Materials Science and Engineering Degree

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

Course Title
Requirements (48 units)
Core Courses (32 units) 1
4 mathematics courses
4 engineering analysis and computer proficiency courses
4 units of basic science:
PHYSICS 135-2
PHYSICS 136-2
PHYSICS 135-3
PHYSICS 136-3
General Physics
and General Physics Laboratory
and General Physics
and General Physics Laboratory
CHEM 131-0
CHEM 141-0
CHEM 132-0
CHEM 142-0
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry Laboratory 1
and General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry Laboratory 2
or CHEM 151-0
CHEM 161-0
CHEM 152-0
CHEM 162-0
Accelerated General Chemistry 1
and Accelerated General Chemistry Laboratory 1
and Accelerated General Chemistry 2
and Accelerated General Chemistry Laboratory 2
or CHEM 171-0
CHEM 181-0
CHEM 172-0
CHEM 182-0
Advanced General Inorganic Chemistry
and Advanced General Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
and Advanced General Physical Chemistry
and Advanced General Physical Chemistry Laboratory
3 design and communications courses
5 basic engineering courses:
CIV_ENV 216-0Mechanics of Materials I
MAT_SCI 301-0Materials Science Principles
MAT_SCI 314-0Thermodynamics of Materials
MAT_SCI 315-0Phase Equilibria & Diffusion of Materials
1 additional course from the remaining 5 McCormick basic engineering categories: Computer architecture and numerical methods, Computer programming, Electrical science, Probability, statistics and quality control, and Systems engineering and analysis
7 social sciences/humanities courses
5 unrestricted electives
Major Program (16 units)
11 required courses:
MAT_SCI 316-1
MAT_SCI 316-2
Microstructural Dynamics
and Microstructural Dynamics
MAT_SCI 331-0Soft Materials
MAT_SCI 332-0Mechanical Behavior of Solids
MAT_SCI 351-1
MAT_SCI 351-2
Introductory Physics of Materials
and Introductory Physics of Materials
MAT_SCI 361-0Crystallography & Diffraction
MAT_SCI 390-0Materials Design
MAT_SCI 391-0Process Design
MAT_SCI 396-1
MAT_SCI 396-2
Senior Project in Materials Science and Engineering
and Senior Project in Materials Science and Engineering
5 technical electives in engineering, natural sciences (usually chemistry or physics), and mathematics chosen to fulfill an area of concentration

Technical Electives

  • 5 technical electives in engineering, natural sciences (usually chemistry or physics), and mathematics chosen to fulfill an area of concentration
    • No more than 2 of the 5 units may be 200-level courses.
    • At least 2 of the 5 must be 300-level materials science and engineering courses.
    • Examples of programs for concentrations in bio­materials, design and manufacturing, electronic materials, metals and ceramics, nanomaterials, polymeric materials, surface science, and sustainable materials are described in a departmental manual for degree candidates.
    • No more than 1 unit of MAT_SCI 394-0 Honors Project in Materials Science or MAT_SCI 399-0 Projects may be counted.