Materials Science & Engineering, BS

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


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Current Program Educational Objectives


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 entrepreneurs, 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.

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


Graduation Requirements

Minimum Overall GPA: 2.0


Minimum hours required for graduation: 128 hours


General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement. MSE 307 and MSE 308 will satisfy technical core requirements and the Campus General Education Advanced Composition requirement.


Orientation and Professional Development

ENG 100Grainger Engineering Orientation Seminar (External transfer students take ENG 300.)1
Recommended, optional 1 credit course, MSE 183 Introductory MatSE Laboratory. Credit hour counts toward free electives.
Total Hours1

Foundational Mathematics and Science

CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
CHEM 104General Chemistry II3
CHEM 105General Chemistry Lab II1
MATH 221Calculus I (MATH 220 may be substituted. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus. 4 of 5 credit hours count towards degree.)4
MATH 231Calculus II3
MATH 241Calculus III4
MATH 257Linear Algebra with Computational Applications3
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations3
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec & Mag4
PHYS 214Univ Physics: Quantum Physics2
Total Hours35

Materials Science and Engineering Technical Core

For All Students

CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci3
ECE 205Electrical and Electronic Circuits3
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
Subtotal Hours of Technical Core for All Students33

For the Biomaterials Area

CHEM 232Elementary Organic Chemistry I3 or 4
IE 300Analysis of Data (Students in the Biomaterials Area may substitute STAT 400 for IE 300 with permission from the department.)3
MCB 150Molec & Cellular Basis of Life4
MCB 450Introductory Biochemistry3
MCB 252Cells, Tissues & Development3
MSE 470Design and Use of Biomaterials3
Total Hours for the Biomaterials Area52

For All Other Areas

IE 300Analysis of Data (The extra hour of credit for STAT 400 may be used to help meet free elective requirements.)3
or STAT 400 Statistics and Probability I
MSE 304Electronic Properties of Matls3
MSE 405Microstructure Determination3
Total Hours for All Other Areas42

Technical Electives

For the Biomaterials Area

MSE 404Laboratory Studies in Materials Science and Engineering (Each section of MSE 404 is 1.5 hours. Students take 2 unique sections of MSE 404 for 3 hours.)3
Topical lecture courses in the Biomaterials Area. See Topical Lecture list below.5
Topical lecture courses outside of the Biomaterials Area. See Topical Lecture list below.6
Total Hours14

For All Other Areas

MSE 404Laboratory Studies in Materials Science and Engineering (Each section of MSE 404 is 1.5 hours. Students take 4 unique sections of MSE 404 for 6 hours.)6
Technical electives selected from the following rubrics: ABE, AE, BIOC, BIOE, BIOP, CHBE, CHEM, CEE, CS, CSE, ECE, IE, MATH, MCB, ME, MSE, NPRE, PHYS, SE, TAM, TE. Technical electives must be 200 level or higher courses---excluding independent study, research, or special topics---that do not currently satisfy another requirement. Other courses may be approved by the department.6
Topical lecture courses. See Topical Lecture list below. No more than 6 hours may be from introductory topical lectures.12
Total Hours24

Topical Lectures

Introductory - No more than 2 introductory courses can count for Topical Lecture
MSE 420Ceramic Materials & Properties3
MSE 441Metals Processing3
MSE 450Polymer Science & Engineering3 or 4
MSE 470Design and Use of Biomaterials3
ECE 340Semiconductor Electronics3
Biomaterials
MSE 473Biomolecular Materials Science3
MSE 474Biomaterials and Nanomedicine3
ABE 446Biological Nanoengineering3 or 4
BIOE 416Biosensors3
BIOE 461Cellular Biomechanics4
BIOE 476Tissue Engineering3
BIOE 487Stem Cell Bioengineering3 or 4
CHBE 472Techniques in Biomolecular Eng3 or 4
CHBE 473Biomolecular Engineering3 or 4
ECE 380Biomedical Imaging3
ECE 414Biomedical Instrumentation3
ECE 415Biomedical Instrumentation Lab2
ECE 472Biomedical Ultrasound Imaging3
ME 482Musculoskel Tissue Mechanics3 or 4
ME 483Mechanobiology4
Biomaterials Science - Can only count one science course for Topical Lecture Biomaterials
BIOC 446Physical Biochemistry3
BIOC 455Technqs Biochem & Biotech4
BIOP 401Introduction to Biophysics3
All Other Areas
MSE 403Synthesis of Materials3
MSE 421Ceramic Processing3 or 4
MSE 422Electrical Ceramics3
MSE 440Mechanical Behavior of Metals3
MSE 443Design of Engineering Alloys3
MSE 445Corrosion of Metals3 or 4
MSE 453Plastics Engineering3
MSE 455Macromolecular Solids3
MSE 456Mechanics of Composites3
MSE 457Polymer Chemistry3 or 4
MSE 458Polymer Physics3 or 4
MSE 460Electronic Materials I3
MSE 461Electronic Materials II3
MSE 464 (Magnetic Materials and their Applications)3 or 4
MSE 466Materials in Electrochem Syst3
MSE 480Surfaces and Colloids3
MSE 481Electron Microscopy3
MSE 484Composite Materials3
MSE 485Atomic Scale Simulations3
MSE 487Materials for Nanotechnology3
MSE 488Optical Materials3 or 4
MSE 489Matl Select for Sustainability3
ABE 482Package Engineering3
CEE 401Concrete Materials4
CEE 460Steel Structures I3
CHBE 457
CHBE 458Synthetic Nanomaterials3
ECE 441Physcs & Modeling Semicond Dev3
ECE 443LEDs and Solar Cells4
ECE 444IC Device Theory & Fabrication4
ECE 481Nanotechnology4
ECE 485MEMS Devices & Systems3
ECE 487Intro Quantum Electr for EEs3
ECE 488Compound Semicond & Devices3
ECE 495Photonic Device Laboratory3
IE 431Design for Six Sigma3
ME 431Mechanical Component Failure3 or 4
ME 472Introduction to Tribology3 or 4
ME 487MEMS-NEMS Theory & Fabrication4
NPRE 470Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Sources3
SE 412Nondestructive Evaluation3 or 4
TAM 451Intermediate Solid Mechanics4
TAM 456Experimental Stress Analysis3
Science - Can only count one science course for Topical Lecture
CHEM 436Fundamental Organic Chem II3
CHEM 483Solid State Structural Anlys4
PHYS 485Atomic Phys & Quantum Theory3
PHYS 486Quantum Physics I4
PHYS 487Quantum Physics II4

Free Electives

Additional course work, subject to the Grainger College of Engineering restrictions to Free Electives, so that there are at least 128 credit hours earned toward the degree.10
Total Hours of Curriculum to Graduate128

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


Sample Sequence

The curriculum sequence below is a sample sequence, as all Grainger Engineering students work with a department academic advisor to achieve their educational goals, specific to their needs and preparation. The curriculum sequence can also be viewed via dynamic and static curricular maps (Biomaterials and All Other Areas), which include prerequisite sequencing. 

General Education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement. MSE 307 and MSE 308 will satisfy technical core requirements and the Campus General Education Advanced Composition requirement.

Free Electives: Additional course work, subject to the Grainger College of Engineering restrictions to Free Electives, so that there are at least 128 credit hours earned toward the degree.

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
MSE 1822Recommended, optional 1 credit course, MSE 183 Introductory Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory. Credit hour counts toward Free Elective.
MATH 221 (MATH 220 may be substituted. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus. 4 of 5 credit hours count towards degree.)4MATH 2313
CHEM 1023CHEM 1043
CHEM 1031CHEM 1051
ENG 100 (External transfer students take ENG 300.)1PHYS 2114
RHET 105 (if UIN is even) or General Education Elective (if UIN is odd)4-3General Education Elective (if UIN is even) or RHET 105 (if UIN is odd)3-4
 CS 1013
 15-14 17-18
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
MSE 2013MSE 2064
MATH 2414MATH 2853
MATH 2573ECE 2053
PHYS 2124PHYS 2142
General Education Elective3General Education Elective3
 17 15
Total Hours 64

Biomaterials Area

Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
MSE 3073MSE 3083
MSE 4013MSE 4023
MSE 4063IE 300 (Students in the Biomaterials Area may substitute STAT 400 for IE 300 with permission from the department.)3
MCB 1504MCB 2523
CHEM 232 (Students who take CHEM 232 for 4 hours can count the extra hour as free elective.)3General Education Elective3
 16 15
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
MSE 4703MSE 3953
Topical Lecture in Biomaterials Area2Topical Lecture in Biomaterials Area3
Topical Lecture outside of Biomaterials Area3Topical Lecture outside of Biomaterials Area3
MCB 4503MSE 404 (Each section of MSE 404 is 1.5 hours. Students take 2 unique sections of MSE 404 for 3 hours.)3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective2Free Elective2
 16 17
Total Hours 64

All Other Areas

Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
MSE 3073MSE 3083
MSE 4013MSE 3043
MSE 4063MSE 4023
IE 300 (or STAT 400. The extra hour from STAT 400 counts toward free elective.)3MSE 4053
General Education Elective3Topical Lecture (intro level suggested)3
 Free Elective2
 15 17
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
MSE 404 (Each section of MSE 404 is 1.5 hours. Students take 2 unique sections of MSE 404 for 3 hours.)3MSE 404 (Each section of MSE 404 is 1.5 hours. Students take 2 unique sections of MSE 404 for 3 hours.)3
Topical Lecture3MSE 3953
Topical Lecture3Topical Lecture3
Technical Elective3Technical Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
 Free Elective2
 15 17
Total Hours 64
Total Hours all semesters128