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Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Scott Phillips
Environmental Research Building Room 2151, Mail Stop 2090

Academic Programs Manager: Jessica Economy
Engineering Building, Room 338, Mail Stop 2090

Phone: (208) 426-5600

“A minimum of 66 credits (36 coursework and 30 dissertation) are required for the Ph.D. program. All coursework must be approved by your advisor.  Review and approval of your academic plan ensures that courses can be applied toward your degree requirements. Students who started prior to Fall 2017 may be subject to different requirements. Consult the Academic Programs Manager and the Graduate Catalog to learn more.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree Requirements

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Course Number and TitleCredits
Required Core Courses:

MSE 605 Crystallography and Crystal Chemistry
MSE 608 Solid State Thermodynamics
MSE 618 Phase Transformations and Kinetics

Required Core Emphasis Course:

Choose at least three credits from the following, or alternative Core Emphasis Course(s) approved by the graduate program coordinator:

MSE 510 Electrical, Optical, and Dielectric Materials (3 credits)
MSE 512 Mechanical Behavior of Materials (3 credits)
*PHYS 515 Solid State Physics (3 credits)

Required Characterization Course:

Choose at least three credits from the following, or alternative Characterization Course(s) approved by the graduate program coordinator:

CHEM 522 Spectroscopy (3 credits)
CHEM 540 Spectroscopic Identification (3 credits)
CHEM 560 Introduction to NMR Spectroscopy (3 credits)
MSE 521 Introduction to Electron Microscopy (3 credits)
MSE 525 Surface Analysis (3 credits)
*PHYS 523 Physical Methods of Materials Characterization (3 credits)
Required Processing Course:

Choose at least three credits from the following, or alternative Processing Course(s) approved by the graduate coordinator:

ECE 540 Intro to Integrated Circuit and MEMS Processing (3 credits)
ECE 540L Intro to Integrated Circuit Processing Lab (1 credit)
ECE 541 Advanced Topics in Silicon Technology (3 credits)
ECE 542 Photolithography (3 credits
ECE 543 Introduction to MEMS (3 credits)
MSE 540 Advanced Processing (3 credits)
MSE 542 Ceramic Processing (3 credits)
MSE 545 Nanoscale Processing (3 credits)
Required Experiential Learning Courses:

At least two credits must be filled by MSE 651 or MSE 650. Remaining credits can be fulfilled by one or more of the following:

GCOLL 514 Field experience in College Teaching
GCOLL 512 Internship in College Teaching
GCOLL 513 Practicum in College Teaching
MSE 590 Practicum/Internship
MSE 650 Teaching Experience
MSE 651 Graduate Teaching Assistant Experience
Other Graduate Courses:

Additional elective courses in Materials Science and Engineering or related fields as approved by the supervisory committee and by the coordinator of the Materials Science and Engineering doctoral program
MSE 601 Graduate Student Orientation1
MSE 691 Doctoral Comprehensive Examination1
MSE 693 Dissertation30

*Recommended Course