MAT_SCI 301: Materials Science Principles

Quarter Offered

Fall : MWF 12-12:50 ; Shull
Spring : MWF 12-12:50 ; Haile/DeCosta


Reserved for Material Science or Chemical Engineering majors only


Thermodynamics and bonding in condensed matter. Equilibrium and nonequilibrium development of microstructures. Processing/structure/property/performance relationships underlying behavior of metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. Mechanical, electrical, chemical properties of engineering materials.

Course Outcomes: A student completing this course will be able to look at materials of different sorts as structures on the atomic level, on the microscopic level and on the macroscopic level and understand:

  1. Why atoms, ions and/or molecules assemble into particular crystal structures
  2. How these structures dictate certain properties
  3. How processing can alter the structures present and their attendant properties
  4. How engineering materials are selected for different applications
  5. The importance of materials in society Relationship to Department Objectives: Supports 1, 2, 3

Textbook: Materials Science & Engineering 9e By Callister ISBN: 978-1118324578 or Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering, Y. W. Chung, CRC Press/Taylor and Francis Group, ISBN 978-0-8493-9263-4