Credits: 3


Prerequisite: ENES100; and permission of ENGR-Mechanical Engineering department.
Corequisite: MATH241.
Recommended: PHYS261 and PHYS260.
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Mechanical Engineering department.
Cross-listed with ENMA300.
Credit only granted for: ENMA300 or ENME382.
Structure of materials, chemical composition, phase transformations, corrosion and mechanical properties of metals, ceramics, polymers and related materials. Materials selection in engineering applications.

Semesters Offered

Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Summer 2023, Fall 2023, Fall 2024, Spring 2024

Learning Objectives

The main objective of this course is to understand the structure-property relationships in materials science and engineering. A student completing this course satisfactorily should be able to:

  • Identify features of crystal structures and their relationship to strengthening and failure mechanisms of materials.
  • Understand the similarities and differences in the microstructure of metals, ceramics, polymers, biomaterials and nanomaterials and how these relate to their mechanical, thermal, electrical, magnetic and optical properties.
  • Become familiar with common manufacturing processes for metals, ceramics, and polymers; their effects on structure; and their impact on sustainability.
  • Identify process-structure-property relationships in engineering materials; and understand how these apply to materials selection in specific engineering problems.  Consider sustainability in materials selection.
  • Address basic concepts of engineering ethics.


Topics Covered

  • Process-Structure- Property Relationship and Materials Classification and Selection.
  • Atomic Structure and Interatomic Bonding.
  • Structure of Crystalline Solids (metals and ceramics).
  • Polymer Structures.
  • Defects and imperfections in solids (metals and ceramics).
  • Diffusion (metals and ceramics).
  • Mechanical Properties 8. Deformation and Strengthening.
  • Phase Diagrams and Phase Transformations.
  • Remaining Deformation (Viscoelasticity) and Strengthening Mechanisms.
  • Failure.
  • Corrosion and Degradation of Materials.


Learning Outcomes

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Additional Course Information


Callister, William D., Jr., Rethwisch, D.G., Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering: An Integrated Approach, 5th Ed., John Wiley and Sons, 2016.  ISBN # 9781119325987


Corequisite: MATH 241 or equivalent
Recommended: PHYS 260/261


Structure of materials, phase transformations, corrosion and mechanical properties of metals, ceramics, polymers and related materials. Sustainability-informed materials selection and manufacturing processes for engineering applications.

Class/Laboratory Schedule 

  • Two 75 minute lectures or three 50 minute lectures each week