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MSE Four Year Plan

Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering

2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024 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. Content on this page is provided as a quick reference for planning. All official degree requirements are published on the Undergraduate Catalog site. Updated August 2023.

First Year – Fall Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
CHEM 111, 111LGeneral Chemistry I with Lab (FN)4
UF 100Intellectual Foundations3
MATH 170Calculus I (FM)4
MSE 101Introduction to Materials Engineering3
Semester Total4 courses14

First Year – Spring Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
MATH 175Calculus II4
PHYS 211, 211LPhysics I with Calculus and Lab (FN)5
ENGL 101Introduction to College Writing3
*MSE 150 or CS 133Computing Requirement3
Semester Total4 courses15

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
*CHEM 112&LGeneral Chemistry II and Lab4
Semester Total5 courses16

Second Year – Spring Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
MATH 333Differential Equations4
MSE 315Materials Processing3
*PHYS 212&LCalculus Based Physics II and Lab5
COMMFoundations in Communication (FC)3
Semester Total5 courses15

Third Year – Fall Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
MSE 308Thermodynamics of Materials3
MSE 311Electrical Properties of Materials3
MSE 380Materials Properties Laboratory3
UF 200Civic and Ethical Foundations3
*ME 201Engineering Mechanics I3
Semester Total5 courses15-17

Third Year – Spring Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
MSE 312Mechanical Behavior of Materials3
MSE 318Phase Transformation and Kinetics3
*MATH 360Engineering Statistics3
*MSE 479Undergraduate Research3
FHFoundations of Humanities3
Semester Total5 courses15

Fourth Year – Fall Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit
MSE 480Senior Capstone Project 13
MSE 498Materials Science and Engineering Seminar1
*ENGR 240Introduction to Circuits3
FSFoundations Social Science (FS)3
FAFoundations Arts (FA)3
Semester Total6 courses16

Fourth Year – Spring Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
MSE 482*Senior Capstone Project II (FF)3
FSFoundations Social Science (FS)3
Upper Division ElectiveUpper Division Elective3
Upper Division ElectiveUpper Division Elective3
ElectiveFree Elective 3
Semester Total6 courses15


  • Courses with an asterisk (*) indicate a recommended option for a selective elective course. Pre-approved options listed here:
  • Engineering Fundamentals Elective: ENGR210, ENGR 220, CE 330, ENGR 240, ECE 210, ME 302, ME 330
  • Statistics Elective: MATH 254, MATH 360, MATH 361
  • Science Elective: CHEM 112&L, PHYS 212&L, BIOL 191, BIOL 227, CHEM 307, CHEM 309, CHEM 431, PHYS 309&L
  • Project Based Engineering Elective: ENGR 380, MSE 479, MSE 493, Select VIP courses
  • Computing Elective: Pick from MSE 150, CS 133, CE 284, CS 111, CS 117, CS 121,ME 271
  • Courses in italics indicate elective options. 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.
  • All students must complete at least 120 total credits, and 40 credits of upper division (300 and 400-level classes). The number of  elective credits included in the major will vary depending on what other courses are taken.
  • FOUNDATIONS COURSES. In addition to named specific courses ENGL 101, ENGR 102, UF 100, UF 200,, 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 higher is required for all prerequisite courses  & for all upper division courses in the student’s major.  University Foundations requirements including  University Foundation(UF) and Foundations of the Discipline (FD) courses require a grade of C- or higher in each course
  • Contact Delaney Obaldia ( or Jessica Economy ( with questions.