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A Collaborative Program of the Faculty of Arts & Science and the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

Materials science is the study of the structure, properties and applications of all types of materials including metals, ceramics, glasses and polymers. Currently many exciting scientific developments are in the materials field. Notable advances have been made recently in studies of amorphous metals, the quasicrystalline state, liquid crystals, semiconductors, nanostructured materials, high critical temperature superconductors, biomaterials, high strength polymers, materials processing techniques such as ion implantation and laser melting, and in new categories of engineered materials such as advanced industrial ceramics or composite materials.

Materials science is interdisciplinary, drawing on the basic sciences of chemistry and physics and on more applied subjects such as metallurgy, ceramics and polymer science. Its tools and techniques include electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, surface analysis using Auger emission spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, etc.

Applied Science: Materials, MSE101H1, is designed to appeal to a wide variety of student interests. Other materials science courses are available to students having the prescribed prerequisites and the approval of the Undergraduate Student Counsellor. The specialist program in Materials Science is coordinated jointly by the Departments of Chemistry and Metallurgy and Materials Science. For further information on the program, consult the coordinators listed in the Materials Science Program section below. For further information on materials courses from the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, consult the Undergraduate Student Counsellor.

Undergraduate Counsellor:

Professor U. Erb, Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science,Wallberg Building, Room 140 (416-978-7308)

Materials Science Programs

Materials Science (Science program)

Consult Undergraduate Associate Chair, Department of Chemistry and Professor U. Erb, Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science.
Enrolment in this program requires completion of four courses; no minimum GPA required.

Specialist program:
(13 full courses or their equivalent, including at least one 400-series course)
NOTE: The program consists of a core curriculum and electives. By suitably choosing electives, students follow one of two streams: 1.) Materials Chemistry, or 2.) Materials Science and Engineering. See Notes 1, 2 and 3 below.
Core Curriculum:

First Year:
CHM151Y1/137Y1/(132H1, 133H1)/(CHM138H1, CHM139H1); MAT135Y1/MAT137Y1; PHY138Y1/PHY140Y1

Second Year:
MSE101H1; CHM225Y1/CHM238Y1, 240Y1/245H1/CHM247H1/248Y1

Third and Fourth Years:
1. CHM325H1, 425H1/CHM434H1
2. Two of: CHM326H1/CHM328H1/CHM338H1/CHM346H1/CHM348H1
3. Three MSE half-courses
4. 2.5 full course equivalents in CHM/MSE/CHE (CHM200Y1, CHM299Y1 excluded)
1. Materials Chemistry Stream:
a. MSE101H1 should be taken in Second Year
b. Introduction to Research: select one of CHM409Y1/CHM428Y1/CHM439Y1/CHM449Y1
c. Stream Electives: select two of MSE317H1/MSE330H1/MSE420H1/MSE430H1/CHM425H1/436H1/CHM441H1
d. Student programs must include at least one full course equivalent from among the Materials courses of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.
2. Materials Science and Engineering Stream:
a. Thesis: MSE499Y1
b. Stream Electives: select two of MSE207H1/MSE316H1/MSE317H1/ MSE330H1/MSE420H1/MSE430H1/CHE461H1/CHE463H1
c. Student programs must include at least four full course equivalents from among the Materials courses of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.
Additional Notes:
3. Students may also select elective courses which satisfy the core curriculum requirements listed above but which do not correspond to either of the listed streams. Such students should consult Professor G. Ozin (Chemistry) and Professor U. Erb (Metallurgy and Materials Science) before enroling in elective courses.

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