Mar 04, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Materials Engineering, B.S.

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The materials engineer is responsible for the selection, preparation and application of existing materials and for the development of new and improved materials. Materials engineers study the relationships between atomic and/or molecular constitution, microstructure and physical properties including mechanical, thermal, electrical, and optical behavior. Classes of materials include metals, ceramics, polymers, and electronic materials.

The educational objectives of the materials engineering program state that graduates will:

  • Excel in their chosen career pathways, as practicing materials engineers or through the pursuit of advanced technical or professional degrees.
  • Impact their profession through effective leadership, communication, teamwork, and through creative solution strategies to address global and societal issues.
  • Apply their engineering training to contribute to the health, safety, environmental and economic well-being of their communities.
  • Seek out continuing education, professional development and career advancement opportunities.

Degree Requirements

The following curriculum meets requirements for the B.S. in materials engineering, provided the student satisfies the graduation requirements listed earlier. Each student must complete the following:

UK Core Requirements

See the UK Core section of this Bulletin for the complete UK Core requirements.  The courses listed below are (a) recommended by the college, or (b) required courses that also fulfill UK Core areas. Students should work closely with their advisor to complete the UK Core requirements.

I. Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity

II. Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities

III. Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences

IV. Intellectual Inquiry in the Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences

V. Composition and Communication I

VI. Composition and Communication II

VII. Quantitative Foundations

VIII. Statistical Inferential Reasoning

IX. Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA

X. Global Dynamics

UK Core hours: 33

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR)

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement hours (GCCR): 3

Subtotal: Premajor hours: 42

Subtotal: Major hours: 68

Technical Electives

Total of 6 credit hours must be chosen. Technical electives are to be selected from a technical discipline, with approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies. At least 3 credit hours must come from a course with an MSE prefix. MSE 395  (Research) may count for one elective, but not both. Recommended technical electives include but are not limited to:

Subtotal: Technical Electives: 6

Total Hours: 128


§ Transfer students will take  EGR 215 - INTRODUCTION TO THE PRACTICE OF ENGINEERING FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS , in place of EGR 101  and EGR 103 .

Δ Students must complete both EGR 101  and EGR 103  to fulfill the UK Core Arts and Creativity requirement. Transfer students may satisfy the UK Core Arts and Creativity requirement by taking EGR 215 .

*Choose from the list of Technical Electives.

**Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course.

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

Second Semester

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