Materials Science and Engineering is an integrated discipline of chemistry, physics and engineering. This is reflected in our Program of Study. The student receives a foundation of basic chemistry, physics and engineering coursework during their first two years. These courses are then woven into a Materials Science and Engineering framework. 

The detailed Program of Study is shown below. This must be used as a guideline to complete the degree requirements. Most courses have prerequisites that must be completed first. Also, many courses and all MSE courses are only offered one semester per year, please plan carefully.  The Program of Study is a roadmap to be used in planning your degree.  It is necessary that students follow the Program of Study as closely as possible; any deviation must be arranged in advance with the Academic Advisor.  Taking courses out of sequence may result in a conflict, particularly if a student is planning to continue in the combined BS/MS program.

MSE BS Program of Study

MSE Undergraduate Handbook Year 2017_2018

Academic Advising


Marcie Leek
Academic Advisor
Office: CME 304
Email: marcie.leek@utah.edu

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Pre-Major StatusMajor StatusGeneral EducationTechnical ElectivesSenior Design ProjectHonorsEngineering Entrepreneurship Certificate

Any student may be admitted to pre-major status in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) by requesting Pre-MSE on their application for admission or applying through the MSE Academic Advisor. Students must meet with the MSE Academic Advisor to gain major status. Major status requires students to complete the following prerequisite courses with a “C” grade or better and a minimum 2.3 GPA. Courses required for this major may only be taken twice.

  • CHEM 1210 - General Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHEM 1215 - General Chemistry Lab I (1 credit)
  • CHEM 1220 - General Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHEM 1225 - General Chemistry Lab II (1 credit)
  • CHEM 2310 - Organic Chemistry (4 credits)
  • CS 1001 - Engineering Computing using MATLAB (1.5 credits)
  • MATH 1310 - Engineering Calculus I (4 credits)
  • MATH 1320 - Engineering Calculus II (4 credits)
  • MATH 2250 - Differential Equations and Linear Algebra (4 credits)
  • MATH 3140 - Vector Calculus and Partial Differential Equations for Engineers (4 credits)
  • ME EN 2010 - Statics (3 credits)
  • MSE 1800 - Contemporary Materials Science & Engineering (1 credit)
  • MSE 1801 - Contemporary Materials Science & Engineering II (1 credit)
  • MSE 2010 - Introduction to Materials Science & Engineering (4 credits)
  • MSE 3061 - Transport Phenomena in Materials Science & Engineering (3 credits)
  • PHYS 2210 - Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (4 credits)
  • PHYS 2220 - Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (4 credits)

 

Students are required to meet with the MSE Academic Advisor to be moved from pre-major to major status. Major status can only be awarded when students are planning their schedule for the Fall semester of their junior year.

Students admitted to major status are required to complete the following Materials Science and Engineering courses with a “C” grade or better and a minimum 2.3 GPA. Courses required for this major may only be taken twice.

  • ECE 2200 - Electrical & Computer Engineering for Civil Engineers (1.5 credits)
  • MSE 3010 - Materials Processing Laboratory (3 credits)
  • MSE 3011 - Structural Analysis of Materials (4 credits)
  • MSE 3032 - Introduction to Thermodynamics (4 credits)
  • MSE 3210 - Electronic Properties of Solids (3 credits)
  • MSE 3310 - Introduction to Ceramics (3 credits)
  • MSE 3410 - Introduction to Polymers (3 credits)
  • MSE 5025 - Mechanical Properties of Solids (3 credits)*
    *Students are not allowed to count both MSE 5025 and MET E 5450 – Mechanical Metallurgy towards their MSE BS program of study. Only one of the two courses will fulfill the major requirement. MET E 5450 cannot be taken as a tech elective.

Students must fulfill the University of Utah's General Education and Bachelor Degree requirements in addition to the MSE degree requirements to graduate.

General Education Requirements:

  • American Institutions (AI)
  • Writing (WR)
  • Fine Arts (FF)
  • Humanities (HF)
  • Social/Behavioral Science (BF)

Bachelor's Degree Requirements:

  • Diversity (DV)
  • International Requirement (IR)

Graduation Requirement Worksheet

The senior design project is a capstone project that prepares the student for engineering design practice. It provides an avenue to determine if the student has an integrated understanding of the scientific and engineering principles.

Senior Project Guidelines 2017-2018

Required Courses
Group Component
Design Component
Grading

In order to be an Honors Student in Materials Science and Engineering, students must have been admitted to the University of Utah Honors College at admissions time. Students who are honors student need to work with the Academic Advisor to make sure they are taking the appropriate courses for their Honors Degree. For more information on the Honors College and the honor degree requirements click here

Honors Thesis

In partnership with the David Eccles School of Business, the Engineering Entrepreneurship Certificate offers engineering students the opportunity for hands-on innovation experience as well as a strong foundation in the business aspects of technology. The program is intended for students who want to start their own company as well as for those interested in the complexities of the dynamic business world in which we live. Our aim is to provide the educational background to thrive in small and large business environments, convey technical information in business terms and understand business viability of engineering solutions. All engineering students interested in understanding the complexities of the dynamic business world in which we live are invited to apply. For more information, click here.

It is the policy of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering that every student who aspires to become an engineer should have an opportunity to obtain that goal. Students admitted to the University of Utah may designate Materials Science and Engineering as a major and begin a program under the Pre-Materials Science and Engineering classification. 

The first step for prospective students is to apply for admissions to the University of Utah, please click here for more information.

Any student may be admitted to pre-major status in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) by requesting Pre-MSE on their application for admission or applying through the MSE Academic Advisor. Students must meet with the MSE Academic Advisor to gain major status. Major status requires students to complete the prerequisite courses listed above with a “C” grade or better and a minimum 2.3 GPA. Courses required for this major may only be taken twice.

Grading Policy
Adding, Dropping, and Withdrawal Procedures
Repeating Courses
Major Declassification
Leave of Absence
Appeals Procedures
Americans with Disabilities Act
Academic Standings

Transfer students are those who have already attended any other universities or colleges. The applications process for transfer students is different than for freshman. For information on the admission process, application requirements, deadlines, and how to transfer credit, please click here.

The College of Engineering offers many scholarships for transfer students, please apply here

Students with transfer credit must meet with an Academic Advisor as soon as they are admitted to the University of Utah and have declared Materials Science & Engineering as their major. In-State Transfer Credit is evaluated using the State Articulation Guide. Out-of-State Transfer Credit is evaluated on a case-by-case basis using course descriptions from the transfer school. Transfer students are required to take PHIL 3500, 3520, or 3530, regardless of their completing the General Education requirements at their transfer institution.

The following process is recommended to help students prepare for graduation:

  • During the semester before your graduation date, students should generate a degree audit on CIS in My Degree Dashboard. For more information on how to generate an audit click here.
  • If students have questions or issues surrounding graduation, they should make an appointment with the MSE Academic Advisor. It is important that you communicate with the Academic Advisor about your intended graduation date and progress.

In order to graduate, students must meet all of the University of Utah requirements as well as the department requirements for graduation.

For graduation deadlines and how to apply click here. Students can also find information on the Commencement Ceremony here.

Our students’ success and well-being are paramount in providing a world-class education. Take advantage of the numerous resources and services created to help students of all kinds prosper during their time at the U. For a list of complete resources click here

My Degree Dashboard can show you what classes you still need before you can graduate! Your degree audit is an automated report that matches the courses you have completed with the requirements of a particular major, minor, or certificate. Your degree audit will show any test scores or transfer courses you have sent to the University of Utah in addition to your U of U coursework. You can also run an audit with all of your PLANNED courses, for more information on how to do that click here.