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College of Science, Engineering, and Technology

Center for Materials Research

Ph.D. Program in Materials Science and Engineering

All students are required to complete a total of 75 credit hours, including research and thesis preparation credits. This requirement includes the following 12 semester hours of core courses:

Professional Development

  • MSE 600     Materials Science Seminar I
  • MSE 601     Materials Science Seminar II
  • MSE 605     Ethics of Scientific Research and Professional Preparation and Conduct Technical
  • MSE 530     Introduction to Materials Science
  • MSE 533     Chemistry of Modern Materials and Polymers
  • MSE 535     Electronic and Photonic Materials Engineering

Technical Electives In addition to the 12 credit hours of required core courses, students must complete nine (9) credit hours of approved technical core electives out of the following:

  • CHM 545     Mathematical Methods for Materials Science
  • PHY 580     Quantum Mechanics for Materials Science
  • MSE 575     Basic Instrumentation for Materials Science
  • MSE 635     Optical Materials
  • MSE 607     Materials for Nanotechnology
  • MSE 609     Introduction to Computational Materials Science
  • MSE 580     Advanced Organic Synthesis and Characterization

In addition to the core courses, students must complete nine (9) hours of approved technical electives and a minimum of six (6) hours of research in Materials Science courses. Preparation of a thesis and oral thesis defense is required. Students are expected to present their findings at local and national conferences and to participate in related workshops and short courses as determined by the research adviser.


Ph.D. Degree Curriculum

Fall Semester Course Credit Hours
MSE 530 Materials Science
3
MSE 533 Polymers and Polymer-Based Composite Materials
3
MSE 600 Materials Science Seminar I
1
Tech Core Elec CHM 545 Mathematical Methods
3
Spring Semester Courses
Credit Hours
MSE 535 Electronic and Photonic Materials
3
MSE 601 Materials Science Seminar II
3
MSE 697 Research I
1-9
Tech Core Elec PHY 580 Quantum
3
Fall Semester Courses
Credit Hours
MSE 605 Ethics of Scientific Research & Professional Conduct
3
Tech Core Elec MSE 575 Instrumentation for Materials Science
3
Tech Elective I See List Below
3
MSE 698 Research II
1-9
MSE 600 Materials Science Seminar II
3
Spring Semester Courses
Credit Hours
Tech Elective I See List Below
3
Tech Elective 2 See List Below
3
MSE 601 Materials Science Seminar II
3
MSE 699 Research III
1-9
Fall Semester Courses
MSE 897 Doctoral Research I
9
Spring Semester Courses
MSE 898 Doctoral Research II
9
Fall Semester Courses
MSE 899 Doctoral Research III
9
Spring Semester Courses
MSE 900 Doctoral Thesis
9
TOTAL HOURS
75


Ph.D. Elective Course

Technical Electives
Courses Possible Fall Possible Spring
MSE 609 Introduction to Computational Materials
X
MSE 703 Materials and Devices for Solar Energy Conversion
X
MSE 704 Thin Film Phenomena
X
MSE 660 Organic Optoelectronic Materials and Devices
X
MSE 607 Materials for Naotechnology
X
PHY 653
EEN 663
Solid State Physics/Solid State Devices
X
CHM 663 Spectroscopy
X
PHY 675 Electricity and Magnetism
X
EEN 650 Microelectromechanical Devices
X
MSE 635 Optical Materials
X
CHM 663 Spectroscopy
X