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Materials Science and Engineering (MATSE) - Archive

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Begin Date: Summer Session 2000
End Date: Fall Semester 2001

Materials Science and Engineering (MATSE) - Archive

PROFESSOR RICHARD E. TRESSLER, Head, Department of Materials Science
and Engineering

The future can be appropriately termed the age of materials. In addition to the traditional engineering applications of metals, ceramics, semiconductors, and polymers, new materials and composites must be developed by materials scientists to aid progress in the exploration of the oceans and space and to encourage our efficient utilization of energy. These new materials will help meet the demands of society for improved efficiencies and reliable performance at high temperatures and in severe environments.

Students in materials sciences and engineering begin with a background in basic chemistry, mathematics, and physics, the foundation for broad-based materials properties, processing, and applications courses. Commencing with their junior year, students take courses in Materials Science and Engineering and specialized courses in one of four options: Ceramic Science and Engineering, Electronic and Photonic Materials, Metals Science and Engineering, or Polymer Science.

POLYMER SCIENCE MINOR: Students must take PLMSE 406(3); select 12 credits from PLMSE 400(3), PLMSE 401(3), PLMSE 407(3), PLMSE 409(3), and PLMSE 410(3); and select 3 credits from PLMSE 412(1), PLMSE 413(1), PLMSE 416(3), PLMSE 442(3), PLMSE 494W(3), PLMSE 496(1-3), CHEM 455(3), CH E 441(3), E MCH 446(3), or B M B 474(2), for a minimum of 18 credits. No credit toward the minor will be given for courses with a grade lower than C.

CERAMIC SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING OPTION:

PROFESSOR JOHN R. HELLMANN, Program Chair

This option covers the manufacture and usage of a wide variety of inorganic materials that usually include high temperatures. The program helps prepare students for operating, research, and development positions in all sections of the ceramic industry and for graduate studies. Graduates also find employment in many other industries that use ceramic materials, such as iron and steel, electrical and electronic, energy generation, automotive, aeronautical, and aerospace. Many find employment in industries that manufacture composite materials such as glass-ceramics, metal-ceramics, or glass-metal structures. The B.S. degree in this option is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).

For the B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering with an option in Ceramic Science and Engineering, a minimum of 128 credits is required.

ELECTRONIC AND PHOTONIC MATERIALS OPTION:

PROFESSOR ALTAF H. CARIM, Program Chair

This option provides specialized courses dealing with the processing, properties, and performance of semiconductor, optoelectronic, and optical materials and devices. The graduates contribute in the electronics, telecommunications, and computer industries or pursue advanced studies in materials science and engineering. The B.S. degree in this option is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).

For the B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering with an option in Electronic and Photonic Materials, a minimum of 127 credits is required.

METALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING OPTION:

PROFESSOR DIGBY D. MACDONALD, Program Chair

The metals option provides an opportunity to explore a broad range of both scientific and engineering principles as applied to metals and alloys. A graduate of this option will thus typically apply basic concepts of chemistry, physics, or engineering science to problems concerning the processing or properties of metals. Although metallurgists are often employed by metals-producing industries, an increasingly large fraction are finding employment in a diverse group of industries that use metals, such as those in the electronics or aerospace fields. Many graduates pursue advanced studies. The B.S. degree in this option is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).

For the B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering with an option in Metals Science and Engineering, a minimum of 127 credits is required.

POLYMER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING OPTION:

PROFESSOR JAMES P. RUNT, Program Chair

This option allows the student to establish a firm foundation in the basic sciences and to apply this knowledge to a study of the synthesis, structure, and physical and mechanical properties of synthetic and natural polymers.

Polymers are a major class of materials consisting of macromolecules of very high molecular weight. Polymers are pervasive in today's technological society and find numerous applications in such diverse fields as plastics, elastomers (rubber), adhesives, surface coatings (paints), textiles, paper, packaging, and composite materials.

This option helps prepare graduates for research, development, and technical sales positions in numerous materials and chemical industries that either produce or utilize polymers; or to proceed to advanced studies in polymer science or related technical fields.

For the B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering with an option in Polymer Science and Engineering, a minimum of 123 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(21 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin. Note: The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) does not permit the use of skills courses to satisfy the Arts category of General Education.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

INTERCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 1 credit

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 98-104 credits
(This includes 21 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GWS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 38 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (32 credits)
CHEM 012 GN(3), CHEM 013 GN(3), CHEM 014 GN(1), CHEM 015 GN(1), EM SC 100S GWS(3)[71], MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 214 GN(2) (Sem: 1-4)
MATSE 201(3)[1] (Sem: 3-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
CMPSC 201C GQ(3) or CMPSC 201F GQ(3) (Sem: 3-4)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTIONS: 60-66 credits

CERAMIC SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING OPTION: 65-66 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (50 credits)
I E 424(3), MATH 251(4) (Sem: 3-4)
MATSE 430(3)[1] (Sem: 3-6)
CERSE 461(0.5), CERSE 462(0.5), MATSE 400(3)[1], MATSE 401(3)[1], MATSE 402(3), MATSE 410(3)[1], MATSE 413(3) (Sem: 5-6)
CERSE 404(1), CERSE 406(3), CERSE 408(3), CERSE 414(3), CERSE 415(3), CERSE 430(3), CERSE 463(1), CERSE 464(1), CERSE 493W(1), CERSE 494W(2), MATSE 435(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9-10 credits)
E MCH 011(3), E MCH 013(3); or E MCH 210(5) (Sem: 3-4)
MATH 220 GQ(2), MATH 231(2); or MATH 230(4) (Sem: 3-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits in consultation with adviser (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 5-8)

ELECTRONIC AND PHOTONIC MATERIALS OPTION: 64-65 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (46 credits)
I E 424, MATH 251(4) (Sem: 3-4)
MATSE 430(3)[1] (Sem: 3-6)
E E 418(3), E SC 314(3), MATSE 400(3)[1], MATSE 401(3)[1], MATSE 402(3)[1], MATSE 435(3), MATSE 461(1) (Sem: 5-6)
CERSE 404(1), CERSE 415(3), CERSE 430(3), MATSE 450(3), MATSE 493W(1), MATSE 494W(2), MATSE 455(3), MATSE 463(1) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9-10 credits)
E MCH 011(3), E MCH 013(3); or E MCH 210(5) (Sem: 3-4)
MATH 220 GQ(2), MATH 231(2); or MATH 230(4) (Sem: 3-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 9 credits in consultation with adviser (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 5-8)

METALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING OPTION: 64-65 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (49 credits)
MATH 251(4) (Sem: 3-4)
MATSE 430(3)[1] (Sem: 3-6)
CHEM 451(3), E E 220(3), MATSE 401(3)[1], MATSE 402(3)[1], MATSE 413(3), METAL 310W(2), METAL 405(3)[1], METAL 434(1), METAL 435(1) (Sem: 5-6)
METAL 402(2), METAL 404(3), METAL 406(3), METAL 408(3), METAL 410W(5), METAL 426(3), METAL 436(1) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9-10 credits)
E MCH 011(3), E MCH 013(3); or E MCH 210(5) (Sem: 3-4)
MATH 220 GQ(2), MATH 231(2); or MATH 230(4) (Sem: 3-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits of technical courses from department list. At least 3 credits must be in CERSE or PLMSE and 3 credits must be in the engineering sciences. (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 5-8)

POLYMER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING OPTION: 60 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (30 credits)
MATH 231(2), MATH 250(3) (Sem: 3-4)
CHEM 036(2), CHEM 038(4), CHEM 040(2), STAT 401(3) (Sem: 3-6)
PLMSE 400(3)[1], PLMSE 406(3)[1], PLMSE 410(3)[1], PLMSE 412(1), PLMSE 413(1), PLMSE 494W(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)
CHEM 451(3) or MATSE 401(3) (Sem: 5-6)
Select 3 credits from MATSE 400(3), MATSE 402(3), MATSE 413(3), MATSE 430(3), or MATSE 435(3) (Sem: 5-6)
Select either a or b:
a. Processing Study Track (12 credits)
PLMSE 419(9) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits from CERSE, MATSE, METAL, or PLMSE course (Sem: 5-8)
b. Properties Study Track (12 credits)
PLMSE 407(3)[1], PLMSE 409(3)[1], PLMSE 442(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits from CERSE, MATSE, METAL, or PLMSE courses (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
(Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.)
Select either a or b:
a. Processing Study Track (12 credits)
Select 12 credits from option-approved list (Sem: 5-8)
b. Properties Study Track (12 credits)
Select 12 credits from option-approved list (Sem: 5-8)

Note: Engineering students are expected to take at least one sequence of humanities, social science, or arts courses of either 6 or 9 credits that culminates in a higher-level course. Humanities, arts, and social science courses should compose an integral part of the engineering program and not be limited to a selection of unrelated introductory courses. Close consultation with advisers on these issues is warranted.

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[71] The following substitutions are allowed for students attending campuses where the indicated courses are not offered: SPCOM 100 GWS or ENGL 202C GWS can be substituted for EM SC 100S GWS.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2000

Blue Sheet Item #: 28-04-093

Review Date: 05/19/00

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