Materials Science and Engineering (Course 3)

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering

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 3.012 and 18.03 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
3.012Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering15
3.014Materials Laboratory (CI-M)12
3.022Microstructural Evolution in Materials12
3.024Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials12
3.032Mechanical Behavior of Materials12
3.034Organic and Biomaterials Chemistry12
3.042Materials Project Laboratory (CI-M)12
3.044Materials Processing12
18.03Differential Equations 112
Select one of the following:12
Engineering Computation and Data Science
Computational Methods for Materials Scientists and Engineers 2
Introduction to Modeling and Simulation 2
Introduction to Computer Science and Programming
Introduction to Computer Science Programming in Python
and Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science
Select one of the following:9-12
Internship Program
and Internship Program
Undergraduate Thesis 3
Restricted Electives
Select 48 units from the following: 448
Principles of Engineering Practice
Computational Methods for Materials Scientists and Engineers 2
Modelling, Problem Solving, Computing, and Visualization
Introduction to Modeling and Simulation 2
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
Materials Science and Engineering of Clean Energy
Sustainable Chemical Metallurgy
Units in Major180-183
Unrestricted Electives48
Units in Major That Also Satisfy the GIRs(39)
Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree189-192

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


Students may elect 9–12 units.


Substitution of similar subjects may be permitted by petition.