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Ferrous Physical Metallurgy Concentration
The undergraduate program is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the structure and properties of materials, the principles underlying the processing of materials, and the concepts of engineering design and problem solving. Both theory
and practice are emphasized. Laboratory experiences are integrated into the curriculum, and a variety of professional and engineering science electives are available. When desirable, specialized programs can be arranged for the students with well-defined
interests and goals. Students are prepared to accept positions in production, research, and management, in both the basic materials and advanced or high-tech materials industries. This versatile education is a strong preparation for graduate work
in metallurgy and materials and other related fields.
Course work in the social sciences and humanities is included for the enhancement of the student’s awareness of the importance of social, political, and economic problems in the practice of engineering. Where appropriate, the upper-level courses introduce
consideration of human values, social benefits, and constraints to prepare future practicing engineers to be responsive to such concerns.
The major objectives of the program are to:
In addition to required courses within and outside of the department, students also are required to take three materials science and engineering technical electives, one engineering elective, six humanity and social science electives, and one communication
skills elective. There are a total of 128 passed units required for graduation, all of which must be taken with the letter-grade option.
All engineering students complete the same requirements during the first year (semesters one and two) regardless of major or department.
Students are required to satisfactorily complete three of the following materials science and engineering technical elective courses, for a total of 9 nine units. The courses are presented by subject area to assist students who wish to choose courses
from an area of personal interest.
• MEMS 1162: Computer Applications in Materials Science (3 units)
MEMS 1163: Ceramic Materials (3 units)
• MEMS 1172: Physical Metallurgy (3 units)
• MEMS 1174: Ceramic Processing (3 units)
• MEMS 1180: Advanced Mechanical Behavior of Materials (3 units)
MEMS 1032: Automotive Fabrication
MEMS 1033: Fracture Mechanics for
Manufacturing and Performance (3 units)
MEMS 1057: Micro/Nano Manufacturing
ENGR 1700: Introduction to Nuclear
Engineering (3 units)
ENGR 1701: Fundamentals of Nuclear
Reactors (3 units)
ENGR 1702: Nuclear Plant Technology
CHE 1754: Principles of Polymer Engineering
MEMS 1097: Engineering Research Special
Projects 1 (1-3 units)
MEMS 1098: Engineering Research Special
Projects 2 (1-3 units)
• Co-op students can earn three units for completing three co-op rotations and a written technical report on their co-op experience, which may be substituted for one of the technical electives.
• Upper-level engineering courses from other engineering departments may be substituted for materials science and engineering technical electives, subject to the approval of the undergraduate director. To request approval for such a substitution,
a student must submit a Technical Elective Approval Request form to the undergraduate director. This is typically associated with the pursuit of a minor.• Technical electives are usually not offered during the summer term.
• Students must complete the proper prerequisites before enrolling in any of the technical electives and should have acquired senior standing.
Students are required to complete one engineering elective course, for a total of at least 3 units. Any course offered by the Swanson School of Engineering may be used to satisfy this requirement (e.g.,
ENGR 0020: Probability & Statistics
For Engineers or
IE 1040: Engineering Economic Analysis).
It does not have to be an upper-level course. In contrast, recall that only upper-level courses from other departments can be used as materials science and engineering technical electives. For students pursuing a minor from another department, one of the courses
required for the minor can be used to fulfill this requirement.
To satisfy the communications skills elective requirement, students must satisfactorily complete one of the following five courses offered by the Swanson School of Engineering (ENGR), the Department of Communication (COMMRC), and the Department of English
(ENGCMP). The communication skills elective should be taken as soon as possible, preferably in the fourth term of a student's course of study.
ENGR 1010: Communication Skills for
Engineers (3 units)
• COMMRC 0500: Argument
• COMMRC 0520: Public Speaking
• COMMRC 0540: Discussion
• ENGCMP 0400: Written Professional
Communication ("W") (3 units)
• ENGCMP 0600: Introduction
to Technical Writing ("W") (3 units)
All Swanson School of Engineering undergraduates must complete six (6) humanities and social science elective courses, for a total of at least eighteen (18) credits. These courses must be on the School's list of approved humanities and social science elective courses. Additionally, all Materials Science and Engineering students must fulfill the following requirements when choosing their six humanities and social science elective courses:
Students must complete at least two courses from the same department or program within the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.
The humanities and social science courses on the School's list of approved courses satisfy the Swanson School of Engineering's requirements. However, students may petition the Senior Associate
Dean for Academic Affairs to have a course added to the list of approved courses by submitting an Approval Request for Humanities/Social Science Elective form, available in the Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Undergraduate Program Office
(636 Benedum Hall). The form must be turned in to the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Office (147 Benedum Hall) for approval. Students can contact the Undergraduate Program Office approximately one week later to see if the course was approved.
It is helpful to include a copy of a course description for the course. Courses that are deemed sufficiently relevant and academically appropriate generally are approved. Broad survey courses (typically below the 100 level that are generally taught
in large lecture sections) are usually not approved. Skills courses (courses that focus more on acquiring a skill than on conveying intellectual knowledge) are also usually not approved.
Notes and Restrictions on Selecting Courses
1. The language(s) must be other than English.
2. The language(s) must be other than the student's mother tongue.
3. The course(s) must be a bonafide language course.
No more than two of the six required elective courses can be satisfied by language courses.