Materials Science and Engineering Degree

Students must also complete the Undergraduate Registration Requirement and the degree requirements of their home school.

Requirements (48 units)

Core Courses (27 units)1

Course Title
4 mathematics 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
4 engineering analysis and computer proficiency courses
3 design and communications courses
7 social sciences/humanities courses
5 unrestricted electives

Major Program (21 units) 

Course Title
15 required courses:
Mechanics of Materials I
Materials Science Principles
Thermodynamics of Materials
Phase Equilibria & Diffusion of Materials
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
6 technical elective courses in engineering, natural sciences (usually chemistry or physics), and mathematics chosen to fulfill an area of concentration
No more than 3 of the 6 units may be 200-level courses.
At least 2 of the 6 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.

See general requirements for details.


PHYSICS 125-2 General Physics for ISP or PHYSICS 140-3 Fundamentals of Physics may be substituted for PHYSICS 135-2 General PhysicsPHYSICS 125-3 General Physics for ISP or PHYSICS 140-3 Fundamentals of Physics may be substituted for PHYSICS 135-3 General Physics. Associated labs are PHYSICS 126-2 Physics for ISP Laboratory or PHYSICS 136-2 General Physics Laboratory and PHYSICS 126-3 Physics for ISP Laboratory or PHYSICS 136-3 General Physics Laboratory.