Undergraduate Courses

The following is a complete list of courses currently offered in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering

14:635:203 Introduction to Materials Science & Engineering (3) 
14:635:204 Materials Macroprocessing (3) 
14:635:205 Crystal Chemistry and Structure of Materials (3) 
14:635:206 Thermodynamics of Materials (4) 
14:635:212 Physics of Materials (3) 
14:635:252 Laboratory I (2) 
14:635:305 Materials Microprocessing (3) 
14:635:307 Kinetics of Materials Processes (3) 
14:635:309 Characterization of Materials (3) 
14:635:312 Glass Engineering (3) 
14:635:314 Strength of Materials (3) 
14:635:316 Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials (3)
14:635:320 Introduction to Nanomaterials (3)
14:635:321 Structural, Mechanical and Chemical Applications of Nanostructures and Nanomaterials (3)
14:635:322 Photonic, Electronic and Magnetic Applications of Nanostructures and Nanomaterials (3) 
14:635:353 Laboratory II (2)
14:635:354 Laboratory III (2)
14:635:360 Materials Science & Engineering of Ceramics (3)
14:635:361 Materials Science & Engineering of Polymers (3)
14:635:362 Physical Metallurgy (3)
14:635:401 Senior MSE Laboratory I (3)
14:635:402 Senior MSE Laboratory II (3)
14:635:403 Senior MSE Seminar I (1)
14:635:404 Senior MSE Seminar II (1)
14:635:405 Solar Cell Design and Processing (3)
14:635:407 Mechanical Properties of Materials (for Non MSE majors only) (3)
14:635:410 Biological Applications of Nanostructures and Nanomaterials (3)
14:635:411 Materials Science & Engineering Design I (3) 
14:635:412 Materials Science & Engineering Design II (3)
14:635:413 Materials Science & Engineering Venture Analysis (3)
14:635:416 Physical and Chemical Properties of Glass (3) 
14:635:426 Ceramic Metal Systems (3)
14:635:431 Fiber Optic Engineering (3) 
14:635:433 Optical Materials (3)
14:635:440 Electrochemical Materials and Devices (3)
14:635:491 Special Problems (BA)
14:635:492 Special Problems (BA)
14:635:496 Co-op Internship I (3)
14:635:497 Co-op Internship II (3)
 

14:635:203 Introduction To Materials Science & Engineering (3) (syllabus
Corequisite160:160 The general field of ceramics, including its development and present scope, the classification of the industry by major divisions, and discussion of the technology of these industries. The broad principles of ceramics based on an approach from crystal physics and unit processes.

14:635:204 Materials Macroprocessing (3) (syllabus
Prerequisites: 14:635:203 The methods and techniques of producing ceramic raw materials from mined ores are investigated with an emphasis on the fundamental processes of liberation and separation, and the engineering of these materials to suit specific ceramic processes and applications. Types of raw materials and their application, mining methods, and control parameters are considered broadly. Emphasis is placed on modern beneficiation technology. Ceramic raw materials for advanced ceramics are studied and discussed in the context of their predominantly chemical origin. Important properties of both chemical and mineral raw materials are examined with respect to processing and property requirements. Recovery and utilization of wastes, raw material blending, and the use of previously unusable materials are discussed in the context of the characterization and reformulation concept.

14:635:205 Crystal Chemistry And Structure Of Materials (3) (syllabus
Corequisite: 160:160 This course introduces concepts of crystal chemistry applied to ceramics, oxides and non-oxides. It develops from bonding, the unit cell, crystallography and symmetry in such a way that the ceramic engineering students have a basis for structure-property relationships

14:635:206 Thermodynamics of Materials (4) (syllabus
Prerequisite 01:160:160, 01:640:244 Thermodynamics of Materials, which is a four credit sophomore-year course, provides a rigorous introduction to the laws of Thermodynamics, develops the essential elements of chemical thermodynamics as used in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), and demonstrates its utility in various applications. The subject of this course constitutes the foundation for a wide-range of materials processing methodologies, and is also an indispensable tool with which the behavior and properties of materials are analyzed. Thermodynamics of Materials is of fundamental importance in all aspects of MSE (structure-processing-properties), making it the most fundamental core course in the undergraduate curriculum.

14:635:212 Physics of Materials (3) (syllabus
Prerequisites: 01:640:243 This course extends the coverage of structure-processing-property relationships and emphasizes properties. It includes an introduction to thermal processes and thermal properties, as well as optical properties.

14:635:252 Laboratory I (2) (syllabus
Lab. 3 hrs., Lec. 55 min. This laboratory course focuses on helping the student develop skills for the planning, execution and reporting of formal experimental results relating to the processing of ceramic materials. Various topics expose students to ceramic fabrication methods used in industry such as powder processing, porcelain enameling and melt forming.

14:635:305 Materials Microprocessing (3) (syllabus
Prerequisite: 14:635:304, 204, 01:160:160 Batch Preparation and Organic Additives . Prerequisite 150:204 This course will equip the student with a fundamental understanding of the processing steps, which precede forming. In order to accomplish this, both the processes and additional fundamental not covered in other courses must be discussed. Such fundamental topics include powder processing, rheology and organic and colloidal chemistry. The role of these fundamental processes in forming is stressed by a detailed discussion of casting methods.

14:635:307 Kinetics of Materials Processes (3) (syllabus
Prerequisite: 14:635:205, 206, 01:640:244 This course takes a phenomenological approach to the solid-state reactions involved in materials processing. It includes phase transformations and phase separation. It discusses mechanisms and transport phenomena.

14:635:309 Characterization Of Materials (3) (syllabus
Prerequisite 101:160:160, 14:635:205 14:635:228 Interactions of electromagnetic radiation, electrons, and ions with matter and their application in x-ray diffraction and x-ray, IR, UV, electron and ion spectroscopies in the analysis of materials. Additional, non-spectroscopic analytical techniques are also covered.

14:635:312 Glass Engineering (3) (syllabus
Prerequisite: 14:635:204, 303 Discussion of basic physical and chemical properties, chemical durability, stress release, annealing and tempering, mechanical strength, raw materials and melting, and methods of manufacture. Design of composition for desired engineered properties.

14:635:314 Strength of Materials (3) (syllabus
Prerequisite: 01:640:143, 144, 01:750:151, 124 The mechanical behavior of ceramics is discussed with emphasis on brittle behavior at room temperature and the transition to a limited plasticity regime at high temperatures. The interplay of basic deformation mechanisms with microstructural features and the implication for design and processing of ceramics are considered.

14:635:316 Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials (3) (syllabus
Prerequisite: 14:635:205, 355 Theoretical and practical consideration of dielectric loss, ferroelectricity, ferromagnetism, and semiconductivity in ceramic systems (glass, crystal, glass-crystal composites). Variation of properties with composition, structure, temperature, and frequency.

14:635:320 Introduction to Nanomaterials (3) (syllabus
Open to all Science and Engineering Students who have completed 60 credit hours Nanotechnology involves behavior and control of materials and processes at the atomic and molecular levels. This interdisciplinary course introduces the student to the theoretical basis, synthetic processes and experimental techniques for nanomaterials. This course is the introduction to 3 advanced courses in (1) Photonic, Electronic and Magnetic Applications of Nanomaterials and Nanostructures, (2) Structural, Mechanical and Chemical Applications, and (3) Biological Applications.

14:635:321 Structural, Mechanical and Chemical Applications of Nanostructures and Nanomaterials (3) (syllabus
Prerequisite: 14:635:330 This course covers structural applications of nanomaterials, such as elasticity, superplasticity and behavior of nanocomposites. Mechanical applications include tribology and wear, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), microfluids, acoustic matching and actuators. Chemical applications include catalysis, electrochemistry and corrosion.

14:635:322 Photonic, Electronic and Magnetic Applications of Nanostructures and Nanomaterials (3) (syllabus
Prerequisite: 14:635:330 This course covers electronic applications of nanomaterials such as quantum dots, nanowires, field effect transistors, and nanoelectromechanical systems. Magnetic applications include information storage, giant and colossal magnetoresistance, and super-paramagnetism. Photonic applications include nanolasers, photonic band gap devices and dense wavelength multiplexers.

14:635:353 Laboratory II (2) (syllabus
Lab. 3 hrs., Lec. 55 min. Prerequisite: 14:635:252 This laboratory course focuses on helping the student develop skills for the planning, execution and reporting of formal experimental results relating to the characterization of ceramic materials. Various topics expose student to ceramic characterization procedures used in industry such as particle size measurement, phase identification and dilatometry.

14:635:354 Laboratory III (2) (syllabus
Lab. 3 hrs., Lec. 55 min. Prerequisite: 14:635:253, 254 This laboratory course focuses on helping the student develop skills for the planning, execution and reporting of formal experimental results relating to the measurement of ceramic materials properties. Properties investigated are optical, electrical and mechanical in nature. The measurement method as well as the structure-property relationship found in ceramic materials will be stressed. In addition, principles of electrical engineering relevant to the property measurements will be also be emphasized.

14:635:360 Materials Science & Engineering of Ceramics (3) (syllabus
The course focuses on the principal materials fields that are satisfied by ceramic materials. The topics covered by this course go well beyond those covered in Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering 14-635:203. These topics include traditional areas such as whitewares, enamels, glazes, glass and refractories. In addition a wide range of advanced materials topics include electronic, magnetic, optic, biomedical, catalyst and structural materials. An emphasis will be placed on understanding the interrelationship between chemistry, structure, properties and performance.

14:635:361 Materials Science & Engineering of Polymers (3) (syllabus
This course focuses on the principal materials fields that are satisfied by organic polymers. The topics covered by this course go well beyond those covered in Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering 14-635:203. Topics covered in this course include, polymerization, structure, characterization methods, stress/strain behavior, processing methods, and structure-property relationships with an emphasis on mechanical, optical, and transport properties.

14:635:362 Physical Metallurgy (3) (syllabus
This course focuses on the principal materials fields that are satisfied by metals and alloys. The topics covered by this course go well beyond those covered in Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering 14-635:203. These topics include crystallography, phase equilibria, alloy crystal chemistry, and traditional and advanced metal and alloy processing. The relationship between structure -properties-performance will be discussed in detail. These relationships will be used to understand the criteria for process selection, which include Risk assessment, product liability, failure analysis and prevention, and environmental impact.

14:635:401 Senior MSE Laboratory I (3) (syllabus
Conf. 1 hr., lab 6 hrs. Prerequisite14:635:306, 308, 309, 401 Training in methods of independent research. Students, after consultation, are assigned a problem connected with some phase of ceramics or ceramic engineering in their elected field of specialization.

14:635:402 Senior MSE Laboratory II (3) (syllabus
Conf. 1 hr., lab 6 hrs. Prerequisite14:635:306, 308, 309, 401 Training in methods of independent research. Students, after consultation, are assigned a problem connected with some phase of ceramics or ceramic engineering in their elected field of specialization.

14:635:403 Senior MSE Seminar I (1) (syllabus
Current trends and topics of special interest in ceramics discussed by faculty, students, and representatives from the materials industry.

14:635:404 Senior MSE Seminar II (1) (syllabus
Current trends and topics of special interest in ceramics discussed by faculty, students, and representatives from the materials industry.

14:635:405 Solar Cell Design and Processing (3) (syllabus)

14:635:407 Mechanical Properties of Materials (3) (Non MSE majors only) (syllabus)
Mechanical properties of materials is one of the engineering sciences used in the design and analysis of engineering systems. This course covers the fundamentals of materials science and engineering, and gives a comprehensive approach to mechanical behavior such as elasticity, plasticity, strength, hardness, ductility, fracture, time dependent deformation and the impact of environmental effects on such properties.

14:635:410 Biological Applications Of Nanostructures and Nanomaterials (co-listed with BME) (3) (syllabus
Prerequisite: 14:635:330 This course is for advanced undergraduates and graduate students with a working knowledge of materials and biological systems. The materials or substrates discussed will typically consist of ceramics, polymers, and metals whereas the biological systems may consist of cells, genes, and ligands. Methods and mechanisms to engineer interfaces on the nano- and micro-scale will be focusing on two avenues: i) preparing substrates with nano- and/or micro-scale features (fabrication or “top-down” approach); and ii) creating nano- and/or micro-scale substrates (synthesis or “bottom-up” approach). The underlying rationale of this course is to provide a sound understanding of the key principles to design materials-based biointerfaces.

14:635:411 Materials Science & Engineering Design I (3) (syllabus
Prerequisites: 14:635:204-305-306. Corequisite: 14:635:411, 413 Fundamentals of equipment and plant design, construction, installation, maintenance, and cost for manufacture of ceramic products. Assignment of a problem in elected field of specialization

14:635:412 Materials Science & Engineering Design I I (3) (syllabus
Prerequisites: 14:635:204-305-306. Corequisite: 14:635:411, 413 Fundamentals of equipment and plant design, construction, installation, maintenance, and cost for manufacture of ceramic products. Assignment of a problem in elected field of specialization

14:635:413 Materials Science & Engineering Venture Analysis (3) (syllabus) 
Prerequisite: 14:540:343 Product innovation and development techniques for ceramic materials based on traditional venture— analysis techniques. Aspects of marketing, engineering design, framework structuring, and decision and risk analysis.

14:635:416 Physical and Chemical Properties of Glass (3) (syllabus
Two 80 minute Lectures. Offered even years only. Prerequisites: 01:160:160, 01:750:228, 14:635:312 Provide an atomistic understanding of the role of composition on the structure and properties of glasses.

14:635:426 Ceramic Metal Systems (3) (syllabus
Prerequisite: 635:307 Vitreous enamels, refractory coatings, electronic components, composite systems, and cemented carbides from the standpoint of engineering production methods, physical properties, and fundamental principles.

14:635:431 Fiber Optic Engineering (3) (syllabus
Light propagation in transparent materials, waveguide materials and structures, fiber drawing and characterization, basic fiber measurement techniques, optical data links, advanced applications of optical fibers.

14:635:433 Optical Materials (3) (syllabus)
Fundamentals of optical materials (crystal, glasses, polymers). Relation of structure with optical properties and applications. Spectral characteristics of thin material.

14:635:440 Electrochemical Materials and Devices (3) (syllabus
This course will give an introduction to basic electrochemistry, principles of electrochemical devices, electroactive materials used in such devices, and case studies of batteries, fuel cells, and sensors. An emphasis is placed on the integration of electrochemical principles and materials science for application in modern electrochemical devices

14:635:491 Special Problems (BA)
Individual or group study or study projects, under the guidance of a faculty member on special areas of interest in materials science and engineering.

14:635:492 Special Problems (BA) 
Individual or group study or study projects, under the guidance of a faculty member on special areas of interest in materials science and engineering.

14:635:496 Co-op Internship I (3) (syllabus
Prerequisites: Open to CME students who have completed their junior year and maintain a GPA of 2.5. The internship provides the student with the opportunity to practice and/or apply knowledge and skills in various ceramic or materials engineering professional environments. This internship is intended to provide a capstone experience to the student’s undergraduate studies by integrating prior course work into a working engineering environment. The credits earned are for the educational benefits of the experience. The student will be provided with real world experience covering the fundamentals of materials, equipment, processing, plant design and product performance.

14:635:497 Co-op Internship II (3) (syllabus
Prerequisites: Open to CME students who have completed their junior year and maintain a GPA of 2.5. The internship provides the student with the opportunity to practice and/or apply knowledge and skills in various ceramic or materials engineering professional environments. This internship is intended to provide a capstone experience to the student’s undergraduate studies by integrating prior course work into a working engineering environment. The credits earned are for the educational benefits of the experience. The student will be provided with real world experience covering the fundamentals of materials, equipment, processing, plant design and product performance.