CHME 361. Engineering Materials


1. Course number and name

CHME 361. Engineering Material 

2. Credits and contact hours

3 credit hours = 45 contact hours per semester

3. Instructor’s or course coordinator’s name

 Dr. Paul K. Andersen

4. Text book, title, author, and year

Michael F. Ashby and David R. H. Jones (2012), Engineering Materials 1: An Introduction to Properties, Applications, and Design, Fourth Edition. (Oxford: Elsevier.)

a. other supplemental materials

P. K. Andersen (2017) Study Guide for Engineering Materials 1. (Available on the course Canvas site)

5. Specific course information

a. catalog description:  Bonding and crystal structure of simple materials. Electrical and mechanical properties of materials. Phase diagrams and heat treatment. Corrosion and environmental effects. Application of concepts to metal alloys, ceramics, polymers, and composites. Selection of materials for engineering design.

b. prerequisites: CHEM 111G or CHEM 114 or CHEM 115; MATH 190G co-requisites: none

c. required, elective, or selected elective (as per Table 5-1): required

6. Specific goals for the course

a. The student will be able to…

  • Explain the relationships between composition, bonding, structure, and properties.
  • Explain the effects of supply and demand on materials prices.
  • Compute stress and strain and identify important mechanical properties.
  • Explain the effects of defects on material properties.
  • Explain the common modes of materials failure.
  • Predict rates of materials failures.
  • Select materials to avoid failure.
  • Explain the origins of electrical and magnetic properties.
  • Discuss contemporary issues in materials science and engineering.

b. Criterion 3 Student Outcomes specifically addressed by this course are found in a mapping of outcomes against all CHME courses in the curriculum.

7. Brief list of topics to be covered

  • Materials and Properties
  • Price and Availability
  • Bonding and Structure
  • Stress and Strain
  • Yielding and Ductility
  • Fracture and Toughness
  • Fatigue
  • Creep Deformation and Fracture
  • Oxidation and Corrosion
  • Friction and Wear
  • Electric and Magnetic Properties

Common Syllabus Addendum

The NMSU Department of Chemical Engineering maintains a syllabus addendum containing course requirements common to all courses with the CH E prefix online.  This document is accessible from the URL: