Materials Science and Engineering Core Curriculum

Editors: Kenneth R. Shull, Jonathan Emery, Northwestern University
Last File Update: Jul 25, 2021
Course Sequence
Fall
Winter
Spring
Soph.
301 * , 314
315
316-1
Jr.
316-2, 351-1
332, 351-2
331, 390
Sr.
391
361, 396-1
396-2
* Can also be taken spring quarter freshman year.

Background

The aim of this project is to provide an up-to-date repository of course documents defining the core curriculum in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. Most of the documents are produced by LyX (www.lyx.org), graphical interface that takes much of the pain out of working with LaTeX files. LaTeX, in turn, is the only realistic option for a project this big. The project is a work in progress, and is actively being developed by students and faculty at Northwestern, with the editable files located in a set of GitHub repositories. The status of the different course documents is variable, depending on the resources that we have been able to devote to different courses.

Individual Course Documents

Documents corresponding to individual core classes can be obtained from the links in the following table. The only document you really need for any single course is the text document, since these documents also include the catalog description, course outcomes, problems and labs. Sometimes it is convenient to have these portions of the class as separate documents, however, so we have included links to documents that split out these portions of each text. 315, 316-1, 316-2, 331, 332 are all relatively complete. 314, 361, 390 and 396 are complete enough to be a useful resource, but substantial editing is still needed. 351-1 and 351-2 need to be developed.
NOTE: For the HTML versions of the files, the equations only render correctly in Firefox
Northwestern University: MSE Core Curriculum
(Click on the Individual Links below to Access the Corresponding Content)
201-301
(Mat. Sci. Principles)
314
(Thermo.)
315
(Appl. of Thermo., Diff.)
316-1
(Line and Planar Defects)
316-2
(Phase Transitions)
332
(Mechanical Properties)
331
(Soft Materials)
351-1
(Quantum Mechanics)
351-2
(Solid State Physics)
361
(Crystallography and Diffraction)
390
(Materials Design)
labs
391
(Process Design)
396-1,2
(Senior Project)

Curriculum Summary Documents

These documents include aggregated content from the entire core course curriculum:

Computational Materials Science