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Computational Materials

The use of computational modeling tools is ubiquitous in materials research. The Computational Materials minor provides a fundamental graduate education in materials simulation techniques.  The coursework 1) provides foundational courses in materials modeling, offered at various length scales, 2) integrates both broad foundational courses for students interested in a wide range of modeling techniques and/or specialized courses allowing students to develop depth in a specific modeling technique/scale, and 3) provides a flexible set of electives that will assure students are exposed to materials-related phenomena in their area of expertise.  The minor provides students the recognition of having built a background in Computational Materials, as well as the access and oversight of faculty in the minor to help them integrate these concepts with their doctoral research.

Admission to the minor will require completion of a first core course in the minor, approval from the student’s major Graduate Program Head/Graduate Program Chair/Director of Graduate Studies or Professor-in-Charge, and submission of a minor plan of study (listing intended courses by semester and approved by the student’s intended minor faculty doctoral committee member) submitted to the MATSE department graduate program coordinator.  A form for the minor plan of study and its approval will be included on the minor website, accessible from the MATSE department webpage and the CoMET website.  Graduate students in good standing (with current graduate GPA at or above 3.0) who have approval and who have completed a minor core course with a grade of B or higher will be admitted to the minor.

The doctoral minor consists of no fewer than 15 credits, 9 credits of which must be from a list of core minor courses, and 6 credits of which are elective courses. A minimum of 6 credits must be at the 500 level. The core minor courses are:

CHEM 565 (3) Quantum Chemistry I       

CHEM 566 (3) Quantum Chemistry II

PHYS 561 (3) Quantum Mechanics I

PHYS 512 (3) Quantum Theory of Solids I

MATSE 419 (3) Computational Materials Science and Engineering

MATSE 544 (3) Computational Materials Science of Soft Materials

MATSE 580 (3) Computational Thermodynamics

MATSE 581 (3) Computational Materials Science II: Continuum, Mesocale Simulations

A list of elective courses is maintained on the minor webpage of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (www.matse.psu.edu).  The minor website also provides a list of faculty who may represent the minor on doctoral committees.  The minor is only available to doctoral students. Official requests to add a minor to a doctoral candidate’s academic record must be submitted to Graduate Enrollment Services prior to establishment of the doctoral committee and prior to scheduling the comprehensive examination. At least one Graduate Faculty member from the minor field must serve on the candidate’s doctoral committee.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2017

Blue Sheet Item#: 45-06

Review Date: 4/4/2017

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