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 101 recommended)1
MSE 201Materials Lab I0.5
MSE 202Materials Lab II0.5
MSE 215Introduction to Functional Materials: From Macro to Nanoscale1
MSE 220Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering1
MSE 260Energetics of Macro and Nano-scale Materials1
MSE 301Materials Lab III0.5
MSE 330Self-Assembly of Soft Materials1
MSE 360Structure at the Nanoscale1
MSE 393Materials Selection1
MSE 405Mechanical Properties of Macro/Nanoscale Materials1
MSE 440Phase Transformations1
MSE 460Computational Materials Science1
MSE 495Senior Design1
MSE 496Senior Design1
Math and Natural Science
MATH 104Calculus, Part I1
MATH 114Calculus, Part II1
MATH 240Calculus, Part III1
MATH 241Calculus, Part IV1
or ENM 251 Analytical Methods for Engineering
Mathematics Elective1
PHYS 140Principles of Physics I (without laboratory)1
or MEAM 110 Introduction to Mechanics
PHYS 141Principles of Physics II (without laboratory)1
CHEM 101General Chemistry I1
CHEM 053General Chemistry Laboratory I0.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II1
MSE 221Quantum Physics of Materials1
Technical Electives
ENGR 105Introduction to Scientific Computing1
MSE Elective1
Tech Elective 11
Tech Elective 22
General Electives 3
EAS 203Engineering 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


 Students may select one of three concentrations:

  • 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 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.