Recommended Academic Plan

B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering

University Park Campus

This plan is offered as a guide to help you plan your schedule of courses in achieving your degree.  Use the links below to jump to a semester, or click here to download this list as a word doc.  For questions please contact undergraduate student services or click here for a listing of our undergraduate advisers.

The first four semesters listed here represent Core I classes, while semesters 5 - 8 are a mix of Core II and Specialization courses.

Click the course number to review the course description in the University Bulletin.  For a schedule of courses click here.

SEMESTER:  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |  7  |  8

Semester 1

Courses listed for this semester satisfy both major and General Education requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

CHEM 110 (GN)

Chemical Principles I

3

CHEM 111 (GN)

Experimental Chemistry I

1

MATH 140G (GQ)

Calculus with Analytic Geometry I

4

EM SC 100S (GWS)*

Earth & Mineral Sci 1st yr Seminar

3

GA , GH, or GS 1

General Education Elective

3

GA , GH, or GS 2

General Education Elective

3

 

Total Credits

17

*EM SC 100S Earth and Mineral Sciences First year Seminar (3) is a required course only for students who begin their studies at UP in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

Semester 2

Courses listed for this semester satisfy both major and General Education requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

MATSE 112 (GN)

Calculus with Analytic Geometry II

3

CHEM 113M (GN)

Experimental Chemistry - Materials

1

MATH 141G (GQ)

Calculus with Analytical Geom. II

4

PHYS 211 R & L (GN)

General Physics: Mechanics

4

ENGL 015 (GWS)

Rhetoric and Composition

3

 

Total Credits

15

Semester 3

MATSE 201 satisfies requirements for major, all other courses listed for this semester satisfy both major and General Education requirements.  MATSE 201 requires a garde of C or higher.

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

MATH 220 (GQ)

Matrices

2

MATH 231

Calculus of Several Variables

2

PHYS 212 (GN)

Electricity and Magnetism

4

MATSE 201

Intro to Materials Science

3

CHEM 202

Fundamentals, Organic Chem I

3

GA , GH, or GS 3

General Education Elective

3

 

Total Credits

17

Semester 4

MATSE 202 satisfies requirements for major, all other courses listed for this semester satisfy both major and General Education requirements.  MATSE 202 requires a grade of C or higher.

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

IE 424

Process Quality Engineering

3

CMPSC 200 (GQ)

Programming for Engineers - MATLAB

3

MATSE 202 (GN)

Intro to Organic Materials

3

MATH 251

Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations

4

MATSE 413

Solid-State Materials

3

 

Total Credits

16

Semester 5

ENGL 202C satisfies both major and General Education requirements.  MATSE 400, 401, and 430 courses require a grade of C or higher.

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

MATSE 400

Crystal Chemistry

3

MATSE 401

Thermodynamics of Materials

3

MATSE 430

Materials Characterization

3

MATSE 460

Introductory Lab in Materials

1

MATSE 436

Mechanical Properties of Materials

3

ENGL 202C (GWS)

Effective Writing: Technical Writing

3

 

Total Credits

16

Semester 6

MATSE 492W satisfies both major and General Education requirements.  MATSE 402 and 492W require a grade of C or higher.

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

MATSE 402

Materials Process Kinetics

3

MATSE 419

Computational Materials Sci & Eng.

3

MATSE 492

Materials Engineering Methodology & Design

3

MATSE SP1

Materials Specialization Course 1

3

MATSE 462

General Properties Lab in Materials

1

GA , GH, or GS 4

General Education Elective

3

GHA I

Health/Physical Activity Elective

1.5

 

Total Credits

17.5

Semester 7

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

MATSE 494W

OR

Senior Thesis OR Senior Group Project

1 - 3

MATSE 493

3

MATSE SP2

Materials Specialization Course 2

3

MATSE SP3

Materials Specialization Course 3

3

MATSE SP4

Materials Specialization Course 4

3

MATSE Lab

Materials Senior Processing Lab**

1

GA , GH, or
GS 5

General Education Elective

3

GHA 2

Health/Physical Activity Elective

1.5

 

Total Credits

14.5-18.5

Semester 8

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

MATSE 494W

OR

Senior Thesis OR Senior Group Project

1 - 3

MATSE 493W

3

MATSE SP5

Materials Specialization Course 5

3

MATSE SP6

Materials Specialization Course 6

3

MATSE SP7

Materials Specialization Course 7

3

MATSE SP8

Materials Specialization Course 8

3

MATSE Lab

Materials Senior Processing Lab**

1

GA , GH, or
GS 6

General Education Elective

3

 

Total Credits

15-19

**Students are required to take at least one Materials Senior Processing Laboratory. The senior processing lab course can be taken either during semester 7 or semester 8. It is recommended that if a student is going to take 493W, that they do not take their senior processing lab course during the same semester.  It is also recommended that if a student is going to take MatSE 471 or MatSE 468, that they respectively take MatSE 425  or MatSE 411 concurrently.

Program Notes:

  • GWS, GHA, GQ, GN, GA, GH and GS are codes used to identify General Education requirements.

  • US, IL and US; IL are codes used to designate courses that satisfy University United States/International Cultures requirements.

  • W is the code used to designate courses that satisfy the University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

  • Students may satisfy their 18 required GA, GH and GS credits either with 6/6/6 or 3/6/9 (any combination); a degree audit petition must be submitted to the associate dean for education in 14 Deike Building.

  • Students who begin their studies at non-UP locations and/or join the college after their freshman semester should substitute CAS 100 (GWS) for EM SC 100S (GWS).*

  • Technical Electives (students may also apply up to 6 credits of ROTC)

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