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 during the Augmester.  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 Functional Materials Chemistry (MSEN 5919-003)
  • Materials Thermodynamics fulfilled by Materials Thermodynamics (MSEN 5370)
  • Kinetic Processes in Materials fulfilled by Nanomaterials (MSEN 5919-001)

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

  • Track 1. Electronic, Magnetic and Photonic Materials:
    • Solid-State Physics
      • Solid State Basics (MSEN 5919-006), Introduction to Solid State Physics (ECEN 5345), Theory of Solid State (PHYS 7440), or Theory of Solid State 2 (PHYS 7450)
    • Quantum Mechanics
      • Quantum Mechanics (ECEN 5016-001), Intro to Quantum Mechanics 1 (PHYS 5250), or Introductory Quantum Chemistry (CHEM 5581)
  • Track 2. Soft Materials:
    • Soft Condensed Matter
      • Soften Condensed Matter Physics (PHYS 7430) or Mechanics of Soft Matter (MCEN 5228)
    • Polymer Chemistry
      • Polymer Chemistry (CHEN 5450) or Polymers (MCEN 5228)
  • Track 3. Structural Materials:
    • Solid Mechanics
      • Solid Mechanics 1 (MCEN 5023) or Mechanical Behavior of Materials (MCEN 5044)
    • Fracture Mechanics & Elasticity
      • Continuum Mechanics & Elasticity (CVEN 5131), Intro to Finite Element Analysis (CVEN 5511), Intro to Finite Elements (ASEN 5007), Finite Element Analysis (MCEN 5173), or Fracture Mechanics (CVEN 7161)
  • Track 4.  Materials For Energy:
    • Solid-State Physics or Inorganic Chemistry
      • Solid State Basics (MSEN 5919-006), Into to Solid State (ECEN 5345), Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 5011), Theory of the Solid State (PHYS 7440), or Theory of Solid State 2 (PHYS 7450)
    • Quantum Mechanics
      • Quantum Mechanics (ECEN 5016), Intro to Quantum Mechanics 1 (PHYS 5250), or Intro to Quantum Chemistry (CHEM 5581)
  • Track 5. Biomaterials:
    • Biomaterials
      • Biological Interactions to Biomaterials (CHEN 5805), Materials & Devices in Medicine (MCEN 5228), Biomaterials (MSEN 5919)
    • Polymer Physics
      • Polymer Chemistry (CHEN 5450) or Polymers (MCEN 5228)
  • Track 6. Computational Materials Science:
    • Solid-State Physics or Inorganic Chemistry
      • Solid State Basics (MSEN 5919-006), Into to Solid State (ECEN 5345), Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 5011), Theory of the Solid State (PHYS 7440), or Theory of Solid State 2 (PHYS 7450)
    • Quantum Mechanics
      • Quantum Mechanics (ECEN 5016), Intro to Quantum Mechanics 1 (PHYS 5250), or Intro to Quantum Chemistry (CHEM 5581)

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

  • Track 1. Electronic, Magnetic and Photonic Materials:
    • Principles of Electronic Devices (ECEN 5335)
    • Physical Optics (ECEN 5156)
    • Active Optical Devices (ECEN 5626)
    • Photovoltaic Devices (ECEN 5005)
    • Organic Electronics (ECEN 5005)
    • Fundamentals of Optics & Lasers (PHYS 5160)
    • Materials Chemistry & Properties (CHEM 5251)
    • Introduction to Magnetic Materials and Devices (PHYS 5520)
    • Electron and Thermal Transport in Solids (MCEN 5228)
    • Design of Materials (CHEN 5838)
    • Chemistry of Solar Energy (CHEM 5271)
    • Semiconductor Processing & Device Fabrication (CHEM 5281)
  •  Track 2. Soft Materials:
    • Advanced Mechanics of Materials (CVEN 5161)
    • Membranes (MSEN 5919-007)
    • 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)
    • Mechanics of Soft Matter (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 Mcehanics of Materials (CVEN 5161)
    • Advanced Mechanics of Materials 2 (CVEN 6161)
    • Materials, Chemistry, and Properties (CHEM 5251)
    • Mechanics of Composite Materials (MCEN 5183)
    • Soft Condensed Matter (PHYS 7430)
    • Theoretical Mechanics (PHYS 5210)
    • Intro to Soft Matter (PHYS 7810)
    • Failure of Engineering Materials (MCEN 5174)
    • Forensic Engineering (AREN 5650)
    • Intro to Quantum Mechanics 1 (PHYS 5250)
    • Fracture Mechanics (MCEN 5228)
  • Track 4.  Materials For Energy:
    • Electrochemical Energy Conversion & Storage (MCEN 5195)
    • Solar Cells (CHEN 5838)
    • Chemistry of Solar Energy: Electricity and Fuels (CHEM 5271)
    • Photovoltaic Devices (ECEN 5005)
    • Power Electronics & Photovoltaic Power Systems Lab (ECEN 5517)
    • Principles of Energy Systems & Devices (ECEN 5555)
    • Materials, Chemistry & Properties (CHEM 5251)
    • Semiconductor Processing & Device Fabrication (CHEM 5281)
    • Surface Science (CHEM 5571)
    • Transmission Electron Microscopy in MSE (MSEN 5919-005)
    • Principles of Electronic Devices 1 (ECEN 5355)
    • Membranes (MSEN 5919-007)
    • Materials Chemistry and Structure (MCEN 5024)
  • Track 5. Biomaterials:
    • Advanced Mechanics of Materials (CVEN 5161)
    • Principles of Continuum Mechanics and Elasticity (CVEN 5131)
    • Membranes (MSEN 5919-007)
    • 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)
    • 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.