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2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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.

Degree Requirements

125 Credits Required

Materials Engineering Major Courses (45 credits)

MSE technical Electives - (18 credits)

Materials Science Engineering Technical Electives  

  • 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

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (62 credits)

Mathematics Requirements (18 credits)

Alternative sequence to MA 26500/26600 is MA 26200 followed by either MA 30300 or MA 35100.

Science Requirements (16 credits)

PHYS 25200 may be replaced by another 1-credit hour science laboratory as listed in the MSE undergraduate manual

PHYS 27200 replaces both PHYS 24100 and PHYS 25200

MSE General Education Requirement (24 Credits)

  • Written Communication Foundational Outcome Course - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00 (satisfies Written Communication and Information Literacy Selectives for core)
  • Oral Communication Foundational Outcome Course - Credit Hours:  3.00


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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

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

13-14 Credits

17 Credits

16 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

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.

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