Minor Degree Courses

Prerequisites

201*. Engineering Materials: From Structure to Properties, Credit 3.

Origin of material properties from material structure and defects; electronic structure, atomic structure, crystal symmetry, and microstructure; emphasis on both functional and mechanical properties.

Prerequisite: CHEM 102, 104, or 107; PHYS 218

*Alternative Introductory Materials courses acceptable with faculty advisor approval.

Core MSEN Courses

310. Structure of Materials. Credit 3

Introduction to symmetry, unit cell, and the atomic structure of crystalline materials; structure of non-crystalline materials; the bonding forces and energy for van der Waals, metallic, ionic, and covalent crystals.

Prerequisite: MSEN 201 or equivalent; junior or senior classification.

420. Polymer Science. Credit 3.

Polymer structure, processing, property characterization at the molecular, microscopic and macroscopic dimensional levels for thermosets, thermoplastics, elastomers, fibers, and advanced nonparticle filled composites and smart multiperformance structures.

Prerequisite: MSEN 201 or MEEN 222 or AERO 213 or CHEN 313; junior or senior classification.

460. Electronic, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Materials. Credit 3

Origins of functional materials properties from their electronic and molecular structure; electron theory in solids; electronic transport and dielectric behavior; atomic and mesoscopic origins of magnetism; optical properties; current applications of functional materials.

Prerequisite: MSEN 201 or approval of instructor; junior or senior classification.

467/625. Mechanical Behavior of Materials. Credit 3

Examination of deformation and microstructure mechanisms responsible for deformation and failure in metals; fatigue, creep, and fracture mechanisms of materials; emphasis on microstructural-mechanical property relationship.

Prerequisite: Undergraduate-level materials science course.

Technical Elective MSEN Courses

410. Materials Processing. Credit 3

The course will provide an introduction to synthesis, properties and processing of technologically important inorganic materials (metals and ceramics). Topics covered will include thermodynamics and kinetics of different materials processing methods, casting, deformation processing, heat treatments, powder processing and sintering, coating and thin films processing, etc.

Prerequisite: MSEN 201 or approval of instructor; junior or senior classification.

430. Nanoscience and Nanomaterials. Credit 3.

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440. Materials Corrosion. Credit 3

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458. Processing and Characterization of Polymers. Credit 3

Introduction of flow behavior in polymers; structure-property-process relationship; mixing rules for polymer blends; mechanical properties; laboratory demonstrations: injection molding, extrusion, melt mixing, and study of morphology using OM, SEM, and TEM.

Prerequisite: MEEN 222

458/658. Fundamentals of Ceramics. Credit 3

Atomic bonding; crystalline and glassy structure; phase equilibria and ceramic reactions; mechanical, electrical, thermal, dielectric, magnetic, and optical properties; ceramic processing.

Prerequisite: MEEN 222 or equivalent or approval of instructor.

471/618. Elements of Composite Materials. Credit 3

Examination of deformation and microstructure mechanisms responsible for deformation and failure in metals; fatigue, creep, and fracture mechanisms of materials; emphasis on microstructural-mechanical property relationship.

Prerequisite: Undergraduate-level materials science course.

685. Directed Studies. Credit 3

Special topics not within scope of thesis research and not covered by other formal courses.

Prerequisite: Graduate classification