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2021-22/2022-23 MSE Four-Year Plan

Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering

2021-2022/2022-23 Academic Catalogs
Total Credits: 120

The 4-year plan described on this page is one possible example of how our degree requirements can go together. The plan was designed to support flexibility, allowing students to choose the path that makes the most sense for their future plans. We strongly encourage you to meet with your MSE Advisor to select the elective options that best meet your goals.

First Year – Fall Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
CHEM 111, 111LGeneral Chemistry I with Lab (FN)4
ENGL 101Introduction to College Writing (FW)3
MATH 170Calculus I (FM)4
MSE 101Introduction to Materials Engineering3
Semester Total14

First Year – Spring Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
MATH 175Calculus II4
PHYS 211, 211LPhysics I with Calculus and Lab (FN)5
UF 100Intellectual Foundations3
Foundations in Oral Communication3
Semester Total15

Second Year – Fall Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
ENGL 102Intro to College Writing & Research (FW)3
MATH 275Multivariable and Vector Calculus4
MSE 201Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering3
MSE 280Intro to Materials Characterization Lab2
Science Elective 13-5
Semester Total15-17

Second Year – Spring Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
MATH 333Differential Equations4
UF 200Civic and Ethical Foundations3
Engineering Fundamentals Elective 13
Project-Based Engineering Elective3
Computing Elective3
Semester Total16

Third Year – Fall Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
MSE 308*Thermodynamics of Materials3
MSE 311*Electrical Properties of Materials3
MSE 380Materials Properties Laboratory3
Science Elective 23-5
Foundations of Art3
Semester Total15-17

Third Year – Spring Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
MSE 312*Mechanical Behavior of Materials3
MSE 315*Materials Processing3
MSE 318*Phase Transformation and Kinetics3
Statistics Elective3
Foundations of Humanities3
Semester Total15

Fourth Year – Fall Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit
MSE 480*Senior Capstone Project 13
MSE 498Materials Science and Engineering Seminar1
Engineering Fundamentals Requirement 23
Foundations Social Science 13
Upper Division Elective3
Semester Total13

Fourth Year – Spring Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
MSE 482*Senior Capstone Project II (FF)3
Foundations Social Science 23
Upper Division Elective3
Elective 2-6
Semester Total11-15


    • Courses with an asterisk (*) are offered only in the semester in which they are listed.
    • Courses in italics indicate elective options that can be taken in any order. Many of these elective options have pre-approved choices. Choose from among the options listed or talk with your advisor if you’d like to propose something else.
    • 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.
    • Engineering Fundamentals Elective (choose 2): ENGR210, ENGR 220, ENGR 240, CE 320, CE 330, ECE 210, ECE 212, ME 201, ME 203
    • Statistics Elective (choose 1): MATH 254, MATH 360, MATH 361
    • Science Elective (choose 2): BIOL 191, BIOL 227, CHEM 112&L, CHEM 307, GEOS 220, GEOS 343, GEOS 426, PHYS 212&L, PHYS 301, PHYS 330, PHYS 309&L, PHYS 341
    • Computing Elective (choose 1): MSE 150, CE 284, CS 111, CS 117, CS 121, CS 133, GEOS 357
    • Project-Based Engineering Elective (choose 1): ENGR 380, MSE 479, MSE 493
    • Free Elective/Upper Division Elective: These credits offer you an opportunity to make the most of your degree in whatever way you choose. We encourage you to look at minors, certificates, CID programs, experiential learning opportunities, and more. All students must complete 120 total credits and at least 40 upper division (300 and 400-level courses). The number of elective credits needed will vary depending on other courses chosen.
    • 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.
    • Grade Policy: A C- or greater is required for all prerequisite courses & for all upper division courses in the student’s major.
    • Contact Megan Frary ( or Jessica Economy ( with questions.