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Materials Science and Engineering (MATSCI)

Completion of the undergraduate program in Materials Science and Engineering leads to the conferral of the Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Materials Science and Engineering

The mission of the undergraduate program in Materials Science and Engineering is to provide students with a strong foundation in materials science and engineering with emphasis on the fundamental scientific and engineering principles which underlie the knowledge and implementation of material structure, processing, properties, and performance of all classes of materials used in engineering systems. Courses in the program develop students' knowledge of modern materials science and engineering, teach them to apply this knowledge analytically to create effective and novel solutions to practical problems, and develop their communication skills and ability to work collaboratively. The program prepares students for careers in industry and for further study in graduate school.


Mathematics (20 units minimum; see Basic Requirement 1):

MATH 51 and 52, or CME 100/ENGR 154 and CME 104/ENGR 155B


MATH 53 or CME 102/ENGR 155A


Science (20 units minimum; see Basic Requirement 2):

Must include a full year of physics or chemistry,

with one quarter of study in the other subject.

Technology in Society (one course; see Basic Requirement 4)


Engineering Fundamentals (three courses minimum; see Basic Requirement 3)

ENGR 50. Intro to Materials Science, Nanotechnology1


or ENGR 50M. Intro to Materials Science, Biomaterials1


At least two additional courses


Materials Science and Engineering Depth:

Materials Science Fundamentals2


MATSCI 153. Nanostructure and Characterization


MATSCI 154. Solid State Thermodynamics


MATSCI 155. Nanomaterials Synthesis


MATSCI 157. Quantum Mechanics of Nanoscale Materials


And two additional courses


Engineering Depth: Choose four of the following lab courses:


MATSCI 160. Nanomaterials Laboratory


MATSCI 161. Nanocharacterization Laboratory (WIM)


MATSCI 162. X-Ray Diffraction Laboratory


MATSCI 163. Mechanical Behavior Laboratory


MATSCI 164. Electronic & Photonic Materials & Devices Lab (WIM)


Focus Area Options3


These requirements are subject to change. The final requirements are published with sample programs in the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs.

1 If both ENGR 50 and ENGR 50M are taken, one may be used for the Materials Science Fundamentals requirement.

2 Materials Science Fundamentals; 24 units (6 courses): MATSCI 153, 154, 155 and 157 are required, and choose 2 courses from ENGR 50 or 50M (alternatively, MATSCI 70N), MATSCI 151,152, 156, 190, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199. The MATSCI 150 series is designed specifically for undergraduates, while the 190 series represents more advanced courses.

3 Focus Area Options; 10 units from one of the following areas:

Bioengineering: BIOE 220, 222A, 222B, 281, 284A, 284B; MATSCI 380, 381; ME 80

Chemical Engineering: CHEM 171; CHEMENG 130, 140, 150, 160

Chemistry: CHEM 151, 153, 171, 173, 175

Electronics and Photonics: EE 101A, 101B, 102A, 102B, 116, 134, 136, 141

Energy Technology: EE 293A, 293B; MATSCI 302; ME 260

Materials Characterization Techniques: MATSCI 320, 321, 323, 325, 326.

Mechanical Behavior and Design: AA 240A, 240B, 256; MATSCI 198, 353, 358; ME 80 or CEE 101A, ME 203, 294

Physics: PHYSICS 70, 110, 120, 121,130, 131, 134 170, 171, 172.

Self-Defined Option: petition for a self-defined cohesive program, minimum of 10 units.

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