All MSE graduate students must complete 30 credit hours including three core MSE courses (9 credits), two required courses from one of the MSE tracks (6 credits), at least two electives from the elective list for that track (6 credits), and at least three breadth electives (9 credits).  All graduate students must declare a track from the list in the coursework section by the second semester.  With the approval of their advisor, the student can change tracks, but all coursework requirements of a track must be completed prior to graduation.    Independent Study and MSE Fundamentals will count as breadth electives.  Pass/fail courses do not count toward the degree.

 

Special topics or new classes that fit the student’s degree plan can become part of the MSE program by petition. Generally, additions to or substitutions of the core courses are strongly discouraged, change to the track courses are possible but will receive scrutiny and track electives are most easily modified.

 

MSEN 5000 Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering (Boot Camp) will be offered to new incoming graduate students starting August 7th.  It is an intensive 2 week course designed to bring students up to speed in knowledge of key materials science topics prior to the beginning of the fall semester.  Boot camp credits will count toward the breadth elective requirement.

Look up course descriptions in the course catalog: https://catalog.colorado.edu/.

Please be aware that graduate level classes are not necessarily offered every semester or every year.


A. Required Core Courses For All Tracks (3 Courses = 9 Credits)

  • Structure and Bonding of Materials fulfilled by Organic Materials: Structures and Functions (CHEM 5261)
  • Materials Thermodynamics fulfilled by Materials Thermodynamics (MSEN 5370)
  • Kinetic Processes in Materials fulfilled by Nanomaterials (MCEN 5228, section 009)

B. Required Track Specific Courses (2 Courses = 6 Credits)

  • Track 1. Electronic, Magnetic and Photonic Materials:
    • Solid-State Physics
    • Quantum Mechanics
  • Track 2. Soft Materials:
    • Soft Condensed Matter
    • Polymer Chemistry
  • Track 3. Structural Materials:
    • Elasticity
    • Fracture Mechanics
  • Track 4.  Materials For Energy:
    • Solid-State Physics or Inorganic Chemistry
    • Quantum Mechanics
  • Track 5. Biomaterials:
    • Biomaterials
    • Polymer Physics
  • Track 6. Computational Materials Science:
    • Solid-State Physics or Inorganic Chemistry
    • Quantum Mechanics

C. Track Specific Electives (2 Courses = 6 Credits)

  • Track 1. Electronic, Magnetic and Photonic Materials:
    • Introduction to Nanoscience (MCEN 5228)
    • Chemistry of Solar Energy (CHEM 5271)
    • Nanotechnology (CHEN 5838)
    • Principles of Electronic Devices (ECEN 5335)
    • Crystals, Nanocrystals and Device Applications (ECEN 5005)
    • Introduction to Optical Electronics (ECEN 5645)
    • Active Optical Devices (ECEN 5626)
    • Photovoltaic Devices (ECEN 5005)
    • Introduction to Magnetic Materials and Devices (PHYS 5520)
    • Electron and Thermal Transport in Solids (MCEN 5228)
  •  Track 2. Soft Materials:
    • Advanced Mechanics of Materials (CVEN 5161)
    • Principles of Continuum Mechanics and Elasticity (CVEN 5131)
    • Organic Functional Materials: Structures and Properties (CHEM 5261)
    • Polymer Engineering (CHEN 5460)
    • Colloids and Interfaces (CHEN 5845)
    • Photopolymerization (CHEN 5838)
    • Biological Interactions to Biomaterials (CHEN 5805)
    • Materials, Chemistry, and Properties (CHEM 5251)
    • Materials Chemistry and Structure ( MCEN 5024)
    • Mechanical Behavior of Materials (MCEN 5044)
    • Mechanics of Composites (MCEN 5183)
    • Materials in Medicine (MCEN 5228)
    • Soft Condensed Matter (PHYS 7430)
    • Biomechanics (MCEN 5228)
    • Structure and Dynamics of Polymers (MCEN 6228)
    • Introduction to Soft Matter (PHYS 7810)
  •  Track 3. Structural Materials:
    • Advanced Mechanics of Materials (CVEN 5161)
    • Advanced Mechanics of Materials 2 (CVEN 6161)
    • Materials, Chemistry, and Properties (CHEM 5251)
    • Introduction to Finite Elements (CVEN 5511)
    • Biological Interactions to Biomaterials (CHEN 5805)
    • Polymer Physics (CHEN 5450)
    • Mechanical Behavior of Materials (MCEN 5228)
    • Solid Mechanics (MCEN 5023)
    • Mechanics of Composites (MCEN 5181)
    • Biomechanics (MCEN 5228)
    • Structure and Dynamics of Polymers (MCEN 6228)
    • Materials Science for Composite Manufacturing (ASEN 5222)
    • Vibrations in Mechanics and Physics (ASEN 5519)
    • Soft Condensed Matter (PHYS 7430)
    • Theoretical Mechanics (PHYS 5210)
    • Non-Linear Dynamics (PHYS 5220)
    • Introduction to Soft Matter (PHYS 7810)
  • Track 4.  Materials For Energy:
    • Introduction to Nanoscience (MCEN 5228)
    • Surface Science (CHEM 5571)
    • Chemistry of Solar Energy: Electricity and Fuels (CHEM 5271)
    • Materials, Chemistry, and Properties (CHEM 5251)
    • Polymer Engineering (CHEN 5460)
    • Nanotechnology (CHEN 5838)
    • Colloids and Interfaces (CHEN 5835)
    • Principles of Electronic Devices 1 (ECEN 5355)
    • Crystals, Nanocrystals And Device Applications (ECEN 5005)
    • Principles of Energy Systems and Devices (ECEN 5555)
    • Photovoltaic Devices (ECEN 5005)
    • Materials Chemistry and Structure (MCEN 5024)
    • Energy Conversion and Storage (MCEN 5228)
    • Theory of Solid State (PHYS 7440)
    • Electron and Thermal Transport in Solids (MCEN 5228)
  • Track 5. Biomaterials:
    • Advanced Mechanics of Materials (CVEN 5161)
    • Principles of Continuum Mechanics and Elasticity (CVEN 5131)
    • Organic Functional Materials: Structures and Properties (CHEM 5261)
    • Biological Interactions to Biomaterials (CHEN 5805)
    • Polymer Engineering (CHEN 5460)
    • Colloids and Interfaces (CHEN 5835)
    • Photopolymerization (CHEN 5838)
    • Materials Chemistry and Structure (MCEN 5024)
    • Materials, Chemistry, and Properties (CHEM 5251)
    • Mechanical Behavior of Materials (MCEN 5044)
    • Mechanics of Composites (MCEN 5183)
    • Soft Condensed Matter (PHYS 7430)
    • Biomechanics (MCEN 5228)
    • Structure and Dynamics of Polymers (MCEN 6228)
    • Introduction to Soft Matter (PHYS 7810)
    • Biochemistry (CHEM 5711)
  • Track 6. Computational Materials Science:
    • Introduction to Finite Elements (CVEN 5511)
    • Introduction to Nanoscience (MCEN 5228)
    • Materials, Chemistry, and Properties (CHEM 5251)
    • Molecular Simulations (CHEN 5838)
    • Molecular Modeling and Simulation (CHEN 5838)
    • Linear Algebra (CSCI 2830)
    • Numerical Computation (CSCI 3656)
    • Theoretical Mechanics (PHYS 5210)

D. Breadth Electives (3 Courses = 9 Credits)

Chosen with approval of Ph.D. research advisor and committee.  Independent Study and Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering (Boot Camp) can count as breadth electives.