FAQs for Undergraduate Students

Q1 - How many classes can I repeat?

Answer:

Every student can attempt a course twice. A “W” counts as an attempt. Students are allowed to repeat up to 18 credits. All repeats count, including repeats from a previous major or General Education courses.

Q2 - Can I take courses outside of UMD?

Answer:

All current University of Maryland students wishing to take a course off campus must submit a Permission to Enroll (PTE) form. Students majoring in engineering must have the form approved by the A. James Clark School of Engineering PRIOR to registering for the course at the other institution. View this link for more information.

Q3 - What happens if I drop a class after Schedule Adjustment period?

Answer:

After the Schedule Adjustment period, students may drop one class (up to 4 credits). A “W” will show on your transcript and this counts as an attempt.

Q4 - Is STAT 400 an approved Technical Elective?

Answer: No, STAT 400 is not an approved Technical Elective. 

Q5 - Can I drop more than one class?

Answer:

In order to drop more than one course, an Exception to Policy form will need to be completed. It is not guaranteed that this petition will be approved.

Q6 - I’m interested in the Nanoscale Science and Technology (NS&T) minor. How do I enroll?

Answer:

Students wishing to participate in the NS&T minor must formally declare their participation using the Nano Minor Declaration/Advising Form (PDF). Submission of the form must follow a meeting with Professor Ray Phaneuf (phaneuf@lps.umd.edu).

Q7 - What are the prerequisites/corequisites for ENMA courses?

Answer:

(1) ENMA 300 is the prerequisite for all ENMA classes.  

(2) Required classes that precede any given required course in the program are implicit prerequisites. Knowledge from prior classes is assumed.

(3) View this link for a list of ENMA courses with prerequisites/corequisites.

http://mse.umd.edu/undergraduate/courses

Q8 - I would like to Study Abroad. What is the process?

Answer: Visit this link to learn more about the process.

Q9 - Should I take CHEM231 and CHEM232 or CHEM481 as the sophomore chemistry class?

Answer:

If you have an interest in Soft and Biomaterials then CHEM 231 and CHEM232 are required. Also, Organics are widely used in electronics and other applications so having a basic understanding is helpful. You need at least a conversational knowledge of organic chemistry. Otherwise, CHEM 481 is a good choice. It provides a different perspective on thermodynamics and kinetics. CHEM Notes: (1) CHEM 481 has PHYS 260/261 as a prerequisite.

(2) CHEM 481 can be used as the Upper Level Science if you take CHEM 231/232 as the sophomore chemistry class

(3) If you have Soft and Biomaterials as your specialization you may take CHEM 241 as your upper level science class.

Q10 - How many credits can I register for each semester?

Answer:

Students, after their first semester as a Clark School student, may register for a total of 18 credits in the Fall or Spring semesters, a total of 8 credits per Summer session and a total of 4 credits in the Winter semester. GPA must be a 3.0 or higher to be considered for a credit overload.

Q11 - What are the required courses for this program?

A: Materials Science and Engineering 4 year plan can be found here.

Q12 - What is the required grade for the courses in the major?

Answer: A C- or better is required for all major requirements. Every student is given two attempts for each course.

Q13 -  I want to take a course during the summer or winter at another institution. What is the process?

Answer:

All current University of Maryland students wishing to take a course off campus must submit a Permission to Enroll (PTE) form. Students majoring in engineering must have the form approved by the A. James Clark School of Engineering PRIOR to registering for the course at the other institution. See link for more details.

Q14 - I would like to take a Technical Elective this semester. What class can count as a Technical Elective?

Answer: To learn more about the approval process for Technical Elective visit this link.

Q15 - My major is not Materials Science and Engineering however, I would like to take an ENMA course. What is the process?

Answer: You will need to complete the Course Permission for Non-major form found here.

Q16 - Is ENMA490, Capstone, course required?

Answer:

Yes, ENMA490 and ENMA487 are required. If you are out of sequence and ENMA 490 is the only class you would need to take in the Spring Semester to graduate, ENMA 466 and ENMA 486 may be substituted with the approval of your advisor.

Q17 - May a student meet with their advisor for mentoring?

Answer: Ideally students should meet with other faculty members so they get to know a broader cross-section of the faculty. However, if a student is extremely interested in their advisor research they may request mentoring.