specimens tested under impact conditions.

Instrumented Microhardness Tester: A Nikon Model QM High-Temperature Microhardness Tester permits indentation studies on specimens tested at temperatures ranging from -196 C to 1600 C under vacuum and inert gas atmospheres. This unit is complemented by a Zwick Model 3212 Microhardness Tester as well as a variety of Rockwell Hardness and Brinell Hardness Testing Machines.

Environmental Stress Laboratories

These facilities include equipment for corrosion, oxidation, and adhesion and wear studies. A wide range of environments can be simulated and controlled a) Aqueous corrosion: atmospheric, immersion and high pressure/high temperature in autoclaves and b) Oxidation: single and mixed gases over a range of temperatures and pressures. Special items include: electrochemical test equipment, environmental cracking test equipment, vacuum equipment for permeation studies, high sensitivity Cahn electro balances for thermogravimetric studies and polymer/metal adhesion test fixtures.

The Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials (SCSAM)

Operated by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE), the Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials SCSAM is a multi-user analytical facility providing instrumentation for microstructural characterization of materials as well as surface and near-surface chemical analysis. The facilities in SCSAM are available to all users on campus at a federally approved use charge. The equipment described here is maintained by four full-time engineers, administered through DMSE. The following is a list of SCSAM’s present instruments and their main applications:

  1. A 300kv Field-emission Gun Energy-Filtering High-resolution Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope Tecnai F30.
  2. A Field-Emission Gun Energy-Filtering Transmission Electron Microscope Zeiss Libra 200FE.
  3. A Field-emission Gun Scanning Electron Microscope Hitachi S4500.
  4. An Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope Philips XL30.
  5. A Dual-Beam (Focused Ion / Scanning Electron Beam) System FEI XT Nova Nanolab 200.
  6. An Environmental Dual-Beam System FEI Quanta 200 3D (to be installed in 2009).
  7. A Variable-Temperature UHV Scanning Probe Microscope RHK UHV 7500 VT.
  8. An Atomic Force Microscope Dimension 3100 with Hysitron Triboscope.
  9. A Scanning Auger Microprobe System Perkin-Elmer PHI-680 and Secondary-Ion Mass Spectrometer Perkin-Elmer PHI-3600.
  10. X-Ray Photo-Electron Spectrometry / ESCA System PHI-Versaprobe XPS Scanning Microprobe.
  11. Advanced X-ray Diffraction System Scintag X-1.
  12. Tandem Pelletron Ion Accelerator NEC 5SDH.
  13. Time-of-Flight Secondary-Ion Mass Spectrometer PHI NanoTOF.

Transmission Electron Microscope Laboratory

Two transmission electron microscopes are available that provide virtually all conventional and advanced microscopy techniques required for state-of-the-art materials research and involve an installed capacity worth $3,000,000. The microscopes available are (i) an FEI Tecnai F30 300kV field-emission gun energy-filtering high-resolution analytical scanning transmission electron microscope with an information resolution limit better than 0.14nm, equipped with an EDAX system with a high-energy resolution Si-Li detector for X-ray energy-dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS), a Gatan GIF2002 imaging energy filter including a 2k by 2k slow-scan CCD camera, and a high-angle annular dark-field detector for scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), and (ii) a Philips CM20 200kV analytical transmission electron microscope equipped with a Tracor Northern high-purity Ge X-ray energy-dispersive spectroscopy detector, a Gatan parallel electron energy-loss spectrometer (PEELS), and a STEM unit.

Conventional TEM techniques, such as bright-field and dark-field imaging, electron diffraction, or weak-beam dark-field imaging (WBDF) are used routinely to analyze line defects (dislocations) and planar defects (interfaces, grain boundaries, stacking faults) in crystalline materials. Advanced TEM techniques include (i) high-resolution TEM, which enables assessing the atomistic structure of crystal defects such as heterophase interfaces, grain boundaries, or dislocations, (ii) convergent-beam electron diffraction, which can be used, for example, to obtain crystallographic information (space group) and to determine orientation relationships between small (even nanoscopic) crystallites, and (iii) energy-filtering TEM, which includes zero-loss filtering for improved image contrast and resolution in conventional imaging and diffraction as well as electron spectroscopic imaging (ESI), a technique that enables rapid elemental mapping with high spatial resolution based on element-characteristic energy losses of the primary electrons in the specimen. Specimen preparation facilities for transmission electron microscopy consist of two dimple-grinders, two electropolishing units, three ultra-microtomes, and two conventional ion-beam mills, and two state-of-the-art precision ion polishing systems (PIPS, by Gatan).

Scanning Electron Microscopy Laboratory

Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and spectrochemical analysis provide valuable specimen investigation with great depth of field and realistic three-dimensional imaging at resolutions up to 500,000X. Determination of the topography of nearly any solid surface is possible. Spectrochemical studies are possible with the use of energy dispersive systems capable of detecting elements from boron to uranium. The laboratory houses two instruments. The first is an Hitachi S-4500, a field emission electron microscope with two secondary electron detectors, a backscattered electron detector, and an infrared chamber scope. In addition, it has a Noran energy dispersive x-ray detection system. The microscope is capable of operating at a spatial resolution of less than 1.5 nm at 15 kV. It also performs well at reduced beam energies (1 kV), facilitating the observation of highly insulating materials. The second instrument is a Philips XL-30 ESEM with a large chamber that can be used as a conventional SEM, or in the environmental mode, can be used to examine wet, oily, gassy or non-conducting samples. It has a camera for crystallographic orientation imaging, a deformation stage capable of 1000 lbs force, hot stages capable of temperatures up to 1500 C, and a cooling stage that goes down to -20 C. An attached Noran X-ray system permits qualitative and quantitative EDX spectroscopy, X-ray mapping and line scans.

Surface Science Laboratories

The Center for Surface Analysis of Materials (CSAM) enjoys state-of-the-art characterization of metal, alloy, ceramic, and polymer surfaces. These tools include a PHI 680 Scanning Auger Microprobe (SAM) for elemental analysis of surfaces and mapping, and PHI 3600 Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS), which provides surface sensitivities for species in the part per billion range. A PHI model 5600 instrument provides X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS or ESCA) capability, which produces information concerning chemical states. The latter two instruments are particularly useful for ceramic and polymer surfaces. With specimen heating, cooling, and depth profiling capabilities directly incorporated in these devices, subsurface regions and interfaces in composite structures, as well as at thin film substrate interfacial regions, can be examined and fully characterized. The ion beam facility for the analysis of materials consists of a NEC 5SDH 1.7 MV tandem pelletron accelerator for the production of 3.4 MeV protons, 5.1 MeV alpha particles, and N ions with energies in excess of 7.0 MeV. Sample analysis takes place in a turbo-molecular pumped high vacuum chamber. The chamber is equipped with a computer-controlled 5 axis manipulator and has provisions for maintaining sample temperatures from 77 K to 1000 K. A Si surface barrier detector, NaI(Tl) scintillator, and a liquid nitrogen-cooled Si(Li) detector are used to detect scattered ions, characteristic gamma rays and characteristic X-rays, respectively. This instrumentation can non-destructively provide composition and structure information in the near-surface region of materials using techniques such as Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), ion channeling, particle-induced X-ray analysis (PIXE), and nuclear reaction analysis (NRA). As with other analytic techniques, sensitivity, sampling depth, and depth resolution are sample dependent. However, sensitivities of 1 atomic percent, accuracies of 5%, and a depth resolution of 20 nm are usually easily achieved.

The typical specimen is a solid, vacuum-compatible material with lateral dimensions between 0.5 cm x 0.5 cm and 5 cm x 5 cm. However, PIXE and NRA can also be performed on non-vacuum compatible specimens such as liquids and irreplaceable artifacts of interest to museum curators and archeologists.

A recently acquired FEI Nova Focused Ion Beam (FIB) system used to machine thin foils suitable for TEM directly out of the surface of a specimen is available. The Nova FIB includes an SEM, a computer interface enabling entirely automated milling and an internal “lift out” system for transferring thin films onto support grids. To investigate the character of surfaces at the nanometer scale the laboratory has a Digital Instruments Dimension 3000 Scanning Probe Microscope which operates as an AFM and contains a Hysitron Nanoindenter.

Electronic Properties Laboratory

Crystal Growth and Analysis Laboratory
The Crystal Growth and Analysis Laboratory is equipped for research studies and characterization of bulk semiconductor and photonic materials. The growth facilities include a high pressure Czochralski system, low pressure Czochralski system, and a Vertical Bridgman system with magnetic field stabilization. The characterization facilities include capabilities for sample preparation, a Hall effect system, Infra-red microscope, and an Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS).

X-Ray Laboratory
The X-ray laboratory contains diffraction equipment for study of the structures of ceramics, metals, polymers, minerals, and single crystals of organic and inorganic compounds. A new Scintag diffractometer system includes a theta/theta wide angle goniometer, a 4.0 kW x-ray generator with copper tube, a third axis stress attachment, a thermoelectrically cooled Peltier germanium detector, a thin film analysis system, a dedicated PC for data acquisition, and a turbomolecular-pumped furnace attachment permitting sample temperatures up to 2000 degrees C.

Fuel Cell Testing Laboratory

The department houses a lab for testing of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). Facilities include:

Materials Science and Engineering Course Descriptions (ESME)

EMSE 102. Materials Seminar (1)
Topical lectures by faculty on current areas of materials research serving to complement the concepts introduced in EMSE 201. General discussion of overall curriculum and educational objectives. Recommended preparation: EMSE 201 or concurrent enrollment.

EMSE 103. Materials in Sports (3)
The relationships between optimizing sports activities and the performance requirements of sports equipment are developed. The inherent properties of materials are shown to be the controlling factors in the design of almost all types of sports equipment. Properties of the major classes of materials used to manufacture sports equipment are examined. Materials discussed include advanced composites, foams, metals, ceramics, and natural composites, e.g., wood and leather. The absorption, storage, and release of energy by equipment during sports activities are shown to relate to the basic structure of the materials from which it is made. Demonstration experiments are conducted periodically throughout the course.

EMSE 201. Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering (3)
Introductory treatment of crystallography, phase equilibria, and materials kinetics. Application of these principles to examples in metals, ceramics, semiconductors, and polymers, illustrating the control of structure through processing to obtain desired mechanical and physical properties. Design content includes examples and problems in materials selection and of design of materials for particular performance requirements. Recommended preparation: ENGR 145 and PHYS 121 and MATH 121.

EMSE 202. Phase Diagrams and Transformations (3)
Diffusion processes, equilibrium diagrams of alloys: solid solutions, phase mixtures, ordering, intermediate phases, binary and ternary diagrams. Thermodynamic, kinetic, and structural aspects of transformation and reactions in condensed systems. Transformations in alloys: phase transformations near equilibrium, precipitation hardening, martensite reactions. Recommended preparation: EMSE 201.

EMSE 203. Applied Thermodynamics (3)
Basic thermodynamics principles as applied to materials. Application of thermodynamics to material processing and performance including condensed phase and gaseous equilibria, stability diagrams, corrosion and oxidation, electrochemical and vapor phase reactions. Recommended preparation: CHEM 301.

EMSE 270. Materials Laboratory I (2)
Introduction to processing, microstructure and property relationships of metal alloys, ceramics and glass. Solidification of a binary alloy and metallography by optical and scanning electron microscopy. Synthesis of ceramics powders, thermal analysis using TGA and DTA, powder consolidation, sintering and grain growth kinetics. Processing and coloring of glass and glass-ceramics.

EMSE 280. Materials Laboratory II (2)
Synthesis and processing. Experiments designed to demonstrate and evaluate different ways to process different types of materials. Solidification of melts. Crystallization kinetics, processing using electrochemistry, oxidation and oxidized microstructures. Laboratory teams are selected for all experiments.

EMSE 290. Materials Laboratory III (2)
Experiments designed to characterize and evaluate different microstructural designs produced by variations in processing. Fracture of brittle materials, fractography, thermal shock resistance, hardenability of steels, TTT and CT diagrams, composites, solidification of metals, solution annealing of alloys. Recommended preparation: EMSE 201.

EMSE 301. Fundamentals of Materials Processing (3)
Introduction to materials processing technology with an emphasis on the relation of basic concepts to the processes by which materials are made into engineering components. Includes casting, welding, forging, cold-forming, powder processing of metals and ceramics, and polymer and composite processing. Recommended preparation: EMSE 201 and EMSE 202 and EMSE 203.

EMSE 302. Fundamentals of Materials Processing Laboratory (1)
Demonstration of basic processes of materials fabrication. Includes visits to commercial materials processing plants for tours and demonstrations. Graded pass/fail.

EMSE 303. Mechanical Behavior of Materials (3)
Review of elasticity and plasticity. Basic stress strain relationships of single crystal and poly-crystalline materials. Yield criteria. Microstructural factors controlling deformation and fracture of polycrystalline materials. Strengthening mechanisms. Fracture toughness and fatigue behavior of engineering materials. Recommended preparation: EMSE 201 and ENGR 200.

EMSE 307. Foundry Metallurgy (3)
Introduction to solid-liquid phase transformations and their application to foundry and metal casting processes. Includes application of nucleation and growth to microstructural development, application of thermodynamics to molten metal reactions, application of the principles of fluid flow and heat transfer to gating and risering techniques, and introduction to basic foundry and metal casting technology. Recommended preparation: EMSE 202 and EMSE 203 and ENGR 225.

EMSE 310. Applications of Diffraction Principles (1)
A lab sequence in conjunction with EMSE 312, Diffraction Principles, involving experiments on crystallography, optical diffraction, Laue backscattering on single crystals, powder diffraction of unknown compounds, electron diffraction and imaging, and chemical analysis using energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Recommended preparation: EMSE 312 or consent of instructor.

EMSE 312. Diffraction Principles (3)
Use of X-rays, lasers, and electrons for diffraction studies and chemical analysis of materials. Fourier transforms and optical diffraction. Fundamentals of crystallography. Crystal structures of simple metals, semiconductors and ceramics. Reciprocal lattice and diffraction. Stereographic projections. Powder diffraction patterns and analysis of unknown structures. Laue backscattering and orientation of single crystals. Electron microscopy and electron diffraction. Chemical analysis using energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Recommended preparation: EMSE 201 and MATH 224.

EMSE 313. Engineering Applications of Materials (3)
Optimum use of materials taking into account not only the basic engineering characteristics and properties of the materials, but also necessary constraints of component design, manufacture (including machining), abuse allowance (safety factors), and cost. Interrelations among parameters based on total system design concepts. Case history studies. Systems of failure analysis. Recommended preparation: EMSE 202 and ENGR 200.

EMSE 314. Electrical, Magnetic, and Optical Properties of Materials (3)
Materials science of electronic materials and their applications. Topics include: Crystallography of semiconductor materials. Classical and modern theories of electrons in metals. Quantum-mechanical behavior of electrons in solids. Band theory of solids. Boltzmann and Fermi-Dirac statistics. Electronic transport in intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors. Ohmic and rectifying junctions; diodes, solar cells, and thermoelectric devices. Types of magnetism; magnetic Curie temperature, domains, and hysteresis. Hard and soft magnetic materials and applications. Dielectric polarization of materials and its frequency dependence. Optical absorption. Optical fibers. Luminescence; phosphors. Recommended preparation: PHYS 122 or PHYS 124.

EMSE 316. Applications of Ceramic Materials (3)
Engineering applications of ceramics. Survey of processing techniques. Thermal and mechanical properties: strength, thermal conductivity, thermal expansion, stress corrosion. Electrical properties: electrical conductivity, dielectric properties, piezo- and ferro-electricity. Glass manufacture and structure-property relationships. Recommended preparation: EMSE 201.

EMSE 360. Transport Phenomena in Materials Science (3)
Review of momentum, mass, and heat transport from a unified point of view. Application of these principles to various phenomena in materials science and engineering with an emphasis on materials processing. Both analytical and numerical methodologies applied in the solution of problems. Recommended preparation: ENGR 225 and MATH 224 or equivalent.

EMSE 396. Special Project or Thesis (1 - 18)
Special research projects or undergraduate thesis in selected material areas.

EMSE 398. Senior Project in Materials I (1)
Independent Research project. Projects selected from those suggested by faculty; usually entail original research. The EMSE 398 and 399 sequence form an approved SAGES capstone.
SAGES Senior Cap

EMSE 399. Senior Project in Materials II (2)
Independent Research project. Projects selected from those suggested by faculty; usually entail original research. Requirements include periodic reporting of progress, plus a final oral presentation and written report. Recommended preparation: EMSE 398 or concurrent enrollment.

SAGES Senior Cap
EMSE 400T. Graduate Teaching I (0)

To provide teaching experience for all Ph.D.-bound graduate students. This will include preparing exams/quizzes, homework, leading recitation sessions, tutoring, providing laboratory assistance, and developing teaching aids that include both web-based and classroom materials. Graduate students will meet with supervising faculty member throughout the semester. Grading is pass/fail. Students must receive three passing grades and up to two assignments may be taken concurrently. Recommended preparation: Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering.

EMSE 401. Transformations in Materials (3)
Review of solution thermodynamics, surfaces and interfaces, recrystallization, austenite decomposition, the martensite transformation and heat treatment of metals. Recommended preparation: EMSE 202.

EMSE 403. Modern Ceramic Processing (3)
Fundamental science and technology of modern ceramic powder processing and fabrication techniques. Powder synthesis techniques. Physical chemistry of aqueous and nonaqueous colloidal suspensions of solids. Shape forming techniques: extrusion; injection molding; slip and tape casting; dry, isostatic, and hot isostatic pressing. Recommended preparation: EMSE 316 or concurrent enrollment.

EMSE 404. Diffusion Processes in Solids and Melts (3)
Development of the laws of diffusion and their applications. Carburization and decarburization, oxidation processes. Computer modeling of diffusion processing.

EMSE 405. Dielectric, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials (3)
Electrical properties of nonmetals: ionic conductors, dielectrics, ferroelectrics, and piezo-electrics. Magnetic phenomena and properties of metals and oxides, including superconductors. Mechanisms of optical absorption in dielectrics. Optoelectronics. Applications in devices such as oxygen sensors, multilayer capacitors, soft and hard magnets, optical fibers, and lasers.

EMSE 407. Solidification (3)
Fundamental science of solid-liquid phase transformations and the application of these basics to the solidification processing of materials. Recommended preparation: EMSE 301.

EMSE 409. Deformation Processing (3)
Flow stress as a function of material and processing parameters; yielding criteria; stress states in elastic-plastic deformation; forming methods: forging, rolling, extrusion, drawing, stretch forming, composite forming. Recommended preparation: EMSE 303.

EMSE 411. Environmental Effects on Materials Behavior (3)
Aqueous corrosion; principles and fundamental concepts; recognition of modes; monitoring and testing; methods to control and prediction. Applications of engineering problems: design, and economics. Mixed potential theory, principles of protection, hydrogen effects, and behavior in metal systems.

EMSE 412. Materials Science and Engineering Seminar (0)

EMSE 413. Fundamentals of Materials Engineering and Science (3)
Provides a background in materials for graduate students with undergraduate majors in other branches of engineering and science: reviews basic bonding relations, structure, and defects in crystals. Lattice dynamics; thermodynamic relations in multi-component systems; microstructural control in metals and ceramics; mechanical and chemical properties of materials as affected by structure; control of properties by techniques involving structure property relations; basic electrical, magnetic and optical properties.

EMSE 417. Properties of Materials at High Temperatures (3)
Thermo physical properties: specific heat, thermal expansion, electrical and thermal conductivity. Temperature dependence of elastic constants. Thermodynamic principles for the stability of microstructures at high temperatures. Strengthening mechanisms. Stress relaxation and damping. Creep deformation. Thermal fatigue and thermal shock. Fracture mechanisms. Refractory metals, superalloys, intermetallic compounds, carbon, ceramic materials. Protective coatings.

EMSE 418. Oxidation of Materials (3)
Experimental techniques; thermodynamics of oxidation reactions; defects and diffusion in oxides; oxidation rate laws. Effects of alloying, surface treatment and stress on oxidation. High-temperature corrosion.

EMSE 419. Phase Equilibria and Microstructures of Materials (3)
The multi-component nature of most material systems require understanding of phase equilibria and descriptions of microstructure. Attention will be given to phase equilibria in multi-component (ternary and higher) systems, and the stereological description of the microstructure of multiphase systems.

EMSE 421. Fracture of Materials (3)
Micromechanisms of deformation and fracture of engineering materials. Brittle fracture and ductile fracture mechanisms in relation to microstructure. Strength, toughness, and test techniques. Review of predictive models. Recommended preparation: ENGR 200 and EMSE 303 or EMSE 427; or consent.

EMSE 426. Semiconductor Thin Film Science and Technology (3)
Fundamental science and technology of modern semiconductors. Thin film technologies for electronic materials. Crystal growth techniques. Introduction to device technology. Defect characterization and generation during processing properties of important electronic materials for device applications. Recommended preparation: EMSE 314.

EMSE 427. Dislocations in Solids (3)
Elasticity and dislocation theory; dislocation slip systems; kinks and dislocation motion; jogs and dislocation interactions, dislocation dissociation and stacking faults; dislocation multiplication, applications to yield phenomena, work hardening and other mechanical properties.

EMSE 429. Crystallography and Crystal Chemistry (3)
Crystal symmetries, point groups, translation symmetries, space lattices, crystal classes, space groups, crystal chemistry, crystal structures and physical properties.

EMSE 500T. Graduate Teaching II (0)
To provide teaching experience for all Ph.D.-bound graduate students. This will include preparing exams/quizzes/homework, leading recitation sessions, tutoring, providing laboratory assistance, and developing teaching aids that include both web-based and classroom materials. Graduate students will meet with supervising faculty member throughout the semester. Grading is pass/fail. Students must receive three passing grades and up to two assignments may be taken concurrently. Recommended preparation: Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering.

EMSE 502. Mechanical Properties of Metals and Composites (3)
Microstructural effects on strength and toughness of advanced metals and composites. Review of dispersion hardening and composite strengthening mechanisms. Toughening of brittle materials via composite approaches such as fiber reinforcement, ductile phases, and combinations of approaches. Recommended preparation: ENGR 200 and EMSE 303 or EMSE 421; or consent.

EMSE 504. Thermodynamics of Solids (3)
Review of the first, second, and third laws of thermodynamics and their consequences. Stability criteria, simultaneous chemical reactions, binary and multi-component solutions, phase diagrams, surfaces, adsorption phenomena.

EMSE 509. Conventional Transmission Electron Microscopy (3)
Introduction to transmission electron microscopy-theoretical background and practical work. Lectures and laboratory experiments cover the technical construction and operation of transmission electron microscopes, specimen preparation, electron diffraction by crystals, electron diffraction techniques of TEM, conventional TEM imaging, and scanning TEM. Examples from various fields of materials research illustrate the application and significance of these techniques. Recommended preparation: Consent of instructor.

EMSE 511. Failure Analysis (3)
Methods and procedures for determining the basic causes of failures in structures and components. Recognition of fractures and excessive deformations in terms of their nature and origin. Development and full characterization of fractures. Legal, ethical, and professional aspects of failures from service. Recommended preparation: EMSE 201 and EMSE 303 and ENGR 200; or consent.

EMSE 512. Advanced Techniques of Transmission Electron Microscopy (3)
Theory and laboratory experiments to learn advanced techniques of transmission electron microscopy, including high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), convergent-beam electron diffraction (CBED), microanalysis using X-ray energy-dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS), and electron-spectroscopic imaging (ESI) for elemental mapping. Recommended preparation: EMSE 509.

EMSE 514. Defects in Semiconductors (3)
Presentation of the main crystallographic defects in semiconductors; point defects (e.g., vacancies, interstitials, substitutional and interstitial impurities), line defects (e.g., dislocations), planar defects (e.g., grain boundaries). Structural, electrical and optical properties of various defects. Interpretation of the properties from the perspective of semiconductor physics and materials science and correlation of these defects to physical properties of the material. Experimental techniques including TEM, EBIC, CL, DLTS, etc. Recommended preparation: EMSE 426.

EMSE 515. Analytical Methods in Materials Science (3)
Microcharacterization techniques of materials science and engineering: SPM (scanning probe microscopy), SEM (scanning electron microscopy), FIB (focused ion beam) techniques, SIMS (secondary ion mass spectrometry), EPMA (electron probe microanalysis), XPS (X-ray photoelectron spectrometry), and AES (Auger electron spectrometry), ESCA (electron spectrometry for chemical analysis). The course includes theory, application examples, and laboratory demonstrations.

EMSE 516. Analytical Methods in Materials Science (3)
A laboratory course designed to achieve proficiency in TEM, SEM, SIMS, SAM and ESCA.

EMSE 600T. Graduate Teaching III (0)
To provide teaching experience for all Ph.D.-bound graduate students. This will include preparing exam/quizzes/homework, leading recitation sessions, tutoring, providing laboratory assistance, and developing teaching aids that include both web-based and classroom materials. Graduate students will meet with supervising faculty member throughout the semester. Grading is pass/fail. Students must receive three passing grades and up to two assignments may be taken concurrently. Recommended preparation: Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering.

EMSE 601. Independent Study (1 - 18)

EMSE 633. Special Topics (1 - 18)

EMSE 649. Special Projects (1 - 18)

EMSE 651. Thesis M.S. (1 - 18)

Required for master’s degree. A research problem in metallurgy, ceramics, electronic materials, biomaterials or archeological and art historical materials, culminating in the writing of a thesis.

EMSE 701. Dissertation Ph.D. (1 - 18)
Required for Ph.D. degree. A research problem in metallurgy, ceramics, electronic materials, biomaterials or archeological and art historical materials, culminating in the writing of a thesis. Prereq: Predoctoral research consent or advanced to Ph.D. candidacy milestone.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree
Major in Materials Science and Engineering (pending approval by CSE USC)

First Year Class/Lab/Credit Hours
CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry for Engineers (4-0-4)
ENGR 131 Elementary Computer Programming (3-0-3)
SAGES First year Seminar (4-0-4)
MATH 121 Calculus for Science and Engineering I (4-0-4)
PHED 1xx Physical Education Activities (0-3-0)
Open elective or Humanities/Social Science Elective 3 (3-0-3)
Total (18-3-18)

ENGR 145 Chemistry of Materials (4-0-4)
MATH 122 Calculus for Science and Engineering II (4-0-4)
PHYS 121 General Physics I - Mechanics 1 (3-1-4)
PHED 1xx Physical Education Activities (0-3-0)
SAGES University Seminar 2 (3-0-3)
Total (14-4-15)

Second Year
CHEM 301 Introduction to Physical Chemistry 4 (3-0-3)
EMSE 102 Materials Science Seminar (1-0-1)
EMSE 201 Introduction to Materials Science & Engr. (3-0-3)
MATH 223 Calculus for Science and Engineering III (3-0-3)
PHYS 122 General Physics II - Electricity & Magnetism (3-1-4)
SAGES University Seminar 2 (3-0-3)
Total (16-1-17)

EMAE 250 Computers in Mechanical Engineering 5 (3-0-3)
EMSE 202 Phase Diagrams & Phase Transformations (3-0-3)
EMSE 270 Materials Laboratory I (0-3-2)
MATH 224 Elementary Differential Equations 6 (3-0-3)
ENGR 200 Statics and Strength of Materials (3-0-3)
Humanities/Social Science elective (3-0-3)
Total (15-3-17)

Third Year Class/Lab/Credit Hours
EMSE 280 Materials Laboratory II (0-3-2)
ENGR 210 Introduction to Circuits and Instrumentation (3-2-4)
EMSE 203 Applied Thermodynamics (3-0-3)
EMSE 314 Electronic, Magnetic, and Optical Properties of Materials (3-0-3)
Humanities/Social Science elective (3-0-3)
Total (12-5-15)

EMSE 290 Materials Laboratory III (0-3-2)
ENGR 398 Professional Communication 7 (1-0-1)
ENGL 398 Professional Communication for Engineers 7 (2-0-2)
EMSE 303 Mechanical Behavior of Materials (3-0-3)
ENGR 225 Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics & Heat & Mass Transport (4-0-4)
Open elective or Humanities/Social Science elective (3-0-3)
Technical elective (3-0-3)
Total (16-3-18)

Fourth Year
EMSE 301 Fundamentals of Materials Processing (3-0-3)
EMSE 302 Fundamentals of Materials Processing Lab. (0-3-1)
EMSE 310 Applications of Diffraction Principles (0-2-1)
EMSE 312 Diffraction Principles (3-0-3)
EMSE 398 Senior Project in EMSE I (Capstone) (0-2-1)
Humanities/Social Science elective (3-0-3)
Technical elective (3-0-3)
Total (12-7-15)

EMSE 313 Engineering Applications of Materials (3-0-3)
EMSE 399 Senior Project in EMSE II (Capstone) (0-4-2)
Technical elective (3-0-3)
Open elective (3-0-3)
Open elective (3-0-3)
Total (12-4-14)

Hours required for graduation: 129

  1. Selected students may be invited to take PHYS 123-124; General Physics I-II Honors, in place of PHYS 121-122.
  2. The two SAGES University Seminars must be chosen from a different thematic group of USNA (Natural World), USSO (Social World) or USSY (Symbolic World).
  3. One of these must be in the humanities or social sciences.
  4. Satisfies the Math, Natural Sciences, or Statistics requirement of the Engineering Core.
  5. Or PHYS 250.
  6. Or MATH 234.
  7. Designated as SAGES Departmental Seminar.

Approved Technical Effectives

The following courses are approved technical electives in Materials Science and Engineering. A student is encouraged to discuss with their class advisor a sequence of technical elective courses, which takes into account the biannual nature of some offerings. Students may request approval of other elective courses by submitting a written petition justifying their choices to the department’s Undergraduate Studies Committee.
Course Number Course Title Fall Spring Offered


Course Number Course Title Fall Spring Offered
ECIV 210 Strength of Material X    Annual
ECIV 420 Finite Element Structural Analysis X   Annual
EECS 245 Electronic Circuits   X Annual
EECS 246 Signals and Systems X   Annual
EECS 309 Electromagnetic Fields I   X Annual
EECS 321 Semiconductor Electronic Devices   X Annual
EMAC 270 Introduction to Polymer Science X   Annual
EMSE 307 Foundry Metallurgy   X Even Years
EMSE 316 Applications of Ceramic Materials   X Even Years
EMSE 360 Transport Phenomena   X Odd Years
EMSE 401 Transformations in Materials X   Even Years
EMSE 403 Modern Ceramic Processing X   Odd Years
EMSE 404 Diffusion Processes in Solids and Liquids X   Odd Years
EMSE 405 Dielectric, Optical, & Magnetic Properties of Materials X   Even Years
EMSE 407 Solidification of Materials   X Odd Years
EMSE 409 Deformation Processing of Metals   X Odd Years
EMSE 411 Environmental Effects on Materials Behavior   X Annual
EMSE 417 Properties of Materials at High Temperatures   X Odd Years
EMSE 418 Oxidation of Materials   X Odd Years
EMSE 419 Phase Equilibria & Microstructures of Materials X   Odd Years
EMSE 421 Fracture of Materials X   Annual
EMSE 426 Semiconductor Thin Film Science & Technology   X Odd Years
EMSE 427 Dislocations in Solids   X Odd Years
EMSE 429 Crystallography & Crystal Chemistry   X Even Years
PHYS 331 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 1 X   Annual
PHYS 315 Introduction to Solid State Physics X   Annual
STAT 312 Statistics for Engineering and Science X X Annual
STAT 313 Statistics for Experimenters X X Annual