Bachelor of Science as Recommended by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (Course 3-A)

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Bachelor of Science as Recommended by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Students planning to follow this curriculum must submit a program of study no later than the beginning of the their junior year. 

General Institute Requirements (GIRs)

The General Institute Requirements include a Communication Requirement that is integrated into both the HASS Requirement and the requirements of each major; see details below.

Summary of Subject Requirements Subjects
Science Requirement 6
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement; at least two of these subjects must be designated as communication-intensive (CI-H) to fulfill the Communication Requirement. 8
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement [can be satisfied by 18.03 and 3.012, 3.021, or 3.046 in the Departmental Program] 2
Laboratory Requirement (12 units) [can be satisfied by 3.014 in the Departmental Program] 1
Total GIR Subjects Required for SB Degree 17
Physical Education Requirement
Swimming requirement, plus four physical education courses for eight points.

Departmental Program

Choose at least two subjects in the major that are designated as communication-intensive (CI-M) to fulfill the Communication Requirement.

Required SubjectsUnits
3.014Materials Laboratory (CI-M)12
Select five of the following core subjects:60-63
Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering
Computational Methods for Materials Scientists and Engineers 1,2
or 18.03
Differential Equations
Microstructural Evolution in Materials
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials
Mechanical Behavior of Materials
Organic and Biomaterials Chemistry 3
Materials Project Laboratory (CI-M)
Materials Processing
Restricted Electives
Select three of the following:36
Principles of Engineering Practice
Computational Methods for Materials Scientists and Engineers 2
Modelling, Problem Solving, Computing, and Visualization
Introduction to Modeling and Simulation 2
Organic and Biomaterials Chemistry 3
Thermodynamics of Materials
Advanced Materials Processing
Nanomechanics of Materials and Biomaterials
Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Biomechanics
Cellular Solids: Structure, Properties, Applications
Biomaterials Science and Engineering
Polymer Physics
Polymer Engineering
Introduction to Ceramics
Amorphous Materials
Symmetry, Structure and Tensor Properties of Materials
Imaging of Materials
Strategic Materials Selection
Industrial Ecology of Materials
Innovation and Commercialization of Materials Technology
Physical Metallurgy
Electrical, Optical, and Magnetic Materials and Devices
Magnetic Materials
Nanoscale Materials
Materials Performance in Extreme Environments
Micro/Nano Processing Technology (CI-M)
Photonic Materials and Devices
Structural Materials and Manufacturing
Materials Science and Engineering of Clean Energy
Sustainable Chemical Metallurgy
Select six electives from a proposal of study approved by the department 472
Units in Major180-183
Unrestricted Electives48
Units in Major That Also Satisfy the GIRs(36-39)
Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree192

The units for any subject that counts as one of the 17 GIR subjects cannot also be counted as units required beyond the GIRs.


18.032 Differential Equations is also an acceptable option.


These subjects may count as part of the required subjects or as restricted electives, but not both. 


 Students can take 3.034 as a required subject or 3.034A as a restricted elective, but cannot count both subjects toward their major.


Students must develop a program of six elective subjects appropriate to their stated goals.

Communication-Intensive Subjects in the Major

Required subject (see degree chart above):
3.014Materials Laboratory12
Choose one of the following as the second CI-M subject:9-18
The Product Engineering Process
Measurement and Instrumentation
Materials Project Laboratory
Micro/Nano Processing Technology
Introduction to Experimental Biology and Communication
Chemical Engineering Projects Laboratory
Chemical-Biological Engineering Laboratory
Biological Engineering Projects Laboratory
Polymer Science Laboratory

Example of a 3-A Program

A student planning a career in medicine might select the following subjects, in addition to the above requirements, in order to satisfy the premedical requirements recommended by Career Advising and Professional Development:

5.12Organic Chemistry I12
5.13Organic Chemistry II12
5.310Laboratory Chemistry12
7.02[J]Introduction to Experimental Biology and Communication18
7.05General Biochemistry12