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Admission

B.S. Degree Requirements

Graduation Requirements Summary

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
  • 54 credits in core MSE courses
  • 15 credits of technical elective courses
  • 12 credits of written and oral communication
  • 24 credits in Visual, Literary & Performing Arts (VLPA), Individuals & Societies (I&S), and Diversity (DIV).

Plans of Study for MSE Students

PDFs of graduation requirements and a sample 4-year course schedule are available for students:

  • Sophomore-Start Plan of Study: For ENGRUD students starting in MSE in Autumn quarter sophomore year.
  • Junior-Start Plan of Study: For UW and Transfer students starting in MSE in Autumn quarter junior year, and ENGRUD students starting in the major after Autumn of sophomore year.

Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering (NME) Option

NME Option students complete all MSE degree requirements below, except the 15 credit Technical Elective requirement.  In place of the 15 credit Technical Elective require, NME Option students complete a 19 credit NME Core and Elective Requirement, which is detailed at  Nanoscience & Molecular Engineering Option Requirements

Concentration Areas

The MSE degree offers a large number of course elective options.  For advice on choosing pertinent electives to support your interests, please check out MSE Concentration Areas

Graduation Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
MATH 124, 125, 126 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I, II, III 15
MATH 207 (or MATH 307)‡ Introduction to Differential Equations (acceptable substitute AMATH 351) 3
MATH 208 (or MATH 308)‡ Matrix Algebra with Applications 3
One (1) Math Elective:
  • IND E 315
Probability and Statistics for Engineers (counts in this category OR in the Engineering Fundamentals elective category, NOT both) 3
  • MATH 209 (or MATH 309)‡
Linear Analysis 3
  • MATH 224 (or MATH 324)‡
Advanced Multivariable Calculus I 3
  • MATH 318‡
Advanced Linear Algebra Tools and Applications 3
  • STAT 390
Probability and Statistics in Engineering &Science 4
TOTAL   24

‡ As of autumn 2021, MATH 307, MATH 308, MATH 309, and MATH 324 are renumbered as MATH 207, MATH 208, MATH 209, and MATH 224, respectively. Students can apply either the 200- or 300-level number for each course toward their degree requirements.

 

Course # Course Name Credits
CHEM 142, 152 (or CHEM 143, 153)(or CHEM 145, 155) General Chemistry 10
PHYS 121/141 Mechanics 5
PHYS 122/142 Electromagnetism 5
PHYS 123/143  Waves 5
Two Science Electives:
  • BIOL 180
Introductory Biology 5
  • BIOL 200
Introductory Biology 5
  • CHEM 162 or CHEM 153 or CHEM 155
General Chemistry 5
  • CHEM 165
Honors 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 312
Inorganic Chemistry (note: students who have completed CHEM 165 can have this course waived.  See Advisor.) 3
  • CHEM 317
Inorganic Chemistry Lab 4
  • CHEM 335
Honors Organic Chemistry 4
  • CHEM 336
Honors Organic Chemistry 4
  • CHEM 452
Physical Chemistry for Biochemists I 3
  • CHEM 455
Physical Chemistry 3
  • CHEM 456
Physical Chemistry 3
  • PHYS 224
Thermal Physics 3
  • PHYS 225
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 3
  • 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; 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
8 Credits of Engineering Fundamentals Electives selected from the following list:
  • AA 260
Thermodynamics (4 Credits)  
  • BIOEN 215
Introduction to Bioengineering Problem Solving (3 Credits)  
  • BSE 201
Introduction to Pulp, Paper, and Bioproducts (3 Credits)  
  • CHEM E 355
Biological Frameworks for Engineers (3 Credits)  
  • CSE 143
Computer Programming II (4 Credits)  
  • CSE 160
Data Programming (4 Credits)  
  • CSE 164
Intermediate Data Programming (4 Credits)  
  • CSE 180
Introduction to Data Science (4 Credits)  
  • EE 215
Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering (4 Credits)  
  • ENGR 101
Engineering Exploration (1 Credit)[Open to DTC students only]  
  • ENGR 333
Advanced Technical Communication in the Engineering Workplace (4 credits)  
  • IND E 250
Engineering Economy (4 credits)  
  • IND E 315
Probability and Statistics for Engineers (counts in this category OR in the Math elective category, NOT both)  (3 credits)  
  • ME 123
Intro to Visualization & Computer-Aided Design (4 credits)  
  • ME 230
Kinematics and Dynamics (4 credits)  
  • NME 220
Introduction to Molecular and Nanoscale Principles (NOT eligible elective for NME option students) (4 credits)  
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
Sophomore OR Junior Year:
MSE 311 Integrated Undergraduate Lab I (W course) 3
MSE 312 Integrated Undergraduate Lab II (W course) 3
MSE 313 Integrated Undergraduate Lab III (W course) 3
     
  Junior Year:  
MSE 310 Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering 3
MSE 321 Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibrium 4
MSE 331 Crystallography and Structure 3
MSE 399 Undergraduate Research Seminar 1
     
MSE 322 Kinetics and Microstructural Evolution 4
MSE 342 Materials Processing I 3
MSE 351 Electronic Properties of Materials 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 [Begins Spring Quarter Junior Year] 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 3
TOTAL   54

 

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 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 466 Energy Materials, Devices, and Systems 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 Data Science and Materials Informatics 3
MSE 478 Material and Device Modeling 3
MSE 479 Big Data for Materials Science 3
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 488 Materials In Manufacturing 3
MSE 489 Additive Manufacturing: Materials,Processes, and Applications 3
MSE 490 Composite Materials in Manufacturing 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 or independent study):

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

500 level courses from the Engineering and Allen School departments listed above will require the MSE advisor to update your audit manually; just notify your advisor is this is needed

If you would like to take a technical elective course outside Engineering or the Allen School that is not listed here, 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
A MATH 401 Vector Calculus and Complex Variables 3
A MATH 403 Methods for Partial Differential Equations 3
BIOC 405, 406 Introduction to Biochemistry 3, 3
CHEM 312 Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 455, 456, or 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 321 Electromagnetism 4
PHYS 324, 325 Quantum Mechanics 4, 4
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