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Materials Science & Engineering

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.

Math Required:


    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.
Second Language Required:


  • This major doesn't have Language Requirements.
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 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 122A - Calc I 1
MATH 122B - Calc I 2
CHEM 151 - General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 101 - First Year Composition 3
ENGR 102A - Introduction to Engineering 1
ENGR 102B - Introduction to Engineering Design 2
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
MATH 129 - Calculus II 3
MSE 110 - Solid State Chemistry 4
PHYS 141 - Introductory Mechanics 4
ENGL 102 - First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
MSE 222 - Introduction to Materials Science I 3
MSE 345 - Thermodynamics 4
MATH 223 - Vector Calculus 4
PHYS 241 - Introductory Electricity and Magnetism 4
4th Semester
MSE 223R - Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering II 3
MSE 223L - Materials Processing Laboratory 2
MSE 365 - Structure and Properties of Materials I 4
MATH 254 - Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
MSE Technical Elective 3
Math Elective - See advisor for course approval 3
MSE 350 - Numerical Methods in MSE 3
ECE 207 - Elements of Electrical Engineering 3
Tier I General Education 3
6th Semester
MSE 360L - Materials Lab 1
MSE Technical Elective - See advisor for course approval 3
MSE 480 - Exp. Methods in Microstruct. Analysis 3
MSE 415 - Transport/Kinetics 4
Advanced Basic Science Elective - See advisor for course approval 3
7th Semester
ENGR 498a - Cross Discipline Design 3
MSE Technical Elective 3
Technical Elective 3
Technical Elective 3
Tier II General Education 3
8th Semester
ENGR 498B - Cross Discipline Design 3
MSE Technical Elective 3
Technical Elective 3
Technical Elective 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

  • 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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Career Planning

The knowledge of mathematics and engineering principles gained in the Materials Science and Engineering major creates a strong foundation for students to learn about the structure, properties, and behavior of metals, ceramics, glasses, polymers, semiconductors, and composites. Graduates in this major learn about existing materials, including human made materials, biomaterials, and cultural materials, and they also learn how to make new materials. Career possibilities range from design, consulting, and project based work for government agencies and the recreation, energy, building, technology, housewares, and many other industries, as well as cultural/historical restoration and preservation.

Potential Career Areas

  • Engineering
  • Consulting
  • Design
  • Cultural/historical restoration
  • Project management
  • Sales
  • Testing

Sample Employers

  • Consulting firms
  • Automobile companies
  • Government agencies
  • Aerospace industry
  • Industrial design firms
  • Medical device manufacturers
  • Historical preservation societies
  • Technology companies
  • Construction supply companies
  • Energy companies

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Materials Engineer $45,000 - $103,000
Materials Scientist $42,000 - $119,000
Sales Engineer $42,440 - $86,163
Historic Preservationist $23,440 - $50,550
Industrial Designer $28,820 - $82,130
Engineering Consultant $42,000 - $141,000
Nondestructive Tester $28,000 - $50,520
Purchaser $34,990 - $60,550
Project Manager $60,000 - $146,000
Metallurgical Engineer $45,000 - $103,000
Solar Energy Engineer $30,000 - $60,000