Graduate Certificate in Materials Science and Engineering (G.C.MSE)

Program Brochure


The Interdisciplinary Certificate Program in Materials Science and Engineering is designed to provide both current LSU graduate students and new graduate students in the College of Engineering and College of Science an opportunity to enhance their career opportunities in industry, government laboratories, academia, and entrepreneurship. The program emphasizes the multidisciplinary nature of the study of materials and the engineering application of their properties.



The Graduate Certificate in Materials Science and Engineering requires 15 credit hours of coursework in five core studies from eight different departments in two colleges providing the student exposure to:


Credit Hours

LSU Course Title

LSU Course Designation

Modern Materials Science & Engineering


Overview of Modern Materials PHYS 7895*
Low Dimensional Systems CHE 7700*
Materials Deformation and Fracture of Engineering Materials ME 4733
Semiconductor Materials EE 7260
Advanced Mechanics of Materials CE 4440
Solid State Physics PHYS 4261
Condensed Matter Physics I PHYS 7363

Thermodynamics of Materials


Thermodynamics of Solid Materials ME 7753
Statistical Mechanics PHYS 7225
Introduction to Statistical Thermodynamics CHEM 4597
Kinetics in Materials Processes ME 4743
Chemical Thermodynamics CHEM 4596
Defects, Diffusion, and Transformations in Solids ME 7743

Synthesis of Materials


Integrated Circuit Engineering EE 7240
Solid State Materials Chemistry CHEM 7770
Composite Materials: Manufacturing Properties & Design ME 4783
Thin Films Science and Technology ME 7953
Processing of Advanced Materials CHE 4270
Macromolecular Systems I CHEM 4010
Macromolecular Systems II CHEM 4011
Industrial Organic Chemistry CHEM 4160
Metal Catalysis CHEM 7760
Advanced Lithography and Metrology EE 7244

Materials Analysis


Materials characterization using electron beam methods ME 7723
Surface Physics and Materials Analysis PHYS 7360
Spectroscopy – Surface Science CHEM 7750
X-ray and Synchrotron Analyses GEOL 7090*
Advanced Materials Analysis ME 4723
Damage Characterization and Mechanics CE 7490
Solid Mechanics CE 7475
Stress Analysis ME 4273
Neutron and X-ray Scattering CHEM 7780*

Modeling & Simulation in Materials Science


Finite Element Methods in Engineering CE 7455
Computational Chemistry CHEM 7292
Simulation of Materials ME 7953*
Computational Physics PHYS 7411
Finite Element Methods CE 4450
Plasticity and Viscoplasticity CE 7480
Mechanics of Composite Materials CE 7485
Topics in the Mathematics of Material Science MATH 7384
Atomistic Modeling in Earth Materials and Geochemistry GEOL 7900*

































*Offered as a special topics course, check with the offering department to verify matching course title.

Note: Students may petition for credit of other LSU graduate level courses that are related to materials science but not included in this list. The petition should be addressed to the
committee chair and include a copy of the syllabus, course description, and general topic area.



Prof. Ying Wang
LSU Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Office: 225-578-8577 



If you are interested in earning a Graduate Certificate in Materials Science and Engineering, please complete the following form and we will follow up with your request.