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MSE 200  Materials and Society

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2
Recommended Background:
High school physics and chemistry.
Description:
Material capabilities, limitations, and their utilization in the service and advancement of society. Role of materials in our day-to-day lives. Resource and environmental concerns including current material-related issues.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


MSE 250  Materials Science and Engineering

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
CEM 141 or CEM 151 or LB 171
Description:
Structure of metals, ceramics and polymers. Phase diagrams, thermomechanical treatments, physical and mechanical properties, diffusion, microstructure studies, environmental effects.
Semester Alias:
MSM 250
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


MSE 260  Electronic, Magnetic, Thermal, and Optical Properties of Materials

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
(MSE 250) and ((PHY 184 or concurrently) or (PHY 184B or concurrently) or (PHY 294H or concurrently) or (LB 274 or concurrently))
Description:
Processing, structures, and properties of ceramics, polymers, and composites. Electrical, thermal, magnetic and optical properties of materials. Materials selection and design.
Semester Alias:
MSE 350
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


MSE 310  Phase Equilibria in Materials

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
(MSE 250) and ((MTH 234 or concurrently) or (MTH 254H or concurrently) or (LB 220 or concurrently))
Restrictions:
Open to juniors or seniors in the Materials Science and Engineering Major or in the Materials Science and Engineering Minor.
Description:
Enthalpy. Entropy. Free energy. Phase changes in metal, ceramic, and polymer materials systems. Application to alloying, phase diagram determination, and electrochemistry.
Semester Alias:
MSE 351
Effective Dates:
FALL 2017 - Open


MSE 320  Mechanical Properties of Materials

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
(ME 222 or concurrently) and MSE 250
Restrictions:
Open to juniors or seniors in the Materials Science and Engineering Major or in the Materials Science and Engineering Minor.
Description:
Mechanical behavior of metals, ceramics, and polymers. Three-dimensional stress-states. Stress, strain, and compliance tensors. Test methods. Elastic, viscoelastic, and plastic deformation. Fracture, fatigue, and creep.
Semester Alias:
MSE 355
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


MSE 331  Materials Characterization Methods I

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 1   Lab Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
MSE 310 or concurrently
Restrictions:
Open to juniors or seniors in the Materials Science and Engineering Major.
Description:
Thermal analysis, microindentation techniques, quantitative optical microscopy, effects of alloying on creep deformation, slip systems in ionic crystals, viscoelastic of solids, and polymer rheology.
Semester Alias:
MSE 375
Effective Dates:
FALL 2017 - Open


MSE 360  Fundamentals of Microstructural Design

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
ME 201 or MSE 310 or CHE 321 or PHY 215
Recommended Background:
((MTH 235 or concurrently) or (MTH 340 or concurrently) or (MTH 347H or concurrently)) and (MSE 260 or concurrently)
Restrictions:
Open to juniors or seniors in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science or in the Materials Science and Engineering Minor.
Description:
Fick’s laws of diffusion. Models of solid state diffusion. Arrhenius plots. Use of non-equilibrium energy storage from solidification, phase changes, and deformation to predict and control microstructural changes and stability during processing in metal, ceramic, and polymer systems.
Semester Alias:
MSE 352
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


MSE 370  Synthesis and Processing of Materials

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
(ME 201 or PHY 215 or MSE 310 or CHE 321) and MSE 250
Recommended Background:
MSE 260 or concurrently
Restrictions:
Open to juniors or seniors in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science or in the Materials Science and Engineering Minor.
Description:
Chemical and physical processing of materials. Powder synthesis and processing, consolidation, casting, microdevice fabrication and surface treatments, corrosion mitigation
Semester Alias:
MSE 365, MSE 380
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


MSE 381  Materials Characterization Methods II

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 1   Lab Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
(MSE 260 or concurrently) and (MSE 360 or concurrently) and (MSE 370 or concurrently)
Restrictions:
Open to juniors or seniors in the Materials Science and Engineering Major.
Description:
Characterization of materials by electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and fluorescence spectroscopy. Fractography, surface analysis, dynamic mechanical analysis, electrical and thermal property measurements.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2017 - Open


MSE 410  Materials Foundations for Energy Applications

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
MSE 310 or ME 201 or CHE 321
Restrictions:
Open to seniors in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science or in the Materials Science and Engineering Minor or approval of department.
Description:
Survey of materials that enable new energy generation, storage, and distribution technologies; thermoelectric materials, electrochemistry of batteries, semiconductors for solar cells, radiation tolerant materials, processing of biobased fuels, greenhouse gas mitigation approaches
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


MSE 425  Biomaterials and Biocompatibility

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
MSE 250
Recommended Background:
PSL 250
Restrictions:
Open to juniors or seniors in the College of Engineering.
Description:
Materials science of human implants. Design requirements imposed by the human body, and need for bodily protection.
Semester Alias:
BME 424, MSE 324
Interdepartmental With:
Biomedical Engineering
Administered By:
Materials Science and Engineering
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


MSE 426  Introduction to Composite Materials

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
ME 222
Restrictions:
Open to juniors or seniors in the College of Engineering.
Description:
Constituents and interfacial bonding. Manufacturing techniques. Microstructure and micromechanics. Theory of anisotropy. Classical laminate theory. Material characterization. Failure and damage. Composite structure design.
Semester Alias:
MSM 444
Interdepartmental With:
Mechanical Engineering
Administered By:
Mechanical Engineering
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


MSE 460  Electronic Structure and Bonding in Materials and Devices

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
MSE 260
Restrictions:
Open to seniors or juniors in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science or in the Materials Science and Engineering Minor.
Description:
Relationship between quantum mechanics and material properties. Free electron theory. Energy bands, semiconductors. Dielectrics and ferroelectrics. Dia-, para-, ferro-, and antiferro-magnetism. Superconductivity. Thermal properties.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


MSE 465  Design and Application of Engineering Materials

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
MSE 250
Restrictions:
Open to seniors or graduate students in the College of Engineering or in the Materials Science and Engineering Major or in the Materials Science and Engineering Minor.
Description:
Fundamental principles of strengthening: toughening, specific strength, and stiffness. Material development based on environmental, temperature, wear, damping, fatigue, and economic considerations.
Semester Alias:
MSM 465
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


MSE 466  Design and Failure Analysis (W)

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
(MSE 320 and MSE 331 and MSE 381) and completion of Tier I writing requirement
Restrictions:
Open to seniors in the Materials Science and Engineering Major.
Description:
Modes and causes of failure in mechanical components and role of design. Non-destructive evaluation. Legal and economic aspects of materials failure. Student projects.
Semester Alias:
MSM 466
Effective Dates:
FALL 2017 - Open


MSE 474  Ceramic and Refractory Materials

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
MSE 260
Recommended Background:
MSE 370 and MSE 381
Restrictions:
Open to seniors in the Materials Science and Engineering Major or in the Materials Science and Engineering Minor.
Description:
Ceramic and glassy materials. High temperature processes. Mechanical and physical properties of technical ceramics.
Semester Alias:
MSM 454, MSE 454
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


MSE 476  Physical Metallurgy of Ferrous and Aluminum Alloys

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
MSE 250
Recommended Background:
MSE 310
Restrictions:
Open to seniors in the Materials Science and Engineering Major or in the Materials Science and Engineering Minor.
Description:
Heat treatment and properties of ferrous and aluminum alloys. Casting and solidification. Effects of alloying elements, high strength low alloy steels, hardenability, and case hardening. Joining of materials, such as welding.
Semester Alias:
MSM 476
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


MSE 477  Manufacturing Processes

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
ME 222 and MSE 250
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Applied Engineering Sciences Major or in the Materials Science and Engineering Major or in the Mechanical Engineering Major.
Description:
Fundamentals of manufacturing processes such as casting, heat treating, particulate processing, forming, machining, joining, and surface processing. Selection of manufacturing processes based on design and materials.
Semester Alias:
MSM 481
Interdepartmental With:
Mechanical Engineering
Administered By:
Mechanical Engineering
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


MSE 481  Spectroscopic and Diffraction Analysis of Materials

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
PHY 184 or PHY 184B or PHY 234B or PHY 294H or LB 274
Recommended Background:
MSE 260 and MSE 381
Restrictions:
Open to juniors or seniors in the Materials Science and Engineering Major or in the Materials Science and Engineering Minor.
Description:
General properties, generation, and detection of x-rays interaction with solids. Crystallography, reciprocal space, diffraction analysis, and techniques. Single crystal methods. Stereographic projection. X-ray microanalysis.
Semester Alias:
MSE 451, MSM 451
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


MSE 490  Independent Study

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Variable from 1 to 3
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 6 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Restrictions:
Open to seniors. Approval of department.
Description:
Individualized reading and research.
Semester Alias:
MSM 490
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


MSE 491  Selected Topics

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Variable from 1 to 3
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 6 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science or in the College of Engineering.
Description:
Topics of current interest in materials science or engineering.
Semester Alias:
MSM 491
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


MSE 499  Senior Research and Design Project (W)

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Variable from 2 to 4
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 6 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Prerequisite:
Completion of Tier I writing requirement.
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science or in the Materials Science and Engineering Major. Approval of department.
Description:
Design and analysis to solve materials and/or mechanics related problem. Preparation of written report, oral presentation, and defense of the project.
Semester Alias:
MSM 499
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


MSE 801  Foundations of Materials Science and Engineering

Semester:
Summer of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
Undergraduate degree in science or engineering related to Materials Science.
Description:
Structure-Property-Processing-Performance interrelationship of metals, ceramics and polymers. Phase diagrams, thermomechanical treatments, physical and mechanical properties, processing, diffusion, microstructure studies, environmental effects.
Effective Dates:
SUMMER 2016 - Open


MSE 802  Research Methods

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Description:
Skills required for graduate research. Critically reviewing the literature, defining a fundamental research problem, effective oral and written technical presentations, ethics, and statistics.
Interdepartmental With:
Chemical Engineering
Administered By:
Chemical Engineering
Effective Dates:
FALL 2006 - Open


MSE 810  Materials for Energy Applications

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
ME 802 or MSE 851 or CHE 821
Restrictions:
Open to graduate students in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.
Not open to students with credit in:
MSE 410
Description:
Enabling science and technology for new energy generation materials, storage, and distribution technologies; thermoelectric materials, electrochemistry of batteries, semiconductors for solar cells, radiation tolerant materials, processing of biobased fuels, greenhouse gas mitigation approaches
Effective Dates:
FALL 2013 - Open


MSE 851  Thermodynamics of Solids

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Description:
Use of Jacobians. Thermodynamic functions. Thermodynamics of solid-solid phase transformation. Thermoelastic solids, rubber elasticity, and stressed solids. Surfaces and interfaces, point defects in solids. Thermodynamics of solids under high pressure.
Semester Alias:
MSM 851
Effective Dates:
FALL 2002 - Open


MSE 855  Advanced Rate Theory and Diffusion

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
MSE 851
Description:
Review of Fick's Laws. Atomistic aspects of diffusion. Defects in solids. Probabilistic basis of random walk. Green's function solutions.
Semester Alias:
MSM 855
Effective Dates:
FALL 2002 - Open


MSE 860  Advanced Theory of Solids

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Description:
Quantum mechanics. Free electron theory. Energy bands, semiconductors. Dielectrics and ferroelectrics. Dia-, para-, ferro-, and antiferro-magnetism. Superconductivity. Thermal properties.
Semester Alias:
MSE 865, MSM 865
Effective Dates:
SUMMER 2015 - Open


MSE 862  Dislocation Theory

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Description:
Advanced theory of dislocations and other crystal defects in metals, ceramics, aggregates and ordered compounds. Elasticity theory of straight dislocations, dislocation strain energy, mobility, obstacle interactions, reactions, and core effects.
Semester Alias:
MSM 862
Effective Dates:
FALL 2002 - Open


MSE 870  Electron Microscopy in Materials Science

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Open to graduate students in the Materials Science and Engineering major or approval of department.
Description:
Theory of electron diffraction. Electromagnetic lenses. Image formation in transmission electron microscopy. Defect analysis and diffraction contrast.
Semester Alias:
MSM 870
Effective Dates:
SPRING 2013 - Open


MSE 871  Material Surfaces and Interfaces

Semester:
Fall of odd years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
CEM 392 or CEM 434 or MSE 351
Restrictions:
Open only to graduate students in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science or Department of Chemistry or School of Packaging.
Description:
Physical and chemical nature of solid surfaces and their interaction with gases, liquids, and other solids. Characterization of surfaces and solid-solid interfaces. Relation of surface and interfacial structure to engineering phenomena.
Semester Alias:
MSM 871
Interdepartmental With:
Chemical Engineering
Administered By:
Materials Science and Engineering
Effective Dates:
FALL 2002 - Open


MSE 875  Engineering Ceramics

Semester:
Fall of odd years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
MSE 851
Description:
Physical properties of engineering ceramics. Transport properties of ceramics, especially in ferrites and garnets. Optical ceramic materials.
Semester Alias:
MSM 875
Effective Dates:
FALL 2002 - Open


MSE 876  Advanced Polymeric Materials

Semester:
Fall of even years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Description:
Advanced topics in polymer structure and properties. Thermoplastics, thermosets, polyblends and elastomers. Processing techniques. Deformation and mechanical properties. Thermal, optical and chemical properties. Composites.
Semester Alias:
MSM 876
Effective Dates:
FALL 2002 - Open


MSE 880  Computational Materials Science

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Recommended Background:
MSE 860 or MSE 862 or MSE 964A or ME 820 or ME 872
Restrictions:
Open to graduate students in the College of Engineering.
Description:
Modeling methods and computational techniques for predicting materials properties. Multi-scale simulation in different material classes. Techniques include density functional theory, molecular statics and dynamics, discrete dislocation dynamics, continuum crystal plasticity.
Effective Dates:
SPRING 2016 - Open


MSE 881  Advanced Spectroscopy and Diffraction Analysis of Materials

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
PHY 184 or PHY 184B or PHY 234B
Restrictions:
Open to graduate students in the College of Engineering.
Not open to students with credit in:
MSE 481
Description:
Physical basis for properties, generation, and detection of x-ray interaction with solids. Crystallography, reciprocal space, diffraction analysis, and techniques. Single crystal methods. Stereographic projection. X-ray microanalysis.
Semester Alias:
MSE 841
Effective Dates:
SUMMER 2015 - Open


MSE 890  Independent Study

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Variable from 1 to 3
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 6 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Restrictions:
Approval of department.
Description:
Individualized reading and research of student's interest.
Semester Alias:
MSM 890
Effective Dates:
FALL 2002 - Open


MSE 891  Selected Topics

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Variable from 1 to 3
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 6 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Restrictions:
Approval of department.
Description:
Special topics of current importance in materials science or engineering.
Semester Alias:
MSM 891
Effective Dates:
FALL 2002 - Open


MSE 892  Seminar

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 1   Lab Hours: 2
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 4 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Restrictions:
Open only to Chemical Engineering majors.
Description:
Presentations of detailed studies of one or more specialized aspects of chemical engineering and materials science.
Interdepartmental With:
Chemical Engineering
Administered By:
Chemical Engineering
Effective Dates:
SUMMER 2005 - Open


MSE 899  Master's Thesis Research

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Variable from 1 to 8
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 24 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Description:
Master's thesis research.
Semester Alias:
MSM 899
Effective Dates:
FALL 2002 - Open


MSE 964A  Anisotropic Crystalline Properties

Semester:
Fall of even years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
MSE 851
Description:
Crystallography. Tensor representation. Magnetic susceptibility. Electric polarization. Stress and strain. Thermal expansion. Piezoelectricity. Elasticity. Transport properties.
Semester Alias:
MSM 960B, MSM 964A
Effective Dates:
FALL 2002 - Open


MSE 990  Independent Study

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Variable from 1 to 3
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 6 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Description:
Individualized reading and research.
Semester Alias:
MSM 990
Effective Dates:
FALL 2002 - Open


MSE 991  Selected Topics

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Variable from 1 to 3
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 6 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Restrictions:
Approval of department.
Description:
Special advanced topics in materials science and engineering, and mechanics.
Semester Alias:
MSM 991
Effective Dates:
FALL 2002 - Open


MSE 999  Doctoral Dissertation Research

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Variable from 1 to 24
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 36 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Restrictions:
Open to graduate students in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.
Description:
Doctoral dissertation research.
Semester Alias:
MSM 999
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open