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Accredited by ABET (see inside front cover)

Offered by: Department of Materials Science and Engineering

214 Bard Hall, 255.9159,

Program Objectives

The MSE undergraduate Major is based on the following educational objectives:

  • Preparation: To prepare students to excel in graduate school or technical careers through a world-class, rigorous, and competitive program.
  • Core Competence: To train students across the spectrum of basic and applied materials science, recognizing and exploiting common descriptions in disparate systems.
  • Breadth: To train students with sufficient scientific and engineering breadth to design and create novel solutions to materials problems in engineering systems.
  • Professionalism: To develop in students professional and ethical attitudes, effective communication and teamwork skills, and an ability to place science and engineering issues and solutions within the broader societal context.
  • Learning Environment: To provide students with an academic environment committed to excellence and innovation that contributes to developing leadership, professionalism, and life-long learning for their professional careers.

Common Curriculum Recommendations

  • CHEM 2090: Engineering General Chemistry

Engineering Distributions

  • ENGRD 2610: Mechanical Properties of Materials: From Nanodevices to Superstructures
  • ENGRD 2620: Electronic Materials for the Information Age

Either course (ENGRD 2610 or 2620) satisfies the Major entry requirement.

Other Relevant Engineering Distributions

  • ENGRD 2020: Mechanics of Solids
  • ENGRD 2100: Introduction to Circuits for Electrical and Computer Engineers
  • ENGRD 2190: Mass and Energy Balances
  • ENGRD 2520: The Physics of Life
  • ENGRD 2600: Principles of Biological Engineering
  • ENGRD 2640: Computer-Instrumentation Design
  • ENGRD 2700: Basic Engineering Probability and Statistics
  • ENGRD 3200: Engineering Computation

Required Major Courses

  • MSE 2060: Atomic and Molecular Structure of Matter
  • MSE 2610: Mechanical Properties of Materials: From Nanodevices to Superstructures (required unless used as Engineering Distribution)
  • MSE 2620: Electronic Materials for the Information Age (unless used as engineering distribution)
  • MSE 3010: Materials Chemistry
  • MSE 3030: Thermodynamics of Condensed Systems
  • MSE 3040: Kinetics, Diffusion, and Phased Transformations
  • MSE 3050: Electronic, Magnetic, and Dielectric Properties of Materials
  • MSE 3070: Materials Design Concepts Ic
  • MSE 3110–3120: Junior Laboratory I and II
  • MSE 4020: Mechanical Properties of Materials, Processing, and Design
  • MSE 4030: Senior Materials Laboratory Id
  • MSE 4070: Materials Design Concepts II


  • Two materials-related electives covering two groups of different materials.b,e
  • Three materials application–related electives in at least two different types of applications. Two of the materials application-related electives must be taken from outside MSE.b,e
  • One additional technical elective must be taken from outside MSE.f



  1. ENGRD 2610 or 2620 satisfies the Major entry requirement.
  2. In addition to Major requirements, a course involving significant computational or mathematical modeling or advanced mathematics is required. This requirement is typically fulfilled by one of the Engineering Distribution, approved elective, Materials-related Elective, or outside Technical Elective courses. Courses satisfying this requirement will generally have MATH 2930, MATH 2940, or equivalent courses as a pre- or co-requisite. A list of courses meeting this requirement is available in the MSE office and online at
  3. In addition to the first-year writing seminars, a technical writing course must be taken as an engineering distribution, liberal studies, approved elective, or Major course. The combination of MSE 3070/4070 with MSE 4030/4060 satisfies this requirement.
  4. Research-oriented students may replace MSE 4030 (senior lab) with MSE 4050 and 4060 (senior thesis).
  5. A list of approved materials-related and materials application-related courses is available in the MSE office and online at
  6. The non-MSE Technical Elective must be an upper level (2000+) technical course and may be selected from engineering or other colleges subject to advisor approval.
  7. The Major program includes nine (9) credits of courses outside the Major. These are satisfied by the non-MSE Technical Elective and by six (6) credits of the materials applicationrelated electives.