Below are examples of lecture courses taken by PhD students carrying out thesis research related to indicated areas (in addition to the required graduate course in statistical thermodynamics). Students starting with a BS degree typically take 2 or 3 of these courses per semester in the first 2 years. Some students may need to take 1 or 2 additional courses per semester in the following years until the course requirement is met. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of courses but rather a starting point in helping you devise your curriculum. Students should consult with their thesis advisors to determine the best set of classes to meet individual needs.

Note: MSE 500 or equivalent is required for all PhD students and is typically taken during the fall semester of the first year.

There is also a colloquium/seminar course registration requirement (see Course Requirements page for number of credit hours these courses can count toward degree requirement):

  • MSE 595 Materials Colloquium: Registration during the first 4 semesters is required.
  • MSE 529/559 Hard Materials Seminar/Soft Materials Seminar: Registration every semester of residence.

Biomaterials

COURSE

DESCRIPTION

CREDIT

MSE 457 Polymer Chemistry 4
MSE 470 Design and Use of Biomaterials 3
MSE 473 Biomolecular Materials Science 3
MSE 474 Biomaterials and Nanomedicine 3
MSE 476 Tissue Engineering 3
MSE 480 Surfaces and Colloids 4
BIOE 506 Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering 4
CHBE 472 Techniques in Biomolecular Engineering 4
CHEM 530 Structure and Spectroscopy 4
CHEM 534 Advanced Organic Synthesis 4
CHEM 590C Introduction to Chemical Biology 4
MCB 400 Cancer Cell Biology 4
MCB 450 Introduction to Biochemistry 3
ME 483 Mechanobiology 4

 

Polymers/Soft Materials

COURSE

DESCRIPTION

CREDIT

MSE 454 Mechanics of Polymers 3
MSE 455 Polymer Physics 3
MSE 456 Mechanics of Composites 3
MSE 457 Polymer Chemistry 4
MSE 458 Polymer Physical Chemistry 3
MSE 473 Biomolecular Materials Science 4
MSE 480 Surfaces and Colloids 4
MSE 488 Optical Materials 4
MSE 583 Dynamics of Complex Fluids 4
CHEM 436 Fundamental Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 512 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 4
CHEM 588 Physical Methods Mat. Chemistry 4
PHYS 552 Optical Spectroscopy 4

 

Ceramics

COURSE

DESCRIPTION

CREDIT

MSE 420 Ceramic Materials and Properties 3
MSE 421 Ceramic Proc. & Microstructure Development 3
MSE 422 Electrical Ceramics 3
MSE 423 Ceramic Processing Laboratory 3
MSE 480 Surfaces and Colloids 4
MSE 580 Diffraction Physics of Materials 4
MSE 581 Advanced Electron Microscopy 4
MSE 583 Dynamics of Complex Fluids 4
MSE 584 Points and Line Defects 4
CHEM 516 Physical Inorganic Chemistry 4

 

Computational Materials

COURSE

DESCRIPTION

CREDIT

MSE 485 Atomic Scale Simulations 4
MSE 580 Diffraction Physics of Materials 4
MSE 584 Point and Line Defects 4
ME 471 Finite Element Analysis 4
CS 450 Intro to Numerical Analysis 4
CSE 527 Scientific Visualization 4
CSE 566 Numerical Fluid Dynamics 4
PHYS 486 Quantum Physics 4
PHYS 560 Condensed Matter Physics I 4

 

Electronic Materials

COURSE

DESCRIPTION

CREDIT

MSE 481 Electron Microscopy & Diffract 4
MSE 487 Materials for Nanotechnology 4
MSE 488 Optical Materials 4
MSE 581 Advanced Electron Microscopy 4
MSE 582 Surface Physics 4
MSE 584 Point and Line Defects 4
ECE 441 Physics & Modeling Semicond. Dev. 3
ECE 444 IC Device Theory & Fabrication 4
ECE 488 Compound Semiconductors & Devices 3
PHYS 460 Condensed Matter Physics 4
PHYS 560 Condensed Matter Physics I 4

 

Metals

COURSE

DESCRIPTION

CREDIT

MSE 440 Mechanical Behavior of Metals 3
MSE 441 Metals Processing 3
MSE 443 Design of Engineering Alloys 3
MSE 445 Corrosion of Metals 4
MSE 481 Electron Microscopy & Diffraction 4
MSE 487 Materials for Nanotechnology 4
MSE 580 Diffraction Physics of Materials 4
MSE 581 Advanced Electron Microscopy 4
MSE 584 Point and Line Defects 4
NPRE 431 Materials in Nuclear Engr. 3
TAM 551 Solid Mechanics I 4