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Program Requirements

All Certificate Students Must Take:

1. One year of general physics (PHY 103, 104 or 105, 106), one term of general chemistry with a laboratory (CHM 201, 202, or 207), one year of mathematics, and a course in thermodynamics, such as (CBE 246, ELE 342, MAE 221, CHM 306, or PHY 301).

2. One core course in materials selected from the options: CEE 364, MAE 324, or MSE 301, and an experimental methods course: MSE 302 or CHM 371. 

3. Three additional program-approved courses at the 300 level or above, one of which must be from a department in which the student is not concentrating. 

4. A two-semester senior thesis on a topic in materials that has been approved by the program committee.


To remain a member of the program in good standing, and to be awarded a program certificate upon graduation, students must achieve a minimum grade of B- in program courses. Program courses may not be taken on a Pass/D/Fail basis.

Sample Curricula

The sample curricula are guides for Materials Science and Engineering students to choose their courses. There are sample curricula for several departments. If you are interested in Materials Science and not in one of the listed departments below,  please contact Sandra Lam.

MSE Senior Theses

These are recent senior theses titles of MSE certificate students. All certificate students are required to do a 2 semester senior thesis and independent work.

  • Transport  of Alpha-herpes virus Structural Proteins in Axons
  • Oscillatory Shear Alignment of Block Copolymer Thin Films
  • A Novel Laser Transfer Technique for Cellular Manipulation
  • Composite Nanoparticles for Photodynamic Therapy
  • Synthesis of a Novel Pd/Au Cyanogel and Physiochemical Investigations of the Cyanogel System
  • Geometric Magnetic Frustration in Boracite Compounds
  • Bioconjugation of Block Copolymer Nanoparticles via Copper-Catalyzed Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition
  • Design of Instrument for Real-Time Corneal Measurements
  • Controlling Crystallization Pressure by Surface Modification