MAT_SCI 201: Principles of the Properties of Materials

Quarter Offered

Fall : TTh 9:30 ; Emery/Wolverton
Winter : TTh 9:30 ; Emery
Spring : MWF 10:00 ; Chung/Bedzyk


Chem 131/151/171 or permission of the instructor


MAT_SCI 201 introduces the core topics and basic concepts of Materials Science and Engineering. We cover introductory materials processing, structure, properties, and performance with particular emphasis on the relationship between structure and properties. We focus on conventional materials classes: metals ceramics, and polymers, and discuss their various properties, such as mechanical, electronic, thermal, optical, magnetic, and electrochemical. Broader themes that arise are how materials’ performance influences technological development, the economy, the environment, and society.


Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to broadly

  1. Correlate materials properties with materials structure.
  2. Describe how processing conditions can be controlled to produce difference structures and, consequently, tune materials properties and performance.
  3. Select materials for various applications by assessing how the combination of materials properties defines a material’s performance.
  4. Understand the role materials have in facilitating technological development, the economy, the environment, and society.

Relationship to Department Objectives: Supports 1, 2, 3

Textbook: Materials Science and Engineering, an Introduction, 9E, Callister and Rethwisch (2014); ISBNs: 978-1118717189 (E-text), 978-1118324578 (textbook), 978-1118477700 (binder version)