Hierarchical Materials Cluster Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.

Students in the program will complete degree requirements in their respective home departments of MSE, Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Mechanical Engineering. The core curriculum will consist of a for-credit graduate apprenticeship seminar together with two electives taken from the following list of courses:

  • MSE376: Nanomaterials;
  • MSE380: Introduction to Surface Science and Spectroscopy;
  • MSE451: Physics of Solids;
  • MSE456: Functional Metamaterials;
  • MSE458 Atomic-Scale Computational Materials Science;
  • MSE460: Electron Microscopy;
  • CHEM 307: Materials and Nano Chemistry;
  • CHEM 345: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry;
  • CHEM448: Computational Chemistry;
  • CHEM445: Science and Technology at the Nanoscale;
  • PHYX422-1,2,3: Condensed Matter Physics;
  • PHYX436: Mesoscopic and Nanometer Scale Physics;
  • PHYX450: Advanced Topics in Condensed Matter Physics;
  • EECS384: Solid State Electronic Devices;
  • ESAM346: Modeling/Computation.

Additional courses are being developed specifically for the program, and courses not listed may be counted towards the program requirement by petition to the executive committee.

Graduate students in the program will form a thesis committee consisting of at least two program members with one member from outside the student’s home department. Participation in extra-curricular program activities is expected.

Prospective students should indicate interest in the Hierarchal Materials program on applications to the graduate programs of their intended home departments (MSE, Chemistry, EECS, Physics, Mech E).  Students are admitted into the Hierarchical Materials program at the end of the first year of study.  Further details on the process will be provided in the summer of the first year.