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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 at UCF is distinguished by offering an outstanding selection of courses taught by excellent instructors who offer students state-of-the-art classroom and research opportunities.

Further, due to the interdisciplinary nature of materials science and engineering, students are encouraged to expand their knowledge across multiple disciplines through the several innovative curriculum and interdisciplinary research facilities and research centers at UCF. These include the Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center, the Nanoscience Technology Center, the Florida Solar Energy Center and the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers. This approach 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.

Will I receive personalized attention as a student?

At the UCF Department of Materials Science and Engineering, we continually strive to maintain high standards of excellence for our students, staff and faculty, so our  faculty and staff offer personalized attention to our students. Our academic services coordinator, Pamela Ross, maintains contact with you and assists during your application process. Our undergraduate program coordinator, Professor Linan An, is also available to assist you. 

MSE students are very active in student organizations and clubs, such as the American Society of Materials International; The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society; the Materials Research Society; the Electrochemical Society; the American Vacuum Society; the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; and the Society for Biomaterials.

 

UCF’s Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering is the newest degree offered through the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, which is ranked among the top 50 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. 

The program will allow students to learn through challenging coursework and alongside mentors in hands-on research projects that offer real-world experience. For more information, visit the UCF newsroom

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.

Plan of Study — 128 credit hours
First year — Fall12 hours
CHM 2045C: Chemistry Fundamentals I4 hours
MAC 2311C: Calculus with Analytic Geometry I4 hours
ENC 1101: English Composition I 3 hours
EGN 1006C: Introduction to the Engineering Profession  1 hour
First year — Spring16 hours
CHM 2046: Chemistry Fundamentals II3 hours
CHM 2046L: Chemistry Fundamentals II Laboratory1 hour
MAC 2312: Calculus with Analytic Geometry II4 hours
ENC 1102: English Composition II3 hours
PHY 2048C: General Physics Using Calculus I                     4 hours
EGN 1007C: Engineering Concepts and Methods     1 hour
First year — Summer10 hours
MAC 2313: Calculus with Analytic Geometry III4 hours
SPC 1603C: Fundamentals of Technical Presentations       3 hour
ECO 2013: Principles of Macroeconomics3 hours
Second year — Fall13 hours
CHM 2210: Organic Chemistry I3 hours
PHY 2049C: General Physics Using Calculus II4 hours
EGN 3365: Structures and Properties of Materials            3 hours
EGN 3211: Engineering Analysis and Computation3 hours
Second year — Spring15 hours
MAP 2302: Ordinary Differential Equations I3 hours
EMA 3012C: Experimental Techniques in Materials I     3 hours
EMA 3102: Thermodynamics of Materials3 hours
EMA 3124: Design and Selection of Materials3 hours
EGN 3373: Principles of Electrical Engineering3 hours
Second year — Summer9 hours
STA 3032: Probability and Statistics for Engineers3 hours
Social Foundation3 hour
Cultural/Historical Foundation B1/B2 Group3 hours
Third year — Fall12 hours
EMA 3000: Introduction to Polymeric Materials3 hours
EMA 4513: Structures of Materials3 hours
EMA 4223: Fundamentals of Mechanical Behavior of
Materials    
3 hours
EMA 4307: Kinetics of Materials                                          3 hours
Third year — Spring12 hours
EEMA 4115: Transport Phenomena in Materials3 hours
EMA 4125: Phase Transformations and Microstructural
Development in Materials and Ceramics
3 hours
EMA 4013C: Experimental Techniques in Materials II3 hours
Select one of: 
CHM 2211: Organic Chemistry II3 hours
PHY 3101: General Physics Using Calculus III3 hours
EGN 3310: Engineering Analysis — Statics3 hours
Fourth year — Fall15 hours
EMA 4915: Materials Senior Design I3 hours
EMA 4602C: Materials Processing Lab3 hours
EMA 4413: Fundamentals of Electronic Materials           3 hours
Technical Elective3 hours
Technical Elective3 hours
Fourth year — Spring14 hours
EMA 4916: Materials Senior Design II                                3 hours
EMA 4009: Materials in Society2 hours
Science Foundation E2 Group3 hours
Cultural Foundation B2 Group3 hours
Historical Foundation B1 Group3 hours
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.

B.S.MSE 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. Below is the curriculum framework for the program:

UCF General Education Program38 hours
A. Communication Foundation9 hours
B. Cultural and Historical Foundation                             d9 hours
C. Social Foundation6 hours
D. Science Foundation7 hours
E. Mathematical Foundation7 hours
Common Program Prerequisites31 hours
CHM 2045C: Chemistry Fundamentals I4 hours
CHM 2046: Chemistry Fundamentals II3 hours
CHM 2046L: Chemistry Fundamentals II Laboratory1 hour
MAC 2311C: Calculus with Analytic Geometry I4 hours
MAC 2312: Calculus with Analytic Geometry II4 hours
MAC 2313: Calculus with Analytic Geometry III4 hours
MAP 2302: Ordinary Differential Equations I3 hours
PHY 2048C: General Physics Using Calculus I4 hours
PHY 2049C: General Physics Using Calculus II4 hours
Total GEP and Program Prerequisites67 hours

 

Required engineering core11 hours
EGS 1006C: Introduction to the Engineering Profession1 hour
EGN 1007C: Engineering Concepts and Methods1 hour
EGN 3211: Engineering Analysis and Computation3 hours
EGN 3373: Principles of Electrical Engineering3 hours
EGN 3365: Structures and Properties of Materials3 hours
Required courses6 hours
CHM 2210: Organic Chemistry I3 hours
Select one of: 
CHM 2211: Organic Chemistry II3 hours
PHY 3101: Physics for Engineers and Scientists III3 hours
EGN 3310: Engineering Analysis — Statics3 hours
Materials science program requirements44 hours
EMA 3000: Introduction to Polymeric Materials3 hours
EMA 3012C: Experimental Techniques in Materials I3 hours
EMA 3124: Design and Selection of Materials3 hours
EMA 3XXX: Thermodynamics of Materials3 hours
EMA 4XXX: Structures of Materials3 hours
EMA 4XXX: Phase Transformations and Microstructural
Development in Materials
3 hours
EMA 4XXX: Kinetics of Materials3 hours
EMA 4223: Fundamentals of Mechanical Behavior of Materials3 hours
EMA 4413: Fundamentals of Electronic Materials3 hours
EMA 4XXXC: Materials Processing Laboratory3 hours
EMA 4XXXC: Experimental Techniques in Materials II3 hours
EMA 4XXX: Materials in Society2 hours
EMA 4XXX: Transport Phenomena in Materials3 hours
EMA 4XXX: Materials Senior Design I3 hours
EMA 4XXX: Materials Senior Design II3 hours
Restricted electives6 hours
Technical Elective 1                                                                     f3 hours
Technical Elective 2                                                                                          l3 hours
Total program requirement128 hours
What are the prerequisites?

The common program prerequisites for the B.S.MSE program are:

  • CHM 2045C: Chemistry Fundamentals I (GEP option; 4 hours)
  • CHM 2046: Chemistry Fundamentals II (3 hours)
  • CHM 2046L: Chemistry Fundamentals II Laboratory (1 hour)
  • MAC 2311C: Calculus with Analytical Geometry I (GEP; 4 hours)
  • MAC 2312: Calculus with Analytical Geometry II (4 hours)
  • MAC 2313: Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (4 hours)
  • MAP 2302: Ordinary Differential Equations I (3 hours)
  • PHY 2048C: General Physics Using Calculus I (GEP option; 4 hours)
  • 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. The first five courses listed require a “C” or better.