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Fall 2007 Course Descriptions

All courses below are approved to be taught in Fall 2007; however, some (or all) may not be offered this term.  The course numbers that are offered this term link to the Schedule of Classes.  Class with alternative External Link delivery modes (Web based, cable TV, correspondence, etc) are noted in the Schedule at the section level.  The complete list below is a good indicator of what may be offered over the next few years (contact department about offerings).  For explanations of course elements see the Key to Course Descriptions.

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE )  Department Info

MSE 110 -- Solid State Chemistry  (4 units)
Description:  Fundamental principles of the chemistry of condensed states of matter including metals, polymers, molecular solids and ceramics.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  CHEM 103A.
Credit for:  4 units engineering science.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

MSE 199 -- Independent Study  (1-3 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
Grading:  Alternative grades are awarded for this course: S P C D E.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

MSE 222 -- Introduction to Materials Science  (3 units)
Description:  Introduction to the structure of materials and how structure influences properties. Elementary crystallography, crystal chemistry, and microstructure effects are covered. Examples are taken from all classes of materials: metals, semiconductors, ceramics, polymers, glasses, and composites.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  MSE 110 or CHEM 103B or MATH 129; CHEM 103A. Consult department before enrolling.
Credit for:  3 units engineering science.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 223L -- Materials Processing Laboratory  (2 units)
Description:  This course offers a series of laboratory modules involving materials processing including polymers, metals, ceramics, electronic materials, glasses and thin films.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Special course fee required:  $40.
May be repeated:  for credit 1 time (maximum 2 enrollments).
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 223R -- Introduction to Materials Science & Engineering II  (3 units)
Description:  This course is the continuation of MSE 222 and covers mechanical, electrical, magnetic and optical properties.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  MSE 222.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 240 -- Thermodynamics  (4 units)
Description:  Introduction to the laws of thermodynamics, entropy, free energy, and the concept of equilibrium as applied to materials for conventional and advanced technological applications.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  CHEM 103A, MATH 129 or consult department before enrolling.
Credit for:  4 units engineering science.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 257A -- The Organic Chemistry and Materials Science of Art and Archaeological Objects  (3 units)
Description:  We explore the roles of organic chemistry and materials science in the formulation, ageing and conservation of art and archaeological objects. Topics include color and bonding theories, and the organic molecules in paints, paper, gels, dyes, textiles, adhesives and polymers.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Approved as:  General Education Tier Two - Natural Sciences.
Identical to:  ANTH 257A, CHEM 257A, ENGR 257A.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 257B -- Materials Science of Art and Archaeological Objects  (3 units)
Description:  The methods, content and practice pertinent to the study of art and archaeology. Materials science provides one of the keys for interpreting objects in their historical and cultural context.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  two courses from Tier One, Natural Sciences (NATS 101, 102, 104). Credit for this course or MSE 259 but not for both. An optional lab, MSE/ANTH/ENGR 258, may be taken concurrently.
Approved as:  General Education Tier Two - Natural Sciences.
Credit for:  3 units engineering science.
Identical to:  ANTH 257B, ENGR 257B.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 258 -- Laboratory for Materials Science of Art and Archaeological Objects  (1 unit)
Description:  Laboratory exercises involving the materials science of art and archaeological objects.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  two courses from Tier One, Natural Sciences (NATS 101, 102, 104). Concurrent registration, MSE 257B.
Approved as:  General Education Tier Two - Natural Sciences.
Credit for:  1 unit engineering science.
Identical to:  ENGR 258, ANTH 258.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 260 -- Structure and Properties of Materials I  (4 units)
Description:  Principles of structure and structure-property relationships in materials.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  MSE 222.
Credit for:  4 units engineering science.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 293 -- Internship  (1-6 units)
Description:  Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.
Grading:  Alternative grades are awarded for this course: S P C D E.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

MSE 299 -- Independent Study  (1-3 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
Grading:  Alternative grades are awarded for this course: S P C D E.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

MSE 299H -- Honors Independent Study  (1-3 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

MSE 320 -- Fundamentals of Material Optics  (3 units)
Description:  Wave and Ray theories of light, interference, reflection, applications to passive systems, including wave guides and resonators, complex refractive index.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  or Concurrent registration, PHYS 241.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 331L -- Engineering Materials Laboratory  (1 unit)
Description:  Fundamental laboratory techniques for the evaluation of properties and behavior of materials for engineering applications.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  or Concurrent registration, MSE 331R.
Credit for:  1 unit engineering science.
Typical structure:  1 hour lecture, 2 hours laboratory.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

MSE 331R -- Fundamentals of Materials for Engineers  (3 units)
Description:  Scientific principles which underlie and relate the behavior and properties of materials to their engineering applications.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Available to qualified students for Pass/Fail Option.
Prerequisite(s):  or Concurrent registration, CHEM 103A; PHYS 103.
Credit for:  3 units engineering science.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

MSE 350 -- Numerical Methods in Materials Science and Engineering  (3 units)
Description:  Fundamentals of high-level scientific and engineering computing using the Python programming language, including a broad introduction to numerical methods with applications to materials science and engineering.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Available to qualified students for Pass/Fail Option.
Prerequisite(s):  MATH 223, MATH 254.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 360L -- Materials Laboratory  (1 unit)
Description:  Laboratory experiments on physical, electrical and optical properties of materials.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Credit for:  .5 unit engineering science, .5 unit engineering design.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 397B -- Workshop  (1-3 units)
Description:  The practical application of theoretical learning within a group setting and involving an exchange of ideas and practical methods, skills, and principles.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Identical to:  G EN 397B.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 399 -- Independent Study  (1-3 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
Grading:  Alternative grades are awarded for this course: S P C D E.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

MSE 399H -- Honors Independent Study  (1-3 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

MSE 404 -- Optical Spectroscopy of Materials  (3 units)
Description:  The course provides a survey of Optical Spectroscopic Methods and underlying phenomena for the study of materials.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  PHYS 141 or PHYS 241, MATH 223, MSE 110, MSE 320 or ECE 360.
May be repeated:  for credit 1 time (maximum 2 enrollments).
Identical to:  ECE 404, OPTI 404.
May be convened with:  MSE 504.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 411 -- Mineral Processing  (3 units)
Description:  [Taught alternate years beginning Fall 2002] Physical and chemical unit operations used to separate and recover the economic minerals and metals from their ores. The modern scientific and engineering background for the operations are presented as well as economic aspects. Includes field trips to major mining operations in Tucson area.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Course includes 1 or more field trips.
Prerequisite(s):  CHEM 103A, CHEM 103B, CHEM 104A, CHEM 104B or consent of instructor.
Identical to:  MN E 411; MN E is home department.
May be convened with:  MSE 511.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 412 -- Physical Chemistry of Materials  (3 units)
Description:  Physical and chemical topics of interest to material scientists including surface chemistry, electrochemistry and chemical kinetics.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  MSE 240.
Credit for:  3 units engineering science.
May be convened with:  MSE 512.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 414 -- Solidification of Castings  (3 units)
Description:  Principles of metal castings while applying fundamentals of transport phenomena and materials science and engineering. Students work in teams on three projects that provide experience in engineering design and hands-on use of the Metal Casting Laboratory.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Course includes 1 or more field trips.
Prerequisite(s):  A ME 432 or CHEE 305 or MSE 331R or MSE 110 or MSE 409.
Credit for:  3 units engineering design.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

MSE 415 -- Transport Phenomena and Kinetics in Materials Processing  (4 units)
Description:  Principles of heat transfer, diffusion, mass transfer and kinetics, as applied to materials processing.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  MSE 222 or MSE 331R; MSE 240, MATH254.
Typical structure:  3 hours lecture, 1 hour discussion.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 424 -- Physics and Chemistry of Ceramic Materials  (3 units)
Description:  Ceramic crystal structures, crystal chemistry, phase equilibria and sintering theory.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  MSE 222, MSE 240 or consult department before enrolling.
Credit for:  3 units engineering science.
May be convened with:  MSE 524.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 425 -- Sol-gel Science  (3 units)
Description:  An in-depth review of the chemistry and physics of sol-gel processes used in materials science and engineering
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  CHEM 103A, CHEM 104A, MSE 110.
Identical to:  OPTI 425.
May be convened with:  MSE 525.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 432A -- Chemical Characterization for Cultural Material  (2 units)
Description:  The class combines lecture and laboratory sessions for hand-on practica in the preparation, testing and interpretation of results for a representative range of organic and inorganic materials. The course work includes the use of a variety of micro-sampling techniques with chemical spot testing methods and analytical instrumentation for the analysis of a range of artifact materials such as metals, proteins, cellulosics and plastics; analysis of contextual materials including surface deposits, soils and stains; and interpretation of results, chemical processes and the effects of interference materials.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Special course fee required:  $50.
Prerequisite(s):  consent of instructor.
Typical structure:  3 hours laboratory, 1 hour lecture.
Identical to:  CHEM 432A; CHEM is home department.
May be convened with:  MSE 532A.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 434 -- Electrical and Optical Properties of Materials  (3 units)
Description:  Properties of semiconducting materials as related to crystal structure, interatomic bonding and defect structures.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  PHYS 241.
Credit for:  3 units engineering science.
Identical to:  ECE 434, OPTI 434.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 435 -- Corrosion and Degradation  (3 units)
Description:  The science of corrosion and degradation reactions and its application to engineering problems.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  MSE 331R or MSE 412; or Prerequisite or Concurrent registration, CHEM 480B.
Credit for:  2 units engineering science, 1 unit engineering design.
Identical to:  CHEE 435, ENGR 435.
May be convened with:  MSE 535.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 437 -- Advanced Topics in Microelectronics Manufacturing  (3 units)
Description:  Fundamental material, electrical, and chemical properties of solid metal, semiconductor, insulator, and organic surfaces applied to selected gas/solid surface chemical reactions important in semiconductor processing and heterogeneous catalysis. This course is designed to introduce students to the chemistry and physics of solid surfaces and interfaces with an emphasis on the gas/solid interface. The first half of the course will be devoted to learning the fundamental material, electrical, and chemical properties of solid surfaces. The fundamentals will be applied in the second half of the course to topics in chemical catalysis and integrated circuit manufacture.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  senior or grad level standing in chemistry, physics, or engineering.
Identical to:  CHEE 437; CHEE is home department.
May be convened with:  MSE 537.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 443 -- Materials Engineering Design  (1 unit)
Description:  Principles of materials engineering design: design process, concept generation and evaluation, operating factors and cost, project management and time management.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  Concurrent Registration MSE 498 or ENGR 498A.
May be repeated:  for credit 1 time (maximum 2 enrollments).
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 446 -- Semiconductor Processing  (3 units)
Description:  Silicon and compound semiconductor materials preparation, bulk crystal growth, wafering, epitaxial growth, photolithography, doping, ion implantation, etching, oxidation, metallization, silicon and compound semiconductor device processing.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Credit for:  1 unit engineering science, 2 units engineering design.
Identical to:  ECE 446.
May be convened with:  MSE 546.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 455 -- Physical Metallurgy and Processing of Alloys  (3 units)
Description:  Brief review of metallic crystal structures, application of binary diagrams, equilibrium and nonequilibrium solidification, effects of alloy elements on important transformations in steel, isothermal transformation diagrams and continuous cooling diagrams. Processing aspects include heat treating, heat transfer during cooling and quenching, segregation effects, and surface hardening techniques.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  MSE 331R or MSE 380; MSE 409 or A ME 442.
Credit for:  2 units engineering science, 1 unit engineering design.
May be convened with:  MSE 555.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 460 -- Materials Science of Polymers  (3 units)
Description:  Introduction to physical properties of polymers. Microstructure, crystallization, rheology, relaxation and mechanical properties.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  MSE 331R or MSE 360R.
Credit for:  1.5 units engineering science, 1.5 units engineering design.
May be convened with:  MSE 560.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 461 -- Biological and Synthetic Materials  (3 units)
Description:  Discussion of structure and properties of biological materials and composites, such as bone, teeth and elastin. Synthetic materials as substitutes for biological materials, biocompatibility.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  CHEM 103A.
Credit for:  1.5 units engineering science, 1.5 units engineering design.
May be convened with:  MSE 561.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 462 -- Materials Aspects of Composite Materials  (3 units)
Description:  Topics of intensive current development in polymer science. In each case, the relation between molecular structure, morphology and properties will be explored. Shows how polymers can be designed and tuned to have the properties needed to fulfill specialized functions. Topics will focus on composite materials, including high modulus fibers, polymer, metal and ceramic matrices.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  MSE 460.
Credit for:  1.5 units engineering science, 1.5 units engineering design.
May be convened with:  MSE 562.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 464 -- New Materials for Healthcare  (3 units)
Description:  Use of new materials with specially designed bioactive function and bio-nano structures, surfaces and properties for healthcare applications including: tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, stem cell engineering and protein therapeutics.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  MSE 461.
May be convened with:  MSE 564.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 465 -- Microelectronic Packaging Materials  (3 units)
Description:  Design of microelectronic packaging systems based on the electrical, thermal and mechanical properties of materials. Chip, chip package, circuit board and system designs are considered.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Credit for:  3 units engineering design.
Identical to:  ECE 465.
May be convened with:  MSE 565.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 468 -- Heritage Conservation Science  (3 units)
Description:  This course provides an overview of current problems in conservation science and the methods that have been used to solve them. Case studies of the underlying phenomena that cause materials to be weak, short-lived and poorly constructed will be presented. The relationship between degradation mechanism and the analytical techniques that best characterize them will be discussed. Topics will focus on some solutions to long-term preservation that include controlling environment, developing monitoring proxies, and modeling and testing of methods for mitigation and treatment.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  MSE 257B, MSE 258, or equivalent.
May be convened with:  MSE 568.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 470 -- Technology of Polymers and Ceramics  (3 units)
Description:  Processing and properties of polymers and ceramics in a wide range of technological applications. Discussion of patent literature.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  MSE 260 or MSE 331R.
Credit for:  3 units engineering design.
May be convened with:  MSE 570.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 471 -- The Formation and Structure of Glass  (3 units)
Description:  The glass transition, Kauzmann's paradox, kinetic theory of glass formation, physics and chemistry of glass making, glass structure, thermal properties.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  MSE 260.
Credit for:  3 units engineering science.
May be convened with:  MSE 571.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 473 -- Producing Silicon for the Chemical, Electronics, and Metallurgical Industries  (3 units)
Description:  The course focuses on the physico-chemical processes involved in producing silicon and how that processing interfaces with production of electronic devices, photovoltaics, plastics, and light metals.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  MSE 240 or similar course in chemical thermodynamics.
May be convened with:  MSE 573.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 479 -- Culture and Materials Technology  (3 units)
Description:  Investigates the ways in which systems of technology are embedded in a cultural context and the resulting impacts on invention, innovation and conservation, technology transfer, and cultural change.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Identical to:  ANTH 479; ANTH is home department.
May be convened with:  MSE 579.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 480 -- Experimental Methods for Microstructural Analysis  (3 units)
Description:  An introduction, through a combination of lectures and laboratory experiences, to both established and new techniques for microstructural characterization of materials.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Credit for:  3 units engineering science.
May be convened with:  MSE 580.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 488 -- Scanning Electron Microscopy  (3 units)
Description:  Theoretical and practical aspects of electron-beam microanalysis. Lab emphasizes projects and independent research using scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray analysis.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  consult department before enrolling.
Credit for:  3 units engineering science.
Typical structure:  2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.
Identical to:  ENGR 488.
May be convened with:  MSE 588.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 489 -- Transmission Electron Microscopy of Materials  (3 units)
Description:  Transmission electron microscopy in materials characterization. Specimen preparation; instrumental techniques; interpretation of micrographs and diffraction patterns, micro- and nano-analysis in transmission electron microscopy.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  MSE 480 or consult department before enrolling.
Credit for:  3 units engineering science.
Typical structure:  2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.
May be convened with:  MSE 589.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 491 -- Preceptorship  (1-3 units)
Description:  Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of instruction and practice in actual service in a department, program, or discipline. Teaching formats may include seminars, in-depth studies, laboratory work and patient study.
Grading:  Alternative grades are awarded for this course: S P C D E.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

MSE 493 -- Internship  (1-3 units)
Description:  Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.
Grading:  Alternative grades are awarded for this course: S P C D E.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

MSE 496A -- Special Topics in Materials Science and Engineering  (3 units)
Description:  The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers.
Grading:  Regular or alternative grades can be awarded for this course: A B C D E or S P C D E.
May be repeated:  for a total of 12 units of credit.
May be convened with:  MSE 596A.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

MSE 498 -- Senior Capstone  (1-3 units)
Description:  A culminating experience for majors involving a substantive project that demonstrates a synthesis of learning accumulated in the major, including broadly comprehensive knowledge of the discipline and its methodologies. Senior standing required.
Grading:  Regular or alternative grades can be awarded for this course: A B C D E or S P C D E.
May be repeated:  for credit 6 times (maximum 7 enrollments).
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

MSE 498H -- Honors Thesis  (3 units)
Description:  An honors thesis is required of all the students graduating with honors. Students ordinarily sign up for this course as a two-semester sequence. The first semester the student performs research under the supervision of a faculty member; the second semester the student writes an honors thesis.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
May be repeated:  for a total of 9 units of credit.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

MSE 499 -- Independent Study  (1-3 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
Grading:  Alternative grades are awarded for this course: S P C D E.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

MSE 499H -- Honors Independent Study  (3 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

MSE 502 -- Research Proposal Preparation  (3 units)
Description:  Organization and planning of a specific research initiative in consultation with a potential advisor.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
May be repeated:  for credit 1 time (maximum 2 enrollments).
Identical to:  ENGR 502.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 503 -- Applied Surface Chemistry  (3 units)
Description:  Fundamentals of surface phenomena, characterization of solid-vapor, solid-liquid and liquid-vapor interfaces, applications in ceramics, electronic and biomedical materials processing.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  a basic course in physical chemistry.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 504 -- Optical Spectroscopy of Materials  (3 units)
Description:  The course provides a survey of Optical Spectroscopic Methods and underlying phenomena for the study of materials. Graduate-level requirements include an individual research project with written report.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
May be repeated:  for credit 1 time (maximum 2 enrollments).
Identical to:  ECE 504, OPTI 504.
May be convened with:  MSE 404.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 510 -- Thermodynamic Characterization of Materials  (3 units)
Description:  Advanced treatment of thermodynamics as applied to materials. Special topics include surfaces, interfaces, phase transformations.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  MSE 240.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 511 -- Mineral Processing  (3 units)
Description:  [Taught alternate years beginning Fall 2002] Physical and chemical unit operations used to separate and recover the economic minerals and metals from their ores. The modern scientific and engineering background for the operations are presented as well as economic aspects. Includes field trips to major mining operations in Tucson area. Graduate-level requirements include an advanced research project.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Special course fee required:  Special fee may apply for web delivered sections. See the M.Eng Website (http://www.oneflexibledegree.com) for details.
Course includes 1 or more field trips.
Prerequisite(s):  knowledge of chemistry or consent of instructor
Identical to:  MN E 511; MN E is home department.
May be convened with:  MSE 411.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 512 -- Physical Chemistry of Materials  (3 units)
Description:  Physical and chemical topics of interest to material scientists including surface chemistry, electrochemistry and chemical kinetics. Graduate-level requirements include a research paper or project.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Credit for:  3 units engineering science.
May be convened with:  MSE 412.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 515 -- Microelectronics Manufacturing and the Environment  (3 units)
Description:  This course will focus on presentation of the basic semiconductor processes which have direct environmental implications. Graduate-level requirements will include extended written analysis and oral presentation, which goes beyond the requirements for the students enrolled in CHEE 415.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Identical to:  CHEE 515; CHEE is home department.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 520 -- Optical Materials for Solid-State Laser Systems  (3 units)
Description:  This course will cover the fundamental physical processes of materials used in solid-state lasers. This includes optically active ions in insulating host materials and nonlinear optical materials. The necessary background in quantum mechanics, atomic spectroscopy, and group theory will be reviewed. Specific topics to be discussed include: Optical resonators, the principles of laser gain and oscillation; Origin of electronic energy levels for laser transitions, radiative transition strengths and selection rules, effects of electron-phonon and ion-ion interactions; Characteristics of specific laser systems including ruby, alexandrite, Ti-sapphire, Nd-YAG, Tm,Ho-YAG, Er-glass and others; Nonlinear optics; materials for frequency conversion, optical parametric oscillators, and Raman shifters.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  MSE 320 or PHYS 320, or OPTI 201R or OPTI 310 or equivalent and MSE 434/534 or equivalent.
Identical to:  ECE 520, OPTI 520, PHYS 520.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 524 -- Physics and Chemistry of Ceramic Materials  (3 units)
Description:  Ceramic crystal structures, crystal chemistry, phase equilibria and sintering theory. Graduate-level requirements include an advanced topic term paper.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Credit for:  3 units engineering science.
May be convened with:  MSE 424.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 525 -- Sol-gel Science  (3 units)
Description:  An in-depth review of the chemistry and physics of sol-gel processes used in materials science and engineering Graduate-level requirements include original research proposal.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Identical to:  OPTI 525.
May be convened with:  MSE 425.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 531A -- Engineering Materials: Properties and Selection  (3 units)
Description:  Correlations between structure, properties, processing conditions, and performance of materials and how to select materials in the design of safe and efficient components or structures.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Special course fee required:  Special fee may apply for web delivered sections. See the M.Eng Website (http://www.oneflexibledegree.com) for details.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

MSE 532A -- Chemical Characterization for Cultural Material  (2 units)
Description:  The class combines lecture and laboratory sessions for hand-on practica in the preparation, testing and interpretation of results for a representative range of organic and inorganic materials. The course work includes the use of a variety of micro-sampling techniques with chemical spot testing methods and analytical instrumentation for the analysis of a range of artifact materials such as metals, proteins, cellulosics and plastics; analysis of contextual materials including surface deposits, soils and stains; and interpretation of results, chemical processes and the effects of interference materials. Graduate -level requirements include a presentation of their Materials Characterization Project.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Special course fee required:  $50.
Typical structure:  3 hours laboratory, 1 hour lecture.
Identical to:  CHEM 532A; CHEM is home department.
May be convened with:  MSE 432A.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 534 -- Advanced Topics in Optical and Electronic Materials  (3 units)
Description:  Topics to be selected from opto-electronics, wave guides, non-linear optics, nano-materials and semiconductor materials
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
May be repeated:  for credit 2 times (maximum 3 enrollments).
Identical to:  ECE 534, OPTI 534.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 535 -- Corrosion and Degradation  (3 units)
Description:  The science of corrosion and degradation reactions and its application to engineering problems. Graduate-level requirements include a term paper.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Credit for:  2 units engineering science, 1 unit engineering design.
Identical to:  CHEE 535.
May be convened with:  MSE 435.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 537 -- Advanced Topics in Microelectronics Manufacturing  (3 units)
Description:  Fundamental material, electrical, and chemical properties of solid metal, semiconductor, insulator, and organic surfaces applied to selected gas/solid surface chemical reactions important in semiconductor processing and heterogeneous catalysis. This course is designed to introduce students to the chemistry and physics of solid surfaces and interfaces with an emphasis on the gas/solid interface. The first half of the course will be devoted to learning the fundamental material, electrical, and chemical properties of solid surfaces. The fundamentals will be applied in the second half of the course to topics in chemical catalysis and integrated circuit manufacture. Graduate-level requirements include completion of two projects of their choice with the approval of the instructor.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Identical to:  CHEE 537; CHEE is home department.
May be convened with:  MSE 437.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 546 -- Semiconductor Processing  (3 units)
Description:  Silicon and compound semiconductor materials preparation, bulk crystal growth, wafering, epitaxial growth, photolithography, doping, ion implantation, etching, oxidation, metallization, silicon and compound semiconductor device processing. Graduate-level requirements include an additional research paper requiring independent research.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Credit for:  1 unit engineering science, 2 units engineering design.
Identical to:  ECE 546.
May be convened with:  MSE 446.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 551 -- Atomistic Computational Techniques in Materials Science  (3 units)
Description:  Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics techniques; classical and quantum dynamical models; application to calculation of materials properties (structural, thermodynamic, transport, electronic properties).
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 554 -- Electronic Packaging Principles  (3 units)
Description:  Introduction to problems encountered at all levels of packaging: thermal, mechanical, electrical, reliability, materials and system integration. Future trends in packaging.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Identical to:  ECE 554; ECE is home department.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

MSE 555 -- Physical Metallurgy and Processing of Alloys  (3 units)
Description:  Brief review of metallic crystal structures, application of binary diagrams, equilibrium and nonequilibrium solidification, effects of alloy elements on important transformations in steel, isothermal transformation diagrams and continuous cooling diagrams. Processing aspects include heat treating, heat transfer during cooling and quenching, segregation effects, and surface hardening techniques. Graduate-level requirements include a research term paper or computer model.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Credit for:  2 units engineering science, 1 unit engineering design.
May be convened with:  MSE 455.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 560 -- Materials Science of Polymers  (3 units)
Description:  Introduction to physical properties of polymers. Microstructure, crystallization, rheology, relaxation and mechanical properties. Graduate-level requirements include additional computational and written exercises.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Special course fee required:  Special fee may apply for web delivered sections. See the M.Eng Website (http://www.oneflexibledegree.com) for details.
Credit for:  1.5 units engineering science, 1.5 units engineering design.
May be convened with:  MSE 460.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 561 -- Biological and Synthetic Materials  (3 units)
Description:  Discussion of structure and properties of biological materials and composites, such as bone, teeth and elastin. Synthetic materials as substitutes for biological materials, biocompatibility. Graduate-level requirements include additional computational and written exercises.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Credit for:  1.5 units engineering science, 1.5 units engineering design.
May be convened with:  MSE 461.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 562 -- Materials Aspects of Composite Materials  (3 units)
Description:  Topics of intensive current development in polymer science. In each case, the relation between molecular structure, morphology and properties will be explored. Shows how polymers can be designed and tuned to have the properties needed to fulfill specialized functions. Topics will focus on composite materials, including high modulus fibers, polymer, metal and ceramic matrices. Graduate-level requirements include additional computational and written exercises.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Credit for:  1.5 units engineering design, 1.5 units engineering science.
May be convened with:  MSE 462.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 564 -- New Materials for Healthcare  (3 units)
Description:  Use of new materials with specially designed bioactive function and bio-nano structures, surfaces and properties for healthcare applications including: tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, stem cell engineering and protein therapeutics. Graduate-level requirements include a 15 page term paper and presentation for 30% of grade.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
May be convened with:  MSE 464.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 565 -- Microelectronic Packaging Materials  (3 units)
Description:  Design of microelectronic packaging systems based on the electrical, thermal and mechanical properties of materials. Chip, chip package, circuit board and system designs are considered. Graduate-level requirements include an additional term paper.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Credit for:  3 units engineering design.
Identical to:  ECE 565.
May be convened with:  MSE 465.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 568 -- Heritage Conservation Science  (3 units)
Description:  This course provides an overview of current problems in conservation science and the methods that have been used to solve them. Case studies of the underlying phenomena that cause materials to be weak, short-lived and poorly constructed will be presented. The relationship between degradation mechanism and the analytical techniques that best characterize them will be discussed. Topics will focus on some solutions to long-term preservation that include controlling environment, developing monitoring proxies, and modeling and testing of methods for mitigation and treatment. Graduate-level requirements include presentation of research project to the class coupled with written report.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
May be convened with:  MSE 468.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 570 -- Technology of Polymers and Ceramics  (3 units)
Description:  Processing and properties of polymers and ceramics in a wide range of technological applications. Discussion of patent literature. Graduate-level requirements include the writing and presentation of an additional term paper.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Credit for:  3 units engineering design.
May be convened with:  MSE 470.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 571 -- The Formation and Structure of Glass  (3 units)
Description:  The glass transition, Kauzmann's paradox, kinetic theory of glass formation, physics and chemistry of glass making, glass structure, thermal properties. Graduate-level requirements include a research paper or project.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Credit for:  3 units engineering science.
May be convened with:  MSE 471.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 572 -- Kinetics Processes in Materials Science  (3 units)
Description:  Survey of the kinetics of fundamental processes of importance in materials science. Chemical reaction rate theory of activated processes, diffusion and diffusion controlled processes, kinetics of nucleation and growth, JMA theory, precipitation kinetics, rates of gas-solid reactions, adsorption, and relaxation phenomena.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  MSE 510; MSE 409 or MSE 509 recommended.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 573 -- Producing Silicon for the Chemical, Electronics, and Metallurgical Industries  (3 units)
Description:  The course focuses on the physico-chemical processes involved in producing silicon and how that processing interfaces with production of electronic devices, photovoltaics, plastics, and light metals. Graduate-level requirements include a written report and short oral presention of findings.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
May be convened with:  MSE 473.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 574 -- Archaeometry: Scientific Methods in Art and Archaeology  (3 units)
Description:  Critical survey of scientific methods used in archaeology and art history. Emphasis on the potential and limitations of these techniques for reconstructing human behavior. Graduate-level requirements include one substantial critical review of the literature on some archaeological application of archaeometry.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Identical to:  ANTH 574; ANTH is home department.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 579 -- Culture and Materials Technology  (3 units)
Description:  Investigates the ways in which systems of technology are embedded in a cultural context and the resulting impacts on invention, innovation and conservation, technology transfer, and cultural change. Graduate-level requirements include an additional research paper.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Identical to:  ANTH 579; ANTH is home department.
May be convened with:  MSE 479.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 580 -- Experimental Methods for Microstructural Analysis  (3 units)
Description:  An introduction, through a combination of lectures and laboratory experiences, to both established and new techniques for microstructural characterization of materials. Graduate-level requirements include an additional term paper.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Credit for:  3 units engineering science.
May be convened with:  MSE 480.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 588 -- Scanning Electron Microscopy  (3 units)
Description:  Theoretical and practical aspects of electron-beam microanalysis. Lab emphasizes projects and independent research using scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray analysis. Graduate-level requirements include additional lab work.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Credit for:  3 units engineering science.
May be convened with:  MSE 488.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 589 -- Transmission Electron Microscopy of Materials  (3 units)
Description:  Transmission electron microscopy in materials characterization. Specimen preparation; instrumental techniques; interpretation of micrographs and diffraction patterns, micro- and nano-analysis in transmission electron microscopy. Graduate-level requirements include an additional term paper and presentation.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Credit for:  3 units engineering science.
May be convened with:  MSE 489.
Usually offered:  Fall.

MSE 595A -- Materials  (1 unit)
Description:  The exchange of scholarly information and/or secondary research, usually in a small group setting. Instruction often includes lectures by several different persons. Research projects may or may not be required of course registrants.
Grading:  Regular or alternative grades can be awarded for this course: A B C D E or S P C D E.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

MSE 596A -- Special Topics in Materials Science and Engineering  (3 units)
Description:  The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers. Graduate-level requirements include demonstration of a higher standard of effort in the required reports and will be graded accordingly.
Grading:  Regular or alternative grades can be awarded for this course: A B C D E or S P C D E.
May be repeated:  for a total of 12 units of credit.
May be convened with:  MSE 496A.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

MSE 596S -- Technology and Social Theory  (3 units)
Description:  Seminar in technology and social theory.
Grading:  Regular or alternative grades can be awarded for this course: A B C D E or S P C D E.
Identical to:  W S 596S; W S is home department.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 599 -- Independent Study  (1-6 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work. Graduate students doing independent work which cannot be classified as actual research will register for credit under course number 599, 699, or 799.
Grading:  Alternative grades are awarded for this course: S P C D E.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Spring.

MSE 693 -- Internship  (1-3 units)
Description:  Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.
Grading:  Alternative grades are awarded for this course: S P C D E.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

MSE 699 -- Independent Study  (1-6 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work. Graduate students doing independent work which cannot be classified as actual research will register for credit under course number 599, 699, or 799.
Grading:  Alternative grades are awarded for this course: S P C D E.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

MSE 900 -- Research  (1-9 units)
Description:  Individual research, not related to thesis or dissertation preparation, by graduate students.
Grading:  Alternative grades are awarded for this course: S P C D E K.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

MSE 909 -- Master's Report  (1-6 units)
Description:  Individual study or special project or formal report thereof submitted in lieu of thesis for certain master's degrees.
Grading:  Alternative grades are awarded for this course: S P E K.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

MSE 910 -- Thesis  (1-8 units)
Description:  Research for the master's thesis (whether library research, laboratory or field observation or research, artistic creation, or thesis writing). Maximum total credit permitted varies with the major department.
Grading:  Alternative grades are awarded for this course: S P E K.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

MSE 920 -- Dissertation  (1-9 units)
Description:  Research for the doctoral dissertation (whether library research, laboratory or field observation or research, artistic creation, or dissertation writing).
Grading:  Alternative grades are awarded for this course: S P E K.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

MSE 930 -- Supplementary Registration  (1-9 units)
Description:  For students who have completed all course requirements for their advanced degree programs. May be used concurrently with other enrollments to bring to total number of units to the required minimum.
Grading:  a Grade of K is awarded for this course except for the final term.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

 

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