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MSE Undergraduate Courses

For descriptions of these courses, please refer to the Materials Science and Engineering section of the
Tickle College of Engineering’s Undergraduate Catalog page.  (Please scroll to bottom of the Undergraduate catalog page for MSE courses)

Bachelor of Meterials Science and Engineering 2016-2017 Degree Requirements


 1 Credit Hours
Review of modern advances in materials science and engineering. Exposes students to a variety of materials science and engineering case studies to demonstrate the societal impact of the materials science and engineering profession.

Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only.
3 Credit Hours
Correlation of atomic structure, crystal structure, and microstructure of solids with mechanical, physical, and chemical properties of engineering significance.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): Chemistry 120
1 Credit Hours
Laboratory assignments demonstrating introductory concepts in materials science and engineering; heat treating, mechanical testing, microscopy.

(RE) Corequisite(s): 201.
3 Credit Hours
Mass and energy balances and reaction kinetics. Steady state and transient heat transfer. Viscous flow of gases and liquids. Applications to synthesis and processing of engineering materials and technologies. Analytical and numerical problem solving.

Contact Hour Distribution: 3 hours lecture. (RE) Prerequisite(s): Engineering Fundamentals 230, Mathematics 142 or 148.
(RE) Corequisite(s): 201 and Mathematics 231.
3 Credit Hours
Thermodynamic laws, entropy, internal energy, and state functions. One-component and two-component phase equilibria. Characteristics of small and large molecular systems. Surface energy, elasticity, and material defects.

(RE) Prerequisite(s):Engineering Fundamentals 152 and Chemistry 130.
(DE) Prerequisite(s): Mathematics 142.
(RE) Corequisite(s): 201.
1 Credit Hours
Professionalism, ethical considerations, safety, patents, product liability, field trips, industrial speakers, materials science in a global/societal context, teamwork, contemporary issues, and life-long learning.

Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only.
Repeatability: May not be repeated.
1 Credit Hours
Hands-on sample preparation, characterization, and data analysis for introductory studies demonstrating the structure-property-processing relationships of materials. Report writing skills including word processing and graphics usage; Oral presentation skills.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 201 and 210.
3 Credit Hours
Statistical methods for probabilities, expectations, sampling, and estimation; numerical methods for regression, integration, solution for systems of linear/nonlinear algebraic and differential equations.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): Engineering Fundamentals 230; Mathematics 142 or 148, and Mathematics 231.
3 Credit Hours
Fundamentals of deformation and fracture in solids, including metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. Topics include stress and strain tensors, isotropic and anisotropic elasticity, anelastic and viscoelastic deformation, plasticity, tensile testing, mechanisms of plastic deformation in crystalline solids, basic strengthening mechanisms, and elementary fracture mechanics.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 201.
1 Credit Hours
Laboratory assignments demonstrating fundamental principles of materials science and engineering.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 300, 320, 340, 360.
3 Credit Hours
Introduction to diffusion in solids. Diffusion equations, point defects, and atomic mechanisms of diffusion. Thermodynamics of phase equilibrium. Introduction to the kinetics and morphology of phase transformations.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 201 and 260.
3 Credit Hours
Synthesis and molecular structure of polymers and polymerization kinetics. Molecular characterization, crystalline and glass transitions, crystallization kinetics, mechanical properties, rheology, and processing.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 201.
3< Credit Hours
Honors version of 340 that requires an additional honors component.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 201.
3 Credit Hours
Fundamental electronic, optical, and magnetic properties of solid state materials. Basic bonding and crystallography correlations to electronic, optical, and magnetic properties of materials. Specific subjects that will be covered include wave properties of electrons, Schrodinger’s equation, energy bands in crystals, electrical conduction in metals and semiconductors, classical and quantum mechanical treatments of optical properties, and magnetic phenomena.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 201.
3 Credit Hours
Honors version of 350 that requires an additional honors component.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 201.
3 Credit Hours
Description of the atomic structure of ceramic materials and glasses. Description of defects in ceramic materials and correlations to physical properties. Features and operations of ternary phase diagrams of ceramic systems.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 201.
3 Credit Hours
Honors version of 360 that requires an additional honors component.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 201.
3 Credit Hours
Application of fundamentals of mass and energy balances, mechanics, heat and mass transfer, and chemical thermodynamics and kinetics to the processing of materials and manufacturing of products. A wide range of materials (metals, ceramics, polymers), geometries (bulk, fibers, films, coatings), and processes (casting, molding, extrusion, forging, powder processing, coating techniques, etc.) are studied as examples of processing technologies. Elementary ideas of process measurement and control.

RE) Prerequisite(s): 340 and 360.
(RE) Corequisite(s): 320.
3 Credit Hours

Review of the heat treatment of steels, hardenability, quenching of steels, tempering of steels, austenitzation of steels, annealing, normalizing, martempering and austempering, surface treatments of steels, tool steels, stainless steels, structural steels, review of diffusion, ternary phase diagrams, physical metallurgy and heat treatment of aluminum and cu alloys, design of heat treatments.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 201.
3 Credit Hours
Honors version of 390 that requires an additional honors component.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 201.
4 Credit Hours
X-ray diffraction and fluorescence, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and microanalytical techniques.

Satisfies General Education Requirement: (WC)
(RE) Prerequisite(s): Physics 232.
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.
3 Credit Hours
Principles of nanoscale materials processing by nucleation, self-assembly, thin film and bulk techniques, and lithography. Fundamentals of size-dependent mechanical, electronic and optical properties and their characterization. Applications of nanoscale materials to energy harvesting, information processing and structural materials.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 201
3 Credit Hours
Conventional and nano-scale device structure and processing; p-n junctions, semiconductor diode solid state amplifiers; semiconductor crystal growth, epitaxial growth, doping, ion implantation, diffusion, and lithography.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): Physics 232.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level ― junior.
3 Credit Hours
Description of stress and strain. Linear elastic constitutive equations. Isotropic and anisotropic moduli in various materials. Yield criteria, brittle fracture, crazing, and plastic strain constitutive equations. Forming operations and limit criteria.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 302.
3 Credit Hours
Welding processes; physical metallurgy of welding; phase transformations; heat flow; residual stresses; theories of hot cracking, cold cracking and porosity formation; applications to process utilization.

Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.
3 Credit Hours
Analytical and experimental analysis of defect interactions in solids.

Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.
3 Credit Hours
Non-Newtonian rheology, shear thinning fluids, rheometry, melt processing operations, molecular orientation, linear viscoelasticity, dynamic mechanical behavior, yield, fracture, mechanical properties of polymeric composites.

(DE) Prerequisite(s): 340.
3 Credit Hours
This is a project-based polymer processing laboratory course. Groups of students will work on specific projects that involve polymer processing and characterization. Each semester-long project includes processing of polymer samples, characterization of mechanical and physical properties of the products, variation of processing parameters to determine effect on properties, and generation of oral and written reports.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 201
3 Credit Hours
(See Nuclear Engineering 440.)-Introduction to nuclear fuels and materials in light water reactors, with a focus on the effect of irradiation on properties and performance.

(Same as Materials Science and Engineering 450.)
(RE) Prerequisite(s): Mechanical Engineering 331 or Materials Science and Engineering 260.
(RE) Corequisite(s): Materials Science and Engineering 201; and Mechanical Engineering 321 or Materials Science and Engineering 302.
3 Credit Hours
(See Nuclear Engineering 441.) Introduction to materials degradation due to aqueous corrosion of the materials in nuclear power plants.

(Same as Materials Science and Engineering 451.)
(DE) Prerequisite(s): Materials Science and Engineering 201; and Mechanical Engineering 331 or Materials Science and Engineering 260.
3 Credit Hours
Underlying physics and operating principles of functional materials used in energy applications such as photovoltaics and photocatalysts, fuel cells, batteries, thermoelectrics, and superconductors.

(RE) Prerequisite(s):350.
Comment(s): Prior knowledge may satisfy prerequisite with consent of instructor.
3 Credit Hours
(See Mechanical Engineering 457.) - Technology and innovation, technology transfer, and patent protection. Legal formation and intellectual property, knowledge management, generation, and transmission. Creating a business plan and a marketing plan, launching a technology- based business. Sources of capital, small business growth and operation.

(Same as Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 457, Industrial Engineering 457, Materials Science and Engineering 457, and Nuclear Engineering 457.)
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.
3 Credit Hours
Underlying physics of semiconductor materials used as photovoltaics and a review of the current state of the art of converting sunlight to electrical energy.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 350 or consent of the instructor.
3 Credit Hours
Review of the atomic origin of magnetic moments and how these moments can be affected by their local environment. Properties, basic theory, and applications of para-, dia-, ferro-, ferri- and antiferromagnets. Novel magnetic phenomena and magnetic materials in modern technological applications.

(DE) Prerequisite(s): 350.
3 Credit Hours
Metals, polymers, and ceramics utilized in orthopedic, cardiovascular, and dental surgical implant devices. Corrosion and degradation problems. Material properties of primary importance and tissue response to synthetic materials.

(Same as Biomedical Engineering 474)
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 201
3 Credit Hours
Fabrication and processing. Ultrafine-grained materials nanotechnology. Thermodynamics and stability. Microstructural characterizations. Mechanical properties, corrosion, and oxidation properties. Theoretical modeling. Design and industrial applications of intermetallics and composites. Laboratory demonstrations and group projects.,

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 201
3 Credit Hours
Systematic materials selection in design. Review of material properties. Use of property selection charts and indices. Materials selection with and without shape constraints. Materials processing in design. Case studies. Sources of material property data, utilization of material data bases. Industrial design, aesthetics, economics, regulations, forces for changes.

Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level ― junior.
3 Credit Hours
(See Nuclear Engineering 484.) 
Principles of maintenance and reliability engineering and maintenance management. Topics include information extraction from machinery measurements, rotating machinery diagnostics, nondestructive testing, life prediction, failure models, lubrication oil analysis, establishing a predictive maintenance program, and computerized maintenance management systems.

(Same as Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 484; Industrial Engineering 484; Materials Science and Engineering 484; Mechanical Engineering 484.)
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level ― senior. Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.
3 Credit Hours
0-d, 1-d and 2-d nanomaterials synthesis and characterization with emphasis of surface properties. Chemical and biological functionalization of nanomaterials and nano-bio interfaces. Biological and biomedical application of nano materials.

(Same as Biomedical Engineering 485.)
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 474.
3 Credit Hours
Study of the fundamental principles involved in materials/cell and tissue interactions. Students will learn the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms in host response to biomaterials. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of biomaterials/neuronal cell and tissue interactions into the design of neural implants (sensors, scaffolds, and therapeutics delivery modalities, etc.).

(Same as Biomedical Engineering 486.)
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 474 or Biomedical Engineering 409.
3 Credit Hours Design projects involving materials selection and performance.
Satisfies General Education Requirement: (OC)
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 304, 340, 360, 370, 390, 480.
1-3 Credit Hours
Group or individual investigation of problems related to materials science and engineering.

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
(RE) Prerequisite(s):201.
3 Credit Hours
Research problems in materials science and engineering with prior approval of a professor.

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level ― senior.
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.