Curriculum and Course Guide

The Materials Science and Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

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Course Selection and Advising Guide

  https://mse.engr.uconn.edu/mse-honors-requirements Plan of Study

Curriculum Flow Chart (before 2021 Fall)

Curriculum Flow Chart (2021 Fall or after)

  https://mse.engr.uconn.edu/mse-honors-requirements Honors Requirements
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Course Selection Template

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 Freshman Year – First Semester

 
Course Name
Credits
CHEM 1127Q (or 1147Q)* General Chemistry 4
MATH 1131Q (or 1151Q)* Calculus I 4
ENGR 1000 Orientation to Engineering 1
CSE 1010 Introduction to Computing for Engineers 3
ENGL 1007, 1010, 1011 (or 2011)* Seminar in Academic Writing 4
  General Education Elective
(Content Area 1)
3
  Total 19

* honors course


Freshman Year – Second Semester

 
Course Name
Credits
CHEM 1128Q (or 1148Q)* General Chemistry 4
MATH 1132Q (or 1152Q)* Calculus II 4
ENGR 1166 Foundations of Engineering 3
  General Education Elective (Content Area 2) 3
  General Education Elective (Content Area 2) 3
  Total 17

* honors course

 

Sophomore Year – First Semester

 
Course Name
Credits
PHYS 1501Q Physics for Engineers I 4
MATH 2110Q Multivariable Calculus 4
PHIL 1104 Philosophy and Social Ethics* 3
MSE 2001 Introduction to Structure, Properties, and Processing of Materials I 3
CE 2110 Applied Mechanics I 3
  Total 17

* Philosophy and Social Ethics is the General Education Elective Content Area 1. So, the total 6-credit requirement
of Content Area 1 is fulfilled with the other 3 credits taken in the first semester of freshmen year.

 

Sophomore Year – Second Semester

 
Course Name
Credits
PHYS 1502Q Physics for Engineers II 4
MATH 2410Q Elementary Differential Equations 3
MSE 2002 Introduction to Structure, Properties, and Processing of Materials II 3
MSE 2053 Materials Characterization and Processing Laboratory* 1
(CE 3110) (Mechanics of Materials)**
Free Elective*** (See Note C below)
3
  General Education Elective (Content Area 4) 3
  Total 17

*Caution: MSE 2053 must be taken at least in the second semester of Junior year because it is the pre-requisite of MSE 3055. If MSE 2053 is taken after the second semester of Junior year, the graduation will be delayed.
**Mechanics of Materials (CE 3110) is the mandatory class only for a student who matriculates before 2021 Fall semester.
***A student who matriculates in 2021 Fall or after can take free elective instead of CE 3110. Free elective can be taken any semesters.

 

Junior Year – First Semester

 
Course Name
Credits
MSE 3001 Applied Thermodynamics of Materials 4
MSE 3003 Phase Transformation, Kinetics & Applications 3
MSE 3055 Materials Processing and Microstructures Laboratory 1
  Professional Elective (See Note A below) 3
  Technical Elective (See Note C below) 3
  General Education Elective (Content Area 4) 3
  Total 17

 


Junior Year – Second Semester

 
Course Name
Credits
MSE 3002 Transport Phenomena in Materials Processing 4
MSE 3004 Mechanical Behavior of Materials 3
MSE 3056 Mechanical Behavior Laboratory 2
  Professional Elective (See Note A below) 3
  Technical Elective (See Note B below) 3
  Total 15


Senior Year – First Semester

 
Course Name
Credits
MSE 4003 Materials Characterization 3
MSE 4001 Electrical and Magnetic Properties of Materials 3
MSE 4004 Thermal/Mechanical Processing of Materials 3
MSE 4901W Capstone Design Project I 3
  Professional Elective (See Note A below) 3
  Total 15


Senior Year – Second Semester

 
Course Name
Credits
(MSE 4005) (Processing of Materials in the Liquid and Vapor State)* (3)
MSE 4902W Capstone Design Project II 3
  Professional Elective (See Note A below) 3
  Professional Elective (See Note A below) 3
  Technical Elective (See Note B below) 3
  Total 12

 

Total Credits
129

 

Curriculum for B.S.E. in Materials Science & Engineering
The BSE-MSE Curriculum requires a minimum of 129 credits to satisfy graduation requirements. Thirty-one (31) credits in mathematics and basic sciences, fifty-five (55) credits in engineering, and nineteen to twenty-two (19-22) credits in general education courses are specified. The student will elect a minimum of twelve (12) credits from a list of recommended professional electives (Note A) and a minimum of nine (9) credits from a list of recommended technical electives (Note B). At least three credits of technical elective courses must be in mathematics or basic sciences. The student can take three credits of free elective from courses at any level in any discipline at student’s discretion.

Note A: Recommended Professional Electives 
– Fifteen (15)
credits for a student who matriculates in 2021 Fall or after
– Twelve (12) credits for a student who matriculates before 2021 Fall.
Recommended professional elective courses: 15 credits from: any 3000 or 4000 level MSE elective course, BME 3700 or 4701, CHEG 3156, or ME 3217 or 3228. Up to three credits of MSE 4097 or 4996 and up to three credits of MSE 4099 can satisfy the Professional Elective requirement. Students may take multiple instances of MSE 4095 or 4098, which all may count as Professional Electives in MSE, provided each instance covers a different topic. Students with GPA of 3.2 or greater may elect letter-grade graduate courses. Any substitutions must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the School of Engineering Undergraduate Dean. 

Note B: Recommended Technical Electives    
Nine credits selected from all 2000, 3000, and 4000 courses in the basic sciences, mathematics and in any engineering discipline other than Materials Science and Engineering are accepted as technical electives. At least 3 credits must be selected from the basic sciences or mathematics: Mathematics (MATH), Biological Sciences (BIOL), Chemistry (CHEM), Molecular & Cell Biology (MCB), Physics (PHYS), and Statistics (STAT).Courses typically selected to satisfy the technical elective requirement include:

CHEM 2443 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 2444 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 3563 Physical Chemistry
CHEM 3564 Physical Chemistry II
ECE 3002 Electrical Circuits
ECE 4244 Nanotechnology II
ENGR 4243 Nanoscience and Nanotechnology I
MCB 2000 Intro. to Biochemistry,lll
ME 3253 Linear Systems Theory
ME 3255 Computational Mechanics
MATH 2210Q Applied Linear Algebra
MATH 3160 Probability
MATH 3210 Abstract Linear Algebra
PHYS 3401 Introductory Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS 3402 Introductory Quantum Mechanics II
STAT 3025Q Statistical Methods – Calc Level I
STAT 3075 Statistical Methods – Calc Level II
STAT 3345Q Probability Models Engineers

Note C: Free Electives
Three credits, selected from courses at any level in any discipline at student’s discretion


MSE Honors Requirements


Concentration Requirements

MSE concentrations were removed beginning fall 2018. For those still eligible and interested, please find the Plan of Study forms below.

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