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Materials Certificate

Program Information

The Materials Certificate Program, administered through the Bagley College of Engineering, is available to qualified students who complete an organized plan of study in the interdisciplinary field of materials science and engineering at Mississippi State University.

The University’s various departments offer a range of materials-related courses in both the science and engineering fields, such as biomaterials, electronic and semiconductor materials, composites, polymers, metals, ceramics, and construction materials. We also have a wide range of supporting courses in the areas of materials modeling, mechanics, processing, and characterization, along with special topics in fatigue, fracture, and corrosion.

As part of an organized plan of study, including Directed Study courses under the direction of a Materials Faculty Member, these courses allow students to pursue an interdisciplinary education and training program tailored to individual interests.

The Materials Certificate Program is available to both traditional and non-traditional students. This allows industry to offer employees further training in materials, as well as provide current university students the opportunity to pursue an interdisciplinary materials specialty.

Participating Departments

Materials related course may be found in the following Engineering Departments: Aerospace, Biological, Chemical, Civil, Electrical/Computer, and Mechanical; as well as in Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, and the College of Forest Resources. Other related courses are often presented through collaboration with staff at the following Centers: ERC/Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVs), ERC/Center for Computational Sciences, Institute for Clean Energy Technology (ICET), and the Raspet Flight Research Laboratory. These departments and programs offer exciting research and education opportunities in a variety of contemporary research fields:

  • nanomaterial processing and modeling
  • polymers and polymeric composites
  • casting and fusion welding
  • solid state welding or joining
  • fatigue and fracture
  • metallurgy
  • electronics and semiconductors
  • organic superconductors
  • ceramics
  • corrosion
  • waste remediation and recycling
  • computational materials
  • biomaterials
  • tissue engineering substrates
  • materials design and selection
  • materials characterization techniques

How the Program Works

To be admitted to the Materials Certificate Program, students must first successfully complete freshman chemistry (CH 1213, CH 1223), freshman calculus (MA 1713, MA 1723), and physics (PH 2213, PH 2223).

To receive the Materials Certificate, students must then complete four additional courses and a 3 hour Directed Study course under the direction of a faculty member of the Materials Working Group. The four traditional courses should be chosen from the “Level” course list.

  • One Course from Level I
  • Two Courses from level II
  • One Course from Level III
  • Plus, One Course Directed Study

A grade of “C” or better must be attained in all four courses, including the Directed Study course. Only one course in Level II can be from the Special Topics category.

In all cases, it is the student’s responsibility to provide official transcripts of all courses taken prior to admission into the program.

An application form, including a proposed course of study, must be completed by the student in consultation and agreement by a faculty in the Materials Working Group.

Materials Working Group

The Materials Working Group is a group of faculty in various disciplines across campus, with a strong interest in promoting teaching and research in the area of materials science and engineering.

Level I

Introduction to Materials Science

ABE 3813

Biophysical Properties of Materials

CE 3314

Construction Materials

CHE 3413

Engineering Materials

ME 3403

Materials in Mechanical Engineering Design

Level II

Basic Materials Properties

CE 4633

Concrete Structures

CH 8990

Polymer Chemistry

ECE 4243

Introduction to Physical Electronics

EM 4133

Mechanics of Composite Materials

EM 4213

Advanced Mechanics of Materials

FP 4323

Physical Properties of Wood

PH 3613

Modern Physics

ME 4133

Mechanical Metallurgy

XX 4990

Special Topics: Courses under development related to basic materials properties (Contact MWG members of individual department)

Level III

Applied Materials Courses

ABE 4523

Biomedical Materials

ENR 4624

Experimental Methods in Materials Research

ASE 4990

Space Environment and Effects

CHE 4990

Particle and Crystallization Technology

ECE 4283

Semiconductor Processing

EPP 8144

Transmission Electron Microscopy

EPP 8223

Scanning Electron Microscopy

FP 4423

Mechanical Properties of Wood

ME 4413

Casting and Joining

ME 4423

Machining and Forming

PH 4813

Introduction to Solid State Physics

XX 8990

Graduate Special Topics in Materials (approval required)

Please note that 4xxx courses may be taken at the graduate level as 6xxx.