Core Courses

pdficonSchedule of Classes Fall 2016 – Spring 2018 (This list is intended as a guideline. Unforeseen circumstances may necessitate updating this plan with more or fewer courses. Core Courses are highlighted)

Course Course Name Credits
MSE 5301 Thermodynamics of Materials 3
MSE 5309 Transport Phenomena in Materials Science & Engineering 3
MSE 5322 Materials Characterization 3
MSE 5334 Structure and Defects in Materials 3


Course Course Name Credits
MSE 5303 Diffusion in Solids 3
MSE 5305 Phase Transformations in Solids 3
MSE 5307 Solidification of Metals and Alloys 3
MSE 5308 Plasticity of Solids 3
MSE 5310 Modeling Materials 3
MSE 5311 Mechanical Properties of Materials 3
MSE 5313 Theory of the Solid State 3
MSE 5316 Fracture and Fatigue of Materials 3
MSE 5317 Electronics and Magnetic Properties of Materials 3
MSE 5320 Investigation of Special Topics 3
MSE 5323 Transmission Electron Microscopy 3
MSE 5325 Equilibrium Relationships in Multi-Phase Systems 3
MSE 5335 High Temperature Materials 3
MSE 5336 Material Selection in Mechanical Design 3
MSE 5337 Materials Processing 3
MSE 5343 Corrosion 3
MSE 5345 Theory of Electrochemical Processes 3
MSE 5364 Advanced Composites 3
MSE 5366 Alloy Casting Processes 3

Course Descriptions

MSE 5301. Thermodynamics of Materials
3 credits. Lecture.
Classical thermodynamics with emphasis on solutions and phase equilibria. Applications to unary and multicomponent, reacting and nonreacting, homogeneous and heterogeneous systems, including development of phase diagrams.

MSE 5303. Diffusion in Solids
3 credits. Lecture. Prerequisite: MSE 5301.
Laws of Diffusion for binary and multicomponent systems, as well as for single and multi-phase systems. Diffusivity measurements and prediction. Modeling of interdiffusion with regard to diffusion couples, high temperature coatings, and gas-solid reactions using equation-solving and finite-difference software.

MSE 5305. Phase Tansformations in Solids
3 credits. Lecture.
Thermodynamics, kinetics and cr ystallography of phase transformations. Nucleation and growth kinetics. Order-disorder, ferroelectric, and ferromagnetic transformations.

MSE 5307. Solidification of Metals and Alloys
3 credits. Lecture. Prerequisite: MSE 5301.
Thermodynamic and kinetic principles of solidification. Control of structure and properties of pure and multicomponent materials through casting and solidification processes. Application of solidification principles to shaped casting, continuous casting, crystal growth and particulate processes.

MSE 5308. Plasticity of Solids
3 credits. Lecture.
Basic concepts of dislocations and other defects; relationship between basic deformation, thermal processes, and observable macroscopic properties. Strengthening mechanisms, e.g., solid solution hardening, dispersion hardening, and work hardening.

MSE 5309. Transport Phenomena in Materials Science and Engineering
3 credits. Lecture.
Mechanisms and quantitative treatment of mass, energy, and momentum transfer will be discussed in the context of materials science and engineering applications. Increasingly complex and open-ended applications will be used to illustrate principles of fluid flow; heat conduction, radiation, and diffusion.

MSE 5310. Modeling Materials
3 credits. Lecture.
This course is intended to provide an overview of the theory and practices underlying modern electronic structure materials computations, primarily density functional theory (DFT). Students involved primarily/partially in materials computations, as well as those focused on experimental materials research wishing to learn about DFT techniques will benefit from this course.

MSE 5311. Mechanical Properties of Materials
3 credits. Lecture.
Mechanics of deformation and fracture; dislocation theory; strength of ductile and brittle materials; toughness; strengthening mechanisms; toughening mechanisms; creep mechanisms; fatigue crack initiation and propagation; reliability and lifetime

MSE 5313. Theor y of the Solid State
3 credits. Lecture.
Modern theory of metals. Review of quantum theory, elementary wave mechanics, the free electron theory of metals, and the elementary band theory of solids. Crystallography, specific heat, dielectrics, magnetism, electrical conductivity.

MSE 5316. Fracture and Fatigue of Materials
3 credits. Lecture.
Ductile and brittle fracture, fatigue, stress corrosion, and creep rupture. Failure analysis.

MSE 5317. Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Materials

3 credits. Lecture.
Crystal structures and interatomic forces, lattice vibrations, thermal, acoustic, and optical properties. Semiconductors, dielectric properties, magnetism, and magnetic properties, superconductivity. Device applications.

MSE 5320. Investigation of Special Topics
3 credits. Lecture.
Special courses or individual readings.

MSE 5322. Materials Characterization
3 credits. Lecture.
A review of the principal experimental methods used to reveal the microstructure and chemistry of materials. Diffraction techniques: x-ray, electron, neutron and proton scattering. Photon probes: photon microscopies, x-ray topography and XPS. Electron probes: SEM, TEM, EDX, EELS, AES. Atom and ion probes: RBS, SIMS, FIM, PIXE. Scanned probe microscopies.

MSE 5323. Transmission Electron Microscopy
3 credits. Lecture. Prerequisite: MSE 5322 or consent of instructor. Electron beam-specimen interactions. Basics of electron microscopes. Diffraction: theory, types of patterns and interpretation. Imaging: diffraction contrast, phase contrast and other techniques. Spectrometry: x-ray microanalysis and electron energy-loss spectrometry.

MSE 5325. Equilibrium Relationships in Multi-Phase Systems
3 credits. Lecture. Prerequisite: MSE 5301.
Thermodynamics of phase equilibria and phase diagram prediction for binary, ternary and n-component
systems. Interpretation of phase diagram sections and projections. Application of multicomponent phase diagrams to alloy and process design.

MSE 5334. Structure and Defects in Materials
3 credits. Lecture.
Structure of amorphous and vitreous materials. Crystallography: translation symmetry and lattices, point and space groups, use of the International Tables for Crystallography, examples of simple crystal structures. Defects in materials: point defects, line defects, planar defects, homophase and heterophase interfaces. Distributions of structure and defects: an introductoin to microstructure.

MSE 5335. High Temperature Materials

3 credits. Lecture.
Strength-determining factors in advanced alloys, ceramics and composites. Role of material chemistry and microstructure. High temperature creep and crack growth. Oxidation. Thermomechanical behavior.

MSE 5336. Material Selection in Mechanical Design
3 credits. Lecture.  Prerequisite:  MSE 2101 or consent of instructor
The course consists of a study of materials and how they are chosen for various mechnical designs. A wide range of materials will be discussed (metal, ceramic, polymer, etc.) and their key properties (modulus, strength, density, etc.) in design will be reviewed. Guidelines for material selection will be shown. As part of the course, design trades will also be discussed.

MSE 5337. Materials Processing
3 credits. Lecture.
Principles of powder preparation. Colloidal processing. Powder characterization. Consolidation and sintering of metals and ceramics. Microstructural evolution. Composites and coatings processing. Structure-property relations.

MSE 5343. Corrosion
3 credits. Lecture.
Mechanisms, characteristics and types of corrosion. Test methods and evaluation of corrosion resistance. Suitability of metals, ceramics, and organic materials in corrosive environments. Oxidation and other high temperature gas-metal reactions.

MSE 5345. Theory of Electrochemical Processes
(MMAT 345) 3 credits. Lecture.
Theory and measurement of irreversible electrochemical processes at metal electrolyte interfaces. Mixed potential theory. Mass transport phenomena. Apparatus, techniques, and interpretation of experimental measurements. Applications to
metallographic etching, phase extraction and electroanalytical techniques. Scientific development of corrosion-resistant alloys.

MSE 5364. Advanced Composites

3 credits. Lecture.
Mechanical properties, analysis and modeling of composite materials. The properties treated include stiffness, strength, fracture toughness, fatigue strength and creep resistance as they relate to fiber, whisker, particulate, and laminated composites.

MSE 5366. Alloy Casting Processes
3 credits. Lecture.
Principles and practices of alloy solidification and casting processes are discussed and applied in the context of sand, investment, permanent mold and die casting; continuous and direct chill casting; electroslag and vacuum arc remelting; crystal growth; rapid solidification; and laser coating.

GRAD 5930. Full-Time Directed Studies
(Master’s Level) 3 credits.

GRAD 5950. Master’s Thesis Research
1 – 9 credits.

GRAD 5960. Full-Time Master’s Research

3 credits.

GRAD 5998. Special Readings (Master’s)

GRAD 5999. Thesis Preparation


MSE 6401. Graduate Seminars in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering

1 credit. Seminar.
Presentations by invited guest speakers on topics
of current interest in various areas of Metallurgy and
Materials Engineering.

GRAD 6930. Full-Time Directed Studies
(Doctoral Level) 3 credits.

GRAD 6950. Doctoral Dissertation Research
1 – 9 credits.

GRAD 6960. Full-Time Doctoral Research
3 credits.

GRAD 6998. Special Readings (Doctoral)

GRAD 6999. Dissertation Preparation