Materials Science & Engineering, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Materials Science & Engineering


department catalog page: Materials Science & Engineering

department website: https://matse.illinois.edu

department faculty: Materials Science & Engineering Faculty


overview of college admissions & requirements: Engineering Catalog

college website: https://engineering.illinois.edu/


Materials science and engineering is the basis for all engineering. Improvements in the quality of life require knowledge of the processing and properties of current materials and the design, development and application of new materials. The Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE) curriculum provides an understanding of the underlying principles of synthesis and processing of materials and of the interrelationships between structure, properties, and processing. Students learn how to create advanced materials and systems required, e.g., for flexible electronic displays and photonics that will change communications technologies, for site specific drug delivery, for self-healing materials, for enabling the transition to a hydrogen-based economy, and for more efficient photovoltaics and nuclear systems for energy production. The curriculum uses concepts from both basic physics and chemistry and provides a detailed knowledge of what makes the materials we use every day behave as they do.

Students in the first two years take courses in general areas of science and engineering as well as courses introducing the concepts in MatSE. In the third year, students study the common, central issues related to MatSE. In the senior year, students focus on an area of MatSE of their greatest interest, providing them with the detailed knowledge to be immediately useful to corporations, become entrepreneuers, or to provide the underpinning knowledge for graduate study. Note: students interested in biomaterials take a specific set of courses to provide them with a background in biology and chemistry while maintaining a strong engineering focus.

A combined B.S.-M.S. Materials Science and Engineering degree program is available. Its admission and course requirements are described in the College of Engineering program information section and the department's website.

for the degree of Bachelor of Science: Major in Materials Science & Engineering


Overview of Curricular Requirements

The curriculum requires 128 hours for graduation and is organized as follows.

Orientation and Professional Development

These courses introduce the opportunities and resources your college, department, and curriculum can offer you as you work to achieve your career goals. They also provide the skills to work effectively and successfully in the engineering profession.

ENG 100Engineering Orientation 10
MSE 183Freshman Materials Laboratory 21
Total Hours1

Foundational Mathematics and Science

These courses stress the basic mathematical and scientific principles upon which this engineering discipline is based.

CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
CHEM 104General Chemistry II3
CHEM 105General Chemistry Lab II1
MATH 221Calculus I 14
MATH 225Introductory Matrix Theory2
MATH 231Calculus II3
MATH 241Calculus III4
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations3
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec & Mag4
PHYS 214Univ Physics: Quantum Physics2
Total Hours34

Materials Science and Engineering Technical Core

These courses stress fundamental concepts and basic laboratory techniques that comprise the common intellectual understanding of materials science and engineering.

For All Students

CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci3
ECE 205Electrical and Electronic Circuits3
IE 300Analysis of Data 13
or STAT 400 Statistics and Probability I
MSE 182Introduction to MatSE2
MSE 201Phases and Phase Relations3
MSE 206Mechanics for MatSE4
MSE 307Materials Laboratory I3
MSE 308Materials Laboratory II3
MSE 395Materials Design3
MSE 401Thermodynamics of Materials3
MSE 402Kinetic Processes in Materials3
MSE 406Thermal-Mech Behavior of Matls3
Total Hours36

For the Biomaterials Area

CHEM 232Elementary Organic Chemistry I3 or 4
MCB 150Molec & Cellular Basis of Life4
MCB 450Introductory Biochemistry3
MCB 252Cells, Tissues & Development3
Subtotal13
Total for the Biomaterials Area49

For All Other Areas

MSE 304Electronic Properties of Matls3
MSE 405Microstructure Determination3
Subtotal6
Total for all non-Biomaterials Students42

Technical Electives

These courses stress the rigorous analysis and design principles practiced in the major subdisciplines of materials science and engineering embodied in the MatSE focus areas.

For the Biomaterials Area

Biomaterials area topical lectures selected from the list of topical lectures established by the department. 15
MSE 404Laboratory Studies in Materials Science and Engineering 23
MSE 470Design and Use of Biomaterials3
Topical lectures outside the biomaterials area. 6
Total Hours17

For All Other Areas

Topical lectures selected from the list of courses established by the department. No more than 6 hours may be from introductory topical lectures. 112
MSE 404Laboratory Studies in Materials Science and Engineering 26
Technical electives selected from the list of approved courses established by the department. 36
Total Hours24

Liberal Education

The liberal education courses develop students' understanding of human culture and society, build skills of inquiry and critical thinking, and lay a foundation for civic engagement and lifelong learning.

Electives from the campus General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences list. 6
Electives from the campus General Education Humanities and the Arts list.6
Electives either from a list approved by the college, or additional courses from the campus General Education lists for Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities and the Arts.6
Total Hours18

Students must also complete the campus cultural studies requirement by completing (i) one western/comparative culture(s) course, (ii) one non-western culture(s) course, and (iii) one U.S. Minority Culture(s) course from the General Education cultural studies lists. Most students select liberal education courses that simultaneously satisfy two or more cultural studies requirements. Courses from the western and non-western lists that fall into free electives or other categories may also be used satisfy the cultural studies requirements.

Composition

These courses teach fundamentals of expository writing.

RHET 105Writing and Research4
Advanced Composition (satisfied by completing the sequence MSE 307 + MSE 308 in the Materials Science and Engineering Technical Core)
Total Hours4

Free Electives

These unrestricted electives, subject to certain exceptions as noted at the College of Engineering Advising Website, give the student the opportunity to explore any intellectual area of unique interest. This freedom plays a critical role in helping students to define research specialties or to complete minors.

Free electives. Additional unrestricted course work, subject to certain exceptions as noted at the College of Engineering advising Web site, so that there are at least 128 credit hours earned toward the degree. 16

Topical Lecture Courses

The courses listed below have been approved by the department as topical lectures for all focus areas.

Biomaterials Area
MSE 470Design and Use of Biomaterials3
Topical Lectures 15
All Other Areas
MSE 420Ceramic Materials & Properties3
MSE 421Ceramic Processing3
MSE 422Electrical Ceramics3
ECE 340Semiconductor Electronics3
MSE 460Electronic Materials I3
MSE 461Electronic Materials II3
MSE 440Mechanical Behavior of Metals3
MSE 441Metals Processing3
MSE 443Design of Engineering Alloys3
MSE 450Polymer Science & Engineering3
MSE 453Plastics Engineering3
Topical lectures 10-12

for the degree of Bachelor of Science: Major in Materials Science & Engineering


Suggested Sequence

The schedule that follows is illustrative, showing the typical sequence in which courses would be taken by a student with no college course credit already earned and who intends to graduate in four years.  Each individual's case may vary, but the position of required named courses is generally indicative of the order in which they should be taken. The first two years of the Suggested Sequence is the same for all MatSE students. The third and fourth years vary with the Focus Area chosen. Refer to the appropriate third and fourth year sequence.

First Year
First SemesterHours
CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
ENG 100Engineering Orientation0
MATH 2211Calculus I4
MSE 182Introduction to MatSE2
RHET 105 (or Liberal education elective)2,3Writing and Research4
 Semester Hours14
Second Semester
CHEM 104General Chemistry II3
CHEM 105General Chemistry Lab II1
MATH 225Introductory Matrix Theory2
MATH 231Calculus II3
MSE 1834Freshman Materials Laboratory1
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
RHET 105 (or Liberal education elective)2,3Writing and Research4
 Semester Hours17
Second Year
First Semester
CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg Sci3
MATH 241Calculus III4
MSE 201Phases and Phase Relations3
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec Mag4
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours17
Second Semester
ECE 205Electrical and Electronic Circuits3
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations3
MSE 206Mechanics for MatSE4
PHYS 214Univ Physics: Quantum Physics2
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours15
 Total Hours: 63

All students except Biomaterials Area

Third Year
First SemesterHours
IE 300 or STAT 4005Analysis of Data3
MSE 3076Materials Laboratory I3
MSE 401Thermodynamics of Materials3
MSE 406Thermal-Mech Behavior of Matls3
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours15
Second Semester
MSE 304Electronic Properties of Matls3
MSE 3086Materials Laboratory II3
MSE 402Kinetic Processes in Materials3
MSE 405Microstructure Determination3
Topical lecture (intro level suggested)73
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours18
Fourth Year
First Semester
Topical lecture courses7,86
MSE 4049Laboratory Studies in Materials Science and Engineering3
Technical elective103
Liberal education elective33
Free elective3
 Semester Hours18
Second Semester
MSE 395Materials Design3
MSE 4049Laboratory Studies in Materials Science and Engineering3
Topical lecture7,83
Technical elective103
Free elective3
 Semester Hours15
 Total Hours: 66

Biomaterials Area

Third Year
First SemesterHours
CHEM 232Elementary Organic Chemistry I3
MSE 3076Materials Laboratory I3
MSE 401Thermodynamics of Materials3
MSE 406Thermal-Mech Behavior of Matls3
MCB 150Molec Cellular Basis of Life4
 Semester Hours16
Second Semester
MCB 252Cells, Tissues Development3
IE 300 or STAT 4005Analysis of Data3
MSE 3086Materials Laboratory II3
MSE 402Kinetic Processes in Materials3
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours15
Fourth Year
First Semester
MSE 470Design and Use of Biomaterials3
MCB 450Introductory Biochemistry3
Topical lecture in biomaterials area72
Topical lecture outside of biomaterials area73
Liberal education elective33
Free Elective 3
 Semester Hours17
Second Semester
MSE 395Materials Design3
MSE 4049Laboratory Studies in Materials Science and Engineering3
Topical lecture in biomaterials area73
Topical lecture outside of biomaterials area73
Liberal education elective33
Free elective 3
 Semester Hours18
 Total Hours: 66