Materials Science Major

Students must also complete the Undergraduate Registration Requirement and the degree requirements of their home school.

Students majoring in materials science in Weinberg College choose from two tracks: general materials or soft materials.

Requirements include foundation courses in mathe­mat­ics and science and advanced electives. Course descriptions for materials science courses are listed in the McCormick School chapter of this catalog.

Course Title
Program Courses (13 units)
Laboratory components of general and organic chemistry courses require separate registration and bear separate credit; see the chemistry section for details.
5 core courses:
MAT_SCI 201-0Introduction to Materials
or MAT_SCI 301-0 Materials Science Principles
MAT_SCI 315-0Phase Equilibria & Diffusion of Materials
MAT_SCI 316-1
MAT_SCI 316-2
Microstructural Dynamics
and Microstructural Dynamics
MAT_SCI 351-1Introductory Physics of Materials
5 courses in the chosen track:
3 advanced electives:
At least 1 in materials science chosen from: 1
Mechanical Behavior of Solids
Composite Materials
Chemical Synthesis of Materials
Conducting Polymers
Ceramic Processing
Introduction to Modern Ceramics
Introductory Physics of Materials
Electronic Materials
Introduction to Electron Microscopy
Crystallography & Diffraction
Biomaterials
Biominerals: Hierarchical Architecture & Function
Nanomaterials
Intro Surface Science & Spectroscopy
Materials for Energy-Efficient Technology
Electrochemical Energy Materials and Devices
Electronic and Thermal Properties of Materials
Materials Design
Process Design
Special Topics in Materials Science and Engineering
At least 1 in another department chosen from the following:
Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Materials and Nanochemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
Kinetics and Statistical Thermodynamics
Nanopatterning: Top-down meets Bottom-up
Earth and Planetary Materials
Elementary Differential Equations
Fourier Analysis and Boundary Value Problems
Fourier Analysis and Boundary Value Problems for ISP
Statistical Mechanics
Advanced Electricity & Magnetism
Advanced Electricity & Magnetism
Physics of Condensed Matter
Particle and Nuclear Physics
Optics Laboratory
Nanolithography
Foundations in Mathematics and Science (Units depend on chemistry and mathematics sequences taken.)
MATH 220-0
MATH 224-0
Differential Calculus of One-Variable Functions
and Integral Calculus of One-Variable Functions
or MATH 212-0
MATH 213-0
MATH 214-0
Single Variable Calculus I
and Single Variable Calculus II
and Single Variable Calculus III
MATH 230-0
MATH 234-0
MATH 240-0
Differential Calculus of Multivariable Functions
and Multiple Integration and Vector Calculus
and Linear Algebra
or MATH 281-1
MATH 281-2
MATH 281-3
Accelerated Mathematics for ISP: First Year
and Accelerated Mathematics for ISP: First Year
and Accelerated Mathematics for ISP: First Year
or MATH 285-1
MATH 285-2
MATH 285-3
Accelerated Mathematics for MMSS: First Year
and Accelerated Mathematics for MMSS: First Year
and Accelerated Mathematics for MMSS: First Year
or MATH 290-1
MATH 290-2
MATH 290-3
MENU: Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus
and MENU: Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus
and MENU: Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus
or MATH 291-1
MATH 291-2
MATH 291-3
MENU: Intensive Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus
and MENU: Intensive Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus
and MENU: Intensive Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus
CHEM 110-0
CHEM 131-0
CHEM 132-0
Quantitative Problem Solving in Chemistry
and General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 2
or CHEM 151-0
CHEM 152-0
Accelerated General Chemistry 1
and Accelerated General Chemistry 2
or CHEM 171-0
CHEM 172-0
Advanced General Inorganic Chemistry
and Advanced General Physical Chemistry
PHYSICS 135-1
PHYSICS 135-2
PHYSICS 135-3
General Physics
and General Physics
and General Physics
or PHYSICS 125-1
PHYSICS 125-2
PHYSICS 125-3
General Physics ISP
and General Physics for ISP
and General Physics for ISP
Students in the soft materials track who are interested in biomaterials and/or medicine are encouraged to take additional courses in biology.

Tracks

General Materials Track

Course Title
CHEM 210-1Organic Chemistry
or CHEM 212-1 Organic Chemistry
CHEM 342-1Thermodynamics
or MAT_SCI 314-0 Thermodynamics of Materials
MAT_SCI 331-0Soft Materials
2 courses chosen from:
Mechanical Behavior of Solids
Introductory Physics of Materials
Crystallography & Diffraction
At least 1 in another department chosen from the following:

Soft Materials Track

Course Title
CHEM 210-1
CHEM 210-2
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry
or CHEM 212-1
CHEM 212-2
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry
CHEM 342-1Thermodynamics
or MAT_SCI 314-0 Thermodynamics of Materials
MAT_SCI 331-0Soft Materials
MAT_SCI 370-0Biomaterials

Honors in Materials Science

Seniors who have done outstanding work in the classroom and research laboratory may be eligible for graduation with honors in materials science. To be considered, a student must meet minimum GPA requirements, complete 2 units of research (see table), and complete a written research report.

Course Title
2 units of research selected from:
CHEM 398-0Undergraduate Seminar
CHEM 399-0Independent Study
MAT_SCI 396-1Senior Project in Materials Science and Engineering
MAT_SCI 396-2Senior Project in Materials Science and Engineering
MAT_SCI 394-0Honors Project in Materials Science
MAT_SCI 399-0Projects
PHYSICS 398-0Independent Thesis Research
PHYSICS 399-0Independent Study

These 2 units are neither required for nor counted toward the major. Students who intend to submit a senior research report should send an e-mail including the name of the research adviser to the director of undergraduate studies by fall of senior year.

Students whose theses and grades meet program criteria are recommended to the college for graduation with honors. For more information consult the program director and see Honors in the Major.