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
40 course units are required. Read more about the Undergraduate Student Handbook.
|ENGR 105||Introduction to Scientific Computing||1|
|MSE 215||Introduction to Functional Materials: From Macro to Nanoscale||1|
|MSE 220||Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering||1|
|MSE 250||Nano-scale Materials Lab||1|
|MSE 260||Energetics of Macro and Nano-scale Materials||1|
|MSE 330||Self-Assembly of Soft Materials||1|
|MSE 360||Structure at the Nanoscale||1|
|MSE 393||Materials Selection||1|
|MSE 405||Mechanical Behavior of Macro/Nanoscale Materials||1|
|MSE 440||Phase Transformations||1|
|MSE 460||Computational Materials Science||1|
|MSE 495||Senior Design||1|
|MSE 496||Senior Design||1|
|MATH 104||Calculus, Part I||1|
|MATH 114||Calculus, Part II||1|
|MATH 240||Calculus, Part III||1|
|MATH 241||Calculus, Part IV 1||1|
|or ENM 251||Analytical Methods for Engineering|
|Engineering Probability (recommended)|
|PHYS 140||Principles of Physics I (without laboratory) 2||1|
|or MEAM 110||Introduction to Mechanics|
|PHYS 141||Principles of Physics II (without laboratory)||1|
|CHEM 101||General Chemistry I||1|
|CHEM 053||General Chemistry Laboratory I||0.5|
|CHEM 102||General Chemistry II||1|
|CHEM 054||General Chemistry Laboratory II||0.5|
|MSE 221||Quantum Physics of Materials||1|
|Engineering, Math or Natural Science Electives 3||3|
|Social Sciences and Humanities 4|
|EAS 203||Engineering Ethics||1|
|Select 1 Social Science course||1|
|Select 2 Humanities courses||2|
|Select 1 Social Science or Humanities course||1|
|Select 2 Social Science or Humanities or Technology in Business & Society courses||2|
|Select 3 course units of free electives||3|
|Total Course Units||40|
Note: ENM 251 Analytical Methods for Engineering can be taken with department permission.
Note: MEAM 110 Introduction to Mechanics can be taken with department permission.
Highly recommended: MSE 430 Introduction to Polymers, MSE 465 Fabrication and Characterization of Micro and Nanostructured Materials, MSE 515 Mathematics for Materials Science, MSE 536 Electronic Properties of Materials MSE 545 Materials for Energy and Environmental Sustainability, MSE 555 Electrochemical Engineering of Materials or CHEM 241 Principles of Organic Chemistry. Approval by petition required to use EAS 545 Engineering Entrepreneurship I and EAS 546 Engineering Entrepreneurship II as a technical elective.
The Social Science & Humanities Depth and Writing Requirement can be satisfied with the 7 total course units.
Note: MSE students automatically receive this concentration as the courses above are part of the MSE core curriculum.
Areas of Specialization
To develop a specialization, the faculty recommends completing 3 courses. Students are welcome to have multiple areas of specialization. At present specializations are not designated on official transcripts.
For more information, visit: http://www.mse.seas.upenn.edu/about-ugrad/ug-concentrations.php.
- Biomaterials and Biomimetics
- Electronic and Optical Materials
- Energy Conversion and Storage
- Materials Modelling and Simulation
- Product Design, Manufacturing, and Materials
The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2019 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.