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 must submit a plan of study (the Course 3-A Program Proposal, available from the DMSE Academic Office) no later than the beginning of 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 3.020, 3.021, or 3.046 in the Departmental Program] 2
Laboratory Requirement (12 units) [can be satisfied by 3.010 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
18.03Differential Equations 112
3.010Structure of Materials (partial CI-M)12
3.019Introduction to Symbolic and Mathematical Computing3
3.020Thermodynamics of Materials (partial CI-M)12
Select three of the following subjects:30-36
Mechanics of Materials
Synthesis and Design of Materials
Mathematics and Computational Thinking for Materials Scientists and Engineers I
Microstructural Evolution in Materials
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials
Mathematics and Computational Thinking for Materials Scientists and Engineers II
Materials Processing
Materials Project Laboratory (CI-M)
Restricted Electives
Select 36 units from the list of Restricted Electives in Course 3/3-A36
Program Electives
Select 66 units from a proposal of study approved by the department 266
Units in Major171-177
Unrestricted Electives48
Units in Major That Also Satisfy the GIRs(36)
Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree183-189

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 EquationsCC.1803 Differential Equations, or ES.1803 Differential Equations are also acceptable options.


Students must develop a program of elective subjects totaling 66 units appropriate to their stated goals in their Course 3-A Program Proposal as approved by the DMSE Undergraduate Committee.

Restricted Electives

3.004Principles of Engineering Practice12
3.017Modelling, Problem Solving, Computing, and Visualization12
3.021Introduction to Modeling and Simulation12
3.046Advanced Thermodynamics of Materials12
3.052Nanomechanics of Materials and Biomaterials12
3.053[J]Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Biomechanics12
3.054Cellular Solids: Structure, Properties, Applications12
3.055[J]Biomaterials Science and Engineering12
3.056[J]Materials Physics of Neural Interfaces12
3.063Polymer Physics12
3.064Polymer Engineering12
3.07Introduction to Ceramics12
3.071Amorphous Materials12
3.074Imaging of Materials12
3.080Strategic Materials Selection12
3.081Industrial Ecology of Materials12
3.086Innovation and Commercialization of Materials Technology12
3.087Materials, Societal Impact, and Social Innovation12
3.14Physical Metallurgy12
3.15Electrical, Optical, and Magnetic Materials and Devices12
3.152Magnetic Materials12
3.154[J]Materials Performance in Extreme Environments12
3.155[J]Micro/Nano Processing Technology (CI-M)12
3.156Photonic Materials and Devices12
3.16Industrial Challenges in Metallic Materials Selection12
3.171Structural Materials and Manufacturing12
3.18Materials Science and Engineering of Clean Energy12
3.19Sustainable Chemical Metallurgy12

Communication-Intensive Subjects in the Major

Required subjects (see degree chart above):
Structure of Materials
and Thermodynamics of Materials (CI-M) 1
Choose one of the following as the second CI-M subject: 29-15
The Product Engineering Process
Measurement and Instrumentation
Materials Project Laboratory
Micro/Nano Processing Technology
Applied Molecular Biology Laboratory
Chemical Engineering Projects Laboratory
Chemical-Biological Engineering Laboratory
Biological Engineering Projects Laboratory
Polymer Science Laboratory

The combination of 3.010 and 3.020 is equivalent to one communication-intensive subject (CI-M) in fulfillment of the Communication Requirement.


Subjects listed, except 3.042 and 3.155[J], have prerequisites that are outside the program.

Examples of a 3-A Program

Examples of 3-A programs may be obtained from the DMSE Academic Office, Room 6-107, 617-258-5816.


A student planning a career in medicine might select the following subjects, which may be integrated into the 66 units from a proposal of study approved by the department specified above, in order to satisfy the medical school requirements recommended by Career Advising and Professional Development.

7.002Fundamentals of Experimental Molecular Biology6
5.12Organic Chemistry I12
5.13Organic Chemistry II12
5.310Laboratory Chemistry12
7.05General Biochemistry12