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Courses with the MSE Subject

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Courses

Materials Science And Engineering (MSE)

110 Introduction to Materials Science 2 Introduction to the science and technology of metals, polymers, ceramics and composites.

201 Materials Science 3 Course Prerequisite: CHEM 105; PHYSICS 201 or concurrent enrollment. Structure of materials, phase equilibrium, phase transformations, and mechanical properties.

302 Electronic Materials 3 Course Prerequisite: CHEM 105; PHYSICS 202 or concurrent enrollment. Structure of materials, electronic structure of solids; thermal, electrical, dielectric, and magnetic properties of materials; semiconductors processing.

316 Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Materials 3 Course Prerequisite: MSE 201. Laws of thermodynamics, solution thermodynamics, free energy composition diagrams, mechanisms and kinetics of diffusion; solidification behavior, interfaces and phase boundaries, phase transformations in solids, oxidation, and corrosion.

320 [M] Materials Structure - Properties Lab 3 (1-6) Course Prerequisite: MSE 201 or concurrent enrollment. Principles and techniques of optical metallography and other laboratory methods used in modern materials science and engineering.

321 Materials Characterization 3 Course Prerequisite: MSE 201. Properties of x-rays, scattering and diffraction; crystal structures; x-ray diffraction methods, transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy.

323 Materials Characterization Lab 2 (1-3) Course Prerequisite: MSE 321 or concurrent enrollment. Laboratory exercises on materials characterization: x-ray, TEM, SEM.

401 Metallic Materials 3 Course Prerequisite: MSE 201. Major alloy systems and manufacturing processes; materials selection.

402 Polymeric Materials 3 Course Prerequisite: MSE 201. Structural characterization, syntheses, and reactions of polymeric materials; relationships between structure and properties, viscoelasticity, deformation, and physical behavior of polymers. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

403 Ceramic Materials 3 Course Prerequisite: MSE 201. Processing, characteristics, microstructure, and properties of ceramic materials.

404 Engineering Composites 3 Course Prerequisite: MSE 201. Basic concept in design and specifications of engineering composites.

406 Biomaterials 3 Course Prerequisite: MSE 201. Overview of the different types of materials used in biomedical applications such as implants and medical devices. Credit not granted for both MSE 406 and MSE 506. (Crosslisted course offered as MSE 506 and MATSE 506.) Offered at 400 and 500 level.

413 Mechanics of Solids 3 Course Prerequisite: CE 215; MSE 201. Elasticity, elastic stress distributions; plastic deformation of single and polycrystals; introduction to dislocation theory and its applications; creep, fracture, fatigue. (Crosslisted course offered as MSE 413, ME 413).

425 [M] Senior Thesis I 3 (0-9) Course Prerequisite: MSE 320; MSE 323, senior standing; certified major in Materials Science Engineering. Research in materials science and engineering.

426 [M] Senior Thesis II 3 (0-9) Course Prerequisite: MSE 320; MSE 323, senior standing; certified major in Materials Science Engineering. Research in materials science and engineering.

483 Topics in Materials Engineering V 1 (0-4) to 4 (0-16) May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 7 hours. Contemporary topics in materials engineering.

488 Professional Practice Coop/Internship I V 1-2 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Course Prerequisite: By department permission. Practicum for students admitted to the VCEA Professional Practice and Experiential Learning Program; integration of coursework with on-the-job professional experience. (Crosslisted course offered as ENGR 488, BIO ENG 488, CHE 488, CE 488, CPT S 488, E E 488, ME 488, MSE 488, SDC 488). S, F grading.

499 Special Problems V 1-4 May be repeated for credit. Independent study conducted under the jurisdiction of an approving faculty member; may include independent research studies in technical or specialized problems; selection and analysis of specified readings; development of a creative project; or field experiences. S, F grading.

503 Advanced Topics in Materials Engineering V 1-3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

505 Advanced Materials Science 3 Broad baseline in materials science including relationships between structure and properties. (Crosslisted course offered as MSE 505, MATSE 505). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

506 Biomaterials 3 Overview of the different types of materials used in biomedical applications such as implants and medical devices. Credit not granted for both MSE 406 and MSE 506. (Crosslisted course offered as MSE 506 and MATSE 506.) Offered at 400 and 500 level.

507 Additive Manufacturing 3 Additive manufacturing processes and their applications in ceramic, metallic, polymeric, and composite materials. Recommended preparation: Basic knowledge in materials science and manufacturing. (Crosslisted course offered as MSE 507, ME 507). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

508 Polymer Nanocomposites and Functionalities 3 Structures, properties, fabrication and applications of nano-scale material and their polymer nanocomposites; functionalities including flame retardant, electrically, thermal and damping properties. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

509 MEMS Engineering 3 (2-3) Introduction to the design, fabrication and application of microelectromechanical systems. (Crosslisted course offered as ME 509, MSE 509). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

513 Crystal Plasticity 3 Dislocation theory; slip; climb; mechanical properties of polycrystalline materials and application to important deformation processes. (Crosslisted course offered as MSE 513, ME 513, MATSE 513). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

514 Thermodynamics of Solids 3 Thermodynamic properties of solid solutions; models for substitutional and interstitial solutions; configurational and non-configurational contributions; calculation of phase diagrams. (Crosslisted course offered as MSE 514, ME 514). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

515 Electronic Properties of Materials 3 Electron energy bands in solids, electrical conduction in metals and semiconductors, applications to semi-conduction devices based on silicon and III-V compounds. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

516 Phase Transformations 3 Thermodynamics, nucleation, interface motion, mechanisms and kinetics of chemical reactions between solid metals and their environment. (Crosslisted course offered as MSE 516, MATSE 516). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

517 Thin Films 3 Materials science aspect of thin films, including growth, characterization, and properties for electrical, mechanical, corrosion, and optical behavior. (Crosslisted course offered as MSE 517, ME 517). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

520 Multiscale Modeling in Thermomechanics of Materials 3 Multiscale problems in thermomechanics of materials; practical and computational aspects of homogenization, granular materials, dislocation plasticity and atomistic methods. (Crosslisted course offered as ME 520, MSE 520). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

521 Statistics of Microstructures 3 Stereology, orientation and spatial distributions, percolation, measurement techniques and application to modeling of microstructures. (Crosslisted course offered as MSE 521, MATSE 521). Recommended preparation: MATH 540. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

523 Ceramics Processing 3 Fundamentals of ceramic processing science for thin films and bulk ceramics. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

530 Elasticity 3 Theory of kinematics of solid deformable bodies; conservation laws applied to an elastic continuum; generalized linear stress-strain behavior with applications. (Crosslisted course offered as ME 530, MSE 530). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

531 Theory of Plasticity 3 The fundamentals of the theory of plasticity; the classical theory of plasticity; the classical theory and modern continuum theories of large elasto-plastic deformations. (Crosslisted course offered as ME 531, MSE 531). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

534 Mechanics of Composite Materials 3 Analysis of micromechanical and macromechanical behavior of composite materials with emphasis on fiber-reinforced composite; prediction of properties; stiffness and strength theories; laminated beams and plates; dynamic behavior; environmental effects. (Crosslisted course offered as ME 534, MSE 534). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

537 Fracture Mechanics and Mechanisms 3 Fracture mechanics and mechanisms and the microstructural origins of toughness in metals, polymers and composites. (Crosslisted course offered as MSE 537, ME 537). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

543 Polymer Materials and Engineering 3 Preparation and structure-property relationship of polymer materials with emphasis on fracture mechanics and toughening. (Crosslisted course offered as MSE 543, CE 593). Required preparation must include MSE 402. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

544 Natural Fibers 3 Structural aspects and properties of natural fibers including anatomy, ultrastructure, and chemistry. (Crosslisted course offered as CE 594, MSE 544). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

545 Polymer and Composite Processing 3 Polymer and composite processing from fundamental principles to practical applications. (Crosslisted course offered as MSE 545, CE 595). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

546 Engineered Wood Composites 3 Theory and practice of wood composite materials, manufacture and development. (Crosslisted course offered as CE 596, MSE 546). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

547 Polymers and Surfaces for Adhesion 3 Physical chemistry of polymers and surfaces needed to understand interface morphology, adhesion mechanisms and bond performance. (Crosslisted course offered as CE 597, MSE 547). Required preparation must include MSE 402 or 404. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

548 Natural Fiber Polymer Composites 3 Fundamentals, development and application of composite materials produced from polymers reinforced with natural fibers and wood as major components. (Crosslisted course offered as CE 598, MSE 548). Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

592 Transmission Electron Microscopy 3 Development of the principles and applications of electron optics in microscopy. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

600 Special Projects or Independent Study V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent study, special projects, and/or internships. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor before enrolling in 600 credit, which cannot be used toward the core graded credits required for a graduate degree. S, F grading.

700 Master's Research, Thesis, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent research and advanced study for students working on their master's research, thesis and/or final examination. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 700 credit. S, U grading.

702 Master's Special Problems, Directed Study, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent research in special problems, directed study, and/or examination credit for students in a non-thesis master's degree program. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 702 credit. S, U grading.

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