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DEPARTMENT OF METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING (MTE)

Professor Ramana G. Reddy, Interim Department Head
Office: A-129 Bevill Building

The breadth of training afforded engineers specializing in metallurgical and materials engineering permits entry into many exciting technical fields. All fields of engineering involve metallic, ceramic, polymeric, or composite materials. Virtually every component of any engineered structure is limited by the properties of the materials chosen for its fabrication. The selection, methods of production, heat treatment, and finishing of the materials involved in all aspects of systems of transportation, power generation, communication, food preparation, entertainment, and housing depend on individuals trained in materials. Exciting challenges exist in the development and application of 21st-century materials, which range from the new generation of superconductors and ultralightweight composites to new magnetic recording media and sophisticated high-temperature alloys.

It is the objective of the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering undergraduate program to provide an educational experience that develops the fundamental scientific and technical engineering principles to prepare the student for the 21st century. Students receive an integrated learning experience, which includes classroom and laboratory courses that enhance their analytical, experimental, synthesis, and design skills for problem solving, that address their responsibilities to society and the environment, and that emphasize the growth of their teamwork, communicative, and leadership talents. Student learning is stimulated by modern facilities that include sophisticated equipment and advanced computer technology in which individual attention is the rule rather than the exception.

Graduates of The University of Alabama’s metallurgical engineering curriculum have distinguished themselves in many careers, holding a wide range of managerial, scientific, and engineering posts across the country in industry, government, and education. The four-year program leading to the BS degree in metallurgical engineering involves a 120-credit-hour course sequence. Advanced study may then be pursued, if desired, to earn the MS or PhD degree.

Manufacturing engineering certificate program. The manufacturing engineering certificate curriculum is a 34-credit-hour course sequence that can be taken concurrently with the courses required for a bachelor’s degree. Most of the manufacturing engineering courses are acceptable electives in the bachelor’s degree program. This certificate program requires 7 or 8 hours beyond the regular bachelor’s program. A student completing all requirements receives the BS degree and a certificate indicating completion of the additional requirements. The student’s transcript will indicate completion of the certificate program. Students interested in the certificate program should contact their advisors.

METALLURGICAL ENGINEERING CURRICULUM

Revised January 2000

FRESHMAN YEAR
 
First SemesterHours
CH 101 General Chemistry I (N) 4
DR 100 Technical Sketching for Engineers1
EN 101 English Composition I (FC) 3
GES 131 Foundations of Engineering I2
MATH 125 Calculus I (MA) 4
MTE 101 Introduction to Materials1
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15
 
Second Semester
CH 102 General Chemistry II (N) 4
EC 110 Principles of Microeconomics (SB) 3
EN 102 English Composition II (FC) 3
GES 132 Foundations of Engineering II2
MATH 126 Calculus II (MA) 4
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16
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
 
First Semester1
MATH 227 Calculus III (MA) 4
MTE 252 Metallurgical Process Calculations (C) 3
MTE 271 Engineering Materials: Structure and Properties3
PH 105 General Physics with Calculus I (N) 4
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14
 
Second Semester
AEM 201 Statics3
MATH 238 Applied Differential Equations I3
MTE 275 Engineering Materials I Laboratory2
MTE 362 Thermodynamics of Materials3
PH 106 General Physics with Calculus II (N) 4
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15
JUNIOR YEAR
 
First Semester
ECE 320 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering3
MTE 380 Synthesis, Processing, and Manufacturing of Materials3
MTE 373 Physical Metallurgy4
Advanced science elective1 3
Humanities elective (HU) 3
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16
 
Second Semester
MTE 353 Transport Phenomena in Metallurgy (C) 3
MTE 416 Fundamentals of Foundry Processing3
MTE 455 Mechanical Behavior of Materials3
Advanced science elective1 3
Social and behavioral sciences elective (SB) 3
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15
 
SENIOR YEAR
 
First Semester
MTE 441 Chemical Metallurgy3
MTE 443 Materials Engineering Design I2
MTE 481 Analytical Methods for Materials (W) 3
MTE elective2 3
Humanities elective (HU) 3
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14
 
Second Semester
MTE 445 Materials Engineering Design II (W) 3
MTE elective3 3
Advanced mathematics or statistics elective4 3
Humanities elective (HU) 3
History or social and behavioral sciences elective (HI/SB)3
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15
 
Total: 120 hours

1A list of acceptable science and math electives is available in the metallurgical and materials engineering department’s office.
2MTE students may take any MTE 400-level or higher courses with the permission of the instructor.
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