ENGR 201: Material Science

Class Program
Degree Code
Natural Science
Credits 5 Lecture Hours 55
An introduction to Materials Science that includes the atomic, molecular, and crystalline structures of materials and their relationship to electrical, mechanical, thermal, and chemical properties, as well as an introduction to materials processing and fabrication techniques.


PHYS& 221, CHEM& 161
Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the following knowledge or skills:

  1. Relate the physical and mechanical properties of materials to the basic nature of their bonds.
  2. Describe the effects of structure and defects on the mechanical properties of solids.
  3. Interpret phase diagrams.
  4. Create phase diagrams.
  5. Explain the concepts of stiffness, hardness, toughness, ductility, fatigue, and resiliency and how these qualities are measured.
  6. Describe the processes used to fabricate materials for engineering applications.
  7. Analyze material failure and explain the factors that lead to failure.
Course Content Outline
  1. Atomic Structure and bonding, Crystalline Structures.
  2. Imperfections and defects.
  3. Multicomponent material systems, phase diagrams, and start of diffusion.
  4. Diffusion in solids.
  5. Mechanical Properties, measurement and testing.
  6. Phase transformations and processing metals.
  7. Ceramics structure, properties, and processing.
  8. Polymer and other organic systems, structure and processing.
  9. Composites structure, processing, and properties.
  10. Corrosion and degradation, materials selection
Department Guidelines
PO5 should be assessed: Students will be able to solve problems by gathering, interpreting, combining and/or applying information from multiple sources.