Majoring in MSE: Sample Program for Students Entering BEFORE Fall 2017

IMPORTANT: This section contains information ONLY for undergraduates who entered the B.S. program in MSE prior to Fall 2017.

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. The required CORE (general education) requirements of the campus. (For more information, visit www.ugst.umd.edu/core)
  2. Mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering courses required of all engineering students.
  3. Twelve credits of courses selected within a specialization area. At least 3 of the 4 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, Nanotechnology, and Materials for Energy.
  4. Thirty-seven (37) credits of materials engineering courses.
  5. Technical elective requirement of two (2) courses 300 level and above in engineering, mathematics, chemistry or physics which are approved by his/her advisor to enrich, specialize or expand certain areas of knowledge within the field. These courses must be approved in advance by the advisor. Students specializing in Soft Materials and Biomaterials may take a Biology course by filing an exception with the Undergraduate Program Committee.
  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

FIRST YEAR: Semester 1
   
FIRST YEAR: Semester 2
 
Course
Cr
  Course
Cr
ENES
or
ENES
100
or
102
Intro to Engineering Design^
or
Mechanics I^
3
  ENES
or
ENES
102
or
102
Mechanics I^
or
Intro to Engineering Design^
3
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
      CORE*
3
ENGL 101 Introduction to Writing
3
      CORE*
3
   
Total
14
     
Total
16
                 
SECOND YEAR: Semester 1
   
SECOND YEAR: Semester 2
 
Course
Cr
  Course
Cr
PHYS 260 General Physics II^
3
  PHYS 270 General Physics III^
3
PHYS 261 General Physics II Lab^
1
  PHYS 271 General Physics III Lab^
1
MATH 241 Calculus III^
4
  MATH 246 Differential Equations for Scientists & Engineers^
3
ENMA 300 Intro to Materials Eng.^
3
  CHEM
or
CHEM
231/2
or
4811
Organic Chemistry I^
or
Physical Chemistry I^
4
or
3
    CORE*
3
      CORE*
3
          ENMA 301 Materials for Emerging Technologies
3
   
Total
14
     
Total
16
or
17
                 
THIRD YEAR: Semester 1
   
THIRD YEAR:Semester 2
 
Course
Cr
  Course
Cr
ENMA
310
Materials Lab: Structural Characterization^
3
  ENMA 311 Materials Lab II: Electrical and Magnetic Property Experiments^
3
ENMA
362
Mechanical Properties^
4
  ENMA 465 Microprocessing of Materials^
3
ENMA
460
Physics of Materials^
3
  ENMA 461 Thermodynamics of Materials^
3
 
 
CORE*
3
      CORE*
3
    Specialization Elective^
3
      Specialization Elective^
3
   
Total
16
     
Total
14
 
 
       
 
   
Fourth YEAR: Semester 1
   
Fourth YEAR: Semester 2
 
Course
Cr
  Course
Cr
ENMA 463 Macroprocessing of Materials^
3
  ENMA 426 Reliability of Materials^
3
ENMA 471 Kinetics, Diffusion, Phase Transformations
3
  ENMA 490 Materials Design^
3
    Specialization Elective^
3
      Technical Elective
(> 300 level)^
3
ENGL 393 Technical Writing^
3
      Specialization Elective^
3
    Upper Level Science Elective^
3
      CORE*
3
    Technical Elective
(> 300 level)^
3
       
 
   
Total
18
     
Total
15

TOTAL 4 YEAR CREDITS: 124/125^

*Visit www.ugst.umd.edu/core for information about the University of Maryland's CORE General Education Program.

^Major Courses. GPA of 2.0 or greater required.

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