B.S. Option in Material Science

This option combines courses from the Physics and other Departments to provide training in physics and materials science, an area that has proven industrial demand. In addition to the core courses in classical and modern physics, the students will take six courses in which they will study materials synthesis and properties and get hands-on training in materials characterization techniques, such as diffraction, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, and photoelectron spectroscopy. Two semesters of Thesis work in a research lab complement the training in the class room. Students completing this program will have a wide variety of career opportunities to pursue, for example, in microelectronics, advanced materials synthesis and design, and thin film engineering. Alternatively, they are qualified for postgraduate programs in condensed matter physics or materials science.

Requirements

  1. Satisfy the requirements of the Discovery Program.
  2. Satisfy the Writing Requirements. This requirement includes 4 courses, two of which (English 401 and Physics 705) are also Physics B.S. degree requirements.
  3. Satisfy the Bachelor of Science Requirements
  4. Physics: 407-408, 505-506, 508, 605, 615-616, 701, 703, 705, 799 (8 credit hours),
  5. Mechanical Engineering: 561, 730, 760.
  6. Math 425, Math 426, and one of the following two options. Option 1 is Math 525 and Math 526. Option 2 is Math 527, Math 528, and a course in linear algebra, which can be either Math 545 or Math 645.
  7. Computer Science: Either CS 410 or IAM 550.
  8. Electives in Option: Three courses selected from MATH 646, ME 731, ME 761, ME 762, ME 763, ME 795, MS 760, PHYS 718.
  9. Chemistry: Either CHEM 403 or CHEM 405.
  10. A student must have a minimum grade of C in each 400- or 500- level course specifically required for the B.S. degree and an overall grade-point average of 2.33 in these courses in order to continue in the B.S. program.
  11. Physics majors can fulfill the University's Capstone Requirement in one of two ways: (1) completing a senior thesis (PHYS799) or (2) taking the Physics capstone course (PHYS798). Students who complete a summer research project in physics after their junior year may submit a petition to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee to have the capstone requirement waived. 

Suggested Curriculum for Materials Science Option, B.S. in Physics

The following gives a typical schedule. Please note that most courses numbered 500 and higher are offered only once a year, and several elective 700 level courses in Physics and Engineering are offered only every other year. Only 400 level physics courses are offered in the summer (and even these are not guaranteed to be offered at that time). Also, most courses above 600 have several physics and mathematics prerequisites. All this means that the schedule given below is fairly rigid. If you feel you need to deviate for one reason or another, it is best to do so in consultation with your Physics advisor.

There are spaces for seven electives. With an appropriate choice of courses, six of these spaces are sufficient to meet all the following requirements:

  1. the two writing intensive requirements (in addition to ENG 401 and PHYS 705),
  2. the six general education requirements (in addition to ENG 401, CHE 403, CHE 404 and MATH 425), and
  3. the one additional English course that is required by the Physics Department.

Your seventh elective can then be any course, from any department.

 

Two schedules are given below. The first one assumes that you join this option by the middle of your sophmore year and take ME 561 in the spring semester. The second one is applicable if you choose the Option at the end of your sophomore year. In any case, you should frequently consult with your Physics Advisor to work out scheduling problems or changes.

Schedule One

Choosing the option before your 4th semester (preferred).

Freshman Year Fall credits Spring credits
Phys 407-408 General Physics I and II 4 4
Math 425-426 Calculus I and II 4 4
Chem 403-404 General Chemistry 4 4
English 401 Freshman English - 4
Elective 4 -
Totals 16 16

 

Sophomore Year Fall credits Spring credits
Phys 505/6 General Physics III + Lab 4 -
Phys 508 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics - 4
Phys 615 Introduction to Mathematical Physics - 4
Math 527-528 Differential Equations and Multidimensional Calculus 4 4
CS 410 Introduction to Scientific Programming 4 -
ME 561 Introduction to Materials Science - 4
Elective 4 -
Totals 16 16

 

Junior Year Fall credits Spring credits
Phys 605 Electronics Laboratory 5 -
Phys 616 Physical Mechanics 4 -
Phys 701 Quantum Mechanics I - 4
Phys 703 Electricity and Magnetism I - 4
ME 730 Mechanical Behavior of Materials 4 -
ME 760 Physical Metallurgy 4 -
Electives - 8
Totals 17 16

 

Senior Year Fall credits Spring credits
Phys 705 Modern Physics Lab - 4
Electives in Option 8 4
Electives 4 4
Phys 799 Thesis 4 4
Totals 16 16

 

Schedule Two

Choosing the Option after your 4th semester

The freshman year is the same as in Schedule One.

Sophomore Year Fall credits Spring credits
Phys 505/6 General Physics III + Lab 4 -
Phys 508 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics - 4
Phys 615 Introduction to Mathematical Physics - 4
Math 527-528 Differential Equations and Multidimensional Calculus 4 4
CS 410 Introduction to Scientific Programming 4 -
Elective 4 4
Totals 16 16

 

Junior Year Fall credits Spring credits
Phys 605 Electronics Laboratory 5 -
Phys 616 Physical Mechanics 4 -
Phys 705 Modern Physics Lab - 4
Phys 701 Quantum Mechanics I - 4
Phys 703 Electricity and Magnetism I - 4
ME 561 Introduction to Materials Science - 4
Electives 8 -
Totals 17 16

 

Senior Year Fall credits Spring credits
ME 730 Mechanical Behavior of Materials 4 -
ME 760 Physical Metallurgy 4 -
Electives in Option 4 8
Electives - 4
Phys 799 Thesis 4 4
Totals 16 16