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Materials compose the products that make human life easier, such as electronics and medical devices. Become the scientist who develops materials that are stronger, better and more advanced with a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from UCF.

The program offers an outstanding selection of courses taught by world-renowned instructors who offer students innovative classroom and research opportunities. Students are encouraged to expand their knowledge across multiple disciplines through the modern curriculum and hands-on research opportunities that the MSE department provides. 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.


Students who wish to declare their major in Materials Science and Engineering must be in good academic standing and must have a grade of “C” (2.0) or better in each of the following courses or their equivalents: MAC 2311, MAC 2312, CHM 2045C, and PHY 2048C.

View the UCF Undergraduate Catalog for full admissions criteria. 

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.

Approved Technical Electives

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

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

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 4455 COS-CHEM 3 (3,0) Polymer Chemistry: PR: CHM 2211: Builds foundational knowledge on the chemistry of synthetic polymers. Covering everything from basic core concepts to recent, state-of-the-art developments.  Odd 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.

CHM 3215L COS-CHEM 2(0,6) Organic Laboratory Techniques II: PR: CHM 2211 and CHM 2211L. Open-end laboratory to develop synthesis techniques and structure elucidation skills. IMPORTANT: Attendance of the first laboratory session dealing with safety procedures is mandatory; students who do not attend must immediately call the Chemistry Department, and may be dropped from the class. Fall. M&S fee $70.00


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.


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.