Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2005

MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

The department offers programs of study leading to the Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering, and to the Doctor of Philosophy.

Admission Requirements

Persons with backgrounds in any physical science or engineering discipline are encouraged to apply, and each applicant's qualifications are reviewed individually. Students applying need to have performed competently at the undergraduate level and need a good grounding in the physical sciences or engineering. Deficiencies in mathematics or in specific areas of science or engineering must be corrected by such remedial course work as prescribed by the departmental committee on graduate education.

In addition to the minimum Graduate School admission criteria, an applicant is expected to have a cumulative score of 1100 or more on the Quantitative and Verbal sections of the Graduate Record Examination and letters of recommendation providing convincing evidence that the applicant has ability and potential. However, all aspects of the applicant's record are taken into account, including evidence that academic performance has been improving during previous academic activities.

Degree Requirements

The master's degree is offered under Plan A (thesis option) and Plan B (non-thesis option). Candidates for the degree under Plan A must complete 24 credit hours of course work and submit and defend a thesis that demonstrates ability to conduct sound research. Candidates for the Plan B degree must complete 30 credit hours in the broad area of materials science and engineering. Master's candidates must take at least half of the minimum course requirements at the 600 level or above, and must take two-thirds of their course work within the department.

The Ph.D. program offers broad training in materials science and engineering while providing options to suit the student's particular interest. With the approval of the Advisory Committee, doctoral students complete a program of course work selected to correct deficiencies and to enhance the area of interest. Students must demonstrate, by course work, proficiency in a minor area selected from the fields of mathematics, physical sciences, or engineering. Doctoral students must pass a qualifying examination consisting of both written and oral components. This examination is usually based on a selected area of the scientific literature and is to verify that the student has an understanding of the field of interest sufficient to become a candidate for the degree. Also, as part of the qualifying examination, doctoral students must submit and defend a proposal of dissertation research. After qualifying as a doctoral candidate, the student must conduct original and significant research and must submit and defend a dissertation based on that research. Additional registration requirements pertaining to doctoral students before and after successful completion of qualifying examinations are described under the general requirements for all doctoral degrees earlier in this Bulletin.

Resources for the conduct of advanced studies include polymer synthesis and composites fabrication laboratories, metallurgical processing laboratories, test and analysis facilities for microscopic and macroscopic characterization of polymers, ceramics, and metals.

GRADUATE COURSES

MSE 401G METAL AND ALLOYS (4)

MSE 402G ELECTRONIC MATERIALS AND PROCESSING (3)

MSE 403G CERAMIC ENGINEERING (4)

MSE 404G POLYMERIC MATERIALS (SAME AS CME 404G) (3)

MSE 506 MECHANICS OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS (SAME AS ME 506) (3)

MSE 531 POWDER METALLURGY (3)

MSE 535 MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS (3)

MSE 538 DEFORMATION PROCESSING (4)

MSE 542 EXTRACTIVE METALLURGY (4)

MSE 554 CHEMICAL AND PHYSICAL PROCESSING OF POLYMER SYSTEMS (SAME AS CME/MFS/ME 554) (3)

MSE 556 INTRODUCTION TO COMPOSITE MATERIALS (SAME AS CME/ME 556) (4)

MSE 558 PRINCIPLES OF POLYMER CHARACTERIZATION AND ANALYSIS (SAME AS CME 558) (3)

MSE 561 ELECTRIC AND MAGNETIC PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS (SAME AS EE 561) (3)

MSE 566 HYBRID MICROELECTRONICS (SAME AS EE 566) (3)

MSE 568 FIBER OPTICS (SAME AS EE 568) (3)

MSE 569 ELECTRONIC PACKAGING SYSTEMS AND MANUFACTURING PROCESSES (SAME AS EE 569) (3)

MSE 580 MATERIAL SELECTION AND FAILURE ANALYSIS (3)

MSE 581 QUALITY CONTROL (SAME AS MFS 581) (3)

MSE 585 MATERIALS CHARACTERIZATION TECHNIQUES (4)

MSE 599 TOPICS IN MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (1-4)

MSE 607 ANALYSIS OF METAL CUTTING PROCESSES (SAME AS MFS/ME 607) (3)

MSE 620 COMPUTATIONAL MATERIALS SCIENCE ENGINEERING (3)

MSE 622 PHYSICS OF POLYMERS (SAME AS CME 622) (3)

MSE 632 ADVANCED MATERIALS SCIENCE (3)

MSE 635 ADVANCED MECHANICAL METALLURGY (3)

MSE 636 DISLOCATION THEORY (3)

MSE 650 ADVANCED MATERIALS THERMODYNAMICS (3)

MSE 659 ADVANCED PHASE DIAGRAMS (3)

MSE 661 ADVANCED PHYSICAL METALLURGY I (3)

MSE 662 ADVANCED PHYSICAL METALLURGY II (3)

MSE 663 OPTOELECTRONIC DEVICES (3)

MSE 665 CRYSTALLOGRAPHY AND X-RAY ANALYSIS (4)

MSE 666 DIFFRACTION METHODS IN MATERIALS SCIENCE (4)

MSE 699 ADVANCED TOPICS IN MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)

MSE 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)

MSE 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0)

MSE 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR MASTER'S DEGREE (1-6)

MSE 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR DOCTOR'S DEGREE (0-12)

MSE 771 SEMINAR (0)

MSE 781 SPECIAL PROBLEMS, LITERATURE AND LABORATORY (1-3)

MSE 782 SPECIAL PROBLEMS, LITERATURE AND LABORATORY (3)

MSE 790 RESEARCH IN MATERIALS SCIENCE (3-9)

EGR 537 NUMERICAL ANALYSIS (SAME AS CS/MA 537) (3)

EGR 599 TOPICS IN ENGINEERING (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (1-3)

EGR 611 BOUNDARY ELEMENT METHODS IN ENGINEERING (SAME AS ME 611) (3)

EGR 621 FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS IN ENGINEERING (3)

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