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Materials Science

MATS/PHYS 337. Solid State Physics. 3 credits.
A study of the forces between atoms, crystal structure, lattice vibrations and thermal properties of solids, free electron theory of metals, band theory of solids, semiconductors and dielectrics. Prerequisite: PHYS 270 or consent of the instructor.

MATS/CHEM/PHYS 375. An Introduction to Materials Science. 3 credits.
An introduction to materials science with emphasis on general properties of materials. Topics will include crystal structure, extended and point defects, and mechanical, electrical, thermal and magnetic properties of metals, ceramics, electronic materials, composites and organic materials. Prerequisites: CHEM 131, PHYS 150 or PHYS 250, ISAT 212 or permission of the instructor.

MATS/PHYS 381. Materials Characterization (Lecture/Lab Course). 3 credits.
A review of the common analytical techniques used in materials science related industries today, including the evaluation of electrical, optical, structural and mechanical properties. Typical techniques may include Hall Effect, scanning probe microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, ellipsometry and x-ray diffraction. Prerequisites: MATS/PHYS 375, MATS/ISAT 431 or MATS/GEOL 395.

MATS 382. Materials Microfabrication Laboratory. 3 credits.
A materials processing course that examines the design and fabrication of micro- and nano-devices using standard technologies and new lithography techniques. Topics will include laboratory safety and protocol, substrate cleaning, thermal oxidation, photolithography, diffusion, metallization, process integration, and device testing. Prerequisite: MATS 381 or permission of the instructor.

MATS/GEOL 395. Geologic Perspectives in Materials Science. 3 credits.
A one-semester course which emphasizes the commonalities between the geological sciences and materials science. Course includes topics from mineralogy, crystallography, petrology and structural geology, which are also important in metallurgy and ceramics. Prerequisites: An introductory course in any physical science or integrated science and technology (i.e., GEOL 110, CHEM 131, PHYS 140 or ISAT 141) and at least one additional advanced course in the major.

MATS/GEOL 396. X-ray Characterization of Solid Materials. 3 credits.
Covers fundamental principles and theory behind two powerful, X-ray based, technologies: X-ray Diffraction and Energy Dispersive Analysis of X-rays (EDS). Students will collect and analyze data from a single crystal Gandolfi X-ray camera, automated powder diffraction system (focusing goniometer), and EDAX system (EDS). Prerequisites: GEOL 280, MATS/CHEM/PHYS 375 or ISAT 300.

MATS/ISAT 430. Materials Science in Manufacturing. 3 credits.
This course is the study of engineering materials used in the fabrication of products including metals, polymers, ceramics, composites and elastomers. Topics include physical, mechanical and electrical properties of materials, elements of strength of materials, failure criteria, and materials selection. Prerequisites: ISAT 211 and ISAT 142 or permission of the instructor.

MATS/ISAT 431. Manufacturing Processes. 3 credits.
This course provides an introduction to the processes used for fabricating parts, such as machining, grinding, and casting and sheet-metal fabrication, including both traditional and nontraditional processes. Topics include interaction of materials, processing and design, economics of manufacturing, design for improved processing. Manufacturing processes for metals, plastics and composites are addressed. Prerequisite: ISAT 430 or permission of the instructor.

MATS/ISAT 432. Selection and Use of Engineering Materials. 3 credits.
This course deals with the interplay between engineering product specification, design, economics, environment, energy, materials selection, fabrication route, manufacturing cost and product service requirements. Students will be taught how to perform design projects that involve understanding of the behavior of materials and selection of materials for a specific function. Prerequisite: ISAT 211 or permission of the instructor.

MATS/ISAT 436. Micro-Nanofabrication and Applications. 3 credits.
This course examines processes used in the manufacture of microelectronic devices (VLSI integrated circuits, optoelectronic devices, flat panel displays), microelectromechanical devices (micromotors, microactuators), data storage media (magnetic and optical disks, including CDs), optical fibers and some sensors and transducers. Principles of operation of semi-conductor and other devices are also studied. Prerequisites: Junior standing in ISAT; PHYS 150, PHYS 250 or permission of the instructor.

MATS 498R. Undergraduate Materials Science Research. 1-3 credits, repeatable to 6 credits.
Research in a selected area of materials science arranged with and approved by a faculty research adviser. Prerequisites: Study proposal must be approved by research adviser and director of Center for Materials Science prior to registration.

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