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Materials Science and Engineering Curriculum
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276 Materials Science and Engineering, 1509 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706; 608-262-3732; lynn@engr.wisc.edu; www.engr.wisc.edu/mse

Professors Babcock (chair), Eom, Kou, Lagally, Perepezko, Stone; Associate Professors Evans, Gopalan, Morgan, Szlufarska, Voyles; Assistant Professors Arnold, Wang

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers a B.S. degree in materials science and engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in materials engineering.

Advances in technology are closely linked to the materials that people can design, manipulate, and produce. How we live is connected to our abilities to process materials and manufacture products; to develop and design nontraditional as well as traditional materials for an increasingly broad range of industries; and to research and develop high-performance materials for practical applications in coming decades. The materials that change the way we live may be the next generation of superalloys for applications in extreme conditions such as high-temperature or highly corrosive environments; new materials for application in energy generation, storage, and transmission; organic and inorganic materials for use and integration in applications ranging from electronics to medicine; or new materials systems yet to be developed for the ever-increasing needs of our society. Materials experts find employment in a broad range of industries and may practice experimental, computational, or theoretical materials science and engineering, or all of these in combination. The undergraduate curriculum leads to the Bachelor of Science Degree in Materials Science and Engineering. The curriculum is designed to prepare students with the foundation needed to thrive in broad and rapidly changing industries that are based on materials. It also provides substantial flexibility, through electives and with the assistance of a materials science and engineering faculty advisor, for tailoring to students’ specific interests within the materials field. Science, engineering, teamwork, broad thinking, and communication skills all are integral parts of the curriculum. Graduates are well prepared for careers in industry or for graduate studies.

Materials Science and Engineering Curriculum

The following curriculum applies to students admitted to the materials science and engineering degree program (MS&E) in or after fall semester of 2011.

Summary of Requirements

Mathematics and Statistics Requirements 19 cr
Science Foundation Requirements, 21 cr
Engineering Foundation Requirements, 7 cr
MS&E Required Courses, 40 cr
Materials Emphasis Elective Requirements, 15 cr
Communication Skills Requirements, 5  cr
Liberal Studies Requirements, 16 cr
Free Elective Credits, 5 cr

Total Credits: 128

I. Mathematics/Statistics Requirements, 19 credits

Math 221 Calculus and Analytical Geometry, 5 cr
Math 222 Calculus and Analytical Geometry, 5 cr
Math 234 Calculus—Functions of Several Variables, 3 cr
Math 319 Techniques in Ordinary Differential Equations, 3 cr
Stat 324 Introductory Applied Statistics for Engineers, 3 cr

II. Science Requirements, 21 credits
IIA. Physics Requirements, 10 credits

Physics 201, 207 or 247 General Physics, 5 cr
Physics 202, 208 or 248 General Physics, 5 cr

IIB. Chemistry, 8 credits

Chem 103 and Chem 104 General Chemistry, 9 cr
OR
Chemistry 109 General and Analytical Chemistry, 5 cr
Chem 343 or 341 Introductory Organic Chemistry, 3 cr

IIC. Science Elective Requirement, 3 credits

Select one of:
Chem 311 Chemistry Across the Periodic Table, 4 cr
Chem 327 Fundamentals of Analytical Science, 4 cr
Chem 329 Fundamentals of Analytical Science (Honors), 4 cr
Chem 345 Intermediate Organic Chemistry, 3 cr
GeoSci 203 Earth Materials, 5 cr
Physics 205 Modern Physics for Engineers, 3 cr
Physics 235 Introduction to Solid State Electronics, 3 cr
Physics 241 Introduction to Modern Physics, 3 cr
Physics 244 Introduction to Modern Physics, 3 cr
Zoology 101 Animal Biology, 3 cr
Zoology 151 Introductory Biology, 5 cr

III. Engineering Foundation Requirements, 7 credits
IIIA. Introduction to Engineering, 1 credit

Select one course from the preapproved list of courses that satisfy the College of Engineering Introduction to Engineering Requirement.

IIIB. Engineering Foundations Elective Requirement, 3 credits

Select one of:
CBE 255 Introduction to Chemical Process Modeling, 3 cr
Comp Sci 310 Problem Solving Using Computers, 3 cr
ECE 230 Circuit Analysis, 4 cr
ECE 376 Electrical and Electronic Circuits, 3 cr
EMA 303 Mechanics of Materials, 3 cr
Physics 321 Electrical Circuits and Electronic, 4 cr
ME 424 Statistical Experimental Design for Engineers, 3 cr

IIIC. Engineering and Society Elective Requirement, 3 credits

Select one of:
Biology 260 Introductory Ecology, 3 cr
CEE 491 Legal Aspects of Engineering, 3 cr
Envir St 171 Global Chang, 3 cr
Envir St 343 Environmental Economics, 3 cr
Envir St 367 Renewable Energy Systems, 3 cr
Envir St 411 Energy Resources, 3 cr
ISyE 313 Engineering Economic Analysis, 3 cr
ISyE 349 Introduction to Human Factors, 3 cr
Philos 241 Introduction to Ethics, 3 cr
Philos 243 Ethics in Business, 3 cr
Philos 341 Contemporary Moral Issues, 3 cr

IV. MS&E Required Courses, 40 credits

MS&E 330 Thermodynamics of Materials, 4 cr
MS&E 331 Transport Phenomena in Materials, 3 cr
MS&E 332 Macroprocessing of Materials, 3 cr
MS&E 333 Microprocessing of Materials, 3 cr
MS&E 351 Materials Science—Structure and Property Relations in Solids, 3 cr
MS&E 352 Materials Science—Transformation of Solids, 3 cr
MS&E 360 Materials Laboratory I, 1 cr
MS&E 361 Materials Laboratory II, 2 cr
MS&E 362 Materials Laboratory III, 2 cr
MS&E 421 Introduction to Polymer Materials,* 3 cr
MS&E 441 Deformation of Solids, 3 cr
MS&E 451 Introduction to Ceramic Materials, 3 cr
MS&E 456 Electrical, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials, 3 cr
MS&E 490* Materials Systems and Design Preparation, 1 cr
MS&E 491* Materials Systems and Design, 3 cr
*Course number tentative

V. MS&E Emphasis Electives, 15 credits

Select two 3-credit MS&E courses numbered 400 or above.

Select, in consultation with an MS&E advisor, 9 credits of science and engineering coursework from MS&E courses numbered 400 or above, other engineering courses numbered 300 or above, science courses numbered 300 or above, or up to 3 credits of MS&E 001 Co-op. MS&E advisor approval of the set of selections is required. Course sets may be broad-based or concentrated in a subfield of materials science and engineering. See department for examples of focused materials emphasis elective course sets.

VI. Communication Skills Requirements, 5 credits

EPD 155, or Part A Requirement, 2 cr
EPD 397, Technical Writing, 3 cr

VII. Liberal Studies Requirements, 16 credits

Materials Science and Engineering follows the College Liberal Studies Requirements.

VIII. Free Electives Credits, up To 5 credits

The above subject requirements can be met with 123 credits of UW courses. Students must complete 128 credits of course work to earn the B.S. in materials science and engineering. The 5 elective credits may be earned by choosing elective courses that carry more credits than the requirement’s minimum credit load or by taking any additional course work of the student’s choice.

Suggested Eight-Semester Course Sequence

Freshman Year, First Semester, 16–18 credits

Chem 109, General and Analytic Chemistry, 5 cr
Math 221 Calculus and Analytic Geometry, 5 cr
Intro to Engineering Elective, 1–3 cr
EPD 155 Basic Communication, 2 cr
Liberal Studies Elective, 3 cr

Second Semester, 16–18 credits

Math 222 Calculus and Analytic Geometry, 5 cr
Physics 201, 207 or 247 General Physics, 5 cr
Science Elective, 3–5 cr
Liberal Studies Elective, 3 cr

Sophomore Year, First Semester, 16 credits

MS&E 330 Thermodynamics of Materials, 4 cr
MS&E 351 Materials Science—Structure and Properties of Solids, 3 cr
MS&E 360 Materials Laboratory I, 1 cr
Math 234 Calculus–Functions of Several Variables, 3 cr
Physics 202, 208 or 248 General Physics, 5 cr

Second Semester, 15–18 credits

MS&E 352 Materials Science—Transformation of Solids, 3 cr
MS&E 361 Materials Laboratory II, 2 cr
Math 319 Ordinary Differential Equations, 3 cr
Stat 324 Introductory Applied Statistics for Engineers, 3 cr
Liberal Studies Elective, 3–4 cr
Free Electives 1–3 cr

Junior Year, First Semester, 14–17 credits

MS&E 332 Macroprocessing of Materials, 3 cr
MS&E 362 Materials Laboratory III, 2 cr

MS&E 451 Introduction to Ceramics, 3 cr
Chem 341 or 343 Introduction to Organic Chemistry, 3 cr
Liberal Studies Elective, 3 cr
Free Electives, 1–3 cr

Second Semester, 15 credits

MS&E 331 Transport Phenomena in Materials, 3 cr
MS&E 333 Microprocessing of Materials, 3 cr
MS&E 421 Polymer Materials, 3 cr
Engineering Foundations Elective, 3 cr
Liberal Studies Elective, 3 cr

Senior Year, First Semester, 16 credits

MS&E 441 Deformation of Solids, 3 cr
MS&E 456 Electrical, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials, 3 cr
MS&E 390 Materials Systems and Design Project Planning, 1 cr
Materials Emphasis Elective, 3 cr
Materials Emphasis Elective, 3 cr
Engineering and Society Elective, 3 cr

Second Semester, 15 credits

MS&E 390 Materials Systems and Design Project, 3 cr
Materials Emphasis Elective, 3 cr
Materials Emphasis Elective, 3 cr
Materials Emphasis Elective, 3 cr
EPD 397 Technical Communications, 3 cr

Total credit minimum for graduation: 128