Materials Science and Engineering - Undergraduate Programs

Overview

The interdisciplinary field of materials science and engineering has become critical to many emerging areas of science and advanced technology. As a result, there is a growing demand for engineers and scientists with education and training in materials science and engineering. The Materials Science and Engineering Department provides students with such education and training through its graduate master's and doctoral degree programs. Additionally, the department offers undergraduate courses for use as electives in science and engineering, in Fast Track Programs in Materials Science and Engineering, in minor programs in this discipline and in Certificate in Nanotechnology.

Minor Program in Materials Science and Engineering

Outcomes and Goals

The goal of the minor program in Materials Science and Engineering is to give students a foundation in the governing principles of materials science which complements their major field of study, as well as an understanding of the latest trends. As such, the program is flexible in coursework requirements and can be tailored to each student's interest.

Admission to the Minor Program in Materials Science and Engineering

Admission to the minor program in Materials Science and Engineering requires GPA of 2.0 or higher and approval by the Materials Science and Engineering Department undergraduate advisor as well as the student's home department. Information on admissions and course requirements can be obtained from the Materials Science and Engineering undergraduate program advisor. The minor will be conferred at the same time the degree is conferred and the degree and minor will be recorded on the student's transcript. The minor will not be on the diploma. Minors may not be conferred retroactively upon students who have graduated.

Scholarships and Research Experience

Scholarships may be available for students who meet the academic requirements set by the Materials Science and Engineering minor program. Minor program students may also work as undergraduate research assistants for Materials Science and Engineering faculty.

Requirements for a Minor in Materials Science and Engineering

To receive a minor in Materials Science and Engineering, a student must complete 18 hours of the following courses with a grade of C or better in each course. Courses must be approved in advance by the MSE undergraduate program advisor. A student must complete:

MSE 3300MATERIALS SCIENCE (MAE 3324 for MAE majors)3
MSE 4320NANOSCALE MATERIALS3
Select four of the following courses for which the prerequisites are satisfied:12
POLYMER MATERIALS SCIENCE
INTRODUCTION TO COMPOSITES (MAE 4315 for MAE majors)
ADVANCED MECHANICAL BEHAVIOR OF MATERIALS (MAE 4336 for MAE majors)
FATIGUE OF ENGINEERING MATERIALS (MAE 4390 for MAE majors)
FAILURE ANALYSIS (MAE 4338 for MAE majors)
FRACTURE MECHANICS (MAE 4339 for MAE majors)
SPECIAL TOPICS IN MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING (e.g., electrical, optical and magnetic properties of materials)
INTRODUCTION TO POLYMER CHEMISTRY
INTRODUCTION TO BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
ADVANCED SYNTHETIC METHODS
INTRODUCTION TO MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING
INTRODUCTION TO MODERN PHYSICS
ELECTRONICS
ADVANCED ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM
SOLID STATE PHYSICS
INTRODUCTION TO QUANTUM MECHANICS
Total Hours18

Minor Program in Nanotechnology 

Program Objective

The minor in Nanotechnology is designed to provide undergraduate students majoring in either science or engineering with fundamental knowledge of the nanotechnology that is emerging as one of the most influential technologies shaping the future.  This program intends to introduce the fundamentals and applications of nanotechnology in the areas of energy, environment, security and human health, with weighted emphasis on the development of new materials and their applications. 

Admission to the Minor Program in Nanotechnology

Admission to the minor program in Nanotechnology requires GPA of 2.0 or higher and approval by the Materials Science and Engineering Department undergraduate advisor as well as the student's home department. Information on admissions and course requirements can be obtained from the Materials Science and Engineering undergraduate program advisor. The minor will be conferred at the same time the degree is conferred and the degree and minor will be recorded on the student's transcript. The minor will not be on the diploma. Minors may not be conferred retroactively upon students who have graduated.

Research Experience

Minor program students are encouraged to experience research in nanotechnology by working as undergraduate research assistants.  The advisor in Materials Science and Engineering may provide a list of faculty whose research field is closely related to the student’s major and career interest.

Requirements for a Minor in Nanotechnology

Students must complete 18 hours of coursework as outlined below.  Transferred course credit cannot be used for the minor.  Prerequisites must be met for all courses and all courses used to satisfy the certificate requirements must be passed with a minimum grade of C and their combined GPA must be at least 3.0.   Consultation with the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) advisor is encouraged to check the course availability and any changes in the course requirements. 

Course Requirements

Required Courses (9 Hours):

            MSE 3300   Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering

            MSE 4320   Nanoscale Materials

            MSE 4351   Current Topics in Nanotechnology

Three elective courses are required from a single track below:  Elective courses are chosen with consultation and approval of the minor advisor.   Undergraduate Research Course (3 hour) can be included in the electives with appropriate course number and research topic selected in agreement with the faculty and MSE advisor.  The letter grade will be given after evaluation of student’s performance by evaluation committee.  A partial list of recommended courses include:

                 1. Micro/Nano electronics Track

MSE 4354      Solid State Electronic Devices or EE 4329 Semiconductor devices

MSE 4359      Failure Analysis and Reliability Engineering

EE 4320         Digital VLSI design

PHYS 4326    Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

MAE 4301      Special Topics (with MSE advisor approval)

  2. Nanobio Track

MSE 4343     Nanobiotechnology

BE 3372        Drug Delivery Systems

BE 3373        Drug Delivery Laboratory

BE 4333        NanoMaterials

BE 4300        Special Topics in Bioengineering (with MSE advisor approval)

                   3. Energy Materials Track

MSE 4353     Fundamentals of sustainable energy

MSE 4355     Materials for Energy

EE 3302        Fundamentals of Energy Systems

EE 4328        Special Topics Course(with MSE advisor approval)

MAE 4301     Special Topics (with MSE advisor approval)

List of Faculty for Undergraduate Research Course

Wei Chen (Physics, nanomaterials for energy conversion)

Hyeok Choi (CE, Environmental Nanotechnology)

Yaowu Hao (MSE, nanostructured bio-sensors)

Yi Hong (BE, NanoBiomaterials)

Choong-Un Kim (MSE, micro/nano electronics)

Seong-Jin Koh (MSE, nanoelectronics and bio-sensors)

Fuqiang Liu (MSE, energy storage/conversion materials)

Ping Liu (Physics, nanomagnetics)

Wei Chen (Physics,nanostructured materials for energy)

Cheng Luo (MAE, NEMS)

Robert Magnusson (EE, NanoPhotonics)

Stathis Meletis (MSE, thin films and nanostructured devices)

Hyejin Moon (MAE, Nanothermal)

Kytai Nguyen (BE, Nanobiomaterials)

Donghyun Shin (MAE, Enegy Storage material)

Kyungsuk Yum (MSE, nanomaterials for bio applications)

Weidong Zhou (EE, NanoPhotonics)

Certificate in Nanotechnology

Program Objective

The objective of the Certificate in Nanotechnology is to provide the fundamentals, principles and applications of the emerging and exciting field of nanotechnology in the areas of energy, environment, security and human health, with weighted emphasis on the development of new materials and their applications. This program aims at the dual goal of exploring the potential of nanotechnology in addressing current global technological needs while acting as a resource for developing and educating the future workforce. Course material can be available over the internet upon request to accommodate participants from industry who do not have regular access to campus.

Admission Requirements

The certificate is open to all current science and engineering degree-seeking students and holders of a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering.  For those who have not completed a bachelor’s degree, the Certificate in Nanotechnology will be awarded concurrently with an undergraduate degree. The completed certificate program of study will be forwarded to the Office of Admissions, Records and Registration for verification and notation on the student's transcript. A formal certificate will be prepared for the student by the university and recognition will be given at the graduation ceremonies.

Academic Requirements

Students must complete 15 hours of coursework as outlined below.  Transferred course credit cannot be used for the certificate.  Prerequisites must be met for all courses and all courses used to satisfy the certificate requirements must be passed with a minimum grade of C and their combined GPA must be at least 3.0.  Consultation with the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) advisor is encouraged to check the course availability and any changes in the course requirements.

Required Courses (6 Hours):

MSE 3300 MATERIALS SCIENCE

MSE 4320 NANOSCALE MATERIALS

Three elective courses are required from a single track below:

Micro/Nano Electronic Track

MSE 4354 SOLID STATE ELECTRONIC DEVICES

MSE 4359 FAILURE ANALYSIS AND RELIABILITY ENGINEERING

EE 4320 DIGITAL VLSI DESIGN

MAE 3309 THERMAL ENGINEERING

MAE 4301 SPECIAL TOPICS IN MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

3 hour Undergraduate Research Course: research course under listed faculty, with appropriate course number, and research topic selected in agreement with the faculty and MSE advisor.  The letter grade will be given after evaluation of student’s performance by evaluation committee.   

Nanobio Track

MSE 4343 NANOBIOTECHNOLOGY

BE 3372 DRUG DELIVERY

BE 4373 FORMULATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF DRUG DELIVERY SYSTEMS

BE 4333 NANO BIOMATERIALS AND LIVING-SYSTEMS INTERACTION

BE 4300 SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOENGINEERING (with MSE advisor approval)

3 hour Undergraduate Research Course: research course under listed faculty, with appropriate course number, and research topic selected in agreement with the faculty and MSE advisor.  The letter grade will be given after evaluation of student’s performance by evaluation committee.   

Energy Materials Track

MSE 4353 FUNDAMENTALS OF SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

MSE 4355 MATERIALS FOR ENERGY  

EE 3302 FUNDAMENTALS OF POWER SYSTEMS       

EE 4328 CURRENT TOPICS IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

MAE 4301 SPECIAL TOPICS IN MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING   (with MSE advisor approval)

3 hour Undergraduate Research Course: research course under listed faculty, with appropriate course number, and research topic selected in agreement with the faculty and MSE advisor.  The letter grade will be given after evaluation of student’s performance by evaluation committee.

Faculty for Undergraduate Research Course

Wei Chen (Physics, nanomaterials for energy conversion)

Hyeok Choi (CE, Environmental Nanotechnology)

Yaowu Hao (MSE, nanostructured bio-sensors)

Yi Hong (BE, NanoBiomaterials)

Choong-Un Kim (MSE, micro/nano electronics)

Seong-Jin Koh (MSE, nanoelectronics and bio-sensors)

Fuqiang Liu (MSE, energy stroage/conversion materials)

Ping Liu (Physics, nanomagnetics)

Cheng Luo (MAE, NEMS)

Robert Magnusson (EE, NanoPhotonics)

Stathis Meletis (MSE, thin films and nanostructured devices)

Hyejin Moon (MAE, Nanothermal)

Kytai Nguyen (BE, Nanobiomaterials)

Donghyun Shin (MAE, Enegy Storage material)

Kyungsuk Yum (MSE, nanomaterials for bio applications)

Weidong Zhou (EE, NanoPhotonics)