Applied Physical Sciences — Course Listing

Required Courses

All APS graduate students must pass 6 courses of 3 credit hours each in their first year (18 credit hours total): one cohort course and two electives in the fall semester and one cohort course and two electives in the spring semester.

Fall Semester

MTSC 710 — Seminar in Materials Science and Engineering
1 Credit.
Students will discuss topics concerning contemporary materials science and engineering and will learn skills and knowledge required to be successful graduate students. The seminars will include workshops presented by invited speakers and research presentations by first- and second-year PhD students. Students are expected to read publications and/or assigned materials, be prepared to present their findings, and participate in class discussion.
Grading status: Letter grade.

MTSC 780 — Advanced Materials Science
3 Credits.

This course covers the physical fundamentals of material science with an in-depth discussion of structure formation in soft and hard materials and how structure determines material mechanical, electrical, thermal, and optical properties. Topics include amorphous and crystal structures, defects, dislocation theory, thermodynamics and phase diagrams, diffusion, interfaces and microstructures, solidification, and theory of phase transformation. Special emphasis will be on the structure-property relationships of (bio)polymers, (nano)composites, and their structure property relationships
Grading status: Letter grade.

Spring Semester

MTSC 710 — Seminar in Materials Science and Engineering
1 Credit.
Students will discuss topics concerning contemporary materials science and engineering and will learn skills and knowledge required to be successful graduate students. The seminars will include workshops presented by invited speakers and research presentations by first- and second-year PhD students. Students are expected to read publications and/or assigned materials, be prepared to present their findings, and participate in class discussion.
Grading status: Letter grade.

MTSC 785 — Scientific Computing for Material Science
3 Credits.

This course covers the physical fundamentals of material science with in-depth development of the principles controlling the formation of the structure of engineering materials. Topics include crystal structures, defects, dislocation theory, thermodynamics and phase diagrams, diffusion, interfaces and microstructures, solidification and theory of phase transformation, and physical properties of hard and soft materials.
Grading status: Letter grade.

Elective Courses

MTSC 712 — Introduction to Convergent Engineering
3 Credits.
Take-home and in-class activities, group discussion and problem-solving coaching will enhance student understanding of how chemistry, physics, materials science and biology are applied to engineering. There will be special focus on BioEngineering, Chemical, Mechanical and Environmental Engineering. Discussions of relevant scientific literature introduce each topic. Guest lecturers and faculty will provide perspectives in fields like mathematical modeling, mechanical engineering or circuit design so students gain a true interdisciplinary view of topics.
Grading status: Letter grade.

MTSC 740 — Advanced Biomaterials
3 Credits.

Medical or dental implants or explants are highlighted from textbooks, scientific literature, and personal accounts.
Requisites: Prerequisite, BMME 510; Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite.
Same as: BMME 740.

MTSC 745 — Chemistry of Biomaterials
3 Credits.

Focuses on the chemistry and chemical structure-function relationships of soft synthetic biological materials. Topics include chemistry of proteins, peptides, nucleic acids, polysaccharides and lipids, and their incorporation into biomaterials and biosensors; enzymatic reactions; chemical modification of organic and inorganic surfaces using self-assembled monolayer chemistries, bioconjugation chemistries, synthesis of nanoparticles and their application as sensors, application of biological materials for logic operations, fundamentals of supramolecular chemistry.ental implants or explants are highlighted from textbooks, scientific literature, and personal accounts.

MTSC 750 — Kinetics, Diffusion, and Phase Transitions of Materials
3 Credits.

Reaction kinetics in bulk materials. Mass transport, microstructural transformations, and phase transitions in condensed phases. Atom diffusion in solids. Spinodal decomposition.

MTSC 810 — Device Physics and Electronic Properties of Solids
3 Credits.

Survey of crystal structure, bandstructure, transport. Overview of FETs, heterostructures, light emission, dissipation, noise, integrated circuits, solar cells, and ceramics. Emphasis on physical sources of device behavior.
Requisites: Prerequisites, APPL 470 or PHYS 573, MTSC 615, and 730; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisites.

MTSC 820 — Optical Properties of Solids
3 Credits.

Reflection, waveguides, nonlinear optics, optical switching, photorefraction, optical storage. Optical coupling to electronic states, device applications, optical computing.
Requisites: Prerequisites, APPL 470 or PHYS 573, and PHYS 415; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisites.

MTSC 830 — Ion-Solid Interactions
3 Credits.

Interatomic potentials, range distribution, radiation damage, annealing, secondary defects, analytical techniques, silicon-based devices, implantation in compound semiconductors, and buried layer synthesis. Ion implantation in metals, ceramics, polymers, and biomaterials.
Requisites: Prerequisite, APPL 470 or PHYS 573; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite.

MTSC 840 — New Technologies and Device Architecture
3 Credits.

Survey of novel and emerging device technologies. Resonant tunneling transistors, HEMT, opto-electronic devices and optical communication and computation, low-temperature electronic, hybrid superconductor devices.
Requisites: Prerequisites, APPL 470 or PHYS 573, MTSC 615, and 730; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisites.

MTSC 871 — Solid State Physics
3 Credits.

Equivalent experience for students lacking the prerequisite. Topics considered include those of PHYS 573, but at a more advanced level, and in addition a detailed discussion of the interaction of waves (electromagnetic, elastic, and electron waves) with periodic structures, e.g., X-ray diffraction, phonons, band theory of metals and semiconductors.
Requisites: Prerequisite, PHYS 321.
Same as: PHYS 871.

MTSC 872 — Solid State Physics
3 Credits.

Topics considered include those of PHYS 573, but at a more advanced level, and in addition a detailed discussion of the interaction of waves (electromagnetic, elastic, and electron waves) with periodic structures, e.g., X-ray diffraction, phonons, band theory of metals and semiconductors.
Requisites: Prerequisite, PHYS 321.
Same as: PHYS 872.

MTSC 891 — Special Topics in Material Science
1-3 Credits.

Permission of the department. Current topics in materials science, including electronic and optical materials, polymers, and biomaterials.

MTSC 992 — Master’s, Non-Thesis
3 Credits.

MTSC 993 — Master’s Research and Thesis
3 Credits.

Permission of the department.
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit.

MTSC 994 — Doctoral Research and Dissertation
3 Credits.

Permission of the department.
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit.