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Specialization Tracks

Nano goldfish micrograph by Babak AnasoriWith the rapid expansion of the technical and scientific knowledge in the field of materials science, we believe that organizing technical electives into thematic tracks will benefit you, the student. Combined with relevant co-op experiences and senior design, the tracks can provide strong evidence of specialization which will serve you in your future job searches.

For each specialization track, suggested course sequence options have been provided which give a pathway to satisfy the track requirements while meeting prerequisite requirements for courses outside of MSE. A comprehensive track course list is also provided for each specialization track to allow students to create their own course sequence to fulfill the track requirements. Note that many of the courses in the lists have prerequisites that need to be satisfied in order to take the course. Also, you must keep in mind that not all courses are offered every year and there could be time conflicts with required MATE courses.

Specialization Track Requirements:

  • A track must be comprised of a minimum of 4 technical electives (12-18 credits) with an underlying connection to a specific area of materials science and engineering.
  • No more than one 200-level course will be approved for a track.
  • Two of the courses must be in a connected sequence for the purpose of acquiring a more in-depth knowledge in your specialization.
  • Tracks must be declared by the end of winter quarter in the Pre-Junior year before going on co-op.
All track forms [pdf] must be approved by Dr. Christopher Weyant. Feel free to contact Dr. Weyant to set up a meeting to discuss your track specialization interests and proposed course list prior to submitting the track form.

Advanced Materials Design And Processing

The role of the materials engineer in the design and processing of today's highly sophisticated products is varied, complex, exciting and ever changing. The selection of material and its processing, product design, cost, environmental impact, performance and service have become inseparable. New, advanced materials development is the enabling factor in major parts of the economy. Innovation, short time to market, and concurrent engineering are the keys to successful design and manufacturing activities. This track contains fundamental courses on the properties and processing of engineering materials and specialization courses that span several disciplines including business, mechanical engineering and engineering management. The goal of this track is to prepare leaders in design and manufacturing that will be technically competent and aware of business/management principles.


Advanced Materials Design and Processes – Suggested Course Sequences


Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer Focus

  • MEM 220
  • MEM 320
  • MEM 345
  • MEM 361 or MGMT 364 or MEM 462

CAD Focus

  • MEM 201
  • MEM 435
  • MEM 361
  • MGMT 364 or MEM 462

Manufacturing Focus

  • MEM 220
  • MEM 320 or 345
  • MEM 437 (Also needs MEM 230 prerequisite)
  • MEM 438

Space Systems Focus

  • MEM 220
  • MEM 310
  • MEM 373 (Also needs MEM 238 prerequisite)
  • MEM 374

Nuclear Engineering Focus with CAD

  • MEM 371 (2 cr)
  • ECEP 402 (4 cr)
  • MATE 450 (3 cr)
  • MEM 201 (3 cr)

Nuclear Engineering Focus with Fluid Dynamics

  • MEM 371 (2 cr)
  • ECEP 402 (4 cr)
  • MATE 450 (3 cr)
  • MEM 220 (4 cr)

Relevant Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
MATE 450 Nuclear Fuel Cycle & Materials (Not offered every year) 3
MATE 483
Environmental Effects on Materials
3
MATE 610 Mechanical Behavior of Solids 3
ECEP 402 Theory of Nuclear Reactors 4
MEM 201 Fundamentals of CAD 3
MEM 220 Basic Fluid Mechanics 4
MEM 255 Introduction to Controls  4
MEM 310 Thermodynamic Analysis I 4
MEM 320 Fluid Dynamics I 3
MEM 331 Experimental Mechanics I 2
MEM 345 Heat Transfer 4
MEM 361 Engineering Reliability 3
MEM 371 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering 2
MEM 373 Space Systems Engineering I 3
MEM 374 Space Systems Engineering II 3
MEM 402 Power Plant Design 3
MEM 427 Finite Element Methods 3
MEM 435 Intro. to Computer-Aided Design/Manufacturing 4
MEM 437 Manufacturing Processes I 3

One of the following may be taken and counted as a track course
MEM 462 Introduction to Engineering Management 3
ECEP 354 Energy Management Principles 4
CIVE 240 Engineering Economic Analysis 3
INTB 332 Multinational Corporations 4
OPM 321 Planning and Control of Operations 4
MGMT 260 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 4
MGMT 364 Technology Management 4

Also, for B.S./M.S. Students Only (On-Line Courses)
EGMT 501 Engineering Management I 3
EGMT 502 Engineering Management II 3

Biomaterials

Biomaterials are the enabling materials for medical devices and a broad range of health care products. The goal of studying biomaterials is to understand how the body's natural tissues are organized on a compositional, structural, and properties basis; to understand how the body deals with foreign objects placed in its realm; and to understand how implanted materials have been successful in achieving the ultimate goal of treating debilitating diseases. Building upon a strong background in materials science and engineering in general, and a specific knowledge in applying the fundamentals of materials science and engineering to the design and manufacturing of medical products, this track will prepare engineers for a career in the medical industry, for graduate studies in biomedical engineering or related fields; engineers who will be technically competent and aware of business/management principles.


Biomaterials - Suggested Course Sequences

Sequence I

  • CHEM 242
  • MEM 304
  • BMES 460
  • BMES 461

Sequence II

  • CHEM 242
  • BIO 201
  • BMES 325
  • BMES 460
  • BMES 461

Relevant Courses

 

Course # Course Title Credits

MATE 661

Biomedical Materials I

2

BIO 201

Human Physiology I

4

CHEM 242

Organic Chemistry II

4

MEM 304

Introduction to Biomechanical Engineering

3

MEM 685

Mechanics of Human Joints

3

BMES 301

Lab I: Experimental Biomechanics

2

BMES 325

Principles of Biomedical Engineering I

3

BMES 326

Principles of Biomedical Engineering II

3

BMES 401

Biosensors I

4

BMES 441

Biomechanics I

4

BMES 442

Biomechanics II

4

BMES 460

Biomaterials I

4

BMES 461

Biomaterials II

4

BMES 471

Tissue Engineering I

4

BMES 472

Tissue Engineering II

4

BMES 475

Tissue Engineering III

4

BMES 501

Medical Science I - Cellular and Tissue Biology

3

BMES 502

Medical Science II - Organ Level Physiology

3

BMES 660

Biomaterials I

4

BMES 661

Biomaterials II

4

Electronic and Photonic Materials

The list of materials for electronics and photonics applications transcends diverse materials classes of ceramics, metals and polymers. For example, we live in an age in which electronic and/or photonic devices can be made mostly or even completely from polymeric films. New technologies in electronics and photonics will rely increasingly on understanding how inorganic and organic materials are interfaced and integrated. Graduating materials scientists and materials engineers will need a broader perspective on the possibilities of materials: for example, photonic functions based on hierarchal organization from Nature may provide low-cost, environmentally friendly solutions to a range of sensing and energy harvesting needs. Also, how might inorganic nanostructures produced by bottom-up synthesis methods bring electronics and photonics to new materials platforms?

This interdisciplinary materials science and engineering track is designed to prepare MSE majors for careers in the electronics or photonics industry, for graduate research programs in electronic and/or photonic materials in electrical engineering, materials science, physics, chemistry and other disciplines. The track, though academically demanding, includes coursework and practical training involving instrumentation for devices and materials analysis; a broad physical science and engineering background is also excellent preparation for medical or law school. The track provides a strong foundation for nanoscience and nanotechnology as it relates specifically to the properties of electronic and photonic materials. It has been conceived to help prepare MSE students for what they will need to compete successfully for and excel in choice Co-op positions in companies such as Micron, Intel, IBM and others, small companies, and national laboratories.

The Track combines new lecture courses in Materials, selected courses in electrical and computer engineering, physics and mechanical engineering, and can include an undergraduate research laboratory experience with a selected faculty member.


Electronic and Photonic Materials Suggested Course Sequence

  • ECEE 302
  • PHYS 311
  • PHYS 452 or MATE 512
  • MEM 417

Relevant Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
MATE 512 Solid State Materials (Required) OR 3
PHYS 452 Solid State Physics (Required) 3
ECEE 302 Electronic Devices (Required) 4
ECEE 304 Electromagnetic Fields & Waves 4
ECEE 451 Electroacoustics 3
ECEE 352 Analog Electronics (Required) OR 4
MEM 417 Introduction to Microfabrication (Required) 3
PHYS 311 Classical Mechanics I 4
PHYS 451 Quantum Structure of Materials 4

Nanoscale Materials and Nanotechnology

Students that have selected this track will learn how to develop knowledge and techniques to work at the molecular level to create new materials, structures and devices with fundamentally new properties and functions. Nanotechnology literally means any technology done on a nanometer scale - in other words, manipulating individual atoms or molecules to build both materials and devices that are only as big as a handful of atoms. Nanotechnology will produce smart materials having a variety of properties and functions, a new generation of medical devices and drug delivery systems, the atomic-scale chips and memory of next-generation computers thousands of times more powerful than those that run on silicon technology, as well as solve many of the energy and environmental problems that our civilization is facing. Nanoscale particles and devices have already infiltrated industry and are quickly penetrating into our life. It is hard to think of an industry that isn't likely to be disrupted by nanotechnology within the next decade. Graduating materials scientists and materials engineers will need a broader perspective on the materials use at the nanoscale.

This interdisciplinary materials science and engineering track provides a strong foundation for nanoscience and nanotechnology and is designed to prepare MSE majors for future interdisciplinary careers, for graduate research programs in materials science, nanotechnology, bioengineering and other disciplines. The track includes coursework and practical training involving characterization instruments (microscopes and spectrometers) for materials imaging, manipulation and analysis at the nanoscale. This track provides a broad chemical and physical science and engineering background, which is also excellent preparation for medical or law school. It has been conceived to help prepare MSE students for what they will need to compete successfully for and excel in choice of Co-op positions at national laboratories and in companies such as DuPont, IBM, HP, Merck, GSK and others.

The track combines lectures and courses in materials, selected courses in electrical engineering, physics, chemistry and mechanical engineering, and can include an undergraduate research laboratory experience with a selected faculty member.


Nanoscale Materials and Nanotechnology Suggested Course Sequence

  • ECEE 302
  • PHYS 311
  • PHYS 452 or MATE 512
  • MEM 417 or ENVE 460

Relevant Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
PHYS 311
Classical Mechanics I (Required)
4
PHYS 452
Solid State Physics (Required) OR
3
MATE 512
Solid State Materials (Required)
?
ECEE 302
Electronic Devices (Required) 4
MATE 473
Electronic, Magnetic, and Optical Characterization of Energy Materials
3
MATE 482
Materials for Energy Storage
3
PHYS 282
Physics IIIA
2
PHYS 453
Nanoscience 3
CHE 360
BioProcess Principles
3
CHEM 364
Spectroscopic Analysis
3
MEM 417
Introduction to Microfabrication
3
MEM 419
Microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip
3
MGMT 260
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
4
MGMT 364
Technology Management
4
ENVS 260
Environmental Science & Society I
3
ENVE 460
Fundamentals of Air Pollution Control
3
BMES 401
Biosensors I
4
BMES 524
Introduction to Biosensors
4
BMES 541
Nano and Molecular Mechanics of Biological Materials
3
BMES 660
Biomaterials I
4
BMES 661
Biomaterials II
4

Soft Materials and Polymers

Soft matter refers to (organic) materials having complex structural and dynamic properties intermediate between those of crystals and fluids. Materials belonging to this category are polymers, liquid crystals, colloids, gels and foams. Biomacromolecules such as polypeptides and DNA also belong to this category. Due to the relatively weak inter-molecular interaction, thermal fluctuations, external fields and boundary effects strongly influence the structure and properties of soft matter.

This interdisciplinary materials science and engineering track is designed to prepare MSE majors for careers in soft materials related industry such as polymers, cosmetics, liquid crystal devices and displays, and biomaterials as well as for graduate research programs such as materials science, bioengineering, chemical engineering, electric engineering, physics and chemistry. While all the soft materials will be covered during the course of the study, the track will be focusing on polymeric materials. It has been conceived to help prepare MSE students for what they will need to compete successfully for and excel in choice Co-op positions in companies such as DuPont, Arkema, Rohm and Haas, Merck etc.

The Track combines new lecture courses in Materials, selected courses in chemical engineering, chemistry and mechanical engineering, and can include an undergraduate research laboratory experience with a selected faculty member.


Soft Materials and Polymers Suggested Course Sequence

  • CHEM 242
  • CHEM 465
  • CHEM 466 or 467
  • MATE 501

Relevant Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
MATE 501 Structure & Properties of Polymers 3
CHEM 364
Spectroscopic Analysis
3
CHEM 244
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
3
CHEM 242
Organic Chemistry II
4
CHEM 243
Organic Chemistry III
3
CHEM 245
Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
3
CHEM 367
Chemical Information Retrieval
3
CHEM 420
Molecular Symmetry and Group-Theory Chemistry
3
CHEM 465
Synthetic Polymer Chemistry
3
CHEM 466
Physical Chemistry of Polymers
3
CHEM 467
Polymer Chemistry III

CHEM 561

Polymer Chemistry I

3
CHEM 562 Polymer Chemistry II 3
CHEM 563 Polymer Chemistry III 3
MEM 438 Manufacturing Process II (Review prerequisites) 3

Create Your Own Track

In addition to the tracks noted above, any reasonably cohesive group of 4-5 technical electives (12-18 credits) can be approved as a track by the track advisor. Please look through the Materials Science and Engineering Course Catalog and talk to Dr. Weyant.

More Information

When should I choose my track?

Technical electives can be taken during the junior and mostly during the senior year. For planning reasons, better coordination with Senior Design, and to accommodate students with an out-of-cycle schedule (e.g. transfers), tracks need to be declared by the end of winter quarter of the pre-junior year. Students may change their track selection after consulting with the track advisor, Dr. Weyant

Where can I learn more about a professor's research?

Check out our faculty research profiles, visit our research group sites, or email them directly!

Can I "jump" tracks?

In the same way that Drexel's co-op program is designed to help a student find his or her fit in industry, the MSE track program is designed to help a student find his or her concentration within the field of materials. Switching tracks is possible, but needs to be considered on a case-by-case basis. Permission for this must be obtained by the track advisor, Dr. Weyant.

How does a BS/MS student decide their track?

B.S./M.S. students are encouraged to choose a track that fits in with their Master's research. The track program should have no effect on the courses required.

Some suggested courses have prerequisites!

Students should review prerequisite requirements and, where necessary, discuss waivers with the corresponding instructor.