Continuation Policy for MSE Undergraduate Majors

While the University has general regulations governing scholastic eligibility for continuation, departments in the College of Engineering have adopted additional requirements in order to make the best use of the limited facilities and resources available and to provide reasonable assurance of academic success. The following criteria and procedures will be applied to all undergraduate students for determining continuance in the major program.

Continuation Policy for the major: Basic criteria

  1. A full-time student is normally expected to enroll each quarter for at least 12 credits that are applicable to the degree. 
  2. A student who has received permission to attend part-time must take at least one course each quarter applicable towards the degree.  Permission to attend part-time is normally granted if application is made prior to the first day of the quarter for which such status is desired.  If you wish to apply for part-time status for any given quarter, please write a memo to the MSE Department’s Undergraduate Committee Chair requesting this status and explaining the circumstances surrounding the need to be part-time.
  3. Each student must maintain satisfactory progress toward the degree. The minimum progress acceptable is defined as the completion of at least three courses per calendar year which are applicable toward the B.S. in Materials Science Engineering.
  4. Students admitted through Direct Freshman Admission or Early Admission are expected to follow the Plan of Study (see B.S. Degree Requirements or Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering Option (NME) Option Program) and be academically prepared to take MSE 310, 311, 321, and 331 Fall Quarter of Junior year, just as students admitted via upper admission are. Functionally this means that students are expected to complete the following courses prior to autumn quarter of the junior year: MATH 124, 125, 126, 307; CHEM 142, 152; PHYS 121, 122; MSE 170; AMATH 301 or CSE 142; English composition (5 credits).
  5. A student who withdraws from the university will require approval of the Department Undergraduate Committee before registering (or maintaining preregistration) for the following regular academic quarter.  Students may not be readmitted if their academic record is inferior to the cut-off level for admission prevailing at the time.  Students who withdraw from school for a period longer than one quarter (not including summer quarter) must reapply for admission to the department.  This does not apply to the engineering internship program. 
  6. The cumulative grade-point average in all departmental courses must not fall below 2.00. If this condition is not met, the student will be placed on departmental warning, then department probation as provided in the Review and Notification of Progress and must achieve a quarterly CUM grade-point average in departmental courses of 2.01 or higher until the cumulative departmental GPA rises above 2.00.
  7. Students admitted to the nanoscience and molecular engineering option (NME) must adhere to all the above criteria. Since NME coursework is offered in specified quarters only, student must enroll in these courses to be considered making satisfactory progress. Students not making satisfactory progress toward the NME option are dropped from that option.

Continuation Policy: Review and notification of progress

The progress of each student will be reviewed each quarter by the undergraduate committee. If progress is unsatisfactory, the student will be notified in writing and:

1. Warned that progress is not satisfactory, if this is the student's first quarter in the Materials Science and Engineering program.  Students will be placed on academic probation if the problem is not remedied after the end of the warning quarter.

2. In the second and all successive quarters in the MSE program, students will be placed on academic warning if any of the basic criteria are not met, followed by academic probation in the following quarter.

3. If the student does not correct any deficiencies in the first probationary quarter, the MSE academic counselor will report the conditions in writing to the Department Undergraduate Committee. 

4. Students making appropriate academic progress towards remedying their basic criteria deficiencies will continue to remain on probation. Students who are not will be evaluated by the undergraduate committee for dismissal.

The student facing dismissal may appeal the dismissal to the department chair in writing, stating all available evidence on their behalf and requesting that the academic probation be continued for another quarter. The student must submit this letter within two weeks after the letter of dismissal is issued.

The University Low Scholarship policy is also applicable to MSE students.


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