202324 Materials Science & Engineering
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Degree worksheet: 2023
Undergraduate programs and degree worksheets from previous years are available through the Undergraduate Guide archive.
Course  Fall  Spring 

Freshman Year  
CHEM 1A+1AL – General Chemistry, or CHEM 4A – General Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis 
5

–

CHEM 1B – General Chemistry, or CHEM 4B – General Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis 
–

45

MATH 1A – Calculus 
4

–

MATH 1B – Calculus 
–

4

PHYSICS 7A – Physics for Scientists and Engineers 
–

4

MATSCI 45 – Properties of Materials + MATSCI 45L – Properties of Materials Laboratory  4  – 
Humanities/Social Sciences Course(1) 
–

34

Reading & Composition Part A Course(1) 
4

–

Total 
17

1517

Sophomore Year  
MATH 53 – Multivariable Calculus 
4

–

PHYSICS 89 – Introduction to Mathematical Physics(2)  –  4 
PHYSICS 7B – Physics for Scientists and Engineers 
4

–

PHYSICS 7C – Physics for Scientists and Engineers(2) 
–

4

ENGIN 7 – Introduction to Computer Programming for Scientists and Engineers  4  – 
MATSCI 151 – Polymeric Materials 
–

3

Reading & Composition Part B Course(1) 
4

–

Humanities/Social Sciences Course(1) 
–

34 
Total 
16

1415

Junior Year  
ENGIN 40 – Engineering Thermodynamics(2) 
4

–

MECENG C85/CIVENG C30 – Introduction to Solid Mechanics(2) 
3

–

MATSCI 102 – Bonding, Crystallography and Crystal Defects 
3

–

Math/Stat/Data Elective(2)(3)  34  – 
MATSCI 103 – Phase Transformations and Kinetics 
–

3

MATSCI 104 – Materials Characterization + MATSCI 104L – Materials Characterization Laboratory 
–

4

MATSCI 111 – Properties of Electronic Materials 
–

4

MATSCI 112 – Corrosion (Chemical Properties) 
–

3

Free Elective^{(4)}  4  – 
Total 
1718

14

Senior Year  
MATSCI 113 – Mechanical Behavior of Engineering Materials 
3

–

MATSCI 130 – Experimental Materials Science and Design 
3

–

MATSCI 120 Series Course 
34

–

Upper Division Engineering Elective(2)(5) 
–

34

Humanities/Social Sciences Courses(1) 
34

34

Free Electives(4)  3  68 
Total 
1517

1216

Notes
*A minimum of 120 units is required for graduation.
1The Humanities/Social Sciences (H/SS) requirement includes two approved Reading & Composition (R&C) courses and four additional approved courses, with which a number of specific conditions must be satisfied. R&C courses must be taken for a letter grade (C or better required). The first half (R&C Part A) must be completed by the end of the freshman year; the second half (R&C Part 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.
2Please note that PHYSICS 89 is meant to replace MATH 54. As such, students who complete PHYSICS 89 should be well prepared for any class that lists MATH 54 as a prerequisite or corequisite.
3Math/Stat/Data Elective – Choose one of the following:
 any upper division MATH course (except C103, 151, 152, 153, 160, and any course numbered 190 or higher)
 any upper division STAT course (except 157, or any course numbered 190 or higher)
 ENGIN 117 – Methods of Engineering Analysis
 IND ENG 172 – Probability and Risk Analysis for Engineers
 COMPSCI/DATA/STAT C100* – Principles & Techniques of Data Science
*Note that the enrollment system enforces prerequisites for C100; therefore, MSE students who have not completed C8 will be unable to enroll in the course.
4Free electives can be any technical or nontechnical course, any course of your interest offered by any department; there are no restrictions. Free electives may be necessary in order to obtain the minimum 120 units for graduation.
5Students must complete an upper division engineering elective, of at least 3 units, chosen in consultation with the student’s faculty adviser. The engineering elective cannot be: any course taken on a P/NP basis; any course that counts as H/SS; BIOENG 100; DESINV courses (except 190E); ENGIN 125, 157AC, 180, 183 series, 185, 187, 195 series; INDENG 172, 185, 186, 190 series, 191, 192, 195; MECENG 190K, 191AC, 191K. Students may use three units of credit for work on a research project in MATSCI H194 (Honors Undergraduate Research) for the engineering elective. Other letter graded research courses may be approved by petition. Typically, this elective should be offered by a department within the College of Engineering or from the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering.
Course  Fall  Spring 

1st and 2nd Semesters  
ENGIN 7 – Introduction to Computer Programming for Scientists and Engineers 
4

–

ENGIN 40 – Engineering Thermodynamics  4  – 
MATSCI 45 – Properties of Materials + MATSCI 45L – Properties of Materials Laboratory 
4

–

MATSCI 112 – Corrosion (Chemical Properties) 
–

3

MATSCI 104 – Materials Characterization + MATSCI 104L – Materials Characterization Laboratory 
–

4

MATSCI 111 – Properties of Electronic Materials 
–

4

Humanities/Social Sciences Courses(1) 
34

34

Total 
1516

1415

3rd and 4th Semesters  
Math/Stat/Data Elective^{(2)} 
34

–

MECENG C85 – Introduction to Solid Mechanics  3  – 
MATSCI 102 – Bonding, Crystallography and Crystal Defects  3  – 
MATSCI 103 – Phase Transformations and Kinetics  –  3 
MECENG 151 – Polymeric Materials 
–

3

Upper Division Engineering Elective^{(3)}  –  34 
Humanities/Social Sciences Courses(1)  34  34 
Total 
1214

1214

5th Semester**  
MATSCI 113 – Mechanical Behavior of Engineering Materials 
3


MATSCI 130 – Experimental Materials Science and Design 
3


MATSCI 120 Series Course 
34


Free Elective^{(4)} 
3


Total 
1213

Notes
*A minimum of 120 units is required for graduation.
**Transfer students who would like to enroll for a fifth semester must contact their ESS Adviser to change their degree term.
1The Humanities/Social Science (H/SS) requirement includes two approved Reading & Composition courses and four additional approved courses, with which a number of specific conditions must be satisfied. Reading & Composition parts 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.
^{2}Math/Stat/Data Elective – Choose one of the following:
 any upper division MATH course (except C103, 151, 152, 153, 160, and any course numbered 190 or higher)
 any upper division STAT course (except 157, or any course numbered 190 or higher)
 ENGIN 117 – Methods of Engineering Analysis
 IND ENG 172 – Probability and Risk Analysis for Engineers
 COMPSCI/DATA/STAT C100* – Principles & Techniques of Data Science
*Note that the enrollment system enforces prerequisites for C100; therefore, MSE students who have not completed C8 will be unable to enroll in the course.
3Students must complete an upper division engineering elective, of at least 3 units, chosen in consultation with the student’s faculty adviser. The engineering elective cannot be: any course taken on a P/NP basis; any course that counts as H/SS; BIOENG 100; DESINV courses (except 190E); ENGIN 125, 157AC, 180, 183 series, 185, 187, 195 series; INDENG 172, 185, 186, 190 series, 191, 192, 195; MECENG 190K, 191AC, 191K. Students may use three units of credit for work on a research project in MATSCI H194 (Honors Undergraduate Research) for the engineering elective. Other letter graded research courses may be approved by petition. Typically, this elective should be offered by a department within the College of Engineering or from the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering.
4Free electives can be any technical or nontechnical course, any course of your interest offered by any department; there are no restrictions. Free electives may be necessary in order to obtain the minimum 120 units for graduation.
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