Students

B.S. Degree Requirements

General Requirements for Graduation

MSE students, in order to graduate with a bachelor's degree, complete:

  • 24 credits in mathematics
  • 31 credits of natural sciences coursework
  • 24 credits of engineering fundamentals
  • 53 credits in core MSE courses
  • 16 or more credits of elective courses
  • 12 credits of written and oral communication
  • 24 credits in Visual, Literary & Performing Arts (VLPA) and Individuals & Societies (I&S).

Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering (NME) Option

To complete the Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering (NME) option, students choose specific technical electives. See Nanoscience & Molecular Engineering Option Requirements for more information on this option.

Required Courses and Electives

Course # Course Name Credits
MATH 124, 125, 126 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I, II, III 15
MATH 307 Introduction to Differential Equations (acceptable substitute AMATH 351) 3
MATH 308 Matrix Algebra with Applications 3
One (1) Math Elective:
  • IND E 315
Probability and Statistics for Engineers 3
  • MATH 309
Linear Analysis 3
  • MATH 324
Advanced Multivariable Calculus I 3
  • MATH/STAT 390
Probability and Statistics in Engineering &Science 4
TOTAL   24

 

Course # Course Name Credits
CHEM 142, 152 General Chemistry 10
PHYS 121 Mechanics 5
PHYS 122 Electromagnetism 5
PHYS 123 Waves 5
Two Science Electives:
  • BIOL 180
Introductory Biology 5
  • BIOL 200
Introductory Biology 5
  • BIOL 220
Introductory Biology 5
  • CHEM 162
General Chemistry 5
  • CHEM 223
Organic Chemistry – Short Program 4
  • CHEM 224
Organic Chemistry – Short Program 4
  • CHEM 237
Organic Chemistry 4
  • CHEM 238
Organic Chemistry 4
  • CHEM 239
Organic Chemistry 4
  • CHEM 336
Honors Organic Chemistry 4
  • CHEM 337
Honors Organic Chemistry 4
  • PHYS 224
Thermal Physics 3
  • PHYS 225
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 3
  • PHYS 226
Particles and Symetries 4
  • PHYS 227
Elementary Mathematical Physics 4
  • PHYS 228
Elementary Mathematical Physics 4
TOTAL   31

 

Course # Course Name Credits
English Composition Approved Composition Course 5
ENGR  231 Introduction to Technical Writing 3
* * The University-required 4 additional writing credits will be met by taking MSE core courses. 4
TOTAL   12

 

Course # Course Name Credits
VLPA Approved UW VLPA courses 10
I&S Approved UW I&S courses 10
Additional VLPA or I&S Approved UW VLPA or I&S courses 4
Diversity 3 credits of Diversity required; can meet requirement by choosing a VLPA/I&S course that is also a DIV course  
TOTAL   24

 

Course # Course Name Credits
MSE 170 Fundamentals of Materials Science 4
AMATH 301 or CSE 142 Computer Programming I or Beg.Scientific Computing 4
AA 210 Engineering Statics 4
CEE 220 Introduction to Mechanics of Materials 4
Two Engineering Electives:
  • AA 260 OR CHEM E 325
Thermodynamics min. 8
  • EE 215
Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering  
  • IND E 250
Engineering Economy  
  • ME 123
Intro to Visualization & Computer-Aided Design  
  • ME 230
Kinematics and Dynamics  
  • NME 220
Introduction to Molecular and Nanoscale Principles (NOT eligible elective for NME option students)  
TOTAL   24

 

Note that MSE core courses are only offered once a year and are designed to be taken in sequence.

Course # Course Name Credits
Junior Year:
MSE 310 Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering 3
MSE 311 Integrated Junior Lab I (W course) 3
MSE 321 Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibrium 4
MSE 331 Crystallography and Structure 3
     
MSE 312 Integrated Junior Lab II (W course) 3
MSE 322 Kinetics and Microstructural Evolution 4
MSE 342 Materials Processing I 3
MSE 351 Electronic Properties of Materials 3
MSE 399 Undergraduate Research Seminar 1
     
MSE 313 Integrated Junior Lab III (W course) 3
MSE 333 Materials Characterization 3
MSE 352 Functional Properties of Materials I 3
MSE 362 Mechanical Behavior of Materials I 3
     
Senior Year:
MSE 499 Senior Project 4
     
MSE 442 Materials Processing II 3
MSE 491 Design in Materials Engineering I 2
     
MSE 431 Failure Analysis and Durability of Materials 3
MSE 492 Design in Materials Engineering II 2
     
TOTAL   53

 

500-level MSE courses (except MSE 520 and MSE 599 that is an independent study) will also count toward MSE Technical Electives.

Course # Course Name Credits
MSE 421 Case Studies in Thermodynamics 3
MSE 443 Process Principles in Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Materials Production 3
MSE 450 Magnetism, Magnetic Materials, and Related Technologies 3
MSE 452 Functional Properties of Materials II 3
MSE 462 Mechanical Behavior of Materials II 3
MSE 463 Corrosion and Wear of Materials 3
MSE 471 Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering 3
MSE 473 Noncrystalline State 3
MSE 475 Intro to Composite Materials 3
MSE 476 Introduction to Optoelectronic Materials 3
MSE 477 High Temperature Materials 4
MSE 481 Science and Technology of Nanostructures 3
MSE 482 Biomaterials/Nanomaterials in Tissue Engineering 3
MSE 483 Nanomedicine 3
MSE 484 Electronic and Optoelectronic Polymers 3
MSE 485/MSE 487 Introduction to Electronic Packaging & Materials w/ lab 3+1
MSE 486 Fundamentals of Integrated Circuit Technology 3
MSE 498 MSE Special Topics (Special topic courses only, not independent study) 3-4

 

All 400 or 500-level courses in the following departments count towards Other Technical Electives (except seminar courses):

A A  | BIOEN  | CHEM E  | CEE  | CSEE E  | IND E  | M E

* A maximum of 6 credits of Foster School ENTRE coursework can count towards Other Technical Electives.

If you would like to take a course that is not listed and would like it to fulfill a requirement, you must fill out a Course Substitution Petition Form and turn it in to the undergraduate advisor. The petition will be reviewed by the MSE Undergraduate Committee.

Course # Course Name Credits
A MATH 352 Applied Linear Algebra & Numerical Analysis 3
A MATH 353 Partial Differential Equations and Waves 3
A MATH 383 Introduction to Continuous Math Modeling 3
BIOC 405, 406 Introduction to Biochemistry 3, 3
CHEM 312 Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 455, 456, 457 Physical Chemistry 3, 3, 3
ENGR 321 Engineering Internship (can count a maximum of 4 cr. towards degree) 1-2
ENVIR 480 Sustainability Studio 5
PHYS 334, 335 Electric Circuits Laboratory 3, 3
PHYS 434 Application of Computers to Physical Measurement 3
PHYS 441 Quantum Mechanics 4
* ENTRE 370 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 4
* ENTRE 440 Business Plan Practicum 2