BS Materials Engineering

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Program Learning Outcomes

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
  8. An integrated understanding of scientific and engineering principles underlying the four major elements of the field: structure, properties, processing, and performance related to materials systems
  9. An ability to apply and integrate knowledge from each of the above four elements of the field to solve materials selection and design problems

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper-division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No Major or Support courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

MAJOR COURSES
MATE 110Introduction to Materials Engineering Design I1
MATE 120Introduction to Materials Engineering Design II1
MATE 130Introduction to Materials Engineering Design III1
MATE 210Materials Engineering3
MATE 215Materials Laboratory I1
MATE 225Materials Laboratory II1
MATE 232Materials, Ethics, and Society4
MATE 235Materials Laboratory III1
MATE 280Introduction to Materials Thermodynamics4
MATE 310Noncrystalline Material Systems4
MATE 320Materials Selection for the Life Cycle4
MATE 340Electronic Materials Systems4
MATE 350Structural Materials Systems4
MATE 360Metallurgical Materials Systems4
MATE 370Kinetics of Materials and Process Design4
MATE 480Composite Materials Systems4
MATE 482
MATE 483
MATE 484
Senior Project I
and Senior Project II
and Senior Project III 1
5
Technical Electives
Select from the following: 2,3,412
Principles of Biomaterials Design
Micro/Nano Fabrication
Microfabrication Laboratory
Biomaterials
Polymers & Coatings I
Surface Chemistry of Materials
Polymers and Coatings Laboratory I
Microelectronics and Electronics Packaging
Polymer Electronics Laboratory
Environmental Nanotechnology
Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates
Materials Characterization Techniques
Materials Characterization Theory
Computational Materials Analysis
Nanoscale Engineering
Biopolymers and Bionanocomposites
Ceramics and Glasses
Corrosion Engineering
Welding Metallurgy and Joining of Advanced Materials
Joining of Advanced Materials Laboratory
Fracture and Failure Analysis
Materials for Electrochemical Energy Storage
Materials Selection in Mechanical Design
Ferrous Metallurgy
Selected Advanced Topics
Selected Advanced Laboratory
Materials and the Environment
Solidification and Densification
Individual Study
Micro Systems
Micro/Nano System Design
Solid State Physics
Advanced Topics in Solid State Physics
Approved Electives/Technical Breadth Electives
Select from the following: 2,3,4,58
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Biomedical Engineering Measurement and Analysis
Biomedical Entrepreneurship
Micro/Nano Fabrication
Microfabrication Laboratory
Biomaterials
Current and Evolving Topics in Biomedical Engineering
Legal Responsibilities of Business
Financial Accounting for Nonbusiness Majors
Mechanics of Materials II
Survey of Organic Chemistry
Polymers & Coatings I
Surface Chemistry of Materials
Polymers and Coatings Laboratory I
Learning Assistant Seminar
Microelectronics and Electronics Packaging
Fundamentals of Computer Science for Scientists and Engineers
Polymer Electronics Laboratory
Microeconomics
The Learn By Doing Lab Teaching Practicum
Selected Advanced Topics
Selected Advanced Laboratory
Environmental Nanotechnology
Process Improvement Fundamentals
Project Organization and Management
Engineering Management
Packaging Polymers and Processing
Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates
Materials Characterization Techniques
Materials Characterization Theory
Computational Materials Analysis
Nanoscale Engineering
Biopolymers and Bionanocomposites
Ceramics and Glasses
Corrosion Engineering
Welding Metallurgy and Joining of Advanced Materials
Joining of Advanced Materials Laboratory
Fracture and Failure Analysis
Materials for Electrochemical Energy Storage
Materials Selection in Mechanical Design
Ferrous Metallurgy
Selected Advanced Topics
Selected Advanced Laboratory
Materials and the Environment
Solidification and Densification
Individual Study
Micro Systems
Micro/Nano System Design
Selected Advanced Topics
Selected Advanced Laboratory
Engineering Dynamics
Fluid Mechanics I
Wood Properties, Products and Sustainable Uses
Modern Physics I
Solid State Physics
Advanced Topics in Solid State Physics
Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Design
Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Design
SUPPORT COURSES
CE 204Mechanics of Materials I3
CHEM 124General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering I (B1 & B3) 64
CHEM 125General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering II4
CSC 231Programming for Engineering Students2
EE 201Electric Circuit Theory3
EE 251Electric Circuits Laboratory1
IME 144Introduction to Design and Manufacturing4
MATH 141Calculus I (B4) 64
MATH 142Calculus II (B4) 64
MATH 143Calculus III (Area B Electives) 64
MATH 241Calculus IV4
MATH 244Linear Analysis I4
ME 211Engineering Statics3
Select from the following:3-4
Transport Phenomena I
and Transport Phenomena II
and Transport Phenomena III 5
Heat Transfer
PHYS 141General Physics IA (Area B Electives) 64
PHYS 132General Physics II4
PHYS 133General Physics III4
Select from the following (Upper-Division B): 67-8
Statistical Methods for Engineers
and Financial Decision Making for Engineers
or
Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists
and Financial Decision Making for Engineers
or
Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists
and Engineering Test Design and Analysis
GENERAL EDUCATION
(See GE program requirements below.)48
FREE ELECTIVES
Free Electives0
Total units184-186

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 24 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • If any of the remaining 48 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking4
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science4
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (8 units in Support) 10
Upper-Division B (4 units in Support) 10
Area B Electives (8 units in Support) 10
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater4
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English4
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C2.4
Upper-Division C4
Area DSocial Sciences
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement)4
Area D Elective - Select either a lower-division D2 or upper-division D course.4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E4
Area FEthnic Studies
Lower-Division F4
Total units48