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2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

Materials Science and Engineering

The Graduate School

Web Page: http://materials.fsu.edu

Director: Eric Hellstrom

Materials Science and Engineering is an interdisciplinary graduate program that leads to the degrees of Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Materials Science and Engineering. Students interested in this program have a wide variety of backgrounds: engineering disciplines (including: biomedical, civil, chemical, computer, engineering physics, environmental, industrial, manufacturing, materials science, mechanical), applied mathematics, biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. Participating faculty hold appointments in Biological Science, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, and Scientific Computing.

The curriculum requires core and specialization courses, plus a thesis or dissertation. The core courses are designed to give students from the various disciplines a common background in materials. The courses for the degree are taught within the participating departments.

Admission Requirements — MS and PhD

Students apply to Materials Science and Engineering through the program’s Web site at http://materials.fsu.edu, where there are links to the online admission system for the Florida State University Office of Admissions. Complete applications including all supporting documents must be received by December 15th to be considered for financial aid for the following Fall semester. Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. 3.0 undergraduate GPA (4.0 scale) as an upper-level undergraduate
  2. GRE scores - at least 75th percentile for the Quantitative section and the 55th percentile for the Verbal section
  3. Three recent letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to assess the applicant’s academic and research potential
  4. One set of official transcripts that is sent to the FSU Office of Admissions and one set of transcripts that is uploaded into the online application

International applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination and obtain a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based or 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL examination. International students expecting to receive appointments as teaching assistants are required to pass a test of spoken English administered by the FSU Center for Intensive English Studies (http://cies.fsu.edu/) when they arrive at Florida State University.

Degree Requirements — MS

Overall requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering are:

  1. Admission to Materials Science and Engineering
  2. A minimum of thirty credits as follows:
    1. Twelve credits of core courses - three required courses, one elective course
    2. Twelve credits of specialization courses (see specialization areas below)
    3. Six credits of thesis research
    4. Interdisciplinary seminar series all semesters
  3. Successfully present a research prospectus
  4. Complete research in materials science and engineering
  5. Submit and successfully defend an acceptable thesis

A list of the core and specialization courses can be found at http://materials.fsu.edu.

Degree Requirements — PhD

Overall requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering for students entering with a BS degree are:

  1. Admission to Materials Science and Engineering
  2. A minimum of fifty-four credits as follows:
    1. Twelve credits of core courses - three required courses, one elective course
    2. Fifteen credits of specialization courses (five specialization courses)
    3. Twenty-four credits of dissertation research
    4. Interdisciplinary seminar series all semesters
  3. Successfully pass a qualifying examination
  4. Successfully pass a preliminary exam, which includes presenting and defending a prospectus
  5. Complete research in materials science and engineering
  6. Submit and successfully defend an acceptable dissertation

A list of the core and specialization courses can be found at http://materials.fsu.edu.

Definition of Prefix

ISC—Interdisciplinary Sciences

Graduate Courses

ISC 5905r. Directed Independent Study - MS&E (1–12). (S/U grade only). This course involves study on a selected topic as designated by the student and the directing professor. May be repeated to a maximum of fifty-four semester hours.

ISC 5937r. Interdisciplinary Seminar Series - MS&E (0). (S/U grade only). This course is a seminar series for Materials Science and Engineering students. It is required every Fall and Spring semester through graduation.

ISC 6970r. Thesis Research - MS&E (1–12). (S/U grade only). A minimum of six semester hours are required for the MS degree. May be repeated to a maximum of twenty-four semester hours.

ISC 6976r. Master’s Thesis Defense - MS&E (0). (P/F grade only.) May be repeated with instructor permission.

ISC 8960r. PhD Preliminary Exam - MS&E (0). (P/F grade only.) May be repeated with instructor permission.

ISC 8980r. Dissertation Research - MS&E (1–12). (S/U grade only). A minimum of twenty-four semester hours are required for the PhD degree. May be repeated to a maximum of eighty-one semester hours.

ISC 8983r. PhD Dissertation Defense - MS&E (0). (P/F grade only.) May be repeated with instructor permission.