The objectives of the undergraduate program in the Materials Science Program of the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics are as follows:

  1. Professional employment in industry, including materials production, automotive, aerospace, microelectronics, information storage, medical devices, energy production, storage and conversion, and in engineering consulting firms;

  2. Graduate studies in materials science and engineering or related fields;

The undergraduate curriculum is designed to provide the basis for developing, improving, and understanding materials and processes for application in engineered systems. It draws from physics, chemistry and other disciplines to provide a coherent background for immediate application in engineering or for subsequent advanced study. The emphasis is on fundamentals relating atomic-to-microscopic-scale phenomena to materials properties and processing, including design and control of industrially important materials processes. Core courses and electives combine rigor with flexibility and provide opportunities for focusing on such areas as nanomaterials, materials for green energy, materials for infrastructure and manufacturing, materials for health and biotechnology, and materials for next generation electronics.

The unifying theme of understanding and interrelating materials synthesis, processing, structure, and properties forms the basis of our program and is evident in the undergraduate curriculum and in faculty research activities. These activities include work on polycrystalline silicon for flat panel displays; high-temperature superconductors for power transmission and sensors; semiconductors for lasers and solar cell applications, magnetic heterostructures for information storage and novel computation architectures; electronic ceramics for batteries, gas sensors and fuel cells; electrodeposition and corrosion of metals; and the analysis and design of high-temperature reactors and first principles calculations.  Through involvement with our research groups, students gain valuable hands-on experience and are often engaged in joint projects with industrial and government laboratories.

Students are strongly encouraged to take courses in the order specified in the course tables in the 2015-2016 SEAS Bulletin; implications of deviations should be discussed with a departmental adviser before registration. The first two years provide a strong grounding in the physical and chemical sciences, materials fundamentals, and mathematics. This background is used to provide a unique physical approach to the study of materials. The last two years of the undergraduate program provide substantial exposure to modern materials science and include courses in processing, structure and properties of materials that extend the work of the first two years. Graduates of the program are equipped for employment in the large industrial sector that includes materials production, automotive, aerospace, microelectronics, information storage, medical devices, and energy production, storage and conversion. Graduates are prepared for graduate study in materials science and engineering and related fields.

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Required Materials Science Courses

Students are required to take 14 Materials Science courses for a total of 40 points. The required courses are:

MSAE E3010: Introduction to materials science I

MSAE E3011: Introduction to materials science II

MSAE E3012: Laboratory in materials science I

MSAE E3013: Laboratory in materials science II

MSAE E4100:
Crystallography    

MSAE E4102: Synthesis and processing of materials    

MSAE E4200: Theory of crystalline materials

MSAE E4201:
Materials thermodynamics and phase diagrams

MSAE E4250:
Ceramics and composites

MSAE E3156: Design project

MSAE E4206: Electronic and magnetic properties of solids     

MSAE E3157: Design project    

MSAE E4202: Kinetics of transformations in materials

MSAE E4215: Mechanical behavior of structural materials

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Technical Elective Requirements

Students are required to take six technical electives (18 points) from the list given below, which offers significant flexibility in allowing students to tailor their degree program to their interests.

  1. All 3000-level or higher courses in the Materials Science program of the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, except those MSAE courses which are required.
     
  2. All 3000-level or higher courses in Applied Physics or Applied Math Programs of the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
     
  3. All 3000-level or higher courses in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Department of Chemical Engineering, Department of Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Engineering program, Department of Electrical Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, and Department of Mechanical Engineering, except for courses that require graduate standing.
     
  4. Courses in the Department of Chemistry listed in the Focus Areas below.


Focus Areas
for technical electives are listed below. Students may choose from any one area if they so choose. They are not required to do so.
 

NANOMATERIALS

APPH E3100y: Introduction to quantum mechanics

CHEM G4071x: Inorganic chemistry

MSAE E4090y: Nanotechnology

APPH E4100x: Quantum physics of matter

CHEM G4168x: Materials Chemistry I

ELEN E4193x: Modern display technology

MECE E4212x or y: Microelectromechanical systems

BMEN E4550y: Micro- and nano-structures in cellular engineering

ELEN E4944x: Principles of device microfabrication
 

MATERIALS FOR NEXT GENERATION ELECTRONICS

APPH E3100y: Introduction to quantum mechanics

ELEN E3106x: Solid state devices-materials

APPH E4100x: Quantum physics of matter

ELEN E4301y: Intro to semiconductor devices

ELEN E4944x: Principles of device microfabrication
 

MATERIALS FOR GREEN ENERGY

EAEE E3103x: Energy, minerals, materials systems

EAEE E4004x: Physical processing and recovery of solids

CHEE E4050x: Industrial and environmental electrochemistry

CHEM G4071x: Inorganic chemistry

APPH E4130: Physics of Solar Energy

EAEE E4190x: Photovoltaic systems engineering and sustainability

EAIA E4200y: Alternative energy resources

MECE E4210x: Energy Infrastructure Planning

MECE E4211y: Energy: sources and conversion

EAEE E4550x: Catalysis for Emissions Control
 

MATERIALS FOR 21ST CENTURY INFRASTRUCTURE AND MANUFACTURING

CIEE E3255y: Environmental control and pollution reduction systems

CIEE E3260y: Engineering for developing communities

ENME E3114y: Experimental mechanics of materials

MECE E3610y: Materials and processes in manufacturing

ENME E4113x: Advanced mechanics of solids

ENME E4114y: Mechanics of fracture and fatigue

ENME E4115y: Micromechanics of composite materials

CIEN E4226y: Advanced design of steel structures

CHEE E4530x: Corrosion of metals
 

MATERIALS FOR HEALTH AND BIOTECHNOLOGY

CHEM UN3443x-UN3444y: Organic chemistry

APPH E4300y: Physics of the human body

CHEM G4168: Materials Chemistry I

BMEN E4300: Solid biomechanics

BMEN E4301x: Structure, mechanics, and adaptation of bone

BMEN E4450y: Dental and craniofacial tissue engineering

BMEN E4501x: Tissue engineering, I: biomaterials and scaffold design

CHEE E4530: Corrosion of metals

BMEN E4550x: Micro- and nano-structures in cellular engineering

* BMEN E4210y: Thermodynamics of biological systems accepted as substitute for MSAE E3111 in this track

** Note that BIOL C2005x: Introductory biology I and BIOL C2006y: Introductory biology II are pre-requisites for a number courses in this track.
 

Materials Chemistry/Soft Materials

CHEM UN3443x-UN3444y: Organic chemistry

CHEN E4201: Applications of electrochemistry

CHEE E4252: Intro surface & colloid chemistry 

CHEN E4620: Intro polymers / soft materials

CHEN E4640: Polymer surfaces and interfaces


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Non-Technical Elective Requirements

All materials science students are also expected to register for nontechnical electives, both those specifically required by the School of Engineering and Applied Science and those needed to meet the 27-point total of nontechnical electives required for graduation.

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Transfer Students

3-2/Transfer students and students transferring from another SEAS department into the Materials Science Program in the junior year (upon approval of the Materials Science Undergraduate Transfer Committee) will take the following courses to satisfy the degree requirements: The required courses are:

MSAE E3010: Introduction to materials science I

MSAE E3011: Introduction to materials science II

MSAE E3012: Laboratory in materials science I

MSAE E3013: Laboratory in materials science II

MSAE E4100:
Crystallography    

MSAE E4102: Synthesis and processing of materials     

MSAE E3111:
Thermodynamics, kinetic theory & statistical mechanics

MSAE E4200: Theory of crystalline materials

MSAE E4201:
Materials thermodynamics and phase diagrams

MSAE E4250:
Ceramics and composites

MSAE E3156: Design project

MSAE E4206: Electronic and magnetic properties of solids     

MSAE E3157: Design project    

MSAE E4202: Kinetics of transformations in materials

MSAE E4215: Mechanical behavior of structural materials

3-2/Transfer students will be guided by their academic advisors to avoid duplication of courses previously taken.

The course tables (in the 2017-2018 SEAS Bulletin) describe the eight-semester degree program schedule of courses leading to the bachelor’s degree in the Materials Science Program of the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics.

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