Major: Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)
Accredited by ABET
Offered by: Department of Materials Science and Engineering
210 Bard Hall, 255.9159, www.mse.cornell.edu
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
- 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
- a. ENGRD 2610 or 2620 satisfies the Major entry requirement.
- b. 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 www.mse.cornell.edu.
- c. 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.
- d. Research-oriented students may replace MSE 4030 (senior lab) with MSE 4050 and 4060 (senior thesis).
- e. A list of approved materials-related and materials application-related courses is available in the MSE office and online at www.mse.cornell.edu.
- f. 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.
- g. 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 application related electives.
- h. MSE 4030 and MSE 4070 are offered in both fall and spring semesters.