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2020-2021 Four Year Plan

Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering

2020-2021 Academic Catalog
Total Credits: 120-122

Download the MSE-2020-2021-combined (pdf)

The provided 4 year plan is one possible example of how our degree requirements can go together. The plan provides nearly 40 credits where students can choose the path that makes the most sense for their future plans. We strongly encourage you to meet with an MSE Advisor (link to page) to identify the path that best meets your goals.

First Year – Fall Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
UF 100Intellectual Foundations3
CHEM 111, 111LGeneral Chemistry I with Lab (FN)4
MATH 170Calculus I (FM)4
ENGL 101Introduction to College Writing (FW)3
Semester Total14

First Year – Spring Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
FA, FH, or FS course3
CHEM 112, 112LGeneral Chemistry II with Lab4
MATH 175Calculus II4
PHYS 211, 211LPhysics I with Calculus and Lab (FN)5
Semester Total16

Second Year – Fall Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
MATH 275Multivariable and Vector Calculus4
PHYS 212, 212LPhysics II with Calculus and Lab5
MSE 245Introduction to MSE3
MSE 245LIntro to Materials Lab Practice*1
ENGL 102Intro to College Writing & Research (FW)3
Semester Total16

Second Year – Spring Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
MATH 333Differential Equations4
UF 200Civic and Ethical Foundations3
FC (Foundations in Oral Communication)3
MSE 246Materials for Society*3
Computing Requirement3
Semester Total16

Third Year – Fall Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
MSE 308Thermodynamics of Materials*3
MSE 312Mechanical Behavior of Materials*3
MSE 380Materials Properties Laboratory*3
Engineering Fundamental Requirement3
Statistics Requirement3
Semester Total15

Third Year – Spring Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
MSE 318Phase Transformations and Kinetics*3
MSE 381Materials Analysis Laboratory *3
MSE 321Structural Characterization*3
Science Requirement3-5
Free Elective3
Semester Total15-17

Fourth Year – Fall Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit
MSE 410Electrical Properties of Materials*3
MSE 480Senior Project*3
MSE 498Materials Science Seminar1
Engineering Fundamentals Requirement3
FA, FH, or FS course3
Free Elective3
Semester Total16

Fourth Year – Spring Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
MSE 415Materials Processing*3
MSE 482Senior Project II* (FF)3
Free Elective3
FA, FH, or FS course3
FA, FH, or FS course3
Semester Total15


  • Courses with an asterisk (*) and highlighted in orange are offered only in the semester in which they are listed.
  • Courses in bold & highlighted in blue indicate electives/selective electives. These 36 credits can be taken in any order as long as individual pre-reqs are met.
  • Content on this page is provided as a quick reference for planning. All official course descriptions/degree requirements/admission standards/program learning outcomes/etc. are published on the Undergraduate Catalog site.
  • FOUNDATIONS COURSES. In addition to named specific courses, students need to take one FC (foundations in oral communication), one FA, one FH, and two FS courses. FS courses must come from two different fields as stated in the University General Education Requirements
  • For each elective, pick from following list or propose alternative with advisor. Note: must meet offering department requirements for course including pre-reqs and required lab components
    o Engineering Fundamentals Elective: ENGR210, ENGR 220, CE 330, ENGR 240, ECE 210, ME 302, ME 330
    o Statistics Elective: MATH 360, MATH 361, Statistical Process Control, ENGR 460
    o Science Elective: BIOL 191, BIOL 227, CHEM 307, CHEM 309, CHEM 431, PHYS 309
    o Computing Elective: Pick from MSE 150, CE 284, CS 111, CS 117, CS 121, CS 133, ME 271
    o Free electives are an opportunity for you to gain more from your degree in whatever way you choose. We encourage you to look at minors, certificates, CID programs, experiential learning opportunities and more.
  • GRADE POLICY: A C- or higher is required for all prerequisite courses & for all upper division courses in the student’s major.
  • Contact Megan Frary ( or Jessica Economy ( with questions.