What is a typical undergraduate curriculum in Materials Science and Engineering?

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Why should I choose UCF for undergraduate studies in Materials Science and Engineering?

The undergraduate program in materials science and engineering (MSE) at UCF is distinguished by offering an outstanding selection of courses taught by excellent instructors, and by providing students with real and state-of-the-art classroom and research opportunities, working with faculty mentors who are active in wide range of sponsored research.

Further, due to the interdisciplinary nature of MSE, students are encouraged to learn and train across multiple disciplines through the several innovative curriculum and interdisciplinary research facilities and research centers at UCF, including the Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center (AMPAC), the Nanoscience and Technology Center (NSTC), the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) and the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL). This approach also provides a distinct advantage to UCF undergraduates in that they not only understand materials-specific challenges but also have an overall understanding of engineered systems for many applications.

Personalized Attention

Materials Science & Engineering degree programs offer personalized attention to assist the materials students. Our MSE Academic Services Coordinator, Pamela Ross, maintains contact with you and assists during your application process and can be reached at pamela.ross@ucf.edu.
The MSE UnderGraduate Program Coordinator, Prof. Linan An can be reached at Linan.An@ucf.edu

The MSE students are very active in extracurricular activities, through membership in student organizations and clubs, such as American Society of Materials International, TMS, Materials Research Society, Electrochemical Society, American Vacuum Society, Society of Biomaterials, IMPARS, AICHE

The Department of Material Science and Engineering, and the University of Central Florida, continually strive to maintain high standards of excellence for our students, staff, and faculty. Please visit our website, and discover the world of materials both in the classroom and our research labs.

UCF’s new Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering (BS-MSE) program will be offered through UCF’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, currently ranked in the nation’s top 50 MSE graduate programs.

While licensure or certification may be available in this field of study, our program does not directly lead to such licensure or certification upon graduation. The professional preparation you receive in our program may still assist you in such pursuits; however, we are unable to confirm the specific licensure and certification requirements of each state, territory, or foreign entity in which professional credentialing may be possible.  If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we strongly advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if our program meets its academic criteria. Alternatively, you are welcome to contact us with questions in this regard and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.

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Materials Science and Engineering – Major

College of Engineering and Computer Science Engineering 1, Room: 207

Plan of Study

128 hrs

FIRST YEAR –  Fall
12 hrs
CHM 2045C Chemistry Fundamentals I 4 hrs
MAC 2311C Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 4 hrs
ENC 1101 English Composition I 3 hrs
EGN 1006C Introduction to the Engineering Profession 1 hrs 1 hr
FIRST YEAR –  Spring
16 hrs
CHM 2046 Chemistry Fundamentals II 3 hrs
CHM 2046L Chemistry Fundamentals II Laboratory 1 hrs
MAC 2312 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4 hrs
ENC 1102 English Composition II 3 hrs
PHY 2048C General Physics Using Calculus I 4 hrs
EGN 1007C Engineering Concepts and Methods 1 hr
FIRST YEAR –  Summer
10 hrs
MAC 2313 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III 4 hrs
SPC 1603C Fundamentals of Technical Presentations 3 hrs
ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 hrs
SECOND YEAR –  Fall
13 hrs
CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I 3 hrs
PHY 2049C General Physics Using Calculus II 4 hrs
EGN 3365 Structures and Properties of Materials 3 hrs
EGN 3211 Engineering Analysis and Computation 3 hrs
SECOND YEAR –  Spring
15 hrs
MAP 2302 Ordinary Differential Equations I 3 hrs
EMA 3012C Experimental Techniques in Materials I 3 hrs
EMA 3102 Thermodynamics of Materials 3 hrs
EMA 3124 Design and Selection of Materials 3 hrs
EGN 3373 Principles of Electrical Engineering 3 hrs
SECOND YEAR –  Summer
9 hrs
STA 3032 Probability and Statistics for Engineers 3 hrs
Social Foundation 3 hrs
Cultural/Historical Foundation B1/B2 Group 3 hrs
THIRD YEAR –  Fall
12 hrs
EMA 3000 Introduction to Polymeric Materials 3 hrs
EMA 4513 Structures of Materials 3 hrs
EMA 4223 Fundamentals of Mechanical Behavior of Materials 3 hrs
EMA 4307 Kinetics of Materials 3 hrs
THIRD YEAR –  Spring
12 hrs
EEMA 4115 Transport Phenomena in Materials 3 hrs
EMA 4125 Phase Transformations and Microstructural
Development in Materials and Ceramics
3 hrs
EMA 4013C Experimental Techniques in Materials II 3 hrs
Select 1 of:
CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II 3 hrs
PHY 3101General Physics Using Calculus III 3 hrs
EGN 3310 Engineering Analysis- Statics 3 hrs
FOURTH YEAR –  Fall
15 hrs
EMA 4915 Materials Senior Design I 3 hrs
EMA 4602C Materials Processing Lab. 3 hrs
EMA 4413 Fundamentals of Electronic Materials 3 hrs
Technical Elective 3 hrs
Technical Elective 3 hrs
FOURTH YEAR –  Spring
14 hrs
EMA 4916 Materials Senior Design II 3 hrs
EMA 4009 Materials in Society 2 hrs
Science Foundation E2 Group 3 hrs
CulturalFoundation B2 Group 3 hrs
Historical Foundation B1 Group 3 hrs

Electrical Engineering

EEE 5272 ECS-ECE 3(3,0) Biomedical Sensors: PR: EEL 4750 or EEL 4832 of C.I. Study of engineering concepts behind the various biomedical sensors used to monitor a patient undergoing clinical therapy. Occasional.

EEL 4750 ECS-ECE 3(3,0) Digital Signal Processing Fundamentals: PR: EEL 3123C with a grade of ‘C” (2.0) or better. Study of discrete-time signals and systems, Z-transform, DFT introduction to digital filter design. Fall, Spring.

EEL 4832 ECS-ECE 3(3,0) Engineering Applications of Computer Methods: PR: EEL 3123C and EGN 3211 both with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better. Design of data structures and algorithms, with emphasis on performance analysis, memory organization, stacks, queues, linked lists, tress, graphs, searches, and sorts. Introduction to object-oriented structures. Occasional.

EEL 3123C ECS-EECS 3(3,2) Honors Networks and Systems: PR: Consent of Honors and EEL 3004C, MAP 2302 both with grades of “C” (2.0) or better. Network functions, Laplace transforms, frequency domain analysis using Fourier series and transforms, sampling theory and Z-transforms. Spring.

Environmental Engineering

ENV 3001 ECS-CECE 3(3,0) Environmental Engineering: PR: A grade of “C” (2.0) or better in MAC 2312 and in CHM 2045C or CHS 1440 or CHM 2041. Introduction to concepts and terminology of environmental engineering. Stresses material and energy balances. Covers air, water, and land pollution. Fall, Spring.

EES 4111C ECS-CECE 4(3,3) Biological Process Control: PR: ENV 3001 with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better. Engineering design, measurements, and analysis of biological systems in environmental engineering for water management, bioenergy products, wastewater treatment, and others. Spring. M&S fee $70.00

EES 4202C ECS-CECE 4(3,3) Chemical Process Control: PR: CHM 2046 and ENV 3001 both with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better. Engineering design, measurements, and analysis of chemical systems in environmental engineering to control treatment processes such as softening, coagulation, disinfection, scrubbing, neutralization, and others. Fall. M&S fee $60.00

Civil Engineering

EGN 3331C ECS-CECE 3(3,2) Mechanics of Materials: PR: EGN 3310 with a grade of “C” or better; CR: MAP 2302. Concepts of stress, strain, strength, deflection of axial force members, shafts in torsion, beams in flexure, combined stress, the stability of columns, and design of simple elements. Fall, Spring.  

CGN 3501C ECS-CECE 3(2,3) Civil Engineering Materials: PR: A grade of “C” (2.0) or better in EGN 3331C and in CHS 1440 or CHM 2045C or CHM 2041. The characterization of materials used in civil engineering works to include concrete, bituminous polymers and composite materials. Fall, Spring. M&S fee $30.00  

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

EML 3701 Fluid Mechanics I: PR: “C” (2.0) or better in all of the following: MAC 2311C, MAC2312, MAC 2313, MAP 2302, PHY 2048C, EGN 3321 and EGN 3343. Principles of continuum fluid mechanics. Integral and differential forms of governing equations, fluid statics, dimensional analysis, measurements, internal flows. Fall, Spring.

EGM 3601 ECS-MECh/AERO 3(3,0) Solid Mechanics: PR: “C” (2.0) or better in the following MAC 2311C, MAC2312, MAC2313, PHY 2048C and EGN 3310; PR or CR: MAP 2302. Concepts of stress, strain, deflections, axial force, torsion, bending, combined stress, Mohr’s circle, failure theories, design concepts, application to machines and vehicles. Fall, Spring.

 

Biomedical Engineering

BME 5267 ECS-MECH/AERO 3(3,0) Biofluid Mechanics: PR: EML 3701 and EGM 3601 or C.I. This course will cover the physical and mathematical principals of fluid mechanics and its application and relevance to human physiology and pathology. Fall.

BME 3211 ECS-MECH/AERO 3(3,0) Engineering Biomechanics: PR: ENG 3310 and (ENG 3321 or EML 3217) and EGM 3601. Knowledge of engineering approaches and tools that are used in the different aspects of biomechanics. Odd Fall.

BME 5268C ECS-MECH/AERO 3(2,2) Applied and Computational Biofluids: PR: EML 3701 and EGM 3601 or C.I. Principles and foundations of applied fluid mechanics and computational methods to the human circulations. Spring

Solid State Physics Electives

PHY 3220 COS-PHYS 3(3,0) Mechanics I: PR: PHY 2048C or PHY 2048H, MAP 2302. Particle dynamics, rigid bodies, Lagrangian formulation of mechanics, Hamilton’s equations. Spring.

PHY 3323 COS-PHYS 3(3,0) Electricity and Magnetism I: PR: PHY 2049C, MAP 2302. Electrostatics, magnetostatics, Lorentz force current electricity, Maxwell’s equations. Fall.

PHY 4324 COS-PHYS 3(3,0) Electricity and Magnetism II: PR: PHY 3323. Dielectrics, magnetic materials, electromagnetic waves, reflection, complex impedance, static solutions to Laplace’s Equation, radiation from an accelerated charge and antennae, special relativity. Spring.

PHY 4424 COS-PHYS 3(3,0) Optics: PR: PHY 3101 and PHY 3323. Wave optics, absorption, stimulated emission, lasers, transforms, coherence, holography. Occasional.

PHY 4445 COS-PHYS 3(3,0) Lasers: PR: PHY 3101, MAP 2302, PHY 4424, or C.I. Principles of laser gain media, properties of resonators and modes, and description of specific laser systems. Occasional.

PHY 4604 COS-PHYS 3(3,0) Wave Mechanics I: PR: PHZ 3113 and PHY 3220 Postulates of quantum mechanics, operators and observables, Schroedinger equation with simple applications. Odd Fall.

PHY 4605 COS-PHYS 3(3,0) Wave Mechanics II: PR: PHY 4604. Further applications of quantum mechanics, perturbation theory, scattering theory, identical particles. Spring.

Chemistry and Biochemistry Electives

CHM 5305 COS-CHEM 3(3,0) Applied Biological Chemistry: PR: CHM 2211, and graduate status or senior standing or C.I. The identification from plants, synthesis, assessment of bioactivity, and design of pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals, as well as the impact of biotechnology in the chemical industry. Occasional.

CHM 5450 COS-CHEM 3(3,0) Polymer Chemistry: PR: CHM 2211, and graduate status or senior standing or C.I. An introduction to the chemistry of synthetic polymers. Synthetic methods, polymerization mechanisms, characterization techniques, and polymer properties will be considered. Even Fall.

CHM 4427 COS-CHEM 3(3,0) Electrochemistry: PR: CHM 2046. Electrochemical methods and their applications. Odd Fall.

BCH 4053 COS-CHEM 3(3,0) Biochemistry I: PR: CHM 2211. A consideration of proteins, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, enzymes and their effect on biochemical systems, and inter-relationship of intermediary metabolism. Fall, Spring.

 

Biology-Related Electives

BSC 2011C COS-BIOL 4(3,3) Biology II: PR: A “C” (2.0) or better in BSC 2010C or C.I. Preference will be given to students whose program requires this course. Continuation of BSC 2010C. Organismal anatomy and physiology as it relates to biodiversity, ecology, and evolution. Emphasis on problem-solving, analysis, synthesis of information, and applying data effectively. Fall, Spring. M&S fee $2.00

BSC 3403C COM-BSBS 4(3,4) Honors Quantitative Biological Methods:PR: Consent of Honors, BSC 2010C, MCB 3020C, CHM 2046. A laboratory course which presents the concepts, modern methods, techniques and instrumentation used in quantitative biological and molecular biological experimentation. Honors level content. Fall

BSC 5418 COM-BSBS 3(3,0) Tissue Engineering: PR: Graduate standing. Introduction to Tissue Engineering with a special emphasis on the current status of the field, on novel methods and on cell-biomaterial interactions. Occasional.

MCB 3020C COM-BSBS 5(3,4) General Microbiology: PR: BSC 2010C, CHM 2046, or CR: CHM 2210. Fundamentals of Microbiology, evaluating microbial structure and function, metabolism, growth, genetics, virology environmental control, ecology, pathogenicity; and laboratory techniques. Fall, Spring. M&S fee $53.00

PCB 3522 COM-BSBS 3(3,0) Molecular Biology I: PR: CM 2211 and MCB 3020C or C.I. The general principles governing the structure and function of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic genes. Fall, Spring.

PCB 3703C COM-BSBS 4(3,3) Human Physiology: PR: BSC 2010C, CMB 1032 or CHM 2045C. The physiology and interrelationships of organ systems of the human body. Fall, Spring. M&S fee $70.00.

PCB 3063 COS-BIOL 3(3,0) Genetics: PR: CHM 2046 and a “C” (2.0) or better in BSC 2010C, or C.I. Basic principles of heredity as applied to prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Fall, Spring.

Zoology Electives

ZOO 3733C COM-BSBS 4(3,3) Human Anatomy: PR: BSC 2010C or equivalent. Structure of the human body. Fall, Spring. M&S fee $6.00

ZOO 3744 COM-BSBS 3(3,0) Neurobiology: PR: BSC 2010C. Biological principles governing the physiology of the nervous system including electrical properties, chemical signaling, cellular compositions, development, injury, and regeneration. Fall. Spring.

*Approval for additional technical electives (or honors courses where relevant) will be reviewed on a case by case basis as needed.

BSMSE majors are required to achieve a GPA of 2.0 or better in core engineering courses, and a GPA of 2.25 courses required for the MSE major, technical electives, and senior design courses.

Curricular framework for the proposed program:
Total number of Credits

UCF General Education Program (GEP) 38
A. Communication Foundation 9
B. Cultural and Historical Foundation 9
C. Social Foundation 6
D. Science Foundation 7
E. Mathematical Foundation 7
Common Program Prerequisites 31
CHM 2045C Chemistry Fundamental I (GEP) 4
CHM 2046 Chemistry Fundamentals II 3
CHM 2046L Chemistry Fundamentals II Laboratory 1
MAC 2311C Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (GEP) 4
MAC 2312 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4
MAC 2313 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III 4
MAP 2302 Ordinary Differential Equations I 3
PHY 2048C General Physics Using Calculus I 4
PHY 2049C General Physics Using Calculus II 4

Total GEP and Program Prerequisites

67

Required Engineering Core 11
EGS 1006C Introduction to the Engineering Profession 1
EGN 1007C Engineering Concepts and Methods 1
EGN 3211 Engineering Analysis and Computation 3
EGN 3373 Principles of Electrical Engineering 3
EGN 3365 Structures and Properties of Materials 3
Required Courses 6
CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I 3
Select 1 of:
CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II 3
PHY 3101 Physics for Engineers and Scientists III 3
EGN 3310 Engineering Analysis- Statics 3
Materials Science Program Requirements 44
EMA 3000 Introduction to Polymeric Materials 3
EMA 3012C Experimental Techniques in Materials I 3
EMA 3124 Design and Selection of Materials 3
EMA 3XXX Thermodynamics of Materials 3
EMA 4XXX Structures of Materials 3
EMA 4XXX Phase Transformations and Microstructural Development in Materials 3
EMA 4XXX Kinetics of Materials 3
EMA 4223 Fundamentals of Mechanical Behavior of Materials 3
EMA 4413 Fundamentals of Electronic Materials 3
EMA 4XXXC Materials Processing Laboratory 3
EMA 4XXXC Experimental Techniques in Materials II 3
EMA 4XXX Materials in Society 2
EMA 4XXX Transport Phenomena in Materials 3
EMA 4XXX Materials Senior Design I 3
EMA 4XXX Materials Senior Design II 3
Restricted Electives 6
Technical Elective 1 3
Technical Elective 2 3

Total Program Requirement

128

What are the prerequisites?

The common program prerequisites (CPP) for the proposed BSMSE program are the following:

  1. CHM 2045C Chemistry Fundamentals I (GEP option; 4 hours)
  2. CHM 2046 Chemistry Fundamentals II (3 hours)
  3. CHM 2046L Chemistry Fundamentals II Laboratory (1 hour)
  4. MAC 2311C Calculus with Analytical Geometry I (GEP; 4 hours)
  5. MAC 2312 Calculus with Analytical Geometry II (4 hours)
  6. MAC 2313 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (4 hours)
  7. MAP 2302 Ordinary Differential Equations I (3 hours)
  8. PHY 2048C General Physics Using Calculus I (GEP option; 4 hours)
  9. PHY 2049C General Physics Using Calculus II (4 hours)

The courses above are the same or similar as the approved common prerequisites for other programs, notably Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry. Courses 1-5 require a “C” or better.