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 Undergraduate Program of Study
All students new to the University of Utah (freshmen and transfer students) as of Fall 2018 should use the 2019-20 flowchart:
*Engineering Calculus only available at University of Utah (Engineering Calculus classes are geared towards engineering majors, whereas traditional Calculus classes may include students from many majors. The Engineering classes would be less theoretical and more applied towards engineering type problems). Please see the MSE advisor if you’ve only taken Calculus I and would like to switch to Engineering Calculus (one week Math boot camp required).
MSE Undergraduate Student Handbook
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)
- 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 Calc. & Partial Differential Equations for Engineers (4 credits)
- MSE 3061 – Transport Phenomena in Materials Science & Engineering (3 credits)
(OR) MET E 5750 – Transport and Rate Phenomena (3 credits)*
*Students are not allowed to count both MSE 3061 and MET E 5750 – Transport and Rate Phenomena towards their MSE BS program of study. Only one of the two courses will fulfill the major requirement. MET E 5750 cannot be taken as a tech elective.
- MSE 1800 – Contemporary Materials Science & Engineering I (1 credit)
- MSE 1801 – Contemporary Materials Science & Engineering II (1 credit)
- MSE 2010 – Introduction to Materials Science & Engineering (4 credits)
- ME EN 2010 – Statics (3 credits)
- CS 1001 – Engineering Computing using MATLAB (1.5 credits)
- PHYS 2210 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (4 credits)
- PHYS 2220 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (4 credits)
- LEAP 1501 – Social and Ethical Implications of Engineering (3 credits)^
- LEAP 1500 – LEAP Seminar in Humanities for Engineers (3 credits)^
^Students are required to complete LEAP 1501 and LEAP 1500 or a specific Ethics course and Diversity courses. A list of approved courses can be found below. If you believe that you have already taken a course(s) that fits one/both of the descriptions below, please complete the Ethics & Diversity Form.
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)
(OR) MET E 5450 – Mechanical Metallurgy (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.
- American Institutions (AI)
- Writing (WR)
- Fine Arts (FF)
- Humanities (HF)
- Social/Behavioral Science (BF)
- Diversity (DV)
- International Requirement (IR)
If you have students that need to have a general education credit from another institution reviewed, please complete the College of Engineering General Education Exception Form.
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.
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.
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.
MSE 5800: Materials Science and Engineering Internship I - This course will allow students to earn academic credit for successful completion of a Materials Science and Engineering-related internship. To have an internship fulfill a Section 3 - Technical Elective requirement, students must earn a total of 3 credit hours and complete a graded Technical Report. The internship progress will be monitored, evaluated, and graded by the Internship Program Advisor. Students must take an active role in finding and applying for an appropriate internship before enrolling for the course.
MSE 5801: Materials Science and Engineering Internship II - This course is a continuation of MSE 5800. This course will allow students to earn academic credit for successful completion of a Materials Science and Engineering-related internship. To have an internship fulfill a Section 3 - Technical Elective requirement, students must earn a total of 3 credit hours and complete a graded Technical Report. The internship progress will be monitored, evaluated, and graded by the Internship Program Advisor. Students must take an active role in finding and applying for an appropriate internship before enrolling for the course.
Transfer credit will not automatically transfer to the University of Utah. Students must request that an official transcript be sent to the University of Utah – Office of Admission.
Please ensure that your transcripts are sent to the Admission Office, not the Department of Materiel Science & Engineering. The Admissions Office processes all credit transfers. For the purpose of sending your official transcripts to the University of Utah, if you have any questions about the process, or to determine if your transcripts have been received, please see the contact information below.
Email (for online transcripts orders): firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailing Address (for paper transcript orders):
University of Utah Admissions Office
201 S. 1460 E, RM 250-S
Salt Lake City, UT
Phone number: (801) 581-8761
For information on how to transfer credit from Salt Lake Community College, please click here.
Students wanting to see how specific classes will transfer to the University of Utah should use the tool Transferology. To log into Transferology, please click here.
TransferologyStudents wanting to see how specific classes will transfer to the University of Utah should use the tool Transferology. To log into Transferology, please click here.
- 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.
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