Undergraduate Curriculum

The B.S. degree program in Materials Science and Engineering requires a minimum of 128 hours for graduation and includes a minimum of one year of courses in college-level mathematics and basic sciences, one and one-half years of engineering science and design courses in the chosen area and a general education component that complements the technical content. The ceramics, electronic materials, metals, and polymers areas have a common curriculum through the junior year, including one course in the second semester, junior year in their chosen area. Students in the biomaterials area take a subset of the junior year courses and additional biology courses.

Focus Areas
Technical Electives
Polymer Science and Engineering Minor
MatSE Minor

Curriculum Map
Resource for students and advisors:
Metals, Ceramics, Polymers, Electronic Materials  |  Biomaterials

Curriculum Outline
Semester 1 – Freshmen
Semester 2 – Freshmen
Semester 3 – Sophomore
Semester 4 – Sophomore
Semester 5 – Junior
Biomaterials Semester 5 – Junior
Semester 6 – Junior
Biomaterials Semester 6 – Junior
Semester 7 – Senior
Biomaterials Semester 7 – Senior
Semester 8 – Senior
Biomaterials Semester 8 – Senior


Semester 1 — Freshmen

Course
Description Credit
CHEM 102 General Chemistry 3
CHEM 103 General Chemistry Lab 1
MATH 221 Calculus I 4
ENG 100 Engineering Orientation 0
RHET 105 Principles of Composition or elective in social sciences/humanities 3-4
MSE 182 Intro to Materials Sci. and Eng. 2
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Semester 2 — Freshmen

Course
Description Credit
CHEM 104 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 105 General Chemistry Lab II 1
MATH 231 Calculus II 3
MATH 225 Introductory Matrix Theory 2
PHYS 211 Univ. Physics: Mechanics 4
MSE 183 Freshman Materials Laboratory (1)
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  Elective in social sciences or humanities or
RHET 105 if not taken in Semester 1
3-4
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Semester 3 — Sophomore


Course
Description Credit
MATH 241 Calculus III 4
PHYS 212 Univ. Physics: Elec & Mag 4
MSE 201 Phases and Phase Relations 3
CS 101 Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci 3
  Elective in social sciences or humanities 3
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Semester 4 — Sophomore


Course
Description Credit
PHYS 214 Univ. Physics: Quantum Physics 2
MSE 206 Mechanics for MatSE 4
ECE 205 Elec & Electronic Circuits 3
MATH 285 Intro Differential Equations 3
  Elective in social sciences or humanities 3
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Areas of Concentration
(Ceramics, Electronic Materials, Metals, Polymers, Biomaterials)

Semester 5 — Junior


Course
Description Credit
MSE 401 Thermodynamics of Materials 4
MSE 406 Thermal-Mech Behavior of Materials 3
MSE 307 Materials Laboratory I 3
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IE 300 Analysis of Data 3
  Elective in social sciences and humanities 3
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Biomaterials Semester 5 — Junior


Course
Description Credit
MSE 401 Thermodynamics of Materials 4
MSE 307 Materials Laboratory I 3
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CHEM 232 Elementary Organic Chemistry I 3
MCB 150 Molec & Cellular Basis of Life 4
MSE 406 Thermal-Mechanical Behavior 3
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Semester 6 — Junior


Course
Description Credit
MSE 402 Kinetic Processes in Materials 3
MSE 304 Electronic Properties of Materials 3
MSE 405 Microstructure Characterization 3
MSE 308 Materials Laboratory II 3
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MSE 4XX or ECE 340 Area intro course 3
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  Elective in social sciences or humanities 3
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Biomaterials Semester 6 — Junior


Course
Description Credit
MSE 402 Kinetic Processes in Materials 3
MSE 308 Materials Laboratory II 3
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MCB 252 Cells, Tissues & Development 3
IE 300 Analysis of Data 3
  Elective in social sciences or humanities 3
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Semester 7 — Senior


Course
Description Credit
  Technical elective 3
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MSE 4XX Area specialty courses 6
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MSE 4XX Area specialty course in a different area 3
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  Free elective 3
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Biomaterials Semester 7 — Senior


Course
Description Credit
MSE 470 Design and Use of Biomaterials 3
  Area specialty course 2
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MCB 450 Introductory Biochemistry 3
  Area specialty course in a different area 3
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  Elective in social sciences or humanities 3
  Free elective 3
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Semester 8 — Senior


Course
Description Credit
MSE 395 Materials Design 2
  Area specialty course (senior lab; area elective for polymer conc.) 3
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  Area elective 3
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  Technical elective 3
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  Free elective 3
  Elective in social sciences or humanities 3
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Biomaterials Semester 8 — Senior


Course
Description Credit
MSE 395 Materials Design 2
  Area specialty course

3
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MSE 472 Biomaterials Laboratory 3
  Area specialty course in a different area 3
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 < Elective in social sciences or humanities 3
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  Free elective 3
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Footnotes

  1. This course is highly recommended for freshmen, who may use it to help meet free elective requirements.
  2. Each student must satisfy the social sciences and humanities requirements of the College of Engineering and the campus general education requirements for social sciences and humanities. General Education Requirements
  3. Satisfies the General Education Composition II requirement.
  4. To be selected from the list of area courses as established by the department to provide an acceptable level of study in the student's chosen area. Areas of Concentration (Ceramics, Electronic Materials, Metals, Polymers, Biomaterials) Note that the courses listed as Area Technical Electives may not satisfy the requirement of an area specialty course in a different area.
  5. Technical Electives
  6. For the biomaterials concentration, the two "other-area specialty" courses should come from the same concentration area.