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ABET LogoThe Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) degree program at the University of Maryland is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Requirements for the MSE major include thorough preparation in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering science as well as the required university general education requirements. All students will be required to select an area of specialization, an upper-class science elective, and two technical electives. A minimum of 122 credits is required for a bachelor's degree.

 

Our educational programs will have the following objectives:

  • Produce high quality alumni who will be successful in their chosen careers in industry, government or academia, in the State of Maryland, the nation and the world.
  • Produce alumni who demonstrate the ability define and solve engineering and science problems in the field of Materials Science and Engineering throughout their careers.
  • Produce alumni who demonstrate the ability to relate basic physics, math, chemistry and engineering principles to the field of Materials Science and Engineering so they can function professionally as materials engineers and scientists.
  • Produce alumni who design and engineer materials and materials systems for future generations of products and demonstrate a continuous upgrading their knowledge to address and impact the rapid pace of technological advances.
  • The Department will support our students with an educational program that has sufficient breadth in both fundamental and specialized engineering topics to insure our graduates meet the current and future needs of society. In the area of research, the Department conducts a range of scientific research programs and establishes partnerships with government and industry, both in Maryland and elsewhere, to accomplish this goal.

Students are expected to fully engage with the curriculum and the opportunities presented for learning and research.  Having completed the degree program, students should have acquired the following knowledge and skills:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

MSE Specialization Areas

Materials Science and Engineering students are required to select a specialization area to increase their depth of knowledge in one aspect of MSE.

 

IMPORTANT

Specialization areas have been updated beginning Fall 2017If you were enrolled in the program prior to Fall 2017you may maintain your current specialization area.

Questions about this change may be addressed to: mseundergrad@umd.edu


MSE Specialization Areas for Students Entering Fall 2017 and Later

Materials Science and Engineering students are required to select a specialization area where they will take five upper level (junior/senior) classes to increase their depth of knowledge in one aspect of MSE.  At least four of the chosen specialization classes must be ENMA classes. Classes offered by other departments with cross listed ENMA sections such as PHYS 499M (ENMA 489X): Physics, Material Chemistry and Device Applications at the Nanoscale and CHBE 473 (ENMA 499C): Electrochemical Energy Engineering may be used as specialization electives with advisor approval.

The identified specializations are Materials Science, Soft Materials and Biomaterials, Materials for Applications, and Materials for Energy. With their advisor’s approval, students may design a specialization area to meet individual career and academic goals. The five classes may be ENMA electives or other upper level engineering classes. The choice and sequence of specialization electives is discussed with, and approved by, the student’s academic advisor. The specialization electives must make sense as a package in terms of the individual student’s academic and career goals. The choice of specialization area allows the student significant flexibility in choosing her or his envisioned career path. Representative elective classes, which may be taken as specialization electives, include:

Gives students a chance to explore more fundamental aspects of materials science involving different types of materials.

  • ENMA 400: Introduction to Atomistic Modeling in Materials
  • ENMA 410: Materials for Energy I
  • ENMA 411: Materials for Energy II
  • ENMA 412: Fundamentals of Solar Cells
  • ENMA 414: Introduction to Solid State Ionics
  • ENMA 420: Intermediate Ceramics
  • ENMA 421: Design of Composites
  • ENMA 422: Radiation Effects
  • ENMA 425: Introduction to Biomaterials
  • ENMA 426: Reliability of Materials
  • ENMA 430: Nanosized Materials
  • ENMA 440: Plasma Processing of Materials
  • ENMA 442: Nanomaterials
  • ENMA 443: Introduction to Photonic Materials, Devices and Reliability
  • ENMA 445: Liquid Crystals and Other Monomeric Soft Matter Materials
  • ENMA 462: Smart Materials
  • ENMA 463: Macroprocessing
  • ENMA 464: Environmental Effects on Engineering Materials
  • ENMA 466: Advanced Materials Fabrication Laboratory
  • ENMA 473: Engineering Using High Strength Metals and Alloys
  • ENMA 475: Diffraction Techniques in Materials Science
  • ENMA 481: Introduction to Electronic and Optical Materials
  • ENMA 482:  Introduction to Electron Microscopy
  • ENMA 484:  Finite Element Modeling
  • ENMA 489C: Electrochemical Energy Engineering
  • ENMA 495: Polymeric Engineering Materials
  • ENMA 496: Processing and Engineering of Polymers
  • ENMA 499: Laboratory Project

Focuses on understanding the structure and properties of soft structured matter and its building blocks, including polymers, colloids, and liquid crystals. Gives students a chance to explore the development and application of engineered materials for applications in human and other biological systems.

  • ENMA 400: Introduction to Atomistic Modeling in Materials
  • ENMA 420: Intermediate Ceramics 
  • ENMA 421: Design of Composites
  • ENMA 422: Radiation Effects
  • ENMA 425: Introduction to Biomaterials
  • ENMA 426: Reliability of Materials
  • ENMA 442:  Nanomaterials
  • ENMA 445: Liquid Crystals and Other Monomeric Soft Matter Materials
  • ENMA 463: Macroprocessing
  • ENMA 464: Environmental Effects on Engineering Materials
  • ENMA 472: Technology and Design of Engineering Materials
  • ENMA 473: Engineering Using High Strength Metals and Alloys
  • ENMA 475: Diffraction Techniques in Materials Science
  • ENMA 482: Introduction to Electron Microscopy
  • ENMA 484: Finite Element Modeling
  • ENMA 495: Polymeric Engineering Materials
  • ENMA 496: Processing and Engineering of Polymers
  • ENMA 499: Laboratory Project

Focuses on understanding materials for specific applications.

  • ENMA 400: Introduction to Atomistic Modeling in Materials
  • ENMA 410: Materials for Energy I
  • ENMA 412: Fundamentals of Solar Cells
  • ENMA 414: Introduction to Solid State Ionics
  • ENMA 430: Nanosized Materials
  • ENMA 440: Plasma Processing of Materials
  • ENMA 442: Composite Materials
  • ENMA 443: Radiation Effects on Materials
  • ENMA 462: Biomaterials
  • ENMA 463: Reliability of Materials
  • ENMA 440: Plasma Processing of Materials
  • ENMA 442:: Nanomaterials
  • ENMA 463: Macroprocessing
  • ENMA 464: Environmental Effects on Materials
  • ENMA 466: Advanced Materials Fabrication Laboratory
  • ENMA 472: Technology and Design of Engineering Materials
  • ENMA 473: Engineering Using High Strength Metals and Alloys
  • ENMA 481: Introduction to Electronic and Optical Materials
  • ENMA 482: Introduction to Electron Microscopy
  • ENMA 484: Finite Element Modeling
  • ENMA 489A: Polymeric Engineering Materials I
  • ENMA 496: Processing and Engineering of Polymers
  • ENMA 499: Laboratory Project

MSE Specialization Areas for Students who Entered Prior to Fall 2017

The information in the section below is only for students who entered the University of Maryland prior to Fall 2017.

Materials Science and Engineering students are required to select a specialization area where they will take five upper level (junior/senior) classes to increase their depth of knowledge in one aspect of MSE. The specializations are listed below with examples of the courses from which students may select:

  • ENMA 400: Introduction to Atomistic Modeling in Materials
  • ENMA 410: Materials for Energy I
  • ENMA 411: Materials for Energy II
  • ENMA 412: Fundamentals of Solar Cells
  • ENMA 414: Introduction to Solid State Ionics
  • ENMA 430: Nanosized Materials
  • ENMA 443: Introduction to Photonic Materials, Devices and Reliability
  • ENMA 445: Liquid Crystals and Other Monomeric Soft Matter Materials
  • ENMA 466: Advanced Materials Fabrication Laboratory
  • ENMA 473: Engineering Using High Strength Metals and Alloys
  • ENMA 481: Introduction to Electronic and Optical Materials
  • ENMA 482: Introduction to Electron Microscopy
  • ENMA 484: Finite Element Modeling
  • ENMA 489C: Electrochemical Energy Engineering
  • ENMA 495: Polymeric Engineering Materials
  • ENMA 496: Processing and Engineering of Polymers
  • ENMA 499: Laboratory Project
  • ENMA 400: Introduction to Atomistic Modeling in Materials
  • ENMA 420: Intermediate Ceramics
  • ENMA 421: Design of Composites
  • ENMA 422: Radiation Effects
  • ENMA 425: Introduction to Biomaterials
  • ENMA 426: Reliability of Materials
  • ENMA 442:: Nanomaterials
  • ENMA 445: Liquid Crystals and Other Monomeric Soft Matter Materials
  • ENMA 463: Macroprocessing
  • ENMA 464: Environmental Effects on Engineering Materials
  • ENMA 472: Technology and Design of Engineering Materials
  • ENMA 473: Engineering Using High Strength Metals and Alloys
  • ENMA 475: Diffraction Techniques in Materials Science
  • ENMA 482: Introduction to Electron Microscopy
  • ENMA 484: Finite Element Modeling
  • ENMA 495: Polymeric Engineering Materials
  • ENMA 496: Processing and Engineering of Polymers
  • ENMA 499: Laboratory Project
  • ENMA 400: Introduction to Atomistic Modeling in Materials
  • ENMA 412: Fundamentals of Solar Cells
  • ENMA 414: Introduction to Solid State Ionics
  • ENMA 420: Intermediate Ceramics
  • ENMA 426: Reliability of Materials
  • ENMA 430: Nanosized Materials
  • ENMA 440: Plasma Processing of Materials
  • ENMA 442:: Nanomaterials
  • ENMA 443: Introduction to Photonic Materials, Devices and Reliability
  • ENMA 462: Smart Materials
  • ENMA 463: Macroprocessing
  • ENMA 464: Environmental Effects on Materials
  • ENMA 466: Advanced Materials Fabrication Laboratory
  • ENMA 473: Engineering Using High Strength Metals and Alloys
  • ENMA 475: Diffraction Techniques in Materials Science
  • ENMA 481: Introduction to Electronic and Optical Materials
  • ENMA 482: Introduction to Electron Microscopy
  • ENMA 499: Laboratory Project
  • ENMA 400: Introduction to Atomistic Modeling in Materials 
  • ENMA 426: Reliability of Materials
  • ENMA 430: Nanosized Materials
  • ENMA 440: Plasma Processing of Materials
  • ENMA 442: Nanomaterials
  • ENMA 445: Liquid Crystals and Other Monomeric Soft Matter Materials
  • ENMA 475: Diffraction Techniques in Materials Science
  • ENMA 482: Introduction to Electron Microscopy
  • ENMA 499: Laboratory Project
     
  • ENMA 400: Introduction to Atomistic Modeling in Materials
  • ENMA 410: Materials for Energy I
  • ENMA 411: Materials for Energy II
  • ENMA 412: Fundamentals of Solar Cells
  • ENMA 414: Introduction to Solid State Ionics
  • ENMA 422: Radiation Effects
  • ENMA 426: Reliability of Materials
  • ENMA 430: Nanosized Materials
  • ENMA 440: Plasma Processing of Materials
  • ENMA 442: Nanomaterials
  • ENMA 443: Introduction to Photonic Materials, Devices and Reliability
  • ENMA 462: Smart Materials
  • ENMA 463: Macroprocessing
  • ENMA 464: Environmental Effects on Materials
  • ENMA 466: Advanced Materials Fabrication Laboratory
  • ENMA 472: Technology and Design of Engineering Materials
  • ENMA 473: Engineering Using High Strength Metals and Alloys
  • ENMA 482: Introduction to Electron Microscopy
  • ENMA 484: Finite Element Modeling
  • ENMA 489C: Electrochemical Energy Engineering
  • ENMA 495: Polymeric Engineering Materials
  • ENMA 499: Laboratory Project

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