Loyola University Maryland

Department of Engineering

Materials Engineering Concentration

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What is Materials Science/Materials Engineering?

Materials science is a wide-ranging interdisciplinary field of science and engineering involving the study of the relationship between the structures of materials (from nano- to macro-scale) and their properties and performance.

Material properties are important in many engineering activities including design, testing, reliability and failure analysis, and product and process development.

Materials engineering involves selecting materials, improving their properties and performance, lowering their manufactured costs, developing new processing methods, and increasing their durability and utility.

Materials are often the starting point for innovation of new products, and materials engineers are frequently on the leading edge in various industries developing as examples: stronger alloys, tougher ceramics, less costly and better performing composites, bio-materials for skin grafts and implants, and fiber optics.

Materials engineers are employed in a variety industries including microelectronics, computer manufacture, telecommunications, automotive, aeronautical/aerospace, building products, energy production, health care, and sports equipment as well as in basic research.

More information about the field of materials engineering, including short interviews with practicing professionals, is available at the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.

Requirements and guidelines for a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, with a concentration in materials engineering:

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

  • EG 101 Intro. to Engineering
  • MA 251 Calculus I
  • PH 201 General Physics I
  • PH 291 Gen. Physics Lab I 
  • WR 100 Effective Writing
  • Language Core

Spring Semester

  • Social Science Core
  • MA 252 Calculus II
  • PH 202 General Physics II
  • PH 292 Gen. Physics Lab II
  • HS 101 History of Modern Western Civilization
  • Language Core

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

  • CH 101 General Chemistry I
  • CH 105 Gen. Chemistry Lab I
  • EG 031 Linear Circuit Analysis Lab
  • EG 331 Linear Circuit Analysis
  • EG 301 Statics
  • MA 351 Calculus III
  • PL 201- Foundations of Philosophy
  • EG 120 MATLAB Tools for Engineering and Science

Spring Semester

  • EG 051 Materials Science Lab
  • EG 302 Dynamics
  • EG 351 Intro. to Engineering Materials
  • EG 380 Thermodynamics
  • MA 304 Differential Equations
  • MA 301 Introduction to Linear Algebra
  • EG 130 Excel Tools for Engineering and Science

Junior Year

Fall Semester

  • EG 390 Experimental Methods
  • EG 320 Solid Mechanics Lab
  • EG 420 Solid Mechanics
  • EG 381 Probability & Statistics
  • EN 101 Understanding Literature
  • Engineering Concentration Elective
  • Engineering Elective

Spring Semester

  • EG 441 Engineering Systems Analysis
  • PL 200-Level Philosophical Perspectives Course
  • English Core
  • History Core
  • EG 426 Computer-Aided
  • Simulation and Design
  • Engineering Concentration Elective

Senior Year

Fall Semester

  • EG 497 Engineering Design Project I
  • TH 201 Introduction to Theology
  • Fine Arts Core
  • Social Science Core
  • Engineering Concentration Elective
  • Non-Departmental Elective

Spring Semester

  • EG 498 Engineering Design Project II
  • Ethics Core
  • Theology Core
  • Engineering Concentration Elective
  • Non-Departmental Elective
  • Non-Departmental Elective 

The engineering and non-departmental electives may be taken in any order, but consideration should be given to the affect this will have on selection of a capstone design project in EG 497-498 during the senior year. The senior design topic must be derived from the 400-level engineering courses that have been taken prior to beginning the senior design sequence. These courses form the technical basis for the project. The junior and senior years should be planned during the second semester sophomore year when the students choose between either Materials Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.

Materials Engineering:

  • EG 452 Electrical and Magnetic Properties of Materials
  • EG 453 Structure of Solids
  • EG 454 Mechanical Properties of Materials
  • EG 455 Transformations in Solids
  • EG 459 Special Topics in Materials Engineering