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    Oct 20, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Materials Science and Engineering, BS with grad track option leading to Materials Science and Engineering, PhD

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This grad track option is a BS to PhD accelerated program for undergraduate students. The students can take a maximum of 12 credit hours of graduate courses while completing the BS degree. These credits will be counted toward first the BS and then, following graduation, be transferred to the PhD degree.

The following is the step-by-step process:

  1. Student applies for the grad track to PhD option in the junior year (having completed at least 75 credit hours with a GPA of 3.5 or higher).
  2. After the application is approved and the student has completed at least 90 credit hours, the student can start taking the graduate courses that are approved for the grad track to PhD option as MTSE electives for the BS degree requirement. For the graduate courses to be counted toward the PhD degree later, the student must meet the minimum grade requirements of the courses in the PhD program.
  3. The student applies to the Toulouse Graduate School within the first semester of the senior year. The student needs to submit online application and all required documents for admission to the PhD MTSE program.
  4. The student must enroll in the graduate school in the long semester after finishing his/her BS degree and should take the remaining graduate courses in the following year(s) to complete his/her PhD degree. If the student did not enroll in the graduate school in the long semester after finishing his/her BS degree, those graduate course credit hours will no longer be counted for the PhD degree even if the student comes back for graduate school in the future. 
  5. Students in the BS-to-MS grad track program can apply to transfer to the BS-to-PhD grad track program any time with departmental approval.
  6. Once admitted to the PhD program, the student will have higher priority for funding (research and teaching assistantships) to support PhD study.

Program requirements

Students may choose up to 12 hours from the following list of courses.

  • MTSE - 5000 - Thermodynamics of Materials
  • MTSE - 5010 - Bonding, Structure and Crystallography
  • MTSE - 5020 - Mechanical Properties of Materials
  • MTSE - 5070 - Tribology of Materials
  • MTSE - 5200 - Advanced concepts in metallurgical science
  • MTSE - 5300 - Science and Technology of Modern Ceramics
  • MTSE - 5400 - Advanced Polymer Physics and Chemistry
  • MTSE - 5500 - Electronic, Optical, and Magnetic Materials
  • MTSE - 5520 - Physical and Chemical Basis of Integrated Circuit Fabrication
  • MTSE - 5560 - Compound Semiconductor Materials and Devices
  • MTSE - 5610 - Fundamentals of Surface and Thin Film Analysis
  • MTSE - 5620 - Scanning Electron and Ion Microscopy
  • MTSE - 5710 - Computational Materials Science

Students must also complete all other courses required for the Materials Science and Engineering, BS .

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