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Areas of Concentration

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.