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: 2
General Physics
and General Physics
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 2
Accelerated General Chemistry 1
and Accelerated General Chemistry 2
Advanced General Inorganic Chemistry
and Advanced General Physical Chemistry
3 design and communications courses
5 basic engineering courses:
Mechanics of Materials I
Materials Science Principles
Thermodynamics of Materials
Phase Equilibria & Diffusion of Materials
7 social sciences/humanities courses
5 unrestricted electives
Major Program (16 units)
11 required courses:
Microstructural Dynamics
and Microstructural Dynamics
Soft Materials
Mechanical Behavior of Solids
Introductory Physics of Materials
and Introductory Physics of Materials
Crystallography & Diffraction
Materials Design
Process Design
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.