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SP20 Enrollment Guidelines

SP20 PA/NP grading option

The university has put in place for SP20 an alternate grading option for students taking letter-graded (A, B, C, D, E) courses. Students may chose to receive a grade of "Pass" or "Non-Pass" (PA/NP) instead of a letter grade. Please follow the appropriate link below.

Be enrolled for SP20 by December 13


We are asking that all students funded by a GRA or Fellowship be properly enrolled for his/her funding type by Friday, December 13. If you cannot meet this deadline, inform Mark Cooper(.73) & Mei Wang(.235) and explain your situation.


All students may make online changes to their schedules through the first Friday of SP20, 1/10/20. See also the semester add / drop dates below.

Funded student enrollment levels

Funded students (i.e., GRA or Fellow): A student's status relative to passing the Candidacy Exam and type of funding dictate the minimum number of credits required to activate funding. Please refer to this SP20 Enrollment Guide (pdf) to keep you above the minimums.

Minimum credits to activate funding in SP20— n e v e r  drop below these credits after the 1st Friday:

  • Post-candidacy = 3 credits (see more detail at the bottom of this page)
  • Pre-candidacy / MS GRA = 8 credits (if GRA is not administered by the Grad School)
  • Pre-candidacy / MS Fellowship & Grad School-administered GRA = 12 credits

If your credits drop below the minimum needed to activate your funding, the fees will revert to you and you will be responsible for the cost of enrollment.

See also the semester add / drop dates below.

Self-funded student enrollment levels

Examples include Distance Learning, GEACE, company-funded, etc.

Self-funded students pursuing a Master's degree or who have not yet passed the Candidacy Exam may enroll as needed; you are not required enroll.* PhD students who have passed the Candidacy Exam are required to enroll in a minimum of three graduate credits per term through the term of graduation.

Ref: Enrollment Guide (pdf)

Fee payment deadlines

  • If you are enrolled in SP20 credits on or before Monday, December 30, your SP20 fees must be paid by close of business on December 30. Failure to do so will cause a $200 late payment fee to be applied to your account. If you find it impossible to pay by this date, please email Mark Cooper(.73).
  • If you enroll on or after December 30, you will have five business days to pay your fees.

* International self-funded students--different visa types may require minimum or maximum levels of enrollment to maintain the visa status. Please consult OSU's Office of International Affairs (OIA) for guidance.

Need permission to enroll in a course?

If you are unable to enroll in a course due to prerequisite issues, please provide Mark Cooper with the following in a single email:

  1. The instructor’s permission to enroll—this can be a forwarded email
  2. Your OSU Student number
  3. Course number
  4. Class number for the specific section of the course in which you wish to be enrolled (be careful to select the class number with the correct “Instruction Mode”, i.e., In-person (meaning on-campus) or Distance Learning (meaning on-line))

MATSCEN 6000 & 7000-level Grad-level courses in SP20


6740 Practical Scanning Electron Microscopy, 1 cr, class #35043 (previously numbered "6193.01")

  • NOTE: This course is graded S/U and thus cannot be used to fulfil graded graduate degree requirements.
  • Instructors: David McComb & Frank Scheltens
  • No online offering
  • W 10:00-11:50 a.m., meets at CEMAS facility
  • This is a practical course designed to introduce students to basic operation techniques of the Scanning Electron Microscope. At the end of the course, students will have an understanding of 1) the capabilities of an SEM, 2) the types of samples compatible with SEM analysis, 3) how to prepare samples for SEM investigation, 4) how to obtain quality images from various types of specimens, and 5) how to overcome some of the issues encountered while analyzing specimens. Students who pass this course will be allowed to book time on Quanta SEM at CEMAS after demonstrating practical understanding of sample loading and vacuum pumping systems. Completion of this course does not count as training on more advanced SEMs and techniques, but will allow future SEM training sessions to focus on proper analysis of the students’ samples, as opposed to basic microscope operation.
  • Prereq: none. Student advisor approval required to confirm that SEM techniques are an important component of their planned research project (provide to instructors on first day of class). MSE 6741 / 6715 are NOT prereqs.


MSE Graduate Electives

MSE 5000-level graduate courses are also available. Consult degree requirements to determine how 5000-level credits help to fulfil your degree. 

6715, Principles of Characterization of Materials, 2 cr

  • Fundamentals of beam-solid interactions and their application to the characterizing the structure and composition of materials. The emphasis of this course will be on techniques utilizing X-ray and electron probes.
  • Prereq: Grad standing in MatScEn or WeldEng, or permission of instructor.

6737Diffusion and Interface Kinetics, 3 cr--MSE PhD Core Course

  • Detailed atomic and phenomenological descriptions of rate limiting steps, diffusion, and interface kinetics with applications involving mass transport and phase transitions in the solid state.
  • Prereq: Grad standing in MatScEn, or permission of instructor. 

6741Practical Transmission Electron Microscopy Lab, 1 cr

  • Transmission Electron Microscopy with emphasis on practical methods.
  • Prereq: Grad standing in MatScEn or WeldEng; or permission of instructor.

6757, Advanced Metallic Materials Processing, 2 cr, class #35144

  • Instructor: Alan Luo
  • A graduate class in design, processing and simulation of advanced metallic materials including alloys (ferrous and non-ferrous) and metal matrix composites.
  • Prereq: Graduate standing in MATSCEN or MAE or ISE; or permission of instructor
  • (Was previously under MSE 6193.02 #11093)

6765, Mechanical Behavior of Materials, 2 cr

  • Mechanical response of materials to loads and deformation.
  • Prereq: Grad standing in MatScEn, or permission of instructor. 

6777, Electronic Properties of Materials, 2 cr

  • In-depth analysis of the structure - property relationships and application of materials in electronics, optics and magnetics.
  • Prereq: Grad standing in Engineering or Science or permission of instructor.

7193.02, Advanced Biomaterials, 1.5 cr, class #11316--NOTE: offered 7wk2

  • Instructor: John Lannutti
  • Description to be provided
  • Prereq: to be provided

7193.02, Advanced Manufacturing for Biomed Devices, 3 cr, class #10791 (online = #10792)

  • Instructor: David Dean      View introductory video
  • Survey of Additive Manufacturing (AM) patient data acquisition and medical device Computer Aided Design  (CAD), medical research and clinical grade AM materials and AM fabrication methods, quality assurance/management systems and regulatory (FDA) approval process.
  • Prereq: Graduate standing in MGEL, MATSCEN, WELDENG, BME, MAE, or ISE, or permission of instructor

7193.02Advanced Atomic Scale Computational Modeling of Materials, 2 cr, class #35410--NEW 12/11/19

  • Instructor: Maryam Ghazisaeidi
  • A project-based in-depth exploration of state-of-the-art computational methods in materials research with emphasis on the atomic scale.
  • Format: Combination of lectures and active learning student projects. Examples of topics include: Fundamentals of density functional theory, Ab initio Thermodynamics, Electronic structure, Magnetic properties and Beyond standard DFT.
  • Prereq: MSE 6756.02 (Computational Materials Modeling – Atomistic Methods) or 6756 (Computational Materials Modeling) with excellent grade, or permission by instructor. 

7193.02, Image Science, 1 cr, class #34134

  • Offered in 1st 7 week session (7wk1)
  • Instructor: Jinwoo Hwang
  • This course presents the conceptual and mathematical foundations of data processing of multi-dimensional scientific experimental data, including electron microscopy images and diffraction patterns. The goal is to cover various topics related to the mathematical and practical aspects of current state-of-the-art image processing and data analysis techniques that are not covered by any of the existing characterization-related courses in our graduate curriculum.
  • Prereq: Grad standing

7193.02Introduction to In-Situ TEM, 1 cr, class #34841

  • Offered in 2nd 7 week session (7wk2)
  • Instructor: Joerg Jinschek
  • Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) as a Lab:
    • How to turn the microscope into an in-situ experimental laboratory while maintaining high resolution TEM imaging and spectroscopy capabilities.
    • Develop the ability to utilize state-of-the-art materials characterization techniques to tackle complex problems in materials science.
    • Introduce and develop an understanding of advanced topics in in-situ characterization, with an emphasis on in-situ scanning / transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM), such as in-situ mechanical testing, heating & cooling, biasing, gas & liquid cell.
    • Topics covered will include: introduction of the concept of structure-propertyfunction in materials; introduction of S/TEM imaging and data acquisition; time resolution; electron beam – sample interaction effects; technical solutions to introduce in-situ stimuli, incl. pros & cons; in-situ vs operando; application in energy materials, functional materials, metals, soft materials, catalysis, corrosion, etc.
    • View syllabus
  • Prereq: Graduate standing in MSE/WE, passed MSE 6741 or 7855, or permission by instructor.

7855, Electron Diffraction, Imaging and Spectroscopies, 2 cr

  • Advanced topics in characterizing materials using transmission electron microscopy. Topics covered include electron diffraction techniques, important imaging modes, and widely used spectroscopy methods.
  • Prereq: 6715, or permission of instructor.

8194, Constitutive Modeling of Materials: Thermodynamics, electromagnetics, and mechanics, 3 cr, class #34872

  • Instructor: Steve Niezgoda
  • A constitutive theory or constitutive model is a relation between two physical quantities that is speci c to a material and approximates the response of that material to external stimuli, such as applied electromagnetic elds or forces. Constitutive models are formulated at the continuum length scale and are often a link between the atomistic description of intrinsic material properties and the properties of heterogeneous materials at the meso or macroscale. Real physical problems often contain too many degrees of freedom to be uniquely solved by fundamental physical balance laws (conservation of energy and momentum).These laws must be combined with experimental observation and thermodynamic principles to develop a physically meaningful solution.
  • Prereq: MATSCEN 6765 or MECHENG 7100 or MECHENG 7040 or permission of instructor. At the very least the student should have a working knowledge of tensor algebra, derivatives, and coordinate transformations.


WELDENG Grad-level courses in SP20

Each is offered in an on-campus and online format unless noted.

7002Physical Principles of Welding Processes II, 3 cr--Primary Core course

  • Study of the application of physical principles in engineering of non-arc welding processes and equipment.
  • Prereq: 7001 or 4001, and Grad standing; or permission of instructor.

7024, High Energy Density Welding Processes, 2 cr

  • Theory and practice of laser, electron beam, and other high energy density welding processes.
  • Prereq: 4001 or 7001, and Grad standing; or permission of instructor.

7101Welding Metallurgy I, 3 cr--Primary Core course

  • Application of physical metallurgy principles to nonequilibrium thermo-mechanical conditions associated with welding in structural alloys and focus on carbon steels.
  • Prereq: Grad standing, or permission of instructor.

7611Welding Metallurgy Laboratory I, 1 cr

  • (optional lab for 7101, not available online)
  • Fundamental understanding of microstructure evolution in alloys and steels during heat treatment, as well as welding through various characterization techniques.
  • Prereq: Grad standing. Concur: 4101 or 7101, or permission of instructor.

7115Computational Modeling of Additive Manufacturing and Welding, 3 cr--Secondary Core course

  • Graduate-level instruction on the theory of temperature, stress, deformation and phase transformation for additive manufacturing and welding, as well as application of industry-standard simulation codes.
  • Prereq: Grad standing in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or Chemistry; or permission of instructor.

7123, Advanced Brazing and Soldering, 3 cr, class #35100 (no online offering)
[Previously listed as "7193.02' under class number 6845]

  • Instructor: Alex Shapiro
  • Graduate level physical-chemical concepts of brazeability and solderability of metals, ceramics, and glasses and focuses on wetting by liquid filler metals, interfacial reactions, phase compositions of joint metal, heterodiffusion, liquid embrittlement, as well as strength and reliability of brazed and soldered joints manufactured in aerospace, electronic, optical, mining, and other industries.
  • Prereq: Graduate standing and WELDENG 4023 or 7023, or permission of instructor
  • View syllabus

7202, Welding Design, 3 cr

  • Fundamentals of design and application of codes and standards for welded structures.
  • Prereq: Grad standing, or permission of instructor.

7301Nondestructive Evaluation, 3 cr--Secondary Core course

  • Main concepts of Nondestructive Evaluation of materials as apply to inspections of joints and structures; principles of conventional methods, their capabilities and limitations.
  • Prereq: Grad standing, or permission of instructor.

7406Welding of Plastics and Composites, 3 cr--Secondary Core course

  • Theory and practice in welding of plastics and polymeric composites, including theory and analysis of welding processes, part and joint design, and process selection.
  • Prereq: Grad standing, or permission of instructor.

7407, Adhesive Bonding and Mechanical Joining of Plastics, 2 cr

  • Fundamentals of adhesive bonding science and technology and methods for mechanical joining of plastics including fasteners, snap-fits, press-fits, swaging, and staking.
  • Prereq: Grad standing, or permission of instructor.


Add / Drop dates and other important SP20 dates

OSU students are responsible to adhere to the university’s schedule for the adding and dropping of courses.

The key dates to keep in mind are:


December 13—Be properly enrolled for your funding type per the enrollment guide.

[December 30—Fee payment date for self or company-funded students.]

January 10 (1st Friday of SP20)—Last day student may make online enrollment changes in BuckeyeLink.
Add and drop credits on-line through the 1st Friday of a term (1/10).

  • After the 1st Friday, DO NOT DROP ANY CREDITS ONLINE, SERIOUSLY! Talk to Mark first.

    Many students, in a well-intentioned desire to adjust their research credits to meet the 18 credit max, drop all 6999 credits after the first Friday thinking that they’ll just re-add the correct number. However, they find they can’t re-add credits without a paper form. This leaves the student in an under-enrolled status and reverts all the fees back to the student [GASP!]

    The Fixer. So, after the first Friday, email Mark with your planned schedule changes (with all permissions and class numbers) and he will ask the Grad School to make the adjustments to your schedule.

January 11-17 (4:30 p.m., i.e., through the 2nd Friday)—A course may be added through the 2nd Friday by sending in a single email to Mark Cooper(.73) the following items:

  • the instructor’s emailed permission,
  • the course number,
  • unique class number, and
  • student's OSU student ID number

Mark will forward your email to the Grad School to ask that they add you to the course.

January 17—Full-term courses added after the 2nd Friday will be assessed a $100 late add fee per course (beginning 1/18). Check with Mark about how to add credits after the 2nd Friday.

Dropping credits (withdrawing from a course)—be sure when dropping credits to not fall below the minimum needed to activate your funding (see enrollment guide).

January 31—the 4th Friday of the term (1/31)…

  • drops on or before this date will not be reflected on the transcript.
  • If dropping a course between the 1st and 4th Fridays (1/10 through 1/31), please send in a single email to Mark Cooper(.73) the following items:
    • the instructor’s emailed permission to drop,
    • the course number,
    • its unique class number,
    • student's OSU student ID number

Mark will forward your email to the Grad School to ask that they remove you from the course.

February 1 through March 20—Dropping credits after the 4th Friday and on or before 4:30 p.m. on the 10th Friday (2/1-3/20) will cause a “W” to appear as the grade for the course on your transcript (does not have a negative effect on your GPA).

To drop a course during this period, please send in a single email to Mark Cooper(.73) the following items:

  • your advisor’s emailed approval
  • the instructor’s emailed permission to drop,
  • the course number,
  • its unique class number,
  • student's OSU student ID number

March 21-April 20—After the 10th Friday (3/20) a student cannot withdraw from a class.


Refund dates

If a student withdraws from credits on or before the dates below, the university will refund to the funding source a percentage of the tuition payments.

  • 100% refund: 1st Friday (1/10/20)
  • 75% refund: 2nd Friday (1/17/20)
  • 50% refund: 4th Friday (1/31/20)
  • [there is no 25% refund option]


Misc. but important

Help! There’s a hold on my account!

Did you click through the Financial Responsibility Statement to release the hold?

The link for this will be on the right side of your Student Center home page, under either the “Holds” or the “To Do” section. View instructions (pdf)

Time conflict?    DO NOT enroll in online (Distance Learning) courses

Do not enroll in both on-campus and online (DL) credits to address a time conflict.

Time conflict? If an on-campus student has a time conflict between two courses and would like to use recorded lectures to address the conflict, the student must register for only the on-campus sections. To address the conflict, use a Course Enrollment Permission form (pdf) to register the class with the conflict. Take the signed form to the Grad School or forward a scan of the signed form to Mark Cooper who will ask the Graduate School to register the course with a time conflict.

Why? Courses formatted for the two populations (those on Columbus campus and those accessing classes online) are assessed different fees. The fees are triggered based on the "instruction mode" of the course, "in person" or "distance learning". If a student registers for DL and on-campus credits, the student is charged all of the on-campus fees plus the extra DL fees.

Register with Engineering Career Services (ECS)

Go to ECS site

Engineering Career Services provides information, assistance, friendly support and technology resources necessary for candidates to effectively utilize program services and develop career management skills that last a lifetime. Whether you need a resume consultation, help with job search questions, or assistance with preparing for on-campus interview and recruiting events, we are here to help you!

MSE and WE 7895 Seminar and Colloquium

A note about the class times for MSE 7895 and WE 7895 in the Fall…

  • WELDENG 7895 will meet Mondays at 3:30 p.m. in ED 111. Occasionally, speakers of interest to both groups of students, WE & MSE, will be scheduled. In such cases the announcement will list the location, probably 264 MQ.
  • MATSCEN 7895 will meet in 264 MQ M - W - F @ 3:00-3:55 p.m.

Speaking schedules are being developed and will be posted on the MSE Department's Events page.

Reminder of new MSE 7895 minimum requirements

The minimum number of required enrollments in MSE 7895, in which the student has earned a grade of Satisfactory, is THREE (3).

  • If, during your time in the MSE grad program, you have already earned an S grade in three semesters of MSE 7895 you are no longer required to enroll in MSE 7895. You may continue to enroll, but it is NOT required under the new curriculum.
  • The three semesters of required MSE 7895 enrollment do not need to be sequential (i.e., the student's first three semesters in the program). However, for PhD students at least two S-graded semesters of MSE 7895 must occur before taking the Candidacy Exam. 

Candidacy Exam and SP20 enrollment

If you have not passed the Candidacy Exam as of Friday, January 3, please enroll for the pre-Candidacy credit amount, per the Enrollment Guide for SP20. If you satisfactorily complete the Candidacy Exam at any point during AU19, between 8/20/19 and 1/3/20, you will enroll in 3 credits in SP20. 

Ref: Enrollment Guide (pdf)

Post-Candidacy enrollment

Three credit rule

After passing Candidacy, the Graduate School requires a student to be enrolled in at least three graduate credits every term through the term of graduation. So, for MSE & WE post-Candidacy (a.k.a. “PCD”) students, the goal is to enroll in three credits; this is the minimum needed to be full-time in post-candidacy and the max that project funding (GRA/Fellowship) must pay.

          Typical for MSE: 3 of 8999

          Typical for WE: 1 cr 7895 + 2 cr 8999

Goal is 3 total credits If a post-candidacy student needs to enroll in some other credits—for example a class, IA service, Dissertation Overview, etc.—the student should reduce the 8999 credits in order to get to three total. Any situation in which a post-candidacy student is enrolling in more than three credits requires prior approval from the student’s advisor (or funding source).

Why—Budgeting for the expenses of post-candidacy students is based on paying for three credits per term. Enrollment at OSU for each credit from 1 to 8 has an increasing, per credit cost (see Fee Tables). If a post-candidacy student enrolls in more than the mandated three credits the funding source is compelled to pay fees for which it may not have budgeted. Unexpected costs may be passed along to the student, so be sure the funding source is willing to pay for additional credits before enrolling.

MATSCEN 8000, MSE Dissertation Overview

Timing--During the MSE Ph.D. student’s fourth year of study--and at least six months before Dissertation Defense--an MSE Ph.D. student is to provide a Dissertation Overview [more].

Post-Candidacy MSE students giving a Dissertation Overview sometime between 1/6/20 and 5/5/20 must register for MSE 8000. This is a one credit S/U “course”, the sole requirement of which is submission of an MSE Dissertation Overview Report form to the MSE Graduate Studies Chair during the term of enrollment. Doing so will allow a grade of S to be posted.

Enrollment in the term of a Dissertation Overview:

          1 cr MSE 8000 + 2 cr MSE 8999


  • Do not sign up if you do not intend to hold your Overview, you don’t want a “U” on your transcript next to Dissertation Overview.
  • Communicate with the GSC Chair if you’re having a hard time meeting deadlines (no surprises, please).
  • DO NOT put this off to the term before or the term of graduation!

Watch your campuses!

Probably not a big deal for grad students, but BuckeyeLink/Student Center no longer defaults its searches to Columbus campus courses. Instead, it provides search results for all OSU campuses. Since there are no grad-level MSE or WE courses offered at Lima or Marion, etc. this won’t be a big deal. However, if you take a course in, for example, the Arts & Sciences College, be sure to specify the campus in the “Advanced Search” fields.





Review the SP20 Enrollment Guide (pdf)

Faculty advisor for guidance on which courses to take.

Mark Cooper for questions about credit levels, deadlines, and general bureaucracy