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College of Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering

www.mse.vt.edu
E-mail: undergrad@mse.vt.edu

University Exemplary Department
D.E. Clark, Head

Virginia Tech Samuel P. Langley Professor: K.V. Logan
Professors: D.E. Clark; N.E. Dowling1; D. Farkas; P. Gatenholm;
R.W. Hendricks2; G-Q. Lu2; W.T. Reynolds, Jr.; D.D. Viehland
Associate Professors: A.O. Aning; L.V. Asryan; S.G. Corcoran; L.J. Guido2; G.R. Pickrell; S. Priya3
Assistant Professors: J.T. Abiade3; P.K. Lu; A.W. Morgan4; Y. Wang
Research Associate Professors: J-F. Li; C.T.A. Suchicital
Research Assistant Professor: J.P. Schultz
Instructor: C.B. Burgoyne1
Professors Emeritus: J.J. Brown, Jr.; R.O. Claus; G.V. Gibbs; D.P.H. Hasselman; C.W. Spencer
Adjunct Faculty: M.J. Bortner; D. Finch; M.M. Julian; R.G. Kander; S.L. Kampe; M.J. Kelley; T.K. Ooi; H.F. Wu
Affiliated Faculty5: R.C. Batraa; S.W. Casea; J.R. Heflinb; H. Marandc; M.C. Parettid; R.H. Yoone
1 Joint appointment with Electrical and Computer Engineering
2 Joint appointment with Engineering Science and Mechanics
3 Joint appointment with Chemical Engineering
4Joint appointment with Geosciences
5 Faculty with regular appointments in other departments: (a) Engineering Science and Mechanics; (b) Physics; (c) Chemistry; (d) Engineering Education; (e) Mining and Minerals Engineering


Overview

    Materials engineers and scientists study the structure and properties of engineering materials on scales ranging from the atomic through the microscopic to the macroscopic. These materials include ceramics, metals, polymers, composites, biomaterials, semiconductors, electronic, magnetic, and photonic materials. Materials engineers develop new materials, improve traditional materials, and manufacture materials economically through synthesis, processing, and fabrication. They seek to understand physical and chemical phenomena in material structures and to measure and characterize materials properties of all kinds including mechanical, electrical, optical, magnetic, thermal, and chemical. They predict and evaluate the performance of materials as structural or functional elements in engineering systems and structures. Because the performance of virtually all engineered products depends upon the properties of the various materials which make up the components of the system, engineering and technological advances are commonly limited by the properties and cost of the manufactured materials which are currently available. As a consequence, the discipline of materials science and engineering is central and critical to the success of several identified strategic national quality-of-life initiatives, including biotechnology, nanotechology, energy, information technology, vehicular transportation systems, national defense and security, and environmental stewardship.

    Significant opportunities exist for graduates in the aerospace, automobile, transportation, medical, microelectronics, telecommunications, chemical, petroleum, energy storage, power generation, and energy conservation industries, as well as within the basic industries producing materials--for example, the copper, aluminum, steel, ceramics, glass, and polymer industries. Opportunities also exist in government-operated engineering centers and research laboratories. Graduates work in entry level engineering, manufacturing, materials selection and design, quality assurance and control, research and development, technical consulting, management, and sales and marketing. Graduates have an excellent background for post-graduate studies in science, engineering, medicine, law, and business.

    At Virginia Tech, the MSE Department’s mission is to lead the multidisciplinary efforts of the College of Engineering, the University, and the Commonwealth in the field of Materials Science and Engineering through our programs of undergraduate and graduate education, research, and continuing education. In service to our many constituencies, we are committed to the excellence of the contributions of faculty members, staff, and students, as judged by the principles and philosophies to which we aspire.

    The courses comprising the MSE undergraduate curriculum deliver a wide range of specific learning objectives that comprehensively capture the outcomes necessary for successful careers within the MSE discipline. A listing of the MSE Program outcomes and how they are addressed within the curriculum can be found at http://www.mse.vt.edu/academics/curriculum/objectives.html. The MSE Program at Virginia Tech is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 – telephone (410) 347-7700.

    Students of MSE can optionally participate in the cooperative education program in which qualified students may alternate semesters of study with semesters of professional employment. Study-abroad opportunities are also possible. Honors-eligible students may participate in a formalized program of study leading to one of several university honors degrees (see http://www.univhonors.vt.edu).

    The Commonwealth of Virginia participates in the Academic Common Market, a coalition of 10 Southern Regional Education Board states. Students majoring in materials science and engineering who are residents of the state of West Virginia or Delaware may be eligible for Virginia in-state tuition. Contact the Office of the University Registrar for further information.

    The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers scholarships to students with high academic achievements. A number of undergraduate scholarships are awarded each year, including the prestigious Micron Scholars Awards for outstanding students with career interests in microelectronics.

    Programs are available for graduate work leading to the M.S., M.E., and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering. Please see the Graduate Catalog for more information on any of these advanced degree programs.

    Further information about the department, its degree programs, students, and faculty may be found at http://www.mse.vt.edu.

Educational Objectives of the MSE Program

    To prepare its graduates for successful careers as practicing professionals in engineering or complementary fields, the MSE Department at Virginia Tech offers a curriculum developed to meet the following educational objectives:

    • To prepare our graduates for successful careers in engineering practice or subsequent graduate study by providing a broad, innovative, and quality education in material science and engineering.
    • To prepare our graduates with a strong foundation in materials science and engineering, with emphasis on the fundamental scientific and engineering principles which maintain relevance over time and underlie the knowledge and implementation of material structure, processing, properties, and performance of all classes of materials used in engineering systems.
    • To prepare our graduates for a broad range of materials-related career opportunities by providing ample flexibility within the program of study to enable interest-driven specialization, program customization, and educational experimentation.
    • To prepare our graduates to particpate in all aspects of engineering design (electronic, atomistic, molecular, microstructural, mesoscopic, and macroscopic) that involve materials, as well as the design of material processes and systems.
    • To prepare our graduates for professional practice through extensive hands-on laboratory experiences and effective, integrated instruction of communication skills, and the ability to learn new skills and attain new knowledge as technology evolves.
    • To prepare our students to participate as leaders in a diverse global workplace, and to provide them with an awareness of the environmental, societal, and ethical implications of engineering practice.

The Materials Science and Engineering Checksheet

Students typically enter the MSE Department following completion of their first year studies within the College of Engineering, as administered by the Department of Engineering Education (EngE); a description of required first year coursework can be found within the EngE section of this catalog.

In addition to foundation courses in MSE, students tailor an invidualized program of elective study. Fifteen credits of technical electives will be selected to emphasize certain subdisciplines of MSE (e.g., metals, ceramics, polymers, electronic materials, composites, biomaterials, nanomaterials, etc.) or to prepare for a career in certain application areas (e.g., manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, information technology, microelectronics, etc.).

The undergraduate curriculum contains a nationally-recognized integrated program of instruction in engineering communication including writing, public speaking, proposal preparation, reporting, research skills, critical and creative thinking, and graphical presentation. More information regarding this unique program can be found at http://www.mse.vt.edu/communications.

(This program of study applies to students graduating in 2010)

First Year
First Semester
CHEM 1035: General Chemistry I (3)
CHEM 1045: General Chemistry Lab I (1)
ENGE 1024 Engineering Explorations (2)
ENGL 1105 Freshman English I (3)
MATH 1114: Linear Algebra (2)
MATH 1205: Calculus I (3)
CLE Elective - (Area 6) (1)
Total Credits
(15)
Second Semester
ENGE 1114: Exploration of Engineering Design (2)
ENGL 1106: Freshman English II (3)
MATH 1224: Vector Geometry (2)
MATH 1206: Calculus II (3)
PHYS 2305: Foundations of Physics I (4)
CLE Elective - (Area 2/3) (3)
Total Credits
(17)
Second Year
First Semester
MSE 2044: Fund of Materials Engineering1 (3)
MSE 2884: Mater Eng Professional Dev. I (1)
ESM 2104: Statics (3)
MATH 2224: Multivariable Calculus (3)
PHYS 2306: Foundations of Physics I (4)
CLE Elective - (Area 2/3) (3)
Total Credits
(17)
Second Semester
MSE 3304: Physical Metallurgy (3)
MSE 3314: Materials Lab I (1)
CHEM 1036: General Chemistry II (3)
ECE 3054: Electrical Theory (3)
ESM 2204: Mechanics of Deformable Bodies (3)
MATH 2214: Intro Differential Equations (3)
Program Elective 2 (2)
Total Credits
(18)
Third Year
First Semester
MSE 2054: Fundamentals of Materials Science (3)
MSE 3134: X-ray Diffraction (3)
MSE 4034: Thermodynamics of Materials (3)
MSE 4414: Physical Ceramics (3)
MSE 4424: Materials Lab II (1)
ISE 2214 Manufacturing Processes Lab (1)
CLE Elective (Area 2/3) (3)
Total Credits
(17)
Second Semester
MSE 3044: Transport Phenomena in MSE (3)
MSE 3054: Mechanical Behavior of Materials (2)
MSE 3064: Mechanical Behavior Laboratory (1)
MSE 3884: Mater Eng Prof. Dev. II (1)
MSE 4354: Strength and Fracture (1)
MSE 4554: Polymer Engineering (3)
Technical Elective3 (3)
Total Credits
(14)
Fourth Year
First Semester
MSE 4055: Materials Selection & Design I (3)
MSE 4075: Senior Design Laboratory I4 (1)
MSE 4085: Senior Design Recitation (2)
MSE 4900: Communications in MSE (1)
Elective (Area 2/3) (3)
Technical Electives3 (6)
Total Credits
(16)
Second Semester
MSE 4056: Materials Selection & Design II (3)
MSE 4076: Senior Design Laboratory II4 (1)
MSE 4086: Senior Design Recitation II (1)
ISE 2014: Engineering Economy 5 (2)
Technical Electives 3 (6)
CLE Elective - (Area 7) (3)
Total Credits
(16)
A total of 130 credit hours are required for graduation.
There are no hidden prerequisites in this checksheet.
Notes:
1Transfer students from another department or university may conditionally substitute MSE 2034 for MSE 2044.
2Program Elective - Choose EF 2314 C++ (2); STAT 3704 Statistics for Eng (2); ME/MATH 2004 Eng Analysis Using Numerical Methods (2); or ESM 2074 Computational Methods (3).
3All technical electives must be taken for a grade (Pass/Fail not acceptable)
4Honors students may substitute MSE 4095-96 Honors Senior Design Lab I,II for MSE 4075-76.
5Students may substitute ECON 2005 Microeconomics (3) for ISE 2014 if not used for an Area 3 elective.

Progress towards the Degree

    In addition to University policy, a student must pass MSE 2044, 2884, 3304, and 3314 with a collective GPA of at least 2.0 in order to demonstrate satisfactory progress toward a degree. Students failing to meet this requirement must repeat a sufficient number of the courses with grades below C before they will be permitted to take any other courses in the major. For graduation, a student must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 and a GPA of 2.0 in all MSE courses.

Undergraduate Courses (MSE)

1004: MATERIALS IN TODAY'S WORLD
An introductory course designed for the student with a basic high school science background who wishes to understand and learn about the exciting materials developments which are affecting us all in today's world. The course will introduce the structures and properties of metals, ceramics, polymers (plastics), composites, and materials for electronic and optical applications. Students will also gain an appreciation for the processing and design limitations of materials used in everyday applications. (1H,1C)

2014: MATERIALS ENGINEERING TRANSITION
Supplemental coverage of introductory topics not included in courses delivered to non-MSE majors. Pre: 2034 or 3094 or AOE 3094. (1H,1C)

2034: ELEMENTS OF MATERIALS ENGINEERING
This course is designed to introduce the non-MSE student to the structures and properties of metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. In addition, students will gain an understanding of the processing and design limitations of these materials, as well as being introduced to new classes of materials being developed to meet the ever expanding range of material requirements. Non-MSE majors only. Pre: CHEM 1035. Co: PHYS 2305. (3H,3C)

2044: FUNDAMENTALS OF MATERIALS ENGINEERING
This course is designed to introduce the MSE major to the structures and properties of metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, and electronic materials. Students will also gain an understanding of the processing and design limitations of materials. Topics fundamental to the further study of materials, such as crystal structures, phase diagrams, and materials design and processing will be emphasized as foundations for future MSE courses. Pre: CHEM 1035. Co: PHYS 2305. (4H,4C)

2054: FUNDAMENTALS OF MATERIALS SCIENCE
Introduces MSE majors to fundamental underlying concepts governing phase equilibrium, microstructure, electronic properties of materials, and transport phenomena as a foundation to understanding materials behavior and processing. Pre: 2044, CHEM 1035, PHYS 2305. (3H,3C)

2884: MATERIALS ENGINEERING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT I
Library engineering research skills, technical computer graphics, basic engineering workplace communication skills, basic engineering teamwork skills, introduction to engineering ethics, resumes and letters of introduction, gender issues in the workplace, professional poster presentations, and engineering public speaking. Pre: MSE major, sophomore status. (3L,1C)

2974: INDEPENDENT STUDY
Variable credit course.

2984: SPECIAL STUDY
Variable credit course.

2994: UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Variable credit course.

3004H: MATERIALS IN TOMORROW'S WORLD
The role of materials and materials development in society and technological progress. The role of research in the solutions to pressing global, materials-related scientific and engineering challenges. New and envisioned materials forms developed in response to present and future applications needs, and the ethical, environmental and energy implications thereof. Pre-requisite: Honors students enrolled in the sciences or engineering. Pre: CHEM 1035, PHYS 2305. (3H,3C)

3044: TRANSPORT PHENOMENA IN MSE
Mass transport (continuum and atomistic diffusion), heat transport and fluid flow (momentum transport). Analytical and computer based methods for solving transport problems. Pre: 2034 or 2044, MATH 2214. (3H,3C)

3054 (ESM 3054): MECHANICAL BEHAVIOR OF MATERIALS
Mechanical properties and behavior of engineering materials subjected to static, dynamic, creep, and fatigue loads under environments and stress states typical of service conditions; biaxial theories of failure; behavior of cracked bodies; microstructure-property relationships and design methodologies for homogeneous and composite materials. Pre: ESM 2204. (2H,2C)

3064 (ESM 3064): MECHANICAL BEHAVIOR OF MATERIALS LABORATORY
Laboratory experiments on mechanical properties and behavior of homogenous and composite engineering materials subjected to static, dynamic, creep, and fatigue loads; behavior of cracked bodies; microstructure-property relationships, and determination of materials properties for use in engineering design. Co: 3054. (3L,1C)

3094 (AOE 3094): MATERIALS & MANUFACTURING FOR AERO & OCEAN ENGINEERS
This course introduces the student of Aerospace and/or Ocean Engineering to the fundamental properties of materials typically required for structural design. The performance characteristics of metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites are presented and contrasted. Foundation principles underlying materials manufacturing are also presented with the goal of providing an understanding of how processing affects material properties and performance. Must have a C- or better in pre-requisite CHEM 1035. Pre: CHEM 1035. Co: ESM 2204, PHYS 2305. (3H,3C)

3104 (GEOS 3504): MINERALOGY
Principles of modern mineralogy, crystal chemistry, and crystallography, with emphasis on mineral atomic structure and physical property relationships, mineralogy in the context of geology, geochemistry, environmental science and geophysics, phase equilibria, mineral associations, and mineral identification, and industrial applications of minerals. There are three required field trips during the semester. Pre: MATH 1016, CHEM 1036. (2H,3L,3C)

3124 (GEOS 3524): OPTICAL MINERALOGY
Principles of color and the behavior of light in crystalline materials; use of the petrographic microscope in the identification of minerals using optical techniques. Pre: GEOS 1004. Co: GEOS 3504. (3L,1C)

3134: INTRODUCTION TO SYMMETRY AND X-RAY POWDER DIFFRACTION
Introduction to x-ray diffraction; fundamentals, experimental methods, and applications. Pre: (2034 or 2044). (3H,3C)

3204: FUNDAMENTALS OF ELECTRONIC MATERIALS
Introduction to the electrical, magnetic, and optical properties of solid-state materials. Development of atomic scale models for physical phenomena that are observable at the macroscopic scale. Connection is made between basic materials properties and the operational characteristics of selected solid-state devices. Pre: (PHYS 2306, ECE 3054) or ECE 2204. (3H,3C)

3304: PHYSICAL METALLURGY
Deformation of crystalline solids and its relationship to crystal structure and crystal defects: crystal structures of metals, dislocations and plastic deformation, vacancies, recovery, recrystallization, grain growth, deformation twinning and martensite. Pre: 2034 or 2044. (3H,3C)

3314: MATERIALS LABORATORY I
Sample preparation for materials characterization techniques including various types of microscopy, spectroscopy, diffraction, and hardness testing. Instruction in the use of heat treating equipment and polishing and chemical etching procedures. Co: 3304. (3L,1C)

3424: CRYSTAL CHEMISTRY AND PHASE EQUILIBRIA
Basic crystal chemical principles in multicomponent inorganic materials. Interpretation of one, two, and three component phase diagrams. Interrelationships between crystal chemistry, phase equilibria, microstructure, and properties of materials. Pre: 2034 or 2044. (3H,3C)

3884: MATERIALS ENGINEERING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT II
Public speaking and workplace communications for materials engineers, business writing for the engineering workplace, teamwork skills, engineering ethics, collaborative writing, engineering management skills, and gender issues in the workplace. Extends the basic treatment of these topics given in MSE 2884. Pre: MSE major, junior status. Pre: 2884. (3L,1C)

4034: THERMODYNAMICS OF MATERIALS SYSTEMS
Topics in thermodynamics on the solution of materials selection and design related problems such as materials stability at high temperatures and in corrosive chemical environments. Thermodynamic principles important in controlling equilibrium in single component systems and multicomponent solid solutions and in establishing the thermodynamic driving force in kinetic processes which are important in materials processing unit operations. Estimation of thermodynamic properties and equilibrium calculations in multicomponent and multiphase systems. Pre: CHEM 1036. (3H,3C)

4055-4056: MATERIALS SELECTION AND DESIGN I AND II
4055: Selection of materials for engineering systems, based on constitutive analyses of functional requirements and material properties. 4056: The role and implications of processing on material selection. Pre: (2034 or 2044 or 3094 or AOE 3094), (ESM 2204) for 4055; 3044 for 4056. (3H,3C)

4064 (ME 4704): TRIBOLOGY
Basic principles of tribology--the study of friction, wear, and lubrication--including the importance of materials, surfaces, design, operating conditions, environment, and lubrication on friction, wear, and surface damage in any system. Application of tribological theories, concepts, techniques, and approaches to design, research, development, evaluation, and problem-solving. Pre: 2034 or 2044, 3034 or ME 3404. (3H,3C)

4075-4076: SENIOR DESIGN LABORATORY
A capstone design course centered around an open-ended, faculty-advised senior project involving the design of a process, material, or a technique for solving a technological problem. Pre: 3314 for 4075; 4075 for 4076. Co: 4085 for 4075; 4086 for 4076. (3L,1C)

4085-4086: SENIOR DESIGN RECITATION
Capstone course run in parallel with faculty-advised Senior Project Laboratory (MSE 4075-4076). Topics in engineering professional practice, project planning, and reporting. Preparation of proposals, interim reports, final project reports, and discussion of the environmental, social, and economic impacts of engineering. Instruction in design theory, ethics, continuous learning, and global issues. Senior Standing in MSE. Pre: 3884 for 4085; 4085 for 4086. Co: 4095, 4075 for 4085; 4076, 4096 for 4086. 4085: (2H,2C) 4086: (1H,1C)

4095-4096: HONORS SENIOR DESIGN LABORATORY
A capstone design course centered around an open-ended, faculty-advised senior honors project involving the design of a process, material, or a technique for solving a technological problem. Outcomes and work effort are consistent with that expected of honors students. Individual preparation and presentation of an original senior honors thesis. Enrollment in University Honors, and senior standing in MSE required. Pre: 3314 for 4095; 4095, 3324 for 4096. Co: 4085 for 4095; 4086 for 4096.
6L,2C)

4124: EXTRACTIVE PROCESSES
Principles of various industrial processes of upgrading minerals from ores, extracting metals from ores and mineral concentrates by pyrometallurgical, hydrometallurgical, and electrochemical methods; an refining metals and producing alloys by various methods. Pre: 4034 or MINE 3554. (3H,3C)

4154 (ESM 4154): NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION OF MATERIALS
Concepts and methods of nondestructive evaluation of materials. Discussion of techniques and mathematical bases for methods involving mechanical, optical, thermal, and electromagnetic phenomena; design for inspectability; technique selection criteria; information processing and handling; materials response measurement and modeling; signal analysis Pre: 3054, PHYS 2176 or PHYS 2306. (3H,3C)

4164 (MINE 4164): PRINCIPLES OF MATERIALS CORROSION
Introduction to the scientific principles of materials corrosion and corrosion protection. Topics include: thermodynamics of materials corrosion, including potential- PH (Pourbaix) diagrams, kinetics of corrosion reactions and mixed potential theory, types of corrosion (uniform, galvanic, crevice, pitting, fatigue, stress corrosion cracking, intergranular, and hydrogen embrittlement), material/environmental factors that promote or prevent the various types of corrosion, and methods and techniques of corrosion testing. Co: MSE 4034 or ME 3114 or ME 3124 or ME 3134. I (3H,3C)

4234 (ECE 4234): SEMICONDUCTOR PROCESSING
Manufacturing practices used in silicon integrated circuit fabrication and the underlying scientific basis for these process technologies. Physical models are developed to explain basic fabrication steps, such as substrate growth, thermal oxidation, dopant diffusion, ion implantation, thin film deposition, etching, and lithography. The overall CMOS integrated circuit process flow is described within the context of these physical models. Pre: ECE 2204 or ECE 3054. (3H,3C) I.

4235-4236 (ECE 4235-4236): PRINCIPLES OF ELECTRONIC PACKAGING
This two-course sequence covers principles and analyses for design and manufacture of electronic packages. 4235: design issues such as electrical, electromagnetic, thermal, mechanical, and thermomechanical, are covered at the lower levels of packaging hierarchy. Materials and process selection guidelines are discussed for the manufacturing and reliability of chip carriers, multichip and hybrid modules. 4236: system-level package design issues for meeting application requirements and modeling tools for analyzing electronic packages are introduced. Materials and process selection guidelines are discussed for the manufacturing and reliability of packaged electronic products. Pre: ECE 2204. Co: ECE 3054 for 4235. (3H,3C)

4254: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF THIN FILMS
Study of the fundamental properties and microstructure of materials in thin film (thin coating) form, their interaction with the substrate, and their processing techniques. Areas of application to exemplify the interdisciplinary nature of the field, including the electronics, biomedical, military, aerospace, and construction industries. Pre: 4206 or 4215 or 4124. Co: 3255. (3H,3C)

4304: METALS AND ALLOYS
This course covers the production, properties and uses of commercially important metals and alloys. The influence of structure, chemistry, and processing upon the properties of metals is emphasized. Alloy selection is discussed. Mechanical, electrical, thermal and chemical characteristics of ferrous and nonferrous alloys are studied. Pre: 2034 or 2044 or AOE 3094. (3H,3C)

4354: STRENGTH AND FRACTURE
Microstructural origins of strengthening, deformation, and fracture in engineering materials. Pre: 3304. Co: 3064, 3054. (1H,1C)

4414: PHYSICAL CERAMICS
Study of the relationships between the physical properties (thermal, optical, mechanical, electrical and magnetic) and the structure and composition of ceramics at the atomic and microscopic level as affected by processing and service environment. Emphasis will be placed on application and design using structural ceramics. Pre: 3314. Co: 4424. (3H,3C)

4424: MATERIALS LABORATORY II
Processing and characterization of materials; exploration of the influence of processing parameters on physical and mechanical properties. Emphasis on material synthesis. Pre: 3314. Co: 4414. (3L,1C)

4434: GLASS AND REFRACTORIES
Manufacturing processes and applications of glassy and refractory materials. Current theories of the structure of glassy and refractory materials are studied and related to their properties and behavior at high temperature and other demanding applications. Environmental effects of these energy intensive processes are taken into consideration. Pre: 3044, 3134. Co: 4414. (3H,3C)

4534 (CHEM 4634): POLYMER AND SURFACE CHEMISTRY
Physical chemical fundamentals of polymers and surfaces including adhesives and sealants. Pre: CHEM 3615 or CHEM 4615. (3H,3C) II.

4544 (CHEM 4074): LABORATORY IN POLYMER SCIENCE
Experimental techniques used in the synthesis of various linear polymers, copolymers, and crosslinked networks. Determination of polymer molecular weights and molecular weight distribution. Methods used in the thermal, mechanical, and morphological characterization of polymeric systems. Pre: CHEM 3616, CHEM 4534. (1H,3L,2C)

4554: POLYMER ENGINEERING
This course is designed to introduce the student to polymers from the MSE perspective. The basics of polymer syntheses and polymerization will be outlined. The relationship between processing, structure, and properties will be presented with respect to the performance and design requirements of typical polymer applications. Pre: 2034 or 2044, CHEM 1035, MATH 2224, PHYS 2306. (3H,3C) II.

4564: POLYMER ENGINEERING LABORATORY
Laboratory experiments exploring the processing-structure-property relationships in polymers and polymer based composites will be performed. Experiments will be conducted in synthesis, melt rheology, crystal structure and mechanical properties of polymers. Effects of reinforcement on the properties of engineering polymers will also be investigated. Co: 4554. (3L,1C)

4574 (ESM 4574): BIOMATERIALS
Lectures and problems dealing with materials used to mimic/ replace body functions. Topics include basic material types and possible functions, tissue response mechanisms, and considerations for long term usage. Integrated design issues of multicomponent materials design in prosthetic devices for hard and soft tissues are discussed. Must meet prerequisite or have graduate standing in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Pre: 3054 or ESM 3054. (3H,3C)

4584: BIOMIMETIC MATERIALS
Introduction to structure property relationships in biological materials such as wood, bone, shells, spider silk, connective tissue, blood vessels and jellyfish. Proteins and polysaccharides, biosynthesis and assembly, biomineralization, hierarchical organization. Introduction to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Life cycle, environmental aspects of biofabrication. Pre: CHEM 1036 or BIOL 1106 or MSE 2034 or MSE 3094 or AOE 3094. (3H,3C)

4604: COMPOSITE MATERIALS
The application of the fundamental concepts of mechanics, elasticity, and plasticity to multiphase and composite materials. Constitutive equations for the mechanical and physical properties of metal, ceramic, and polymeric matrix composites. The role of processing and microstructure on properties. Pre: (2034 or 2044 or 3094), (ESM 2204). (3H,3C)

4614: NANOMATERIALS
Synthesis of 0-dimensional nanoparticles, 1-dimensional nanotubes, nanowires, and nanorods; 2-dimensional nanoribbons and nanofilms, and specialized nano-features on substrates. Characterization of nanomaterials. Processing into higher order dimensions. Chemical, physical, mechanical, and electrical properties of nanomaterials. Application of nanomaterials. Pre: 4034. (3H,3C)

4624: DESIGN OF MATERIALS
The design of materials through the application of microstructural based structure/property relationships. Emphasis on the use of phenomenological and theoretical structure-property-processing relationships as a means to guide material design. The influence of scale (nano, micro, meso, macro) on property development and material behavior. Co: 4055 or permission of Instructor. Co: 4055. (3H,3C)

4634: DESIGN WITH MATERIALS
The role and implications of material properties, processing, and structure in engineering and/or functional design. The role of material selection in the conceptualization, specification, and implementation phases of the design process. Case studies in state-of-the-art, material-limiting component design. Multidisciplinary enrollment encouraged. Co: senior capstone experience or permission of the instructor. (3H,3C)

4644: MATERIALS OPTIMIZATION THROUGH DESIGNED EXPERIMENTS
Methods of analysis of variation in materials systems, manufacturing or R&D through the use of statistical methods including experimental design techniques. Instructional examples related to Materials Science and Engineering. Pre: ENGR 2034, ENGR 2044, ENGR 3094 or AOE 3094. (3H,3C)

4900: COMMUNICATIONS PORTFOLIO IN MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
Each student develops a portfolio of writing and speaking in various styles from work performed in seven required courses, and reflects on the development of his or her communication ability over the course of the program. The completed portfolio and reflections documents the student's success in meeting the Area 1: Writing and Discourse in written, oral, and visual communication. Students register for this course in the semester during which their portfolio will be completed. Pass/Fail only. Pre: 3314, 3884, 4424. Co: 4086. (1H,1C)

4974: INDEPENDENT STUDY
Variable credit course.

4984: SPECIAL STUDY
Variable credit course.

4994: UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Variable credit course.


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