Materials science is the study, discovery, design, and production of new materials of various compositions from the atomic to macro scale. This multidisciplinary undergraduate program focuses on the underlying scientific principles from chemistry, physics, and biochemistry as the basis for understanding the structure and function of both soft and hard materials. Students will explore the mechanical, electronic, and biological properties of materials and experiment with the most exciting current designs and applications of modern materials.

Curriculum Requirements

Core Chemistry Courses
CHM 121Principles of Chemistry4
CHM 113Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHM 221Introduction to Structure and Dynamics4
CHM 205Chemical Dynamics Laboratory1
CHM 222Organic Reactions and Synthesis4
CHM 206Organic Reactions and Synthesis Laboratory2
Core Biology Course
BIL 150General Biology4
Core Mathematics Courses
Choose One of the Following: (Also Fulfills Quantitative Skills Requirement)8
Calculus I
and Calculus II
Calculus I
and Calculus II
MTH 211Calculus III3
MTH 311Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
MTH 224Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
or MTH 210 Introduction to Linear Algebra
Core Physics Courses
Choose One of the Following:10-11
University Physics I for the Sciences
and University Physics II for the Sciences
and College Physics Laboratory I
and College Physics Laboratory II
University Physics I
and University Physics II
and University Physics III
and University Physics II Lab
and University Physics III Lab
University Physics I
and Honors University Physics II-III
and University Physics II Lab
and University Physics III Lab
Core Computer Science Course
CSC 120Computer Programming I3-4
or CSC 115 Python Programming for Everyone
Core Engineering Courses
CAE 210Mechanics of Solids I3
CAE 211Mechanics of Solids II3
or MAE 207 Mechanics of Solids II
MAE 301Engineering Materials Science3
MAE 302Mechanical Behavior of Materials3
MAE 351Mechanics Laboratory2
BME 335Biomaterials3
Select One of the Following:
Chemistry Concentration (17 credit hours)
Take all of these courses:
Quantitative Analytical Chemistry
Instrumental Methods in Chemistry and Biochemistry
Physical Chemistry I (Lecture)
Physical Chemistry II (Lecture)
Inorganic Chemistry (Lecture)
CHM 500-Level Elective
Physics Concentration (19-20 credit hours)
Take all of these courses:
Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory
Classical Mechanics I
Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism
Introduction to Modern Physics
Advanced Laboratory
Solid State Physics
Quantum Mechanics and Modern Physics I
Biochemistry Concentration (20 credit hours)
Take all of these courses:
Biochemistry for the Biomedical Sciences
Biomedical Case Studies
Protein Structure, Function and Biology
Molecular Biology of the Gene
Physical Chemistry I (Lecture)
Physical Chemistry II (Lecture)
General Education Requirements
Written Communication Skills:
WRS 105First-Year Writing I3
WRS 106First-Year Writing II3
or WRS 107 First-Year Writing II: STEM
or ENG 106 Writing About Literature and Culture
Quantitative Skills:
Calculus I (fulfilled through the major)
Calculus I
Areas of Knowledge:
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
People and Society Cognate9
STEM Cognate (9 credits) (fulfilled through the major)
Additional Courses
Foreign Language in 200 level or above3
Total Credit Hours120

Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
CHM 121 Principles of Chemistry 4
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
MTH 161 Calculus I 4
WRS 105 First-Year Writing I 3
BIL 150 General Biology 4
 Credit Hours16
CHM 221 Introduction to Structure and Dynamics 4
CHM 205 Chemical Dynamics Laboratory 1
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
WRS 106, 107,
First-Year Writing II
or First-Year Writing II: STEM
or Writing About Literature and Culture
CSC 115 Python Programming for Everyone 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Two
CHM 222 Organic Reactions and Synthesis 4
CHM 206 Organic Reactions and Synthesis Laboratory 2
PHY 201 University Physics I for the Sciences 4
PHY 106 College Physics Laboratory I 1
MTH 211 Calculus III 3
 Credit Hours14
PHY 202 University Physics II for the Sciences 4
PHY 108 College Physics Laboratory II 1
MTH 311 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
CAE 210 Mechanics of Solids I 3
AH Cognate 3
200-level (or above) Language Course 3
 Credit Hours17
Year Three
MTH 224 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3
MAE 301 Engineering Materials Science 3
MAE 207 Mechanics of Solids II 3
Concentration Course 3
PS Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
MAE 302 Mechanical Behavior of Materials 3
BME 335 Biomaterials 3
Concentration Course 3
PS Cognate 3
AH Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Four
Concentration Course 3
Concentration Course 3
PS Cognate 3
AH Cognate 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
MAE 351 Mechanics Laboratory 2
Concentration Course 3
Concentration Course 2
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours120


The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Material Science focuses on providing undergraduate students with a strong foundation in fundamental scientific concepts as applied for the study, design, and production of modern day materials. Students will have concentrations in specific scientific disciplines, including chemistry, physics, and biochemistry, for materials design and application.


1. To teach students fundamental scientific concepts in areas of chemistry, physics, and mathematics as applied to materials science.

2. To teach students the fundamental applied concepts of materials, including mechanical, electrical, and biological properties.

3. To teach students foundational laboratory skills for the design, synthesis, and characterization of new and extant materials.

4. To teach students advanced scientific topics in a foundational discipline (chemistry, physics, or biochemistry) as applied to materials design.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Materials Science, students will be able to:

1. apply fundamental concepts in chemistry and physics for the design, development, and production of new materials.

2. apply standard laboratory techniques to characterize and synthesize materials.

3. critically analyze and characterize the properties and potential applications of materials.

4. communicate their results to relevant people, including decision-makers, stakeholders, managers, and the general public.

5. analyze and solve complex scientific problems using critical thinking.