Degree Requirements

Core Subjects

Math 115 (4)
Math 116 (4)
Math 215 (4)
Math 216 (4)
Engr 100 (4)
Engr 101 (4)
Chem 130 (3) or Chem 210 (4)*
Chem 125/126 (2) or Chem 211 (1)
Phys 140 (4)
Phys 141 (1)
Phys 240 (4)
Phys 241 (1)

* Chem 210 is required in the MSE program. It can be used as a core subject or as a Technical/Science elective. Chem 211 is not required if Chem 130 has been taken. See also: College of Engineering Bulletin.


Required MSE Courses

  • MSE 220 Introduction to Materials and Manufacturing F,W,S* or
    MSE 250 Principles of Engineering Materials I F,W (4)
  • MSE 242 Physics of Materials W (4)
  • MSE 330 Thermodynamics of Materials F (4)
  • MSE 335 Kinetics and Transport in Materials Engineering W (4)
  • MSE 350 Structures of Materials  F (4)
  • MSE 360 Experimental Methods in MSE Lab I F (3)
  • MSE 365 Experimental Methods in MSE Lab II W (3)
  • MSE 420 Mechanical Behavior of Materials F (3)
  • MSE 480 Materials and Engineering Design W (3)
  • MSE 489 Materials Processing Design F (3)

Select 3 of the following courses (selectives)

  • MSE 400 Electrical, Magnetic & Optical Materials F (3)
  • MSE 410 Design and Application of Biomaterials F (3)
  • MSE 412 Polymeric Materials F (3)
  • MSE 440 Ceramic Materials W (3)
  • MSE 454 Computational Approaches in MSE F (3)
  • MSE 465 Structural & Chemical Characterization W (3)
  • MSE 470 Advanced Physical Metallurgy W (3)
  • MSE514 Composite Materials W(3)

Choose additional MSE elective course. (3)
This may be one of the selectives, MSE 490 Research, another undergraduate MSE course or a graduate MSE course.

*Courses designated (F) are offered in the Fall term, and courses designated (W) are offered in the Winter term. MSE 220 is also taught in the Spring term (S).


Total MSE courses (47)


Science and Technical Courses

Science and Technical Electives cannot be taken Pass/Fail.

ME 211 Introduction to Solid Mechanics (4)
Chem 210 (4) if not taken in lieu of Chem 130
Science and Technical Electives* (6 - 10)

  • Science/Technical Electives may be:
    1. Any math course more advanced than the required courses.
    2. Any chemistry course more advanced than the required courses.
    3. Any physics course more advanced than the required courses.
    4. Any engineering course that does not duplicate material in other courses.
    5. Statistics 412 or more advanced STATS courses approved by the program advisor.
    6. MSE credit hours not used to satisfy the MSE course requirement.
    7. Biology 162

    All other science/technical electives must be approved by the program advisor. AAOS and Geo/Mineralogy mini-courses are only acceptable as General Electives


Intellectual Breadth

To provide breadth of education, all degree programs in the College of Engineering require 16 credit hours of humanities and social sciences. The specific requirements are that the 16 hrs must include:

  1. Humanities (at least 3 credit hours).
  2. Upper Division course at the 3xx or 4xx level (3 credit hours).
  3. The MSE department requires that one of the social sciences be micro- or macro- economics (Econ 101 or 102).
  4. The remaining credit hours may be either humanities or social sciences.


  1. Language courses designated as "LR" count as humanities, except credit for 100 level language courses obtained by advanced placement or examination, which may be used as general electives. Conversation classes do NOT count as  humanities.
  2. LS&A courses designated by BS, CE, MSA, NA, QR or experimental, directed reading or independent study may not be used to satisfy this requirement. Also, courses designated as sciences or by the words composition, practicum studio, or tutor may not be used.
  3. Courses designated as HU or SS by LS&A are accepted respectively as humanities and social sciences. For the purpose of meeting the humanities/social science requirement, courses in the following departments or schools count as humanities:
1. American Culture 9. Philosophy
2. Architecture (non-studio) 10. Great Books
3. Art (non-studio) 11. History of Art
4. Classical Archaeology 12. Music (non-performance)
5. Classical studies 13. Music History and Musicology
6. Comparative Literature 14. Religion
7. Dance (non-performance) 15. Theater and Drama (non-performance)
8. Film and Video Studies 16. Asian, English Germanic, Romance (French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish) and Slavic Languages and Literature


General Electives

No more than 12 credit hours of General Electives may be used towards the MSE degree.

The purpose of general electives is to allow students flexibility in developing a program to suit their own professional or cultural interests.

Courses marked "UC" (University Course) are considered general electives.

General elective credits may include extra credit hours from any of the other requirements including Humanities and Social Science, MSE courses, Technical and Science Electives, and 100 language credit obtained by advanced credit or examination