Core Materials Science Education

The following courses are recommended for a core materials science education:

  • Physical Chemistry for Engineers (Chemistry 467) - Thermodynamics of materials, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics
  • Solid-State Physics (Physics 581) - Electronic, thermal, magnetic, and optical properties of materials
  • Plasticity and Fracture (Mechanical Engineering 503) - Mechanical behavior of materials
  • Kinetics of Materials (Mechanical Engineering 595R) - Kinetic process of materials

All Materials Science Courses

Below is a list of materials courses taught across different departments in the university. The list can be reordered by clicking on any of the Column Titles.

Dept Course Course Name Description
Chem 467 Physical Chemistry for Engineers Quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular structure, spectroscopy, computational methods, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics and equilibria, states of matter, kinetic-molecular theory, kinetics.
Chem 514 Inorganic Chemistry In-depth treatment of theoretical concepts in inorganic chemistry and solid state, organmetallic, and bioinorganic chemistry.
Chem 729R Microfabrication/nanotechnology special topics courses that are taught every 2-3 years
Chem 729R Surface chemistry and analysis special topics courses that are taught every 2-3 years
Ch En 378 Science of Engineering Materials Fundamental principles of solid materials and their properties and behavior in engineering applications of metals, polymers, ceramics, and glasses.
Ch En 412 Introductory Nuclear Engineering Principles and application of nuclear reactor design.
Ch En 578 Polymer Science and Engineering Foundation science and theory of polymer chemistry and physics and their implications in engineering applications. Topics include polymerization chemistry, structure-property relationships, polymer physics, and transport properties.
Ec En 450 Introduction to Semiconductor Devices Physics of electronic and optical solid state devices; includes semiconductor materials, bipolar and FET device physics and modeling, optical properties of semiconductors, and lasers.
Ec En 452 Experiments in Integrated Circuit Development Measurements of key silicon properties and fabrication of integrated circuits.
Ec En 550 Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) Design, fabrication, and applications of MEMS. Mechanical properties governing their design and reliability and the processing technologies used to fabricate them.
Ec En 555 Optoelectronic Devices Design, operation, and fabrication of modern optoelectronic devices, including photodiodes, photovoltaics, LEDs, and lasers.
Ec En 560 Electromagnetic Wave Theory Principles and methods of modern electromagnetic wave theory: anisotropic media, dyadic green functions, Huygen's principle, contour integration methods, asymptotic integration. Applications in radiation and scattering.
Ec En 661 Advanced Optical Engineering Theory and analysis of optical systems, including beam propagation, image formation, and modern optical systems.
Ec En 662R Special Topics in Electromagnetics Understand special topics in electromagnetics, Fall/Winter on even years
Me En 250 Materials Science & Engineering Principles and properties of solid materials and their behavior as applied to engineering.
Me En 452 Intermediate Materials Mechanical behavior of engineering materials including metals, plastics, ceramics, and composites.
Me En 456 Composite Material Design Macro- and micro-mechanical analysis and design of uni- and multidirectional composite materials.
Me En 503 Plasticity and Fracture Tensor algebra; stress and deformation tensors; relationships between dislocation slip, yielding, plastic constitutive behavior, and microstructure development; cracks and linear elastic fracture mechanics.
Me En 556 Materials Modeling Theory and application of various computer simulations to model, understand, and predict the properties of real materials. Specific topics include: first-principles atomistic models, empirical potential atomistic models, mesoscale models, and continuum finite element analysis.
Me En 558 Metallurgy Fundamental principles of physical metallurgy and their application to design.
Me En 595R Kinetics of Materials (Certain section in Fall Odd years) Description coming...
Me En 651 Microstructure and Properties Representations of inhomogenous material microstructure, crystallography, orientation distribution functions, Fourier representations, bounding theories for defect-insensitive properties, grain boundaries and grain boundary engineering, microstructure sensitive design.
MFG 331 Metals Processes Capabilities and applications of common metal-processing methods, including relationships between part design, material, and process parameters.
MFG 355 Plastics Materials and Processing Understanding plastic materials, properties, and uses. Survey of plastic-manufacturing processes. Designing plastic products and manufacturing systems.
MFG 555 Composite Materials and Processes
Structure, processing, properties, and uses of composite materials, including various manufacturing methods and the relationship between properties and fabrication.
Physics 581 Solid-State Physics Introduction to the physics of solids. Crystal structure and symmetry, X-ray diffraction, lattice vibrations, metals and semiconductors, superconductivity, thermal properties, magnetic properties, and dielectric and optical properties.
Physics 583 Physics of Nanostructures, Surfaces, and Interfaces Properties of nanostructures, surfaces, and interfaces; experimental methods. Applications to emerging problems and opportunities in science and technology. Emphasis on concepts.
Physics 585 Thin-film Physics Preparation, characterization, use, and special properties of modern thin films; interdisciplinary treatment. Of interest to students in applied physics and engineering.
Physics 586 Transmission Electron Microscopy for Physical Science and Engineering Practical and theoretical aspects of sample preparation, basic and advanced imaging, electron diffraction, and other analytical materials characterization techniques on the transmission electron microscope (TEM).
Physics 587 Physics of Semiconductor Devices Device physics, with an in-depth study of the MOS transistor and other nanoscale computing devices.
Physics 588 Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) for Physical Science and Engineering Theoretical aspects of sample preparation, basic and advanced imaging, X-ray energy dispersive spectrometry, and other analytical materials characterization techniques on the scanning electron microscope (SEM).
Physics 781 Modern Theory of Solids Quantum theory of solids, emphasizing the unifying principles of symmetry, energy-band theory, dynamics of electrons and of periodic lattices, and cooperative phenomena.