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Program requirements

Note that the requirements have recently changed - the details below apply to students declaring F19 and later.

  • 128 credits total
  • 39 credits:  College of Engineering Common Requirements
    • Eng 100(4), Eng 101(4) or equivalent
    • Maths 115(4), 116(4), 215(4), 216(4)
    • Phys 140-141(5),  240-241(5)
    • Chem 130-125/126 or 210/211
  • 14 or more credits: Science and Technical Electives
    • Science and Technical Elective = any course with one or more pre-requisites amongst the CoE core courses; course content should not overlap with any MSE credits.
    • Must include ME 211(4)
    • Must include a math course from this list:
      • STATS 412 (3) Intro to probability – suggested year: sophomore
      • EECS 301 (4) Probabilistic methods in engineering – suggested year: sophomore
      • Math 417 (3) Matrix algebra I – suggested year: sophomore/junior
      • Math 404 (3) Intermediate differential eqs – suggested year: junior
      • Math 471 (3) Intro to numerical methods – suggested year: sophomore/junior
      • Math 450 (4) Advanced math for engineers – suggested year: junior
      • PHYSICS 351 (3) Methods of Theoretical Physics I – suggested year: junior
      • ENG 570 (4): Methods and Practice of Scientific Computing – suggested year: junior/senior
    • Note that CHEM 210 is no longer required. Students can still take the course that will continue to count as a Science and Technical Elective. For those planning to take MATSCIE 412, CHEM 210 remains a prerequisite course and should be taken prior to MATSCIE 412.
    • MSE 293 does not count as a Science or Technical Elective.
    • To find courses: College of Engineering Bulletin or LS&A course guide.
  • 16 credits: Intellectual Breadth (IB)
    • Note that ECON 101 is no longer required.
  • 47 credits: MSE courses
    • Core courses:
      • MATSCI 220/250(4): Introduction to Materials and Manufacturing / Principles of Engineering Materials
      • MATSCI 242(4): Physics of Materials (W)
      • MATSCI 330(4): Thermodynamics of Materials (F)
      • MATSCI 335(4): Kinetics and Transport in Materials Engineering (W)
      • MATSCI 350(4): Structures of Materials (F)
      • MATSCI 360(3): Materials Laboratory I (F)
      • MATSCI 365(3): Materials Laboratory II (W)
      • MATSCI 420(3): Mechanical properties of Materials (F)
      • MATSCI 481(3): Sustainable Design of Materials and Engineering (F)
      • MATSCI 482(3): Materials Processing Design (F)
    • 4 MSE Electives to select from:
      • MATSCI 400(3): Electronic, Magnetic, and Optical Materials for Modern Device Technology (F)
      • MATSCI 410(3): Design and Applications of Biomaterials (F)
      • MATSCI 412(3): Polymeric Materials (F)
      • MATSCI 440(3): Ceramic Materials (W)
      • MATSCI 454(3): Computational Approaches in MSE (F)
      • MATSCI 465(3): Structural and Chemical Characterization of Materials (W)
      • MATSCI 470(3): Physical Metallurgy (F)
      • MATSCI 514(3): Composite Materials (W)
      • MATSCI 490(3): Research Problems in Materials Science and Engineering
      • MATSCI 493(3): Special Topics
      • MATSCI 5XX(3) - Graduate course
  • 12 or more credits: General Electives

F - Course offer Fall Term

W - Course offer Winter Term

Elective courses in Humanities and Social Sciences and General electives ONLY may be elected Pass/Fail. No more than 4 courses or 14 credit hours whichever comes first can be elected Pass/Fail.

Course flow & pre-requisites (updated curriculum)

MSE degree requirements and course pre-requisites

Sample schedule

Materials Science and Engineering Sample Schedule Credit Hours Semester
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Subjects Required by all programs
Mathematics 115, 116, 215, and 216   16 Semester 14 Semester 24 Semester 34 Semester 44
Engineering 100, Introduction to Engineering 4 Semester 14
Engineering 101, Introduction to Computers 4 Semester 24
Chemistry 125/126 and 130 or Chemistry 210 and 211  5 Semester 15
Physics 140 with Lab 141; Physics 240 with Lab 241 10 Semester 25 Semester 35
Intellectual Breadth 16 Semester 14 Semester 24 Semester 44 Semester 64
Science and Technical Subjects (14 hours) 
ME 211, Introduction to Solid Mechanics  4 Semester 44
Science and Technical Electives (must include math course from MSE list) 10 Semester 63 Semester 74 Semester 83
Program Subjects (47 hours)
MSE 250, Principles of Engineering Materials or MSE 220, Introduction to Materials and Manufacturing 4 Semester 34
MSE 242, Physics of Materials 4 Semester 44
MSE 330, Thermodynamics of Materials 4 Semester 54
MSE 335, Kinetics and Transport in Materials Engineering 4 Semester 64
MSE 350, Structure of Materials 4 Semester 54
MSE 360, Materials Lab I 3 Semester 53
MSE 365, Materials Lab II 3 Semester 63
MSE 420, Mechanical Behavior of Materials  3 Semester 73
MSE 481, Designing Sustainable Products and Processes 3 Semester 83
MSE 482, Product Deign and Manufacturing   3 Semester 73
Choose four MSE courses 400 level or above 12 Semester 53 Semester 73 Semester 86
Electives 
General Electives   12 Semester 33 Semester 63 Semester 73 Semester 83
Total 128 17 17 16 16 14 17 16 15

 

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