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Materials Science and Engineering Undergraduate Program

The Materials Science and Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET; see http://www.abet.org.
Materials science and engineering is directed toward an understanding of the structure, properties, and processing of materials. Society demands new and improved materials with capabilities far superior to common metals, polymers, and ceramics. New materials are needed for high-speed transportation systems, surgical and dental implants, new generations of power plants, renewable energy sources, and solid-state electronic and photonics devices in computer and communication technology. Both the development of new materials and the understanding of present-day materials demand a thorough knowledge of basic engineering and scientific principles, including crystal structure, elastic and plastic behavior, thermodynamics, phase equilibria and reaction rates, and structural and physical and chemical behavior of engineering materials.
Materials engineers study phenomena found in many different engineering operations, from fracture behavior in automobiles to fatigue behavior in aircraft frames, from corrosion behavior in petro-chemical refineries to radiation-induced damage in nuclear power plants, and from the fabrication of steel to the design of semiconductors. Materials engineers are also increasingly involved in developing the new materials needed to attain higher efficiencies in existing and proposed energy conversion schemes and will play a central role in the development of new technologies based on composites and high-temperature superconductivity.
The undergraduate materials science and engineering program provides the background for activities in research, processing, and the design of materials. The curriculum is based on a common core of courses basic to engineering; courses taken during your first two years provide a strong foundation in fundamental engineering concepts.
A minor in Materials Science is also available. Please see the description, below.
Objectives. We educate students in the fundamentals of materials science and engineering, balanced with the application of these principles to practical problems; educate students as independent, critical thinkers who can also function effectively in a team; educate students with a sense of community, ethical responsibility, and professionalism; educate students for careers in industry, government, and academia; teach students the necessity for continuing education and self-learning; and foster proficiency in written and oral communications.
Students are encouraged to adhere carefully to all prerequisite requirements. The instructor is authorized to drop students from a course for which stated prerequisites have not been completed.
Exclusive of General Education units, the minimum number of units required for the Materials Science and Engineering major is 156.

Lower Division Required Courses

Mathematics 21A-21B-21C-21D 16
Mathematics 22A-22B 6
Physics 9A-9B-9C-9D 19
Chemistry 2A, 2B, 2C or Chemistry 2AH, 2BH, 2CH 15
Engineering 17, 45 or 45Y 8
Materials Science and Engineering 2 2
Chemical Engineering and Materials Science 6 4
English 3 or University Writing Program 1 or Comparative Literature 1, 2, 3, or 4, or Native American Studies 5 (grade of C- or better required) 4
Communication 1 or 3 4

Upper Division Required Courses

Engineering 190 3
Materials Science and Engineering 160, 162, 162L, 164, 172, 172L, 174, 174L, 180, 181, 188A, 188B 42
Select one course from Engineering 180, Mathematics 135A, Statistics 120, 131A, Civil and Environmental Engineering 114, Chemical Engineering 140, Mechanical Engineering 115, or Physics 104A 4
Select one course from Chemistry 110A, 124A, 128A, or Physics 108 and 108L, 110A, 122A, 151, 160 3
A minimum of 14 units from one of the following focus areas:
Biomedical Engineering: Biology 2A, Biomedical Engineering 20, 106*, 109
Biological Systems Engineering: Biology 2A, Engineering 100, Biological Systems Engineering 75, 165
Chemical Engineering: Chemical Engineering 51, 140, 141, 142
Civil Engineering: Engineering 35, 104, Civil Engineering 130, 132
Electrical Engineering: Engineering 100, Electrical Engineering 140A, 140B, 146A
Mechanical Engineering: Engineering 35, 102, 103, 104 14
Select one course from Chemical Engineering 158A, Materials Science Engineering 170, Engineering 106, 160, 188, or Civil Engineering 123, 125, 143 3-4
Depending on area of focus, 6-9 units of upper division electives 6-9
Students may receive up to a maximum of 4 units of credit for engineering 199 courses, when these courses are approved by the departmental undergraduate studies committee. To receive credit, students must submit a summary of their research to the committee. A letter of support from the faculty mentor is also required to verify that you have conducted substantial research activity.
*Students would need to take Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 101 as an elective to enroll in Biomedical Engineering 106
Upper Division Composition Requirement 0 or 4
One course from the following (grade of C- or better is required): University Writing Program 102E, 102F, 104A, 104E, 104T or passing the Upper Division Composition Exam.
Materials Science Minor
There is a constant need for professionals with more knowledge and experience in understanding the behavior of materials from which products such as electronics, sensors, biological implants, transportation vehicles, medical devices and infrastructure are made. The goal of this minor is to prepare students for careers that require training in materials science, including the fundamentals of thermodynamics and kinetics and their effects on phase composition and structure, as well as the complex relationships between composition, structure, processing and behavior/performance. Topics covered include material thermodynamics and kinetics, materials structural analysis, and structure-property relationships for electronic, optical, magnetic and mechanical behavior. The minor is expected to accommodate persons of diverse backgrounds, such as those majoring in engineering, physical sciences, biological sciences, and mathematics.
All courses must be taken for a letter grade. A grade of C- or better is required for all courses used to satisfy minor requirements, with an overall GPA in minor requirement courses of 2.000 or better.

Minor Requirements

Materials Science
Materials Science and Engineering 160, 162, 164 12
Choose one of the following: Materials Science 172 or 174 4
Choose an additional four units from the following, if not used above, Materials Science 147, 162L, 172, 172L, 174, 174L, 180, 181 or 182 4
Minor Adviser. S. Gentry (Department of Materials Science and Engineering)
Graduate Programs in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is home to a top-20 ranked graduate programs in Materials Science & Engineering. We offer a unique interdisciplinary environment for graduate studies, with renowned faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities.
The Graduate Program in Materials Science and Engineering
M.Eng., M.S., and Ph.D.
Ph.D. designated emphases are available as specializations in biotechnology, biophysics, and nuclear science.
The Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Program provides students with a strong background in advanced materials synthesis, processing, and characterization, both from an experimental and theoretical standpoint.
Doctoral students are typically offered competitive 4-year financial offers of fellowships and research/teaching assistantships which include tuition, fees, and a stipend.
Financial offers are subject to satisfactory progress towards completion of degree requirements.
Research areas include biomaterials, catalysts, ceramics, electronic and electrochemical properties and devices, glasses, green engineering and design, interfaces, magnetic materials and devices, materials microstructure and/or processing, mathematical modeling, mechanical properties and synthesis, metals, microscopy, molecular modeling, nanomaterials, optical properties and devices, polymers, renewable energy, sintering, structural materials, thermochemistry, and thin films.
Research Facilities and Partnerships:
  • Interdisciplinary Center for Electron Microscopy
  • Center for Northern California Nanotechnology
  • Center for Nanomaterials in the Environment, Agriculture and Technology
Complete Information is available on our website.
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Updated: March 22, 2017 10:38 AM