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DEPARTMENT OF METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING (MTE)

Professor Viola L. Acoff, Department Head
Office: 116 Houser Hall

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.

METALLURGICAL Engineering Curriculum

Revised January 2000

FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester Hours
   
CH 101 General Chemistry I (N) 4
DR 100 Engineering Sketching 1
EN 101 English Composition I (FC) 3
GES 131 Foundations Engineering I 2
MATH 125 Calculus I (MA) 4
MTE 101 Introduction to Materials 1
  ___
  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 II 2
MATH 126 Calculus II (MA) 4
  ___
  16
   
SOPHOMORE YEAR
   
First Semester  
MATH 227 Calculus III (MA) 4
MTE 252 Metallurgical Process Calculations (C) 3
MTE 271 Engineering Materials: Structure and Properties 3
PH 105 General Physics with Calculus I (N) 4
  ___
  14
   
Second Semester  
AEM 201 Statics 3
MATH 238 Applied Differential Equations I 3
MTE 275 Engineering Materials I Laboratory 2
MTE 362 Thermodynamics of Materials 3
PH 106 General Physics with Calculus II (N) 4
  ___
  15
   
JUNIOR YEAR
   
First Semester  
ECE 320 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering 3
MTE 380 Synthesis, Processing, and Manufacturing of Materials 3
MTE 373 Physical Metallurgy 4
Advanced science elective1 3
Humanities elective (HU/L/FA) 3
  ___
  16
   
Second Semester  
MTE 353 Transport Phenomena in Metallurgy (C) 3
MTE 416 Fundamentals of Foundry Processing 3
MTE 455 Mechanical Behavior of Materials 3
Advanced science elective1 3
Social and behavioral sciences elective (HI/SB) 3
  ___
  15
 
SENIOR YEAR
   
First Semester  
MTE 441 Chemical Metallurgy 3
MTE 443 Materials Engineering Design I 2
MTE 481 Analytical Methods for Materials (W) 3
MTE elective2 3
Humanities elective (HU/L/FA) 3
  ___
  14
   
   
Second Semester  
MTE 445 Materials Engineering Design II (W) 3
MTE elective3 3
Advanced mathematics or statistics elective4 3
Humanities elective (HU/L/FA) 3
History or social and behavioral sciences elective (HI/SB) 3
  ___
  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.

 

Although the publisher of this catalog has made every reasonable effort to attain factual accuracy herein, no responsibility is assumed for editorial, clerical, or printing errors or error occasioned by honest mistake. All information contained in this catalog is subject to change by the appropriate officials of The University of Alabama without prior notice.

 

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