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Vol LXXXVII - July 2004
Graduate Catalog 2004-2006
 
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     Note: This Catalog is superseded by the 2005-2006 Catalog.

Program in Materials Science and Engineering

department web page: mse.uta.edu/
department contact: mseadvisor@mae.uta.edu
graduate web page:
graduate contact:

Interim Director

Roger D. Goolsby
325 Wolff Hall
817.272.2398
goolsby@mae.uta.edu

Admission | Degree Requirements | Courses

Area of Study and Degrees

Materials Science and Engineering
M.S., M.Engr., Ph.D.

Master's Degree Plans

Thesis (M.S.), Thesis Substitute (M.Engr.) and Non-Thesis (M.Engr.)

Graduate Advisor

Pranesh B. Aswath
325D Woolf Hall, 817.272.2008
aswath@uta.edu

Graduate Faculty

Professors

Aswath, Chan, Elsenbaumer, Goolsby, Johnson

Associate Professor

Kim

Assistant Professor

Koh

Professor Emeritus

Wiseman

Objective

The graduate program in materials science and engineering is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of phenomena occurring in materials and their associated chemical, electrical, mechanical, and physical properties. The master's program prepares students for professional careers in materials science and engineering or for additional studies at the doctoral level.

Candidates for a master's or doctoral degree may elect programs emphasizing metals, polymers, ceramics, composite materials, or electronic materials, as well as a number of other areas. Although the program is administered through the College of Engineering, it is broadly interdisciplinary, actively involving faculty in both the College of Science and the College of Engineering. In addition to materials science and engineering courses, applicable courses are in the disciplines of aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and physics.

Admission

Master's Degree

Applicants for the master's degree who hold a baccalaureate in engineering or science must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School as stated in the section of this catalog entitled "Admission Requirements and Procedures." Applicants not meeting all criteria may be admitted on a provisional or probationary basis.

For applicants with no prior training in engineering or with insufficient undergraduate materials coursework, the same minimum criteria will apply. Additionally, their records will be reviewed in relation to their materials backgrounds, and probationary status with specific remedial work required may be a basis for acceptance of such applicants.

The acceptance of applicants who hold a master's degree in engineering will be based on the above-mentioned minimum criteria and results of graduate work, including the master's thesis.

Doctoral Degree

Applicants for the doctoral degree must have either a baccalaureate or master's degree in engineering or science and meet all requirements stated above in both graduate and undergraduate work. Students without a master's degree will enter the program as master's candidates and must complete a minimum of 30 graduate semester hours (at least 24 hours of which must be coursework) with distinction prior to advancement to doctoral candidacy. Doctoral candidates shall also demonstrate through previous academic preparation the potential to carry out independent research in materials science and engineering.

Admissions and Fellowships Criteria

The Materials Science and Engineering Program proposes the following guidelines for unconditional admission to our graduate programs. In evaluating candidates, the preparedness of the student as evidenced by quality and quantity of coursework and the student's previous research experience are emphasized. Recommendations from the MSE faculty, based on firsthand knowledge of the applicant or a faculty member at the applicant's institution, are also very important.

Unconditional Admission

Use any one of the following options. All options require a GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work as calculated by the Graduate School.

Option 1

A satisfactory completion of a Bachelor's degree or equivalent, official transcripts, and GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation. An applicant whose native language is not English must submit a TOEFL score of at least 550. The TSE-A (score of 45 or higher) can be substituted for the TOEFL.

Option 2

A satisfactory completion of a Bachelor's degree or equivalent, official transcripts, and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member at the applicant's undergraduate institution, plus a recommendation for a UTA faculty member who participates in the Materials Science and Engineering Program. An applicant whose native language is not English must submit a TOEFL score of at least 550. A TSE-A score of 45 or higher can be substituted for the TOEFL. Those who have completed their undergraduate education in English may be eligible for a TOEFL waiver based on the recommendation letters.

Option 3

A satisfactory completion of a Bachelor's degree or equivalent, official transcripts, and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member at the undergraduate institution, plus a recommendation from a UTA faculty member who participates in the Materials Science and Engineering Program based on a face-to-face interview and/or direct e-mail contact.

Probationary Admission

In rare cases, probationary admission may be granted as the result of a substandard performance on the admission criteria. In this case, the Graduate Advisor will set additional conditions for admission including, but not limited to, additional undergraduate coursework and/or achieving a B or better in the first 12 hours of graduate coursework.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Deferred

A deferred decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.

Denial of Admission

A candidate may be denied admission if they have less than satisfactory performance on a majority (3 or more) of the admission criteria described below:

  1. GPA of 3.0 as determined by the graduate school.
  2. GRE (V+Q) of 1050
  3. Letters of recommendations
  4. Relevance of the students background (degree) with respect to MSE curriculum.
  5. Reputation of the University where the student received his/her undergraduate or graduate education.

Eligibility for Scholarships/Fellowships

Students that are unconditionally admitted will be eligible for available scholarship and/or fellowship support. Award of scholarships or fellowships will be based on the following criteria:

  1. The student is admitted with an unconditional status
  2. Relative standing with respect to other qualified applicants

Continuation

The Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Program, in fulfillment of its responsibility to graduate highly qualified professional engineers and scientists, has established certain policies and procedures. In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School listed elsewhere in this catalog, to continue in the program each materials science and engineering graduate student must:

  1. Maintain at least a B (3.0) overall GPA in all coursework, and
  2. Demonstrate suitability for professional practice.

At such time as questions are raised by materials science and engineering graduate faculty regarding either of the above, the student will be notified and will be given the opportunity to respond to the Committee on Graduate Studies for Materials Science and Engineering. The Committee on Graduate Studies will review the student's performance and make a recommendation concerning the student's eligibility to continue in the program. Appeal of a decision on continuation may be made through normal procedures outlined in the section of this catalog entitled "Grievances Other than Grades."

Degree Requirements

Master's Degrees

Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering: The Master of Science degree is a research-oriented degree in which completion of a thesis is mandatory. The program consists of a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework and an acceptable thesis (minimum of six credit hours).

Master of Engineering in Materials Science and Engineering: The Master of Engineering degree is an engineering practice-oriented program requiring a minimum of 36 credit hours. A maximum of six hours may be a special project. A final program examination is required of all master's degree candidates. Non-thesis degree candidates will fulfill the program examination requirement upon the successful completion of MSE 5192, Master's Comprehensive Examination. Candidates must enroll in MSE 5192 in the semester they intend to graduate.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Ph.D. degree program involves an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach which requires students to complete a set of Materials Science and Engineering core courses augmented by elective offerings in aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, electrical engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering and physics. The degree is a research degree which requires the candidate successfully to carry out independent research in an area acceptable to the Committee on Graduate Studies for Materials Science and Engineering. A student's research is directed by a faculty member from any of the departments or programs participating in the Materials Science and Engineering Program.

The Ph.D. degree program requires successful completion of the following curriculum components:

  1. A minimum of 24 semester hours of graduate coursework is expected for students entering with an appropriate master's degree or, for highly qualified students, a minimum of 42 semester hours of graduate coursework is expected for student's entering with a bachelor's degree, as approved by the Committee on Graduate Studies for Materials Science and Engineering. Additional coursework may be required by the student's doctoral dissertation committee.
  2. Four core courses or their equivalent are required for all doctoral students:
    MSE 5304. Analysis of Materials
    MSE 5405. Solid State Physics and Thermodynamics of Materials
    MSE 5312. Mechanical Behavior of Materials
    MSE 5321. Phase Transformations of Materials
  3. One of these two courses are required for all doctoral students:
    MSE 5345. Ceramic Materials
    MSE 5347. Polymer Materials Science
  4. Three of the following supplemental elective courses must be taken by all doctoral students, as approved by the Committee on Graduate Studies for Materials Science and Engineering.
    MSE 5310. Dislocation Theory
    MSE 5314. Fracture Mechanics
    MSE 5315. Fatigue of Engineering Materials
    MSE 5335. Integrated Circuit Materials and Processing
    MSE 5336. Electrical Properties of Materials
    MSE 5337. Magnetic and Optical Properties of Materials
    MSE 5345. Ceramic Materials
    MSE 5346. Contemporary Polymer Chemistry
    MSE 5347. Polymer Materials Science
    MSE 5348. Fundamentals of Composites
    MSE 5349. Advanced Composites
    MSE 5351. Current Topics in Nanotechnology
    BME 5332D. Orthopedic Biomaterials
    BME 5335. Biological Materials, Mechanics and Processes
    BME 5361D. Biomaterials and Blood Compatibility
    CHEM 5309. Organic Chemistry I
    CHEM 5350. Advanced Polymer Chemistry
    CHEM 5461. Analytical Instrumentation
    CHEM 6305. Special Topics in Applied Chemistry
    EE 5340. Semiconductor Device Theory I
    EE 5343. Integrated Circuit Techniques
    EE 5349. Topics in Integrated Circuit Technology
    EE 6342. Advanced Quantum Devices
    ME 5312. Continuum Mechanics
    ME 5314. Fracture Mechanics in Structural Design
    ME 5339. Structural Aspects of Design
    PHYS 5316. Solid State II
    PHYS 6302. Methods of Applied Physics II Computers in Physics
  5. Elective courses will be taken by all doctoral students which will allow specialization within a particular academic discipline. Graduate courses in chemistry, physics and engineering will be selected for this purpose in consultation with the student's research advisor, subject to approval by the Committee on Graduate Studies for Materials Science and Engineering.

After completion of the first year's coursework (i.e., core courses), students must satisfactorily complete diagnostic examinations which may be written or oral or written and oral with a supplemental interview with faculty members, as determined by the Committee on Graduate Studies in Materials Science and Engineering.

Upon completion of all or nearly all of the coursework requirements and after having demonstrated research ability through partial completion of dissertation research, a student must satisfactorily complete a comprehensive examination.

The dissertation research will be formulated in conjunction with the student's faculty research advisor who may be associated with any of the following academic disciplines participating in the Materials Science and Engineering Program: aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, electrical engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, and physics. The dissertation research represents the culmination of the student's academic efforts and is expected to demonstrate original and independent research activity and be a significant contribution to knowledge in the field.


The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Courses in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes. Please refer to www.uta.edu/schedule for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

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