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2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog

Materials Engineering, BSMSE

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

Departmental/Program Major Requirements (63 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

The Technical Electives require 18 credits and can be met in one of three ways:

  1. 18 credits of Technical Electives

  2. 15 credits of Technical Electives plus 3 credits of Support Area

  3. 12 credits of Technical Electives plus 6 credits of Support Area.

(see Supplemental Information for courses)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (61-75 credits)

First-Year Engineering Requirements (29-39 credits)

Click here for First-Year Engineering  requirements.

If pursuing Bachelor of Science in Materials Engineering, CHM 11600 is required to meet degree requirements, but not required to complete the First Year Engineering program.

  • Requirement #1 - Intro to Engineering I (2-4 credits)
  • Requirement #2 - Intro to Engineering II (2-4 credits)
  • Requirement #3 - Calculus I (4-5 credits) (satisfies Quantitative Reasoning for core) 
  • Requirement #4 - Calculus II (4-5 credits) (satisfies Quantitative Reasoning for core) 
  • Requirement #5 - Chemistry I (4-6 credits) (satisfies Science #1 for core)
  • Requirement #6 - Physics (4 credits) (satisfies Science #2 for core)
  • Requirement #7 - First-Year Engineering Selective (3-4 credits)
  • Requirement #8 - Written and Oral Communication (6-7 credits) (could satisfy Written Communication, Information Literacy or Oral Communication for core)

MSE General Education Requirement (18 Credits)

Non-Introductory Requirement: At least 6 credits must be non-introductory (30000-level + and courses with a required pre-requisite in the same department).

No more than 6 credit hours from the College of Engineering, Science, or Polytechnic Institute. (see prefix list)

Foundation Core (9 credits) (Must earn C- or better)

  • General Education Humanities (satisfies Human Cultures: Humanities for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education BSS (satisfies Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education STS (satisfies Science, Technology & Society for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00

General Education (9 credits)

  • General Education Elective - Credit Hours: 9.00

(see Supplemental Information for courses)

Supplemental List

Click here for Materials Engineering Supplemental Information  

Grade Requirements

If taken, CS 15900 (C- or better), CHM 11600 (C- or better)

GPA Requirements

  • Students must have a graduation index of 2.0
  • Must have minimum average GPA of 2.0 in Major/MSE courses.

Course Requirements and Notes

  • Prior to taking MSE 43000, students must take MSE 25000 and MSE 27000 and MSE 26000; MA 26500 and MA 26600 (or MA 26200), PHYS 24100 or PHYS 27200
  • MSE 39000 must be take 6 times and successful passed (Grade of S). Study Abroad, Coop or Internship may count as professional development toward this requirement (See Advisor) 

Pass/No Pass Policy

  • All courses must be taken for a grade with the exception of MSE 39000 and General Elective Courses can be Pass/No Pass. (University Core courses must be taken as a grade)

Transfer Credit Policy

See the University Transfer Credit Policy

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. For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

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).

Upper Level Requirement

  • Resident study at Purdue University for at least two semesters and the enrollment in and completion of at least 32 semester hours of coursework required and approved for the completion of the degree. These courses are expected to be at least junior-level (30000+) courses.
  • Students should be able to fulfill most, if not all, of these credits within their major requirements; there should be a clear pathway for students to complete any credits not completed within their major.

Additional Information

Any additional information that does not fit into any of the categories above.

Sample First Year Engineering Plan of Study

Fall 1st Year

13-14 Credits

Spring 1st Year

16 Credits

Sample Materials Engineering Plan of Study

16-20 Credits

16 Credits

15 Credits

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

18 Credits

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

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.

Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.

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