emphasis on processing techniques. PRE/COREQ: MSE 150, MSE 245.


MSE 308 THERMODYNAMICS OF MATERIALS (3-0-3)(F). Basic thermodynamics principles including energy, entropy, and free energy. Equilibrium states, phases and phase transitions of various materials systems. PREREQ: MSE 245 and CHEM 112, or ME 302 or PHYS 432. PRE/COREQ: MATH 333.

MSE 312 MECHANICAL BEHAVIOR OF MATERIALS (3-0-3)(S). Elastic and plastic deformation and fracture in engineering materials, including dislocation theory, alloy hardening and creep deformation, fracture mechanisms, fracture mechanics, toughening of metals, ceramics, and composites, environmentally assisted failure. PREREQ: MSE 245, PRE/COREQ: ENGR 210 or PHYS 341.

MSE 318 PHASE TRANSFORMATIONS AND KINETICS (3-0-3)(S). Transport Processes and kinetics in materials systems including diffusion, phase transformations, nucleation and growth, gas-solid and liquid-solid reactions, and electrochemical kinetics. PREREQ: MSE 245 and MSE 308 or PHYS 432 and MATH 333.

MSE 321 STRUCTURAL CHARACTERIZATION (3-0-3)(S). The theory and practice of x-ray diffraction and analytical electron microscopy; the principles of modern diffractometers and electron-beam instruments, both scanning and transmission, including electron optics, imaging modes, the interaction of electrons and x-rays with matter, diffraction theory, contrast mechanisms, and basic techniques for determining chemical composition, crystal structure, orientation, and defects in crystals. PREREQ: MSE 246.

MSE 380 MATERIAL PROPERTIES LABORATORY (2-3-3)(F). Use of characterization techniques for determining the properties of materials, including microstructural, physical, thermodynamic, mechanical, electrical, optical, magnetic, and thermal properties. Emphasis on understanding the significance of, and being able to present, these measurements. PREREQ: MSE 246 and MSE 280. PRE/COREQ: MSE 308.

MSE 381 MATERIALS ANALYSIS LABORATORY (2-3-3)(S). Use of compositional and structural characterization techniques in materials engineering analysis, with an emphasis on microscopy, spectroscopy and diffraction techniques. PREREQ: MSE 380 and MSE 312. PRE/COREQ: MSE 318, MSE 321 and MATH 360.

MSE 410 (ECE 340) ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS (3-0-3)(F/S). Physical principles underlying the electrical properties of metals, insulators and semiconductors. The effects of energy band structure, thermal properties and impurities on electrical conduction. Concepts covered are applied to electrical devices including nanodevices, MOSFETS and optoelectronic devices. May be taken for MSE or ECE credit, but not both. PREREQ: MSE 245, MATH 333, and PHYS 309 or ECE 212. PRE/COREQ: ENGR 240 or ECE 210 or PHYS 301.

MSE 415 MATERIALS PROCESSING (3-1-3)(F/S). Survey of manufacturing and processing techniques for technological materials including biomaterials, ceramics, metals, nanomaterials, and polymers. PREREQ: MSE 318 and MSE 312.

MSE 419 INTERFACIAL KINETICS AND TRANSPORT PROCESSES (3-0-3)(S)(Even years). Reaction kinetics and mass transport phenomena at materials interfaces important in materials processing and performance, including gas-solid, liquid-solid, and electrochemical processes. Emphasis is placed on understanding fundamental mechanisms that control rates of reactions and mass transport. PREREQ: MSE 308.

MSE 422 ADVANCED TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY (1-3-2)(F). In-depth understanding of the transmission electron microscope (TEM), electron diffraction, imaging techniques, analytical techniques, and high-resolution electron microscopy (HREM). Students are required to have an approved project that utilizes the TEM. PREREQ: MSE 321 and PERM/INST.

MSE 423 INTRODUCTION TO X-RAY DIFFRACTION (0-3-1)(S). Practical introduction to x-ray diffraction and the optimal use of an x-ray diffractometer for crystalline materials in the form of bulk materials, powders, or films. Students are required to have a planned project that utilizes x-ray diffraction and the approval of their supervisor to enroll in this course. PREREQ: MSE 246 and PERM/INST.

MSE 428 INTERFACES AND DISLOCATION BEHAVIOR (3-0-3)(S)(Even years). Structure of interfaces as groups of line defects including dislocations, disconnections, and disclinations; application of general concepts to special situations including epitaxial interfaces, twin boundaries and phase transformations. PREREQ: MSE 246.

MSE 461 MICROELECTRONIC PACKAGING MATERIALS (3-0-3)(F/S). Engineering analysis of electronic packaging materials and their effect on electrical design, assembly, reliability, and thermal management. Selection process for packaging materials, manufacturing and assembly, single and multi-chip packaging. PREREQ: MSE 245.

MSE 464 COMPUTATIONAL MATERIALS SCIENCE (3-0-3)(F/S). Theory and application of computational modeling and simulation to fundamentally understand structure-property-performance relationships in materials. Different length- and time scale modeling techniques (e.g., first-principles quantum simulation, atomistic, mesoscale and continuum modeling), scientific programming, and visualization tools. PREREQ: MSE 150, MSE 246, MSE 308, and PHYS 309 or PERM/INST.

MSE 471 PHYSICAL CERAMICS AND GLASSES (3-0-3)(F/S). Structure property and processing-property relations in crystalline and amorphous ceramic materials at the atomistic and microscopic levels. PREREQ: MSE 246 or PERM/INST.

MSE 477 (BIOL 477)(ME 477) BIOMATERIALS (3-0-3)(F/S). Theory of biomaterials science. Medical and biological materials and their applications. Selection, properties, characterization, design and testing of materials used by or in living systems. PREREQ: CHEM 112 or MSE 245.

MSE 478 SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION IN MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (1-0-1)(F). Intended for students performing research in materials science and engineering to communicate their latest research findings to specific targeted audiences. Methods are taught to organize and compose scientific scholarly research publication at the conference or journal publication level. Students will implement the methods by writing a scholarly research paper. PREREQ: Student must be pursuing research in Materials Science and Engineering, PERM/INST.

MSE 480 SENIOR PROJECT I (2-4-3)(F). Culminating major design experience that incorporates materials selection, engineering standards and realistic constraints that include most of the following: economic, environmental, manufacturability, ethical, health and safety, social and political. PRE/COREQ: MSE 410 or MSE 415. PREREQ: MSE 312, MSE 318, MSE 381.

MSE 482 SENIOR PROJECT II (2-4-3)(S)(FF). Culminating major design experience that incorporates materials selection, engineering standards and realistic constraints that include most of the following: economic, environmental, manufacturability, ethical, health and safety, social and political. PREREQ: MSE 480.

MSE 488 ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION OF MATERIALS (3-0-3)(F/S). Theory of environmental degradation of metals, ceramics, polymers and biomaterials. Scientific principles of materials degradation with emphasis on material interactions within a living organism (in vivo). PREREQ: MSE 308.

MSE 498 MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING SEMINAR (1-0-1)(F/S). Review of contemporary issues with an emphasis on life-long learning in Materials Science and Engineering. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits. (Pass/Fail). PREREQ: MSE 245.

Materials Science and Engineering Programs