Majors Related to Materials Science and Engineering

Compare Four

Your second and third years have distinctive course requirements and electives.

Here we can compare four related majors through select second and third year courses.

Materials Science and Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Applied Physics

Review Sample Plans for Course Sequences

Advisors create sample plans and flow charts to help you understand course requirements, electives, pre-requisites, and credit loads.

These depend on the year you enroll, or your audit year. Students can take courses in the summer, if needed.

Common First Year

Engineering majors have a common first year program.

Finding the right major means navigating a landscape of options. In the College of Engineering, the first year student experience is similar across majors. This allows you to complete many course requirements and still be on track if you should decide to change majors. In engineering, the first year may look like this:

Year 1 Fall

Total 15 Credits

Year 1 Spring

Total 17 Credits

In this sample plan, there is only one major-related course required during the first two semesters, MSE 2100. A physics major would likely take at least four physics classes in the first two semesters, so switching between physics and engineering may delay graduation by a semester or more.

Design and Research Capstone

You will have the design and research experience as a senior.

Engineering students and those in the sciences will participate in a research or design project for their capstone or senior year. Engineering students can choose Senior Design or Enterprise for their capstone initiative. A student may find a research project at any time in their undergraduate career.

MSE Senior Design Option

MSE Enterprise Option