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Interdisciplinary Materials Science Program

M.S. Degree Requirements

The interdisciplinary M.S. degree requires a minimum of 24 semester hours (beyond the Baccalaureate) of formal coursework as outlined above for the Ph.D. Degree, plus a thesis signed by two faculty members. At least 6 additional semester hours in graduate research must also be completed. The thesis is expected to be defended in a public setting with questions from the committee and public attendees as in a Ph.D. defense. No qualifying exam is required. The semester hours will include at least three of the four core program courses.

The core consists of:

  1. Materials Fundamentals
     - MSE 6310 Atomic Arrangements in Solids

    Two courses from two of the four areas below:

  2. Solid State Materials
    of the following:
    - EECE 6301 Solid-State Materials
    - EECE 6306 Solid-State Effects and Devices I
    - ME 8364 Nanophotonic Materials 
    - PHYS 5640 Physics of Condensed Matter
  3. Statistical Mechanics & Thermodynamics
    One of the following:
    - CHBE 6110 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
    - CHEM 5350 Statistical Thermodynamics
    - ME 8320 Statistical Thermodynamics
    - PHYS 5200 Statistical Physics
    - PHYS 8040 Statistical Mechanics
  4. Quantum
    One of the following:
    - CHEM 5320 Quantum Chemistry
    - PHYS 5651 Advanced Quantum Mechanics
    - PHYS 8030 Quantum Mechanics
    - PHYS 8152 Quantum Mechanics of Solids
  5. Chemistry
    One of the following:
    - CHEM 5040 Nanoparticles
    - CHEM 5340 Applications of Group Theory
    - CHEM 5410 Molecular Modeling Methods
    - CHEM 5420 Computational Structural Biology
    - CHEM 5610 Chemistry of Inorganic Materials
    - CHEM 5620 Chemistry of Biological Materials
    - CHEM 5630 Macromolecular Chemistry
    - ME 8391 ST-Spectroscopy