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Graduate Certificates in Materials Science and Engineering

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The Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering offers a variety of graduate certificate programs. The programs provide materials-focused course work that allows participants to specialize in specific areas of expertise.

 Application and Admission Requirements

Participation in the certificate programs requires a baccalaureate degree in a STEM field from an accredited college or university and admission to the Boise State Graduate College. Applicants must complete the following steps to be considered for these certificate programs:

  •  Apply for admission to the Boise State Graduate College
  • Complete an introduction to Materials Science and Engineering course prior to enrolling in the certificate program. Prospective students may enroll in MSE 602: Survey of Materials Science and Engineering or MSE 245: Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State as non-degree seeking students during open enrollment in order to fulfill this requirement. Similar courses taken at other accredited colleges or universities can be evaluated by the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering graduate coordinator for approval to meet this requirement.
  • Submit a letter of interest to the Graduate Program Coordinator through the Graduate College application process. The letter of interest should briefly summarize the applicant’s background and motivation for enrolling in the certificate program.

Credits earned in these certificate programs may be counted toward the Boise State Materials Science and Engineering graduate programs.

Graduate Certificate in Foundations in Materials Science and Engineering

The curriculum in this certificate is designed for individuals with a baccalaureate degree in materials science and engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering, chemistry, physics or other related field. It is designed to provide the foundational knowledge of Materials Science and Engineering and is required knowledge for the M.Eng., M.S. or Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering. Each course is taught annually.

Course Number and TitleCredits
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MSE 605 Crystallography and Crystal Chemistry4
MSE 608 Solid State Thermodynamics4
MSE 618 Phase Transformations and Kinetics4
Total12

Graduate Certificate in Nanomaterials Science and Engineering

This certificate provides current information of high relevance to those interested in the science and engineering of nano-dimensional materials. Courses cover approaches to nanoscale fabrication, key material properties at the nanoscale, applications of nanoscale materials, as well as computational approaches to nanoscale materials science and engineering. The certificate program covers the breadth of nanoscale materials science and engineering, while each course provides depth within key topic areas.

Course Number and TitleCredits
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Select 9 credits from the following options:
MSE 545 Nanoscale Processing (3 cr.)
MSE 550 Materials Transport(3 cr.)
MSE 563 Materials Modeling (3 cr.)
Other Boise State graduate courses related to nanotechnology, as approved by the graduate program coordinator.
9
Total9

Graduate Certificate in Computational Materials Science and Engineering

This certificate program provides an interdisciplinary opportunity to develop and apply computational tools the field of materials science and engineering. Opportunities to develop in first-principles techniques, molecular simulation, supercomputing, big data analysis, and scientific algorithm development will position certificate holders to contribute to modern materials design as computational scientists.

Course Number and TitleCredits
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Select 9 credits from the following options. MSE-specific courses must comprise 6 of the 9 credits:
MSE 564 Computational Materials SCience (3 cr.)
MSE 563 Materials Modeling (3 cr.)
ME 570 Finite Element Methods (3 cr.)
ME 571 Parallel Scientific Computing (3 cr.)
Other Boise State graduate courses related to computational materials science or modeling, as approved by the graduate program coordinator.
9
Total9

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