Specializations

As a MatSE undergraduate, you can choose from one of five areas to specialize your bachelor's degree; biomaterials, ceramics, electronic materials, metals, and polymers. It is also possible to design unique programs of interest to the student; they should include at least 15 hours, including one course each in the topic areas of design, characterization and processing. Each defined area includes one or more Area Technical Electives.
Approved Technical Electives

Biomaterials

Course Description Credit
MSE 470 Design and Use of Biomaterials 3
MSE 472 Biomaterials Laboratory 3
MCB 252 Cells, Tissues & Development 3
  Area technical electives 5

Ceramics

Course Description Credit
MSE 420 Ceramics Materials and Properties 3
MSE 421 Ceramic Processing 3
MSE 423 Ceramic Processing Laboratory 3
MSE 422 Electrical Ceramics 3
  Area technical elective 3

Electronic Materials

Course Description Credit
MSE 460 Electronic Materials I 3
MSE 461 Electronic Materials II 3
MSE 462 Electronic Materials Lab 3
ECE 340 Semiconductor Electronics 3
  Area technical elective 3

Metals

Course Description Credit
MSE 440 Mechanical Behavior of Materials 3
MSE 441 Metals Processing 3
MSE 442 Metals Laboratory 3
MSE 443 Design of Engineering Alloys 3
  Area technical elective 3

Polymers

Course Description Credit
MSE 450 Polymer Science and Engineering 3
MSE 452 Polymer Laboratory 3
MSE 453 Plastics Engineering 3
  Area technical electives 6

Curriculum Total: 128

Approved Area Technical Electives
The courses listed below have been approved by the Department to satisfy the area technical elective requirements for the B.S. Degree in Materials Science and Engineering. Additional courses may be selected with the approval of the Chief Advisor.

Ceramics Electives

Course Description Credit
MSE 403 Synthesis of Materials 3
MSE 460 Electronic Materials I 3
MSE 461 Electronic Materials II 3
MSE 462 Electronic Materials Laboratory 3
MSE 480 Surface and Colloids 3
MSE 481 Electron Microscopy 3
MSE 484 Composite Materials 3
MSE 485 Atomic Scale Simulations 3
MSE 488 Optical Materials 3
MSE 499 Senior Thesis 31
MSE 581 Advanced Electron Microsopy 4
ECE 340 Semiconductor Electronics 3
ECE 444 IC Device Theory & Fabrication 3
ECE 481 Nanotechnology 3
CEE 401 Concrete Materials 4
CHEM 420 Instrumental Characterization 2
CHEM 584 Introduction to Materials Chemistry 4
ME 472 Introduction to Tribology 4
NPRE 470 Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Sources 3
TAM 451 Intermediate Solid Mechanics 4

Electronic Materials

Course Description Credit
MSE 403 Synthesis of Materials 3
MSE 420 Ceramic Materials & Properties 3
MSE 422 Electrical Ceramics 3
MSE 440 Mechanical Behavior of Metals 3
MSE 445 Corrosion of Metals 3
MSE 450 Polymer Science & Engineering 3
MSE 453 Plastics Engineering 3
MSE 481 Electron Microscopy 3
MSE 485 Atomic Scale Simulations 3
MSE 488 Optical Materials 3
MSE 499 Senior Thesis 31
MSE 581 Advanced Electron Microsopy 4
CHEM 420 Instrumental Characterization 2
CHEM 584 Introduction to Materials Chemistry 4
ECE 444 IC Device Theory & Fabrication 4
ECE 485 MEMS Devices and Systems 3
ECE 487 Introduction to Quantum Electronics 3
ECE 488 Compound Semiconductors & Devices 3
PHYS 485 Atomic Physics & Quantum Theory 3
PHYS 486 Quantum Physics I 4
PHYS 487 Quantum Physics II 4

Metals Electives

Course Description Credit
MSE 403 Synthesis of Materials 3
MSE 445 Corrosion of Metals 3
MSE 481 Electron Microscopy 3
MSE 484 Composite Materials 3
MSE 485 Atomic Scale Simulations 3
MSE 487 Materials for Nanotechnology 3
MSE 489 Materials Selection for Sustainability 3
MSE 499 Senior Thesis 31
MSE 581 Advanced Electron Microscopy 4
CEE 460 Steel Structures I 3
CHEM 420 Instrumental Characterization 2
CHEM 584 Introduction to Materials Chemistry 4
ECE 481 Nanotechnology 3
ME 431 Mechanical Component Failure 3
ME 450 Modeling Materials Processing 3
ME 472 Introduction to Tribology 4
ME 530 Fatigue Analysis 4
TSM 233 Metallurgy & Welding Process 3
TAM 451 Intermediate Solid Mechanics 4
TAM 456 Experimental Stress Analysis 3

Polymers Electives

Course Description Credit
MSE 403 Synthesis of Materials 3
MSE 454 Mechanics of Polymers 3
MSE 455 Polymer Physics 3
MSE 457 Polymer Chemistry 3
MSE 458 Polymer Physical Chemistry 3
MSE 480 Surfaces & Colloids 3
MSE 484 Composite Materials 3
MSE 499 Senior Thesis 31
ABE 482 Package Engineering 3
CHEM 236 Fundamental Organic Chem I 4
CHEM 237 Structure & Synthesis 2
CHEM 420 Instrumental Characterization 2
CHEM 436 Fundamental Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 584 Introduction to Materials Chemistry 3
ME 450 Modeling Materials Processing 3
TAM 427 Mechanics of Polymers 3
TAM 428 Mechanics of Composites 3
TAM 451 Intermediate Solid Mechanics 4

Biomaterials Electives

Course Description Credit
MSE 473 Biomolecular Materials Science 3
MSE 474 Biomaterials and Nanomedicine 3
MSE 499 Senior Thesis 31
BIOE 416 Biosensors 3
BIOE 461 Cellular Biomechanics 3
BIOE 476 Tissue Engineering 3
BIOP 401 Introduction to Biophysics 3
CHBE 472 Techniques in Biomolecular Engineering 3
CHBE 473 Biomolecular Engineering 3
ECE 380 Biomedical Imaging 3
ECE 414 Biomedical Instrumentation 3
ECE 415 Biomedical Instrumentation Lab 2
ECE 472 Biomedical Ultrasound Imaging 3
ME 482 Musculoskeletal Tissue Mechanics 3
ME 483 Mechanobiology 4
MCB 250 Molecular Genetics 3

1A limit of 3 hours of Senior Thesis can be taken as an Area Technical Elective. A total of 4-6 hours is recommended, the additional hours to be taken from free or (general) technical electives.