Materials Science and Engineering, BSE

The Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) program reflects the explosive growth of interest in the nano and bio sectors of engineering science and technology. MSE prepares students to use fundamental scientific principles to synthesize, manipulate, design and characterize the structural and functional properties of advanced engineering materials. The program offers students advantages seldom found in other MSE programs: the opportunity to tailor the curriculum to their own interests, guaranteed research experience and an excellent student-faculty ratio.

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Major Requirements

37 course units are required.

Engineering Elective (ENGR 1010 recommended)1
MSE 2010Materials Lab I0.5
MSE 2020Materials Lab II0.5
MSE 2150Introduction to Functional Materials: From Macro to Nanoscale1
MSE 2200Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering1
MSE 2600Energetics of Macro and Nano-scale Materials1
MSE 3010Materials Lab III0.5
MSE 3300Self-Assembly of Soft Materials1
MSE 3600Structure at the Nanoscale1
MSE 3930Materials Selection1
MSE 4050Mechanical Properties of Macro/Nanoscale Materials1
MSE 4400Phase Transformations1
MSE 4600Computational Materials Science1
MSE 4950Senior Design1
MSE 4960Senior Design1
Math and Natural Science
MATH 1400Calculus, Part I1
MATH 1410Calculus, Part II1
MATH 2400Calculus, Part III1
MATH 2410Calculus, Part IV1
or ENM 2510 Analytical Methods for Engineering
Mathematics Elective1
PHYS 0140Principles of Physics I (without laboratory)1
or MEAM 1100 Introduction to Mechanics
PHYS 0141Principles of Physics II (without laboratory)1
CHEM 1012General Chemistry I1
CHEM 1101General Chemistry Laboratory I.5
CHEM 1022General Chemistry II1
MSE 2210Quantum Physics of Materials1
Technical Electives
ENGR 1050Introduction to Scientific Computing1
MSE Elective2
Tech Elective 12
General Electives 2
EAS 2030Engineering Ethics1
Select 4 Social Science or Humanities courses4
Select 2 Social Science or Humanities or Technology in Business & Society courses2
Free Elective
Select 1 course unit of free electives1
Total Course Units37

Includes any Engineering, Math or Natural Science


Must include a Writing Seminar (a list of approved Writing Seminars can be found in the SEAS Undergraduate Handbook)


 Students may select one of four concentrations:

  • Biomaterials and Biomimetics
  • Electronic & Optical Devices and Sensors
  • Energy and Sustainability
  • Nanotechnology

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.