Concentrations

Q & A about Concentrations
Biomaterials
Metallurgy
Polymer Matrix Composites



Q & A about Concentrations 

What is a concentration?
A concentration is an approved academic path for the BSMtE degree that targets some of your electives (about 9 credit hours) in a specific area of interest.

Does a concentration require extra courses?
No, the concentrations just specify which courses you take for your MSE, MA/SCI, and/or SCI/MA/EGR electives.

Does a concentration show up on my diploma?
No, it does show up on your transcript. Employers usually want an official copy of your transcript, so having the concentration appear there may actually be more important.

Why do we have concentrations? 
The BSMtE curriculum is a broad materials engineering degree. Some students and employers would like deeper knowledge in an area and to have academic evidence of that accomplishment.

Do I have to do a concentration? 
No, you can take the approved courses to meet the MSE, MA/SCI. and/or SCI/MA/EGR elective requirements.

What do I do if I want to complete a concentration? 
Talk to your advisor


Biomaterials

The following course is required as the MSE Elective in the biomaterials concentration:

BME 311 - Biomaterials for Non-Majors (3 Credits)
Wide range of materials used for biomedical applications. Physical, chemical and mechanical properties of biomaterials.  Prerequisite: MSE 280

Students will complete the requirements of the concentration by selecting two of the following three courses as SCI/MA/EGR Electives:

BME 412 - Biomechanical Measurements (3 Credits)
Observation, measurement and analysis of basic biomechanical variables such as stress, strain, pressure and flow. Emplasis on basic experimental examples and using the computer for data acquisition, processing, analysis, and preparation of laboratory reports. Prerequisites: ME 251 or BME 350 and CE 220 or BME 333

BME 420 - Implant-Tissue Interactions (3 Credits)
An overview of implant biocompatibility including tissue histology, histopathology of implant response and the regulatory process for medical devices. Emphasis placed on ethical issues related to design, development, and implementation of biomedical implants. Prerequisites: BME 310 or BME 311 and MSE 280

BME 435 - Tissue Engineering (3 Credits)
Principles underlying strategies for regenerative medicine such as stem-cell based therapy, scaffold design, proteins or genes delivery, roles of extracellular matrix, cell-materials interactions, angiogenesis, tissue transplantation, mechanical stimulus and nanotechnology. Prerequisites: BME 310 or BME 311


Metallurgy

Students will meet the requirements of the concentration by selecting three of the following four courses:

ME 476 - Failure Analysis (3 Credits)
Procedures for failure analysis, failure mechanisms, examples of service failures, and methods to prevent failures. Prerequisites: CE 220 and MSE 280

MSE 407 - Interpretation of Microstructure (3 Credits)
Interpretation of metal and ceramic microstructures with respect to their general type, their origin and their relationship to their composition, type of phase diagram, processing, and the driving forces and kinetics of their evolution. The student will learn to identify the prior processing of a material and design means of modification to produce alternate structures. Prerequisite: MSE 381

MSE 409 - Principles of Metal Casting (3 Credits)
Production and evaluation of cast ferrous metals (gray iron, ductile iron, steel) and non ferrous metals (brass, bronze, aluminum). Design of castings and molds. Laboratory on the gating, risering and molten treatment, analysis and handling techniques required to produce high quality castings. MSE 409L must be taken concurrently. Prerequisite: MSE 280

MSE 433 - Nondestructive Evaluation of Materials (3 Credits)
Principles, applications, and limitation of ultrasonic vibrations, acoustic emission, radiographic, magnetic particle, eddy current, and other nondestructive testing methods. Intelligent sensors and health monitoring of real structures. Prerequisite: MSE 465

Other courses may be added to this list as they become available.


Polymer Matrix Composites

The following course and lab are required as the SCI/MA Elective in the polymer matrix composite concentration:

CH 235 - Organic Chemistry I (3 Credits)
Structure, namenclature, properties, and reactivity of compounds with various organic functional groups: alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides and alcohols. Emphasis on the mechanisms of organic reactions and problem solving. Prerequisite: CH 117 with a grade of C or better and concurrent enrollment in CH 235R (Organic I Recitation). Recitation registration is required.

CH 236 - Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1 Credit)
Techniques of organic chemistry. Synthesis, purification, and characterization of organic compounds. Prerequisite: CH 117 with a grade of C or better. Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of CH 235 strongly recommended.

Students will complete the requirements of the concentration by selecting two of the following three courses as a SCI/MA/EGR Elective and a MSE Elective:

MSE 408 - Nanomaterials (3 Credits)
The emphasis of this course will be to introduce the basic tools of nanotechnology, building blocks of nanostructured materials, the behavior of materials with nanoscale structures and their technological applications, including automotive, medical and electronic, etc. Prerequisite: MSE 280

ME 476 - Failure Analysis (3 Credits)
Procedures for failure analysis, failure mechanisms, examples of service failures, and methods to prevent failures. Prerequisites: CE 220 and MSE 280

MSE 433 - Nondestructive Evaluation of Materials (3 Credits)
Principles, applications, and limitation of ultrasonic vibrations, acoustic emission, radiographic, magnetic particle, eddy current, and other nondestructive testing methods. Intelligent sensors and health monitoring of real structures. Prerequisite: MSE 465

 Other courses may be added to this list as they become available.