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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

College of Engineering & Applied Science

Materials Engineering

In today’s world there is a constant demand for new materials of superior quality or with particular combinations of properties. It is the task of the materials engineer to use chemical and physical processes to provide new materials, more useful and valuable products, and improvements in the properties of existing materials on a cost effective basis.

Materials engineering, like other branches of engineering, is based on mathematics, physics, and chemistry.

Necessarily, the engineer must work with every type of material, whether it be metal, glass, plastic, or naturally occurring rock or wood; and electrical conductors, semiconductors, or insulators, transparent or otherwise. The variety of available materials is as wide as the applications; to use them to good effect, the engineer must understand the nature of the substances which might be used for a particular purpose and the chemical and physical processes which are involved in their production.

Being in a central position in the development and design of new products, the materials engineer has excellent and varied career opportunities, extending from fundamental research through primary production processes and subsequent manufacturing to quality control and failure analysis.

Mission Statement: The Materials Department is committed to provide comprehensive undergraduate and graduate education in Materials Engineering, outstanding research and service to our students, College, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the community, as well as to active participation in professional societies.

Program Educational Objectives: The educational objectives of the undergraduate Materials Engineering Program are:

  1. Graduates will have a successful career in materials engineering and/or related fields
  2. Graduates will be able to solve practical materials engineering problems encountered in industry, which are related to structure, properties, processing, and performance.
  3. Graduates will be able to incorporate contemporary issues in their practice of materials engineering.

Accreditation: The materials engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.

Materials Minor. The Materials minor is directed toward students who want to strengthen their background in materials engineering. The 18-credit minor requires MatlEng 330, 402, and 451. Choose any three additional courses from the following list: MatlEng 380, 410, 411, 421, 431, 442, 455, 461, 465, 471, and 481. More information on the minor may be obtained from the Materials Department, 229-5181.


The minimum number of credits required to complete the Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in mmaterials engineering is 124. Students who need background preparation courses in math, English, foreign language, and chemistry may need additional credits.

Engineering Core Courses: 25 credits

EAS 100

 CEAS Freshman Orientation or It's a Material World (recommended only)


EAS 200

Professional Seminar


Ind Eng 467

Introductory Statistics for Physical Sciences and Engineering Students


CompSci 151/201

 Introduction to Scientific Programming or Introductory Computer Programming


Civ Eng 201



Civ Eng 202 Dynamics 3

Civ Eng 303

Strength of Materials


MatlEng 201

Engineering Materials


ElecEng 306 Introduction to Electrical Engineering 4

Materials Engineering Major: 31 credits

MatlEng 330

Materials and Processes in Manufacturing


MatlEng 402

Physical Metallurgy


MatlEng 410

Mechanical Behavior of Materials


MatlEng 411

Materials Laboratory


MatlEng 442

Thermodynamics of Materials


MatlEng 443 Transport and Kinetics in Materials Processing 3

MatlEng 452

Ceramic Materials


MatlEng 453 Polymeric Materials 3
MatlEng 461 Corrosion Engineering 3

MatlEng 490

Senior Design Projects


Mathematics Requirement: 14-16 credits1

One of the following Calculus sequences must be completed:
Math 231-232-233
Math 221-222 (Honors)
ElecEng 234 (Analytical Methods in Engineering)

Chemistry Requirement: 5-10 credits1

One of the following sequences must be completed:

Chem 105 (Suggested)
Chem 102-104

Physics Requirement: 10 credits

Physics 209 + 214
Physics 210 + 215

GER Distribution Requirement: 15 credits


3 credits


6 credits

Social Science

6 credits


One of the arts, humanities, or social science courses selected must also meet the UWM cultural diversity requirement.

Free Electives: 4 credits

English Composition Requirement: 0-6 credits1

The English Composition requirement is satisfied by:

1. Earning a satisfactory score on the English placement test, or

2. Earning a grade of C or higher in English 102

Foreign Language Requirement: 0-8 credits (for students starting fall 1999 or later)

The foreign language requirement can be completed with one of these options:

• Two years of a single foreign language in high school

• Two semesters of a single foreign language in college

• Demonstrate ability by examination

1Placement Examinations. Once admitted to UWM, most engineering students are required to take placement examinations in mathematics, English and chemistry. Students with previous college level credits in these areas may not be required to take placement exams. The placement exams are administered by the UWM Testing Center, Mellencamp Hall, room B28, (414) 229-4689. The results of these tests help students determine the appropriate course in which to register. Background prerequisite courses may be required in addition to the courses listed above. Possible Math placements for engineering students are Math 090, 095, 105, 225, 116, 117, 231, or 221. Possible English placements are English 090, 095, 101 or 102. Possible Chemistry placements are Chemistry 100, 102 or 105.

Technical Electives–– Materials Engineering Major. Eighteen credits of technical electives are to be selected from the following lists. At least 12 of the credits of Technical Electives must be from Group A.

Group A Technical Electives: Select at least 4 courses

Ind Eng 111 Introduction to Engineering 3

MatlEng 380

Engineering Basis for Materials Selection


MatlEng 421

Metal Casting Engineering


MatlEng 431

Welding Engineering


MatlEng 455

Engineering Composites


MatlEng 460 Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing 3

MatlEng 465/ Mech Eng 465

Friction and Wear


MatlEng 471

Heat Treatment of Materials


MatlEng 481 Electronic Materials 3
MatlEng 483 Materials for Energy Systems 3
MatlEng 511 Advanced Materials Characterization 3
MechEng 111 Engineering Fundamentals II 4
MechEng 301 Basic Engineering Thermodynamics 3

Group B Technical Electives: Select no more than 6 credits.

Chem 104

General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis


Chem 223

Elementary Quantitative Analysis


Chem 341

Introductory Survey of Organic Chemistry


Civ Eng 401

Intermediate Strength of Materials


Civ Eng 502

Experimental Stress Analysis


EAS 001

Co-op Work Period1


English 206

Technical Writing


Ind Eng 112 Engineering Drawing & Computer Aided Design/Drafting 3

Ind Eng 360

Engineering Economic Analysis


Math 413

Introduction to Numerical Analysis


MatlEng 699

Independent Study


MechEng 110 Engineering Fundamentals I 4

MechEng 320

Introduction to Fluid Mechanics


1Students who earn 3 or more credits of Co-op may use 3 of those credits as approved technical electives.

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