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BS in Materials Science & Engr

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Materials scientists study the structure, properties and behavior of metals, ceramics, glasses, polymers, semiconductors, and composites. They strive for a deeper understanding of existing materials and work to develop new ones. Materials engineering focuses on selecting, processing and applying materials. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the field, students take an unusually large number of elective courses.

Major Details

College: College of Engineering
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see the College of Engineering website for more information.

Website: http://www.mse.arizona.edu/index.php
Math Required:

Substantial

    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Substantial
Second Language Required:

None

  • This major doesn't have Language Requirements.
None
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 122 A/B or MATH 125 Calculus I with Applications 3
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I or CHEM 105A/106A 4
ENGL 101 or 107 or 109H First-Year Composition 3
ENGR 102A/B Introduction to Engineering or ENGR 102 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
MATH 129 Calculus II 3
MSE 110 Solid State Chemistry 4
PHYS 141 Introductory Mechanics or PHYS 161H 4
ENGL 102 or 108 or 109H First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
MSE 222 Introduction to Materials Science I – Fall Only 3
MATH 223 Vector Calculus 4
PHYS 241 Introductory Electricity and Magnetism or PHYS 261H 4
MSE 345 Thermodynamics - Fall Only 4
4th Semester
MSE 223R Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering II Spring Only 3
MSE 223L Materials Processing Laboratory - Spring Only 2
MSE 365 Structure and Properties of Materials I - Spring Only 4
MATH 254 Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
MSE Technical Elective – See major advisor for course approval 3
Math Elective – See major advisor for course approval 3
MSE 350 Numerical Methods in MSE – Fall Only 3
ECE 207 Elements of Electrical Engineering 3
Tier I General Education 3
6th Semester
MSE 360L Materials Lab – Spring Only 1
MSE Technical Elective – See major advisor for course approval 3
MSE 480 Experimental Methods in Microstructural Analysis – Spring Only 3
MSE 415 Transport/Kinetics – Spring Only 4
Advanced Science Elective – See major advisor for course approval 3
7th Semester
ENGR 498A Cross-disciplinary Design (Fall Only) – Senior Status or MSE 498 3
MSE Technical Elective – See major advisor for course approval 3
Technical Elective – See major advisor for course approval 3
Technical Elective – See major advisor for course approval 3
Tier II General Education 3
8th Semester
ENGR 498B Cross-disciplinary Design (Spring Only) – Senior Status or MSE 498 3
MSE Technical Elective – See Advisor for Course Approval 3
Technical Elective – See major advisor for course approval 3
Technical Elective – See major advisor for course approval 3
Tier II General Education 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit aztransfer.com

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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