2015-16 Materials Science & Engineering

210 Hearst Memorial Mining Building #1760
(510) 642-3801
mse.berkeley.edu
Chair: Mark Asta, Ph.D.

Department Overview

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) administers undergraduate and graduate programs in materials science and engineering. Undergraduate students may also be admitted to one of several joint major programs.

Materials science and engineering encompasses all natural and man-made materials — their extraction, synthesis, processing, properties, characterization, and development for technological uses in the energy technologies, healthcare industries, the transportation industry, telecommunications, and sports and recreation.

Students in materials science and engineering apply a basic foundation of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering to fields of specialization that include: biomaterials, electronic, magnetic, and optical materials, materials for energy technologies, structural materials, chemical and electrochemical performance, and computational materials science and engineering. Nanoscale science and engineering plays an important role in all of these specializations.

Undergraduate Program

Students must complete a minimum of 123 units, with which they satisfy the University of California, Berkeley campus, and Departmental requirements. Full details of requirements for Undergraduate and Graduate Study available online.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Materials Science and Engineering Minor

The department offers a minor in materials science and engineering that is open to all students not majoring in MSE who have completed the necessary prerequisites for the minor requirements. Information is available at the department office.

5-Year B.S./M.S. Program

The five-year combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science program augments the existing four-year undergraduate program with a fifth year of graduate study that provides a professionally oriented component, preparing students for careers in engineering or engineering management within the business, government, and/or industrial sectors. In this program, students earn a bachelor's degree and subsequently, a Master of Science degree under Plan II (without thesis) of the Academic Senate. This five-year program emphasizes interdisciplinary study through an independent project coupled to coursework. The program is open to undergraduate materials science and engineering majors (both single or joint majors) only.

For the Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Program and the Professional Master of Engineering Program please visit the following link,  www.mse.berkeley.edu/graduate.

Learn More About Our:

Undergraduate Program in Materials Science and Engineering*
Course Fall Spring
Freshman Year
Chemistry 1A and 1AL-General Chemistry or Chemistry 4A- General Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis
4
-
Engineering 7-Introduction to Computer Programming for Scientists & Engineers
-
4
Mathematics 1A-Calculus
4
-
Mathematics 1B-Calculus
-
4
Physics 7A-Physics for Scientists and Engineers
-
4
Reading and Composition Course from List A(1)
4
-
Reading and Composition Course from List B(1)
-
4
Humanities/Social Science Course(1)
3-4
-
Optional Freshman Seminar or E 92 (Survey Course)
1
1
Total
15-17
16-17
Sophomore Year
Chemistry 1B-General Chemistry or Chemistry 4B-General Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis
-
4
Engineering 45-Properties of Materials
3
-
Mathematics 53-Multivariable Calculus
4
-
Mathematics 54-Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
-
4
ME C85-Introduction to Solid Mechanics
-
3
Physics 7B-Physics for Scientists and Engineers
4
-
Physics 7C-Physics for Scientists and Engineers
-
4
Technical Elective(2)
3-4
-
Total
14-15
15
Junior Year
Engineering 115-Engineering Thermodynamics
4
-
Engineering 117-Methods of Engineering Analysis
3
-
MSE 102-Bonding, Crystallography and Crystal Defects
3
-
MSE 103-Phase Transformations and Kinetics
-
3
MSE 104-Characterization of Materials
-
4
MSE 111-Properties of Electronic Materials
-
4
Humanities/Social Science Courses(1)
3-4
3-4
Technical Electives(2)
3
3
Total
16-17
17-18
Senior Year
MSE 112-Corrosion
-
3
MSE 113-Mechanical Behavior of Materials
3
-
MSE 130-Experimental Materials Science
3
-
MSE 151-Polymeric Materials
-
3
Technical Electives(2)
9
6
Humanities/Social Science Course(1)
-
3-4
Total
15
15-16

 

Notes

1The Humanities/Social Science (H/SS) requirement includes two approved reading and composition courses and four additional approved courses, with which a number of specific conditions must be satisfied. Reading and Composition "A" and "B" must be completed by no later than the end of the sophomore year. The remaining courses may be taken at any time during the program. See engineering.berkeley.edu/hss for complete details and a list of approved courses.

2Technical electives must include 24 units of course work of which a minimum of 21 units must be upper division, and must include at least one (1) MSE 120 series course. Technical electives are chosen in consultation with the faculty adviser to constitute an integrated program. Possible areas of emphasis around which students could focus their studies include: Biomaterials, Electronic Materials; Energy Technology; Materials Physics and Chemistry; Nanomaterials; Structural Materials; or a general emphasis that includes an integrated course sequence in another engineering field, physics, chemistry, or mathematics. Technical electives cannot include: any course taken on a P/NP basis; courses numbered 24, 39, 84, 88;  BioE 100; ChemE 185; CS C79, 195, H195; Des Inv 90, 190; Engin 125, 130, 157AC; IEOR 95, 172, 185, 186, 190 series, 191, 192, 195; ME 191AC, 190K, 191K. Students may receive up to three units of technical elective credit for work on a research project in MSE H194 (Honors Undergraduate Research). Other letter-graded research courses may be approved by petition.

* A minimum of 120 units is required for graduation.