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Materials Science

Course Descriptions

CHE 117 Principles of Chemistry (4 SH). A course emphasizing stoichiometry, chemical equilibria, acids and bases, chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear phenomena, and interactions of science and society. In the laboratory program students will investigate chemical systems, analyze observations and data, devise explanations, and communicate results. Prerequisites: High school chemistry and an acceptable score on a placement test or completion of CHE 111 or ES 160 with a grade of C- or better. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.

CHE 180 Inorganic Chemistry (4 SH). A study of the energetics of the bonding and reactions of inorganic compounds. Emphasis is given to the periodicity of the chemical and physical properties of the elements. Major themes of the course include effective nuclear charge, lattice energy, charge density, acid/base theories, and the descriptive chemistry of all of the elements. The laboratory includes the investigation of the energetics of reactions, the synthesis and analysis of coordination compounds, qualitative chemistry, and the communication of results. Prerequisite: CHE 117 with a grade of C- or better. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.

CHE 261 Organic Chemistry I (4 SH). An overview of organic chemistry. Organic molecules are compared by their functional group, focusing on nomenclature, physical properties, and the major chemical reactions used in synthesis and identification. Emphasis is also given to the areas of acidity, basicity, stereochemistry, aromaticity, and spectroscopy. Laboratory activities involve techniques for determination of physical and chemical properties, and methods of purification. Prerequisite: CHE 117 with a grade of C- or better. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.

CHE 330 Elements of Physical Chemistry (4 SH). A study of the macroscopic and microscopic behavior of matter. Topics include the laws of thermodynamics, the models of quantum mechanics, and the behavior of time-dependent processes. Prerequisite: CHE 117, MTH 150 and PHY 142 or PHY 152. Offered Fall Semester.

MSE 211 Statics and Mechanics of Materials (4 SH). A study of rigid and deformable bodies in static equilibrium, considering both the external forces that lead to the state of static equilibrium and the internal forces responsible for the deformations of solid bodies. Prerequisite: PHY 151. Co-requisite: MTH 152. Offered Fall Semester, alternate years.

MSE 221 Principles of Electrical Engineering (4 SH). An introductory course covering basic principles and applications of electrical engineering. Topics covered include steady-state and transient analysis of electrical networks, frequency response, op-amps, diodes, and transistors. A laboratory is included. Prerequisite: PHY 152. Offered Fall Semester, alternate years.

MSE 231 Science and Engineering of Materials (4 SH). A survey of fundamental concepts and approaches in the study of materials, dealing with atomic structure, mechanical properties, and thermodynamics of materials, along with analysis of specific categories of materials. Prerequisite: PHY 151 OR CHE 117. Offered Spring Semester, alternate years.

MSE 241 Semiconductor Physics (4 SH). An introduction to the fundamentals of solid state physics as applied to semiconductor materials and devices. Prerequisites: PHY 152, MTH 152. Offered Spring Semester, alternate years.

MSE 320 Solid State Chemistry (4 SH). MSE 320 is a detailed study of the chemistry of solid state materials. In particular, this course will reinforce the concepts of crystal lattices, packing in solids, and bonding in solids. The course will also introduce the concepts of synthesis and characterization of solid materials; the electronic, magnetic, and optical properties of solids; defects and nonstoichiometry in solids; mesoporous, microporous, and nanostructured solids; and superconductivity. A research project involving the synthesis and characterization of solids materials will also be part of this course. Prerequisite: CHE 180 and MSE 231, both with a grade of C- or better. Offered Spring Semester, alternate years.

MSE 360 Polymer Chemistry (4 SH). Synthetic polymers can be found in nearly every facet of human life. The applications of organic polymers have extended from clothing to construction materials and from biomedical devices to drug delivery systems. As a result nearly 50% of all chemists will work in polymer science in some capacity over their career. This course will educate students on multiple aspects of polymer chemistry from molecular structures to macromolecular properties to bulk applications. Focus of this course will be on nomenclature, procedures for polymer synthesis, and methods of polymer characterization. This course will also discuss polymer processing and current applications of polymeric materials. A weekly three-hour lab is included. Prerequisite: CHE 262 or MSE 231 with a grade of C- or better. Offered Fall Semester, alternate years. (Also listed as CHE 360.)

MSE 601 Materials Science Capstone I: Professional Preparation (2 SH). MSE 601 is designed to help students transition into professionals. This experience includes exploration of careers including graduate and professional schools, creating professional documents, conducting a pilot research project, and preparing a formal research proposal. Prerequisite: MSE 321 and MSE 320 or MSE 360, both with a grade of C- or better. Offered Fall Semester.

MSE 602 Materials Science Capstone II: Senior Research (2 SH). Students in this course will complete an independent project that integrates previously learned techniques in materials research. After conducting the project and completing data collection and analysis, the term ends with the preparation of the senior thesis. Prerequisite: MSE 601 with a grade of C- or better. Offered Spring Semester.

MTH 152 Calculus II (4 SH). This course will focus on the fundamentals of integral calculus, including techniques and applications of integration. Other topics include infinite series and introductory topics from differential equations. Prerequisite: MTH 150.

MTH 250 Calculus III (4 SH). An introduction to the calculus of several variables. Topics include the geometry of three-dimensional space, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, and vector calculus. Prerequisite: MTH 152.

PHY 151 Principles of Physics I (4 SH). The first semester of an introductory study of physics (mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism, waves, light and modern physics). Basic principles used in both semesters are introduced in the first semester. Some basic concepts of calculus may be introduced as needed. A laboratory is included. Co-requisite: MTH 150 or higher. Offered Fall Semester.

PHY 152 Principles of Physics II (4 SH). The second semester of an introductory study of physics (mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism, waves, light and modern physics). Calculus methods will be used. A laboratory is included. Prerequisite: PHY 151; Co-requisite: MTH 152 or higher. Offered Spring Semester.


What can you do with a Materials Science degree?

Imagine yourself in a career with an organization that produce metals, ceramics, plastics, and rubber. Materials scientists also work in the coatings, paint, biomedical, electronics, and alternative fuel industries.