Engineering Science Degree, Materials Science and Engineering Area of Concentration
New technologies developed through engineering and science will continue to make startling changes in our lives in the 21st century, and workers in materials science and engineering will continue to be a key in these changes and advances.
These engineers deal with the science and technology of producing materials that have properties and shapes suitable for practical use. Materials include metals, ceramics, polymers (plastics), semiconductors, and their combinations called composites. The activities of these engineers range from primary materials production, including recycling, through the design and development of new materials, to the reliable and economical processing/manufacturing of the final product.
Such activities are found commonly in industries such as aerospace, transportation, electronics, energy conversion, and biomedical systems. Many applications are limited by the operating constraints imposed by the properties or behavior of the materials that are currently available. Higher quality products result from improved processing and more emphasis will be placed on reclaiming and recycling.
Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:
- Identify, formulate, and solve basic physics and engineering problems in material science.
- Identify properties of various materials and their applications.
- Use appropriate computer application software in material engineering.
Meet with your academic advisor regularly to make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. The program advising guide outlines the degree requirements and is meant to supplement the advising process.
This track will prepare students to transfer to a four-year university with a major in materials science and engineering. Specific requirements in colleges vary. See all engineering transfer agreements.
Career possibilities include security management specialist, compliance manager, architectural and engineering manager, municipal firefighter, and fire prevention and protection engineer. Some may require a bachelor's degree.
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A suggested Materials Science and Engineering course sequence for full-time students follows.
All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.
All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.
Suggested Course Sequence
- CHEM 135 - General Chemistry for Engineers 4 semester hours
- CHEM 132 - Principles of Chemistry II 4 semester hours (NSLD)
- ENES 100 - Introduction to Engineering Design 3 semester hours (NSND/GEEL)
- ENGL 102 - Critical Reading, Writing, and Research 3 semester hours (ENGF)
- MATH 181 - Calculus I 4 semester hours (MATF)
- ENES 102 - Statics 3 semester hours
- MATH 182 - Calculus II 4 semester hours
- PHYS 161 - General Physics I: Mechanics and Heat 3 semester hours (NSND)
- Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD) **
- Humanities distribution 3 semester hours (HUMD)
- CHEM 203 - Organic Chemistry I 5 semester hours
- MATH 280 - Multivariable Calculus 4 semester hours
- PHYS 262 - General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism 4 semester hours (NSLD)
- Behavioral and social science 3 semester hours (BSSD)**
- ENES 206 - MATLAB for Engineers 1 semester hour
- ENES 220 - Mechanics of Materials 3 semester hours
- MATH 282 - Differential Equations 3 semester hours
- PHYS 263 - General Physics III: Waves, Optics, and Modern Physics 4 semester hours (NSLD)
- Arts distribution 3 semester hours (ARTD)
** Behavioral and Social Science Distribution (BSSD) courses must come from different disciplines.
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