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Materials Science and Engineering B.Mat.S.E.

Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
College of Science and Engineering
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2012
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 128
  • Required credits within the major: 38
  • Degree: Bachelor of Materials Science and Engineering
The program in materials science and engineering leads to a bachelor's degree that enables students to immediately enter the profession. The program develops an understanding of the properties and the origin of these properties in a broad range of materials, including metals, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, and composites. Because the program is broadly based, graduates find employment across a range of industries, including the automotive, chemical, electronics, energy, and medical technology industries. Graduates also find positions in consulting, research, technical management, and teaching. The Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) program is designed to prepare students to achieve the following career and professional accomplishments after graduation: * Be employed as a materials engineer or a related engineering or science position, using and developing his or her skills based on the demands of the job. * Enter into a graduate or professional program, applying his or her knowledge and experience toward an advanced or professional degree. * Be an effective team member, using and developing communication and teamwork skills. * Be a responsible engineer/scientist or professional, demonstrating ethical and professional responsibility and continuing to learn through formal and informal educational experiences.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 11 courses before admission to the program.
Freshman and transfer students are usually admitted to pre-major status before admission to this major.
Students interested in materials science and engineering are recommended to take MATS 1001/CHEN 1001 to learn more about the field.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Mathematics
MATH 1271 - Calculus I [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or MATH 1371 - CSE Calculus I [MATH] (4.0 cr)
MATH 1272 - Calculus II (4.0 cr)
or MATH 1372 - CSE Calculus II (4.0 cr)
MATH 2243 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (4.0 cr)
or MATH 2373 - CSE Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (4.0 cr)
MATH 2263 - Multivariable Calculus (4.0 cr)
or MATH 2374 - CSE Multivariable Calculus and Vector Analysis (4.0 cr)
Required prerequisites
Physical Sciences
AEM 2011 - Statics (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1021 {Inactive} [PHYS] (4.0 cr)
or CHEM 1031H {Inactive} [PHYS] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1022 {Inactive} [PHYS] (4.0 cr)
or CHEM 1032H {Inactive} [PHYS] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 2301 - Organic Chemistry I (3.0 cr)
PHYS 1301W - Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering I [PHYS, WI] (4.0 cr)
or PHYS 1401V - Honors Physics I [PHYS, WI] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 1302W - Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering II [PHYS, WI] (4.0 cr)
or PHYS 1402V - Honors Physics II [PHYS, WI] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 2303 - Physics III: Physics of Matter (4.0 cr)
or PHYS 2403H - Honors Physics III (4.0 cr)
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major or minor in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major or minor (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Major Courses
AEM 3031 - Deformable Body Mechanics (3.0 cr)
AEM 4511 - Mechanics of Composite Materials (3.0 cr)
CE 3101 - Computer Applications in Civil Engineering I (3.0 cr)
MATS 3011 - Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering (3.0 cr)
MATS 3012 - Metals and Alloys (3.0 cr)
MATS 3801 - Structural Characterization Lab (4.0 cr)
MATS 3851W - Materials Properties Lab [WI] (4.0 cr)
MATS 3001 - Thermodynamics of Materials (3.0 cr)
MATS 3002 - Mass Transport and Kinetics (3.0 cr)
MATS 3013 - Electrical and Magnetic Properties of Materials (3.0 cr)
MATS 4212 - Ceramics (3.0 cr)
MATS 4214 - Polymers (3.0 cr)
MATS 4221 - Materials Performance (4.0 cr)
MATS 4301W - Materials Processing [WI] (4.0 cr)
MATS 4400 - Senior Design Project (3.0 cr)
Technical Electives
Students must take 13 credits of technical electives. See an adviser for a list of possible courses.
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Honors UHP
This is an honors sub-plan.
Students admitted to the University Honors Program (UHP) must fulfill UHP requirements in addition to degree program requirements. Honors courses used to fulfill degree program requirements will also fulfill UHP requirements. Current departmental honors course offerings are listed at: http://www.honors.umn.edu/academics/curriculum/dept_courses_current.html Honors students complete an honors thesis project in the final year, most often in conjunction with an honors thesis course, or with an honors directed studies or honors directed research course. Students select honors courses and plan for a thesis project in consultation with their UHP adviser and their departmental faculty adviser.
 
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MATH 1271 - Calculus I (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Math 1142/1271/1281/1371/1571H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Differential calculus of functions of a single variable, including polynomial, rational, exponential, and trig functions. Applications, including optimization and related rates problems. Single variable integral calculus, using anti-derivatives and simple substitution. Applications may include area, volume, work problems. prereq: 4 yrs high school math including trig or satisfactory score on placement test or grade of at least C- in [1151 or 1155]
MATH 1371 - CSE Calculus I (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Math 1142/1271/1281/1371/1571H
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Differentiation of single-variable functions, basics of integration of single-variable functions. Applications: max-min, related rates, area, curve-sketching. Use of calculator, cooperative learning. prereq: CSE or pre-bioprod concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in biosys engn (PRE), background in [precalculus, geometry, visualization of functions/graphs], instr consent; familiarity with graphing calculators recommended
MATH 1272 - Calculus II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Math 1272/1282/1252/1372/1572
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Techniques of integration. Calculus involving transcendental functions, polar coordinates. Taylor polynomials, vectors/curves in space, cylindrical/spherical coordinates. prereq: [1271 or equiv] with grade of at least C-
MATH 1372 - CSE Calculus II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Math 1272/1282/1252/1372/1572
Typically offered: Every Spring
Techniques of integration. Calculus involving transcendental functions, polar coordinates, Taylor polynomials, vectors/curves in space, cylindrical/spherical coordinates. Use of calculators, cooperative learning. prereq: Grade of at least C- in [1371 or equiv], CSE or pre-Bioprod/Biosys Engr
MATH 2243 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Math 2243/2373/2573
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Linear algebra: basis, dimension, matrices, eigenvalues/eigenvectors. Differential equations: first-order linear, separable; second-order linear with constant coefficients; linear systems with constant coefficients. prereq: [1272 or 1282 or 1372 or 1572] w/grade of at least C-
MATH 2373 - CSE Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Math 2243/2373/2573
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Linear algebra: basis, dimension, eigenvalues/eigenvectors. Differential equations: linear equations/systems, phase space, forcing/resonance, qualitative/numerical analysis of nonlinear systems, Laplace transforms. Use of computer technology. prereq: [1272 or 1282 or 1372 or 1572] w/grade of at least C-, CSE or pre-Bio Prod/Biosys Engr
MATH 2263 - Multivariable Calculus
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Math 2263/2373/2573H/3251
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Derivative as linear map. Differential/integral calculus of functions of several variables, including change of coordinates using Jacobians. Line/surface integrals. Gauss, Green, Stokes Theorems. prereq: [1272 or 1372 or 1572] w/grade of at least C-
MATH 2374 - CSE Multivariable Calculus and Vector Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Math 2263/2373/2573H/3251
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Derivative as linear map. Differential/integral calculus of functions of several variables, including change of coordinates using Jacobians. Line/surface integrals. Gauss, Green, Stokes theorems. Use of computer technology. prereq: [1272 or 1282 or 1372 or 1572] w/grade of at least C-, CSE or pre-Bioprod/Biosys Engr
AEM 2011 - Statics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Force/moment vectors, resultants. Principles of statics and free-body diagrams. Applications to simple trusses, frames, and machines. Distributed loads. Internal forces in beams. Properties of areas, second moments. Laws of friction. prereq: PHYS 1301W, [concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in Math 2374 or equiv], CSE
CHEM 2301 - Organic Chemistry I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01929
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Organic compounds, constitutions, configurations, conformations, reactions. Molecular structure. Chemical reactivity/properties. Spectroscopic characterization of organic molecules. prereq: C- or better in 1062/1066 or 1072H/1076H or equiv or B or better in 1071H/1075H, 1072H/1076H
PHYS 1301W - Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering I (PHYS, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00078 - Phys 1101W/1201W/1301W/1401V/1
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Use of fundamental principles to solve quantitative problems. Motion, forces, conservation principles, structure of matter. Applications to mechanical systems. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in Math 1271 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in Math 1371 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in Math 1571
PHYS 1401V - Honors Physics I (PHYS, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00078 - Phys 1201W/Phys1301W/Phys1401V
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Comprehensive, calculus-level general physics. Emphasizes use of fundamental principles to solve quantitative problems. Description of motion, forces, conservation principles. Structure of matter, with applications to mechanical systems. prereq: honors student and permission of University Honors Program
PHYS 1302W - Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering II (PHYS, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Phys 1202W/1302W/1402V
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Use of fundamental principles to solve quantitative problems. Motion, forces, conservation principles, fields, structure of matter. Applications to electromagnetic phenomena. prereq: 1301W, concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in Math 1272 or Math 1372 or Math 1572
PHYS 1402V - Honors Physics II (PHYS, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00079 - Phys 1202W/1302W/1402V
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamental principles to solve quantitative problems. Description of motion, forces, conservation principles, fields. Structure of matter, with applications to electro-magnetic phenomena. prereq: 1401V, honors student or permission of University Honors Program
PHYS 2303 - Physics III: Physics of Matter
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Phys 2303/2403H/2503
Typically offered: Every Spring
Thermodynamics, mechanical/electromagnetic waves, optics, quantum theory. Applications of quantum nature of solids. prereq: 1302, [MATH 1272 or MATH 1372 or MATH 1572H], [MatSci or EE] student
PHYS 2403H - Honors Physics III
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Phys 2303/2403H/2503
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Third semester of comprehensive calculus-level general physics. Emphasizes use of fundamental principles to solve quantitative problems. Applications to 20th-century physics such as classical/quantum mechanical waves, optics, special relativity, and atomic structure of materials. prereq: 1402V, honors student and permission of University Honors Program
AEM 3031 - Deformable Body Mechanics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Uniaxial loading/deformation. Stress/strain at point, Mohr's circle. Internal forces in beams. Material behavior, linear elasticity. Torsion of circular shafts. Bending of beams of symmetrical section. Column buckling. Statically indeterminate structures. prereq: [2011 or 2021 or [BMEN 3011, BMEN major]], [Math 2374 or equiv], [concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in Math 2373 or equiv], CSE
AEM 4511 - Mechanics of Composite Materials
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Analysis, design, and applications of laminated and chopped fiber reinforced composites. Micro-/macro-mechanical analysis of elastic constants, failure, and environmental degradation. Design project. prereq: 3031, [CSE upper div or grad student]
CE 3101 - Computer Applications in Civil Engineering I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Computer tools, computational methods for solving civil engineering problems. Spreadsheets, Visual Basic, Matlab. Solving systems of linear/nonlinear equations, engineering model fitting, numerical differentiation/integration, numerical solution of ordinary and partial differential equations. prereq: MATH 1272, PHYS 1301, CSE
MATS 3011 - Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Builds progressively from electrons to atoms to bonding to crystal structures. Defects, X-ray diffraction, phase diagrams. Microstructure as basis for understanding mechanical/electrical properties. Metals, polymers, ceramics, semiconductors, composites. prereq: CHEM 1061, CHEM 1065, [MATH 1272 or MATH 1372], PHYS 1302, CSE student
MATS 3012 - Metals and Alloys
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Structure of metals/alloys. Crystal structure/defects (point defects, dislocations, grain boundaries). Microstructure. Properties of metals, especially mechanical properties. prereq: [3011, [MatS or ChEn upper div]] or instr consent
MATS 3801 - Structural Characterization Lab
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Characterization of structure of engineering materials by optical/electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, x-ray diffraction, spectroscopic method, related methods. Crystallography, defects, microstructure, macromolecular structure. Specimen preparation, data collection/analysis, maintaining laboratory notebook. prereq: [3011, MatS upper div] or dept consent
MATS 3851W - Materials Properties Lab (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Characterization of properties of engineering materials. Mechanical, electrical, optical, magnetic, thermal properties. Relationship between properties, materials structure. Specimen preparation. Data collection/analysis, including statistical analysis. Laboratory notebook/report writing. prereq: [3801, 4013, MatS upper div] or dept consent
MATS 3001 - Thermodynamics of Materials
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Fundamental thermodynamic concepts, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Laws. Behavior of gases, liquids, solids. Phase diagrams. Reaction equilibria involving gases, condensed phases. Use of computer-based thermodynamic program(s). Electrochemistry. prereq: MatS upper div
MATS 3002 - Mass Transport and Kinetics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Mass transport in solids: solid state diffusion, Fick's laws, defects/diffusion mechanisms. Mass transport in fluids: fluid flow, diffusion with convection, mass transfer. Kinetics of chemical reactions and phase transformations. Computer-based problems illustrating applications. prereq: 4001, CE 3101, [MATH 2373 or equiv], upper div MatS
MATS 3013 - Electrical and Magnetic Properties of Materials
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Electronic/magnetic properties of solids. Simple band theory of solids. Free electron theory of conductivity/transport. Optical/dielectric response functions. Elementary theory of magnetism. Electronic devices. Superconductivity. Computer-based problems to illustrate applications. prereq: 3011, [CHEM 4502 or PHYS 2303], [upper div MatS or ChEn] or instr consent
MATS 4212 - Ceramics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Crystal structures, non-crystalline (glass) structures, microstructure. Ceramic phase relationships: binary/ternary diagrams. Ceramic properties: thermal, mechanical, electrical, magnetic, optical. Computer applications. prereq: [3011, [4001 or CHEN 3101], [MatS or ChEn upper div]] or instr consent
MATS 4214 - Polymers
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Polymer structure-property relations: structure/morphology of crystalline/amorphous state. Crystallization kinetics. Vitrification and glass transition. Mechanical properties, failure, permeability, optical/electrical properties, polymer composites, effect of processing on properties. prereq: [3011, [4001 or CHEN 4101], [upper div MatS or ChEn]] or instr consent
MATS 4221 - Materials Performance
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Thermal/mechanical processing to control properties/other applications. Analysis of costs/performance, failure in metallurgical structures by use of fracture mechanics methodology. prereq: 3012, AEM 3031, Upper div MatS
MATS 4301W - Materials Processing (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Casting, solidification and plastic forming of metals. Powder processing, forming operations, sintering of ceramics. Processing of thermoplastic/thermoset polymers. Computer applications of data collection/reduction. prereq: 4212, [4214 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 4214] Upper Div MatS
MATS 4400 - Senior Design Project
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01180
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Work in teams to apply expertise in materials science/engineering toward a specific project. With mentor from industry or faculty member guidance, each team defines a problem/follows design steps that culminate in a product design. prereq: Sr MatS major