Majoring in Materials Science and Engineering: Sample Program for Students Beginning Fall 2017

IMPORTANT: The information on this page is for students who entered the University of Maryland or the MSE program in Fall 2017. If you are a current student with questions please review your graduation plan with your advisor.

The design of advanced materials and hardware products begins with understanding the fundamentals of materials science. Our undergraduate curriculum has been developed to meet the challenges that future materials scientists and engineers will face.

The Undergraduate MSE Degree Program will enable the student to:

  • Understand the fundamental properties and structure of materials and how they may be tailored for a specific product
  • Engineer a wide variety of materials including metals, polymers, ceramics and electronic materials for the next generation of products
  • Design processing and manufacturing routes for advanced technology products
  • Work as a materials specialist on industrial product design teams, and select the materials based on quality and reliability.

Requirements for the Major

  1. General Education Requirements of the University of Maryland, College Park.
    See the University's General Education site for course listings (Fundamental, Distributive, and I-series) and requirements.
  2. Mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering courses required of all engineering students.
  3. Fifteen (15) credits of courses selected within a specialization area.
    At least 4 of the 5 courses should be in materials science and engineering.The specialization area is designed to add more breadth and depth in the chosen area and should be discussed with the student’s advisor. The areas of specialization available to students are Materials Science, Soft Materials and Biomaterials, Electrical, Optical and Functional Materials, Nanomaterials, and Materials for Energy. Note: The lists provided in the links for each specialization area are not exclusive; with their advisor’s approval students may take alternative classes.
  4. The MSE curriculum includes thirty-four (34) credits of required materials engineering courses as well as twelve to fifteen (12-15) credits of materials engineering courses as specialization electives.
  5. Two (2) technical electives are also required  to provide enhancement of the student's abilities into broader areas, including mathematical methods, scientific/engineering analysis, or computational methods.  These must be at the junior or senior level in engineering, mathematics, chemistry, physics or computer science (or biology for students specializing in biomaterials).  The choice of technical electives must be approved by the advisor in advance based on the student's intellectual and career goals.
  6. Upper level science requirement of one (1) science course 300 level and above, in Chemistry or Physics. Students specializing in Soft Materials and Biomaterials may take a biology course by filing an exception with the Undergraduate Program Committee. 

The Interdisciplinary Minor in Nanoscale Science and Technology

The Department also administers the undergraduate Interdisciplinary Minor in Nanoscale Science and Technology. Learn more about the program and how to participate »

Sample Program

Courses appearing in bold are offered by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Questions about the undergraduate program may be sent to Dr. Kathleen Hart at hart@umd.edu.

FIRST YEAR: Semester 1
   
FIRST YEAR: Semester 2
 
Course
Cr
  Course
Cr
ENES 100 Intro to Engineering Design^
3
  ENEE 140 Intro to Programming Concepts for Engineers^
2
MATH 140 Calculus I^
4
  MATH 141 Calculus II^
4
CHEM 135 Chemistry for Engineers^
3
  PHYS 161 General Physics I^
3
CHEM 136 General Chemistry Lab^
1
      GEN ED*
3
ENGL 101 Introduction to Writing
3
      GEN ED*
3
ENMA 180 Introduction to MSE
1
         
   
Total
15
     
Total
15
                 
SECOND YEAR: Semester 1
   
SECOND YEAR: Semester 2
 
Course
Cr
  Course
Cr
PHYS 260/261 General Physics II^/Lab^
4
  PHYS 270/271 General Physics III^/Lab^
4
MATH 206 Introduction to Matlab
1
       
 
MATH 241 Calculus III^
4
  MATH 246 Differential Equations^
3
ENMA 300 Intro to Materials Eng.^
3
  CHEM
or
CHEM
231/232
or
4811
Organic Chem. I1 ^/Lab^
or
Physical Chemistry I^
4
or
3
    Oral Communication
3
  ENMA 301 Materials for Emerging Technologies
3
              GEN ED*
3
   
Total
15
     
Total
16
or
17
                 
THIRD YEAR: Semester 1
   
THIRD YEAR:Semester 2
 
Course
Cr
  Course
Cr
ENMA
 
 
312
or
-
Experimental Methods in MSE^
or
Upper Level Science Elective
3
  ENMA
 
 
312
or
-
Experimental Methods in MSE^
or
Upper Level Science Elective
3
ENMA
362
Mechanical Properties^
3
  ENMA 465 Microprocessing of Materials^
3
ENMA
460
Physics of Materials^
3
  ENMA 461 Thermodynamics of Materials^
3
 
 
Scholarship in Practice*
3
  ENMA 470 Materials Selection for Engineering Design
3
    Specialization Elective^
3
      Specialization Elective^
3
   
Total
15
     
Total
15
 
 
       
 
   
Fourth YEAR: Semester 1
   
Fourth YEAR: Semester 2
 
Course
Cr
  Course
Cr
ENMA 441 Characterization of Materials^
3
  ENMA 490 Materials Design^
3
ENMA 471 Kinetics, Diffusion, Phase Transformations
3
      Technical Elective
(> 300 level)^
3
ENMA 487 Capstone Preparation^
1
      Specialization Elective^
3
   
Specialization Elective^
 
3          
ENGL 393 Technical Writing^
3
      Specialization Elective^
3
    Technical Elective
(> 300 level)^
3
      GEN ED*
3
   
Total
16
     
Total
15

TOTAL 4 YEAR CREDITS: 122/123^

*All students must complete two Distributive Studies Courses that are approved for I-series Courses. The Understanding Plural Societies (UP) and Cultural Competence (CC) Courses may also fulfill Distributive Studies categories.

1CHEM 231 and 232 is required for students focusing on Soft Materials and Biomaterials.

^Students must earn a minimum course grade of C- in each course used to meet major degree requirements and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all courses used to meet major degree requirements.