Materials Science and Engineering is an integrated discipline of chemistry, physics and engineering. Students receive 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 Materials Science & Engineering courses are only offered one semester per year, so 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.
Materials Science & Engineering BS Program of Study (Engineering Calculus)2022-2023*
Materials Science & Engineering BS Program of Study (Traditional Calculus) 2022-2023
Materials Science & Engineering BS Program of Study (Engineering Calculus)2021-2022*
Materials Science & Engineering BS Program of Study (Traditional Calculus) 2021-2022
Materials Science & Engineering BS Program of Study (Engineering Calculus)2020-2021*
Materials Science & Engineering BS Program of Study (Traditional Calculus) 2020-2021
Materials Science & Engineering BS Program of Study (Engineering Calculus)* 2019-2020
Materials Science & Engineering BS Program of Study (Traditional Calculus) 2019-2020
Materials Science & Engineering Transfer Articulation Guide
*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 Materials Science & Engineering advisor if you’ve only taken Calculus I and would like to switch to Engineering Calculus (one week Math boot camp required).
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 Materials Science & Engineering Academic Advisor. Students must meet with the MSE Academic Advisor to gain major status. Major status requires students to complete the following courses with a C- grade or better, except for math, which requires a C. Courses required for this major may only be taken twice. To take a class a third time, students must petition and justify how they will be more successful.
- 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 1800 - Contemporary Materials Science & Engineering I (2 credit)
- MSE 2010 - Introduction to Materials Science & Engineering (4 credits)
- ME EN 2010 - Statics (3 credits)
- COMP 1010 - Programming for All: Beginning Programming (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 Materials Science and Engineering 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, except for math, which requires a C.
- MSE 3061 – Transport Phenomena in MSE (3 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)
- MET E 5450 – Mechanical Metallurgy (3 credits)
- MSE 5034 – Kinetics of Solid-State Processes (3 credits)
- MSE 5098 – Senior Design (4 credits)
- Foundational Requirement (1.5-3 credits)
- Tech Elective (2-3 credits)
- Tech Elective (2-3 credits)
- Tech Elective (3 credits)
- Tech Elective (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.
Students must fulfill the University of Utah's General Education and Bachelor Degree requirements in addition to the Materials Science and Engineering degree requirements to graduate.
General Education Requirements:
- American Institutions (AI)
- Writing (WR)
- 2 Fine Arts (FF)
- 2 Humanities (HF)
- 2 Social/Behavioral Science (BF)
*QA and QB requirements are automatically fulfilled by the MSE Program.
Bachelor's Degree Requirements:
- Diversity (DV)
- International Requirement (IR)
*CW and QI requirements are automatically fulfilled by the MSE Program.
Graduation Requirement Worksheet
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.
Materials Science and Engineering Foundational Requirement
Students choose one of the following 2000-level classes. This requirement is one 1.5 to 3 credit class that prepares students for advanced technical electives and their unique interests in materials science. Students using a catalogue year older than Fall 23 automatically have ECE 2200/2210 as a requirement on their Degree Audit and will need an exception applied to their Degree Audit so that the class fulfills their graduation requirements. To those students, please email the academic advisor to request a class (other than ECE 2200/2210) to be added to your Degree Audit. *Note: Several of these courses require major status within the related department. To register for the class, you may have to request a permission code from the department that teaches the class. You can find the permission code request forms here.
ECE 2200/2210 - Electrical and Computer Engineering
BIOL 2020 - Principles of Cell Biology
BIOL 2021 - Principles of Cell Science
ME EN 2650 - Manufacturing for Engineering Systems
ME EN 2450 - Numerical Methods for Engineering Systems
CH EN 2450 - Numerical Methods
CHEM 2320 - Organic Chemistry II
ME EN 2550 - Probability and Stats for Engineering
CVEEN 2750 - Computer Tools
Materials Science & Engineering Technical Electives
Students are required to complete a minimum of five credits from Section 1, minimum of two credits from Section 2, and minimum of three credits from Section 3. All courses must be passes with a "C-" grade or better.
Complete a minimum of 5 credits from the approved course list.
Students should plan accordingly when picking Section 1 tech electives. The following credit combinations will fulfill the Section 1 requirement: 3+3; 3+2; 2+2+2; 3+2+2. Students will not be penalized for taking more than the required credits.
MSE 5050 courses are special topics and will vary each semester. Students may take multiple sections of MSE 5050 to fulfill the tech elective requirement, so long as the topic is not repeated.
Offered fall semester (not guaranteed)
- MSE 5073 – Nanostructures Materials: Science & Technology
- MSE 5074 – Photovoltaic Materials & Solar Cells
- MSE 5050 – Nanoscale Probing and Imaging
- MSE 5050 – Optics for Energy
- MSE 5201 – Semiconductor Device Phy I (odd years only)
- MSE 5520 – Single Crystal Growth and Crystallography (odd years only)
Offered in the spring semester (not guaranteed)
- MSE 5040 – Introduction to Modern Biomaterials
- MSE 5055 – Microsystems Design & Characterization
- MSE 5050 – Polymers: Chemistry*
- MSE 5050 – Materials for Energy
- MSE 5540 – Materials Informatics (even years only)
- MSE 5530 – Polymers: Materials (even years only)
- MSE 5510 – Materials Innovation (odd years only)
- MSE 5050 – Recycling (odd years only)
Offered spring or fall, but not consistently
- MSE 5072 – Thin Film Techniques
- MSE 5353 – Physical Ceramics
- MSE 5354 – Processing of Ceramics
- MSE 5475 – Introduction of Composites
- MSE 5050 – Def & Frac Nanocomposites
- MSE 5050 – Biomaterials Engineering
- MSE 5050 – Fundamentals of Nanofabrication
Complete a minimum of 2 credits from the approved course list.
Offered in the fall semester (not guaranteed)
- MET E 5260 – Physical Metallurgy I
- MET E 5300 – Alloy and Material Design
- METE 3480 – Steelmaking
- METE 5250 – Principles and Practice of X-ray Diffraction
- METE 5260 – Physical Metallurgy
- METE 5420 – Mineral Surface Chemistry (even years only)
- MET E 5270 – Powder Metallurgy (even years only)
- METE 5320 – Materials Engineering and Environment (odd years only)
- MET E 5680 – Mineral Processing II (odd years only)
Offered in the spring semester (not guaranteed)
- MET E 5600 – Corrosion Fundamentals
- MET E 5670 – Mineral Processing I
- MET E 5760 – Process Synthesis, Design & Economics
- MET E 5780 – Metals Processing
- MET E 5600 – Corrosion Fundamentals and Minimization
- METE 5470 – Practical Digital Image Analysis
- MET E 5210 – Nuclear Materials (even years only)
- METE 5300 – Alloy and Materials Design (even years only)
- MET E 5720 – Molten Salt Engineering (odd years only)
Offered spring or fall, but not consistently
- MET E 5800 – Special Topics Metallurgy Engineering
- MET E 5800 – Nuclear Safeguards
- MET E 5280 – Magnetic Materials and Devices
- MET E 5290 – Principles and Practice of Nanoscience and Technology
- MET E 5040 – Introduction to Modern Biomaterials
- MET E 5330 – Energy Conversion Storage Materials
- METE 5230 – Biomedical Devices and Sensors
Complete a minimum of 3 credits from the approved course list.
Complete a minimum of three credits with an internship/research experience or an engineering course. Courses listed in Section 1 and 2 can also be used to fulfill the Section 3 requirement. All course not listed below must be approved by the Materials Science and Engineering Academic Advisor to count toward a Section 3 technical elective.
Students may use one 3-credit internship to fulfill the Section 3 tech elective. Students may not use multiple types of internships to count for credit. Internships only fulfill a Section 3 tech elective and cannot be used to fulfill a Section 1 or 2 tech elective. Internships must be approved by the MSE Department two weeks before the semester of the internship/research experience. For information on how to register for MSE 5800/ MSE 5061, click here.
- MSE 5800 – MSE Industry/MCL Internship
- MSE 5061 – MSE Research Internship
Students who do not complete an internship may choose from the following approved courses:
- CHEM 3000 – Quantitative Analysis
- CHEM 3070 – Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics
- CHEM 3100 – Inorganic Chemistry
- CH EN 3353 – Fluid Mechanics
- CH EN 3453 – Heat Transfer
- CH EN 3553 – Chemical Reaction Engineering
- CH EN 3603 – Mass Transfer and Separations
- CH EN 4203 – Process Dynamics and Control
- CH EN 5308 – Electrochemical Systems for Energy Storage and Beyond
- CH EN 5310 – Renewable Energy
- COMP 5360 – Introduction to Data Science
- CS 5962 – Programming for Engineers*
- CVEEN 5730 – Project Management and Contract Administration
- EAE 3600 – 3D Modeling
- ECE 5250 – Introduction to Quantum Computers
- ENGIN 5030 – Patent Law and Strategy
- GEO 3070 – Mineralogy and Petrology for Engineers
- PHYS 3740 – Introduction to Quantum Theory and Relativity
- ME EN 5110 – Industrial Safety
- ME EN 5160 – Fundamentals of Systems Engineering
- ME EN 5170 – Systems Engineering and Integration
- ME EN 5520 – Mechanics of Composite Materials
- ME EN 5000 – Law for Engineers and Scientists
- ME EN 5050 – Fundamentals of Micromachining Processes
- ME EN 5055 – Microsystems Design and Characterization
- ME EN 3000 – Design of Mechanical Components
- ME EN 3650 – Heat Transfer
- ME EN 3710 – Fluid Mechanics
- ME EN 5200 – Classical Control System
- ME EN 5510 – Applied Elements
- MG EN 5030 – Materials Handling
- MG EN 5080 – Sustainable Resource Development
- NUCL 3000 – Nuclear Principles in Engineering and Science
- NUCL 3200 – Radiochemistry with Laboratory I
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 2018-2019
Senior Project Guidelines 2017-2018
Office of Registrar Transfer Articulation
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): email@example.com
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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