Undergraduate Study

Materials Engineering BS

Capstone Major

The materials engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The Materials Engineering major is a designated capstone major. Students undertake two individual projects involving materials selection, treatment, and serviceability. Successful completion requires working knowledge of physical properties of materials and strategies and methodologies of using materials properties in the materials selection process. Students learn and work independently and practice leadership and teamwork in and across disciplines. They are also expected to communicate effectively in oral, graphic, and written forms.

The materials engineering program is designed for students who wish to pursue a professional career in the materials field and desire a broad understanding of the relationship between microstructure and properties of materials. Metals, ceramics, and polymers, as well as the design, fabrication, and testing of metallic and other materials such as oxides, glasses, and fiber-reinforced composites, are included in the course contents.

Learning Outcomes

The Materials Engineering major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Application of knowledge of mathematics, natural science, and engineering to analysis of materials and other systems
  • Learn and work independently
  • Practice leadership and teamwork in and across disciplines
  • Design of a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  • Effective oral, graphic, and written communication
  • Identification, formulation, and solution of engineering problems

Materials Engineering Option

Preparation for the Major

Required: Chemistry and Biochemistry 20A, 20B, 20L; Civil and Environmental Engineering M20 or Computer Science 31 or Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering M20; Materials Science and Engineering 10, 90L; Mathematics 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A, 33B (or Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 82); Physics 1A, 1B, 1C.

The Major

Required: Civil and Environmental Engineering 91 (or Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 101), 108, Electrical and Computer Engineering 100, Materials Science and Engineering 104, 110, 110L, 120, 130, 131, 131L, 132, 143A, 150, 160; one upper-division mathematics course selected from Civil and Environmental Engineering 103, Electrical and Computer Engineering 102, Mathematics 132, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 182B, 182C; two laboratory courses (4 units) from Materials Science and Engineering 121L, 141L, 143L, 161L, or up to 2 units of 199; three technical breadth courses (12 units) selected from an approved list available in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs; one capstone design course (Materials Science and Engineering 140); and two major field elective courses (12 units) from Chemical Engineering CM114, Civil and Environmental Engineering 130, 135A, Electrical and Computer Engineering 2, 123A, 123B, Materials Science and Engineering 111, 121, 122, 151, 161, 162, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 156A, 166C, plus at least one elective course (4 units) from Chemistry and Biochemistry 30A, 30AL, Electrical and Computer Engineering 131A, Materials Science and Engineering 170, 171, Mathematics 170A, or Statistics 100A.

For information on UC, school, and general education requirements, see the College and Schools chapter.

Electronic Materials Option

Preparation for the Major

Required: Chemistry and Biochemistry 20A, 20B, 20L; Civil and Environmental Engineering M20 or Computer Science 31 or Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering M20; Materials Science and Engineering 10, 90L; Mathematics 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A, 33B (or Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 82); Physics 1A, 1B, 1C.

The Major

Required: Electrical and Computer Engineering 100, 101A, 121B, Materials Science and Engineering 104, 110, 110L, 120 (or Electrical and Computer Engineering 2), 121, 121L, 122, 130, 131, 131L, 132, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 101; one upper-division mathematics course selected from Civil and Environmental Engineering 103, Electrical and Computer Engineering 102, Mathematics 132, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 182B, 182C; either Materials Science and Engineering 150 or 160 and one course (4 units from Electrical and Computer Engineering 123A, 123B, Materials Science and Engineering 150, 160; 4 laboratory units from Materials Science and Engineering 141L, 161L, or up to 2 units of 199; three technical breadth courses (12 units) selected from an approved list available in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs; one capstone design course (Materials Science and Engineering 140); and one major field elective course (4 units) from Electrical and Computer Engineering 110, 131A, Materials Science and Engineering 111, 143A, or 162.

For information on UC, school, and general education requirements, see the College and Schools chapter.