University of California, Riverside

Materials Science and Engineering



B.S. Degree


Major Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Material Science and Engineering are as follows:

Lower-division requirements (68 units):
  1. MATH 009A (4), MATH 009B (4), MATH 009C (4), MATH 010A (4), MATH 010B (4), MATH 046 (4)
  2. CHEM 001A/01LA (5), CHEM 001B/01LB (5), CHEM 001C/01LC (5)
  3. PHYS 040A (5), PHYS 040B (5), PHYS 040C (5)
  4. CS 030 (4)
  5. EE 001A/01LB (4)
  6. ME 010 (4)
  7. MSE 001 (2) 
Upper-division requirements (52):
  1. CHEM 112A (5)
  2. CEE 135 (4)
  3. CHE 100 (4)
  4. EE 138 (4)
  5. ENGR 180W (3)
  6. ME 110 (4), ME 114 (4), ME 156 (4)
  7. MSE 160 (4), MSE 161 (4), MSE 175A (4), MSE 175B (4)
  8. STAT 155 (4)
  9. Technical Electives: (20): There is a requirement of 20 units of technical electives, chosen with the approval of a faculty advisor. The purpose of these electives is to add depth and breadth to the major and direct a student along a specific materials focus area. The four courses can be selected, in consultation with an advisor, from the following list: BIEN140A/CEE140A; BIEN140B/CEE140B; CEE147; EE133; EE136; EE137; EE139; ME113; ME116; ME138; ME153; ME180.

Suggested Course Plan for a UC Riverside Undergraduate Degree in Materials Science and Engineering

(Catalog Year 2013)
Fall Quarter 
 Winter Quarter
 Spring Quarter
 
 First Year
 
CHEM 1A/1LA
General Chemistry
CHEM 1B/1LB
General Chemistry
CHEM 1C/1LC
General Chemistry
ENGL 1A
English Composition
ENGL 1B
English Composition
MATH 9C
First Year Calculus
MATH 9A
First Year Calculus
MATH 9B
First Year Calculus
BREADTH
Humanities/Social Sciences
  BREADTH
Biological Science
MSE 1
Fundamentals of Materials Science
 
 Second Year
 
CHEM 112A
Organic Chemistry
MATH 10A
Multivariable Calculus

CS 30
Intro to Comp Sci & Engr

MATH 46
Differential Equations
ME 10
Statics
EE 1A/1LA
Engineering Circuit Analysis
PHYS 40A
Physics (Mechanics)
PHYS 40B
Physics (Heat/Waves/Sound)
MATH 10B
Multivariable Calculus
BREADTH
Humanities/Social Sciences
 BREADTH
Humanities/Social Sciences
PHYS 40C
Physics (Electricity/Magnetism)
 
 Third Year
 
CEE 135
Chemistry of Materials
BIEN 140A/CEE 140A
Biomaterials

ENGR 180W*
Technical Communications

EE 138
Electrical Properties of Materials

CHE 100
Engineering Thermodynamics
ME 156
Mechanical Behavior of Materials
ME 114
Properties of Engineering Materials
ME 110
Mechanics of Materials
MSE 160
Nanostructure Characterization Lab 
BREADTH
Humanities/Social Sciences
TECHNICAL ELECTIVE
**See Catalog List
TECHNICAL ELECTIVE
**See Catalog List
 
Fourth Year
 

ME 156
Mechanical Behavior of Materials

MSE 175A
Senior Design
MSE 175B
Senior Design
MSE 161
Analytical Materials Characterization
TECHNICAL ELECTIVE
**See Catalog List 
TECHNICAL ELECTIVE
**See Catalog List 
STAT 155
Probability, Statistics for Engr
BREADTH
Humanities/Social Sciences
BREADTH
Humanities/Social Sciences
TECHNICAL ELECTIVE
**See Catalog List 
 
 

Notes

Humanities/Social Sciences courses fulfill the breadth requirements specific to the College of Engineering and are available on the College of Engineering Student Academic Affairs website: http://www.engr.ucr.edu/studentaffairs

*English Composition-  A "C" or better is required in all English Composition courses to satisfy the graduation requirement.  ENGR 180W fulfills the third quarter of English Composition.

**Technical Electives are courses in Materials Science & Engineering which explore specific topics. A list of Technical Electives is available on the College of Engineering Student Academic Affairs website: www.engr.ucr.edu/studentaffairs, and the UCR College Catalog website: www.catalog.ucr.edu/.


The MSE Educational Objectives

The MSE program objectives are to produce materials scientists and engineers who:

  • Use their knowledge and skills to adapt to the dynamic engineering environment in industry;
  • Are able to pursue and succeed in graduate studies;
  • Exercise professional responsibilities and are sensitive to a broad range of societal concerns, such as ethical, environmental, economic, regulatory, and global issues;
  • Have an ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams;
  • Engage in a lifetime of learning.

These objectives are met through:

1)            Strong training in the areas of mathematics, science, and the fundamentals of materials science and engineering that constitute the foundation of the discipline.

2)            Extensive laboratory and hands-on experience to strengthen understanding of fundamental principles.

3)            Exposure to contemporary computer/numerical methods.

4)            Application of knowledge to design problems common to modern engineering practice.

5)            Emphasis on both oral and written communication throughout the curriculum.

6)            A well-rounded and balanced education achieved through required studies in selected areas of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

To prepare students to attain the Program Educational Objectives we adopted the ABET outcomes (a) through (k):

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

(g) an ability to communicate effectively

(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues

(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

College Information

Bourns College of Engineering
313 Materials Science & Engineering Building

Tel: (951) 827-3383
Fax: (951) 827-3188x
E-mail: mse-program@engr.ucr.edu

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