Graduate Course Descriptions

The following directory lists the graduate courses which the University expects to offer, although the University in no way guarantees that all such courses will be offered in any given academic year, and reserves the right to alter the list if conditions warrant. Click on the links below for a list of courses in that subject area. You may then click “View Classes” to see scheduled classes for individual courses.

5001. Principles of Materials Engineering

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Accelerated Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering Concepts, including: structures and defects; phase diagrams; mechanical properties; electronic properties; magnetic properties; optical properties; thermal properties; functional materials; metals and alloys; ceramics; polymers; and composites.

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5095. Independent Study

1.00 - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Independent Study

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5099. Independent Study in Materials Science and Engineering

1.00 - 3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

Prerequisites: Major advisor consent; MSE gradaute students only.

Grading Basis: Graded

Specialized non-classroom-based coursework under the regular supervision of a faculty instructor, or as offered by an accredited third party source. Does not constitute original research. A maximum of three credits can count towards the applicable MSE graduate course credit requirements for M.S. Plan A, M.S. Plan B, M.Eng. or Ph.D. degrees.

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5301. Thermodynamics of Materials

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Classical thermodynamics with emphasis on solutions and phase equilibria. Applications to unary and multicomponent, reacting and nonreacting, homogeneous and heterogeneous systems, including development of phase diagrams.

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5305. Phase Transformations in Solids

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Thermodynamics, kinetics and crystallography of phase transformations. Nucleation and growth kinetics. Order-disorder, ferroelectric, and ferromagnetic transformations.

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5307. Solidification of Metals and Alloys

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: MSE 5301 (RG425).

Grading Basis: Graded

Thermodynamic and kinetic principles of solidification. Control of structure and properties of pure and multicomponent materials through casting and solidification processes. Application of solidification principles to shaped casting, continuous casting, crystal growth and particulate processes.

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5309. Transport Phenomena in Materials Science and Engineering

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Mechanisms and quantitative treatment of mass, energy, and momentum transfer will be discussed in the context of materials science and engineering applications. Increasingly complex and open-ended applications will be used to illustrate principles of fluid flow; heat conduction, radiation, and diffusion.

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5310. Materials Modeling from First Principles

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

An overview of the theory and practices underlying modern electronic structure materials computations, primarily density functional theory (DFT). Students involved primarily/partially in materials computations, as well as those focused on experimental materials research wishing to learn about DFT techniques will benefit from this course.

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5311. Mechanical Properties of Materials

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Mechanics of deformation and fracture; dislocation theory; strength of ductile and brittle materials; toughness; strengthening mechanisms; toughening mechanisms; creep mechanisms; fatigue crack initiation and propagation; reliability and lifetime prediction.

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5317. Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Materials

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Crystal structures and interatomic forces, lattice vibrations, thermal, acoustic, and optical properties. Semiconductors, dielectric properties, magnetism, and magnetic properties, superconductivity. Device applications.

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5320. Investigation of Special Topics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Special courses or individual readings.

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5322. Materials Characterization

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

A review of the principal experimental methods used to reveal the microstructure and chemistry of materials. Diffraction techniques: x-ray, electron, neutron and proton scattering. Photon probes: photon microscopies, x-ray topography and XPS. Electron probes: SEM, TEM, EDX, EELS, AES. Atom and ion probes: RBS, SIMS, FIM, PIXE. Scanned probe microscopies.

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5323. Transmission Electron Microscopy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: MSE 5322 or consent of instructor (RG426).

Grading Basis: Graded

Electron beam-specimen interactions. Basics of electron microscopes. Diffraction: theory, types of patterns and interpretation. Imaging: diffraction contrast, phase contrast and other techniques. Spectrometry: x-ray microanalysis and electron energy-loss spectrometry.

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5330. Classical Atomic-level Simulations in Materials Science and Engineering

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to several classical atomic-level simulation techniques (molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo methods) with an emphasis on learning the art of designing simulations and analyzing data generated. The capabilities of the methods to investigate properties and response of materials and the current limitations of materials at the atomic scales will be covered.

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5333. Imperfections in Crystalline Materials

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to Materials Science and Engineering graduate students.

Grading Basis: Graded

Defects in materials: point defects, line defects, and planar defects. The origins, structure and distribution of defects in crystalline solids will be described. The influence of defects on material properties will be discussed in the context of materials science and engineering applications.

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5334. Structure and Defects in Materials

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Structure of amorphous and vitreous materials. Crystallography: translation symmetry and lattices, point and space groups, use of the International Tables for Crystallography, examples of simple crystal structures. Defects in materials: point defects, line defects, planar defects, homophase and heterophase interfaces. Distributions of structure and defects: an introduction to microstructure.

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5335. High Temperature Materials

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Strength-determining factors in advanced alloys, ceramics and composites. Role of material chemistry and microstructure. High temperature creep and crack growth. Oxidation. Thermomechanical behavior.

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5336. Material Selection in Mechanical Design

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 2101 or Instructor Consent (RG 5335)

Grading Basis: Graded

Study of materials and how they are chosen for various mechanical designs. A wide range of materials will be discussed (metal, ceramic, polymer, etc.) and their key properties (modulus, strength, density, etc.) in design will be reviewed. Guidelines for material selection will be shown. Design trades will also be discussed.

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5343. Corrosion

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Mechanisms, characteristics and types of corrosion. Test methods and evaluation of corrosion resistance. Suitability of metals, ceramics, and organic materials in corrosive environments. Oxidation and other high temperature gas-metal reactions.

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5364. Advanced Composites

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Mechanical properties, analysis and modeling of composite materials. The properties treated include stiffness, strength, fracture toughness, fatigue strength and creep resistance as they relate to fiber, whisker, particulate, and laminated composites.

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5366. Alloy Casting Processes

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Principles and practices of alloy solidification and casting processes are discussed and applied in the context of sand, investment, permanent mold and die-casting; continuous and direct chill casting; electroslag and vacuum arc remelting; crystal growth; rapid solidification; and laser coating.

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5370. Ceramics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: a knowledge of Materials Science at the undergraduate level is essential, or MSE 5001. (RG 5886)

Grading Basis: Graded

A graduate-level treatment of the science and engineering of Ceramic Materials. Concepts to be studied include the structure of both crystalline and non-crystalline material, and defects (including point defects, dislocations and interfaces) in these materials. A broad range of special (for ceramics) methods for the preparation, processing and characterization of these materials will run throughout the course. An important component of the course is consideration of how the crystal structure determines or influences mechanical, electronic, magnetic, and thermal properties. Special topics may include functional ceramics, 2D ceramics, and connections between ceramics, economics and global affairs.

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5700. Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

Also offered as: BME 5700, MEDS 5313

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: BME 3700.

Grading Basis: Graded

A broad introduction to the field of biomaterials and tissue engineering. Presents basic principles of biological, medical, and material science as applied to implantable medical devices, drug delivery systems and artificial organs.

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6401. Graduate Seminars in Materials Science and Engineering

1.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 14 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Presentations by invited guest speakers on topics of current interest in various areas of Materials Science and Engineering.

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