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Materials Engineering, BSMSE

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About the Program

The Materials Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Materials Engineering’s academic programs have been developed around broad and basic phenomena, applied to all major classes of artificial materials-ceramics, metals, glasses, polymers, and semiconductors. The undergraduate and graduate programs integrate our faculty strengths across the field’s four cornerstones: structure, properties, processing, and performance.

The first three years of study provide the basic educational core. In addition to the broad range of basic sciences and general education courses, the core provides a generic approach to the elements of the field. The core exploits the idea that the field is composed of the key elements of the field: synthesis/processing, composition/structure, properties and performance. This concept provides the foundation across all the materials classes: ceramics, metals, polymers, etc. The senior year, consisting of primarily electives, allows students the opportunity to focus their program toward personal goals in the field.


Materials Engineering

Materials Engineering Major Change (CODO) Requirements  

Degree Requirements

125 Credits Required

Materials Engineering Major Courses (45 credits)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (80 credits)

MSE Technical Electives (18 credits)

  • Technical Elective I - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Technical Elective II - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Technical Elective III - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Technical Elective IV - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Technical Elective V or Support Area Elective I - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Technical Elective VI or Support Area Elective II - Credit Hours: 3.00

MSE General Education Requirement (18 Credits)

Foundation Core

  • G.E. I (satisfies Human Cultures Humanities for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • G.E. II ( satisfies Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • G.E. III (satisfies Science, Technology & Society for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00

MSE General Education Electives (see the MSE undergraduate manual for an approved list)

  • G.E. IV - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • G.E. V - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • G.E. VI - Credit Hours: 3.00

Additional Requirements

Click here for Materials Engineering Supplemental Information  

University Requirements

University Core Requirements

For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC)

Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement:

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

First Year Engineering Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

13-14 Credits

Spring 1st Year

16 Credits

Materials Engineering Program Requirements

Materials Engineering

16 Credits

16 Credits

16 Credits

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

18 Credits


  • Students must have a graduation index of 2.0
  • And must have a minimum average GPA of 2.0 in MSE 20000 and 30000 level courses.

Critical Course

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In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

The myPurduePlan powered by DegreeWorks is the knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.

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