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    Dec 03, 2022  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Materials Science and Engineering Major, BS in Materials Science and Engineering – Nanomaterials Concentration

uTrack Requirements (for students entering Fall 2013 or later)

Universal Tracking (uTrack) is an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA. uTrack requirements only affect full-time, degree-seeking students who first entered Fall 2013 or later. uTrack does not apply to transfer students who enter prior to Fall 2015.


Progression to Upper-Division Programs

Progression of students to departmental upper-division courses is competitive. Factors considered include overall grade point average, performance in selected lower-division courses and evidence of satisfactory and orderly progress through the prescribed curriculum.

Upper-Division Status

A lower-division student formally applies for upper-division status after completing 50 hours of lower-division engineering curriculum coursework with an overall GPA of at least 2.4. This must include Materials Science and Engineering 201.

Provisional Status

Students who have completed 50 hours of lower-division engineering curriculum coursework with an overall GPA between 2.0 and 2.4 may apply for provisional status. The granting of provisional upper-division status is based on the availability of space in the departmental programs after upper-division status students have been accommodated. Provisional students are required to demonstrate their ability to perform satisfactorily in upper-division courses by attaining a minimum GPA of 2.0 in at least 8 hours of 300-level required courses specified by the department. Further progression to upper-division courses is dependent upon this minimum level of performance.

Graduation in materials science and engineering requires a minimum grade point average of 2.0 for all departmental courses.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering - Nanomaterials Concentration

Term 1 Hours Milestone Notes
CHEM 120 * or CHEM 128  4 MATH 130  or higher or one Arts and Humanities*, Cultures and Civilizations*, or Social Sciences* Elective
EF 105   1  
EF 151 * or EF 157  4  
ENGL 101 * or ENGL 118  3  
MATH 141 * or MATH 147  4  
Term 2
CHEM 130 * or CHEM 138  4 MATH 130  or higher
EF 152 * or EF 158  4  
ENGL 102  3  
MATH 142 * or MATH 148  4  
Term 3
EF 230   2 EF 151 * or PHYS 135 
ECON 201 * or ECON 207  4  
MATH 241  or MATH 247   4  
MSE 201  or MSE 207 , MSE 210   4  
PHYS 231  3  
Term 4
MATH 200 , MATH 231  or MATH 237   5 EF 152 * or PHYS 136 
MSE 250 , MSE 260 , MSE 290   7  
PHYS 232  4  
Term 5
1Arts and Humanities Elective * 3 CBE 201  or COSC 102  or ME 202  or MSE 201  
MSE 300 , MSE 301 , MSE 320 COURSE DROPPED, MSE 340  or MSE 347 , MSE 360  or MSE 367   13  
Term 6
MSE 302 , MSE 304 *, MSE 350  or MSE 357 , MSE 370 COURSE DROPPED, MSE 390  or MSE 397   14 No milestones
2Technical Elective 3  
Term 7
1Cultures and Civilizations Elective * 3 No milestones
MSE 405 *, MSE 408  or MSE 410 , MSE 480   9  
1Social Sciences Elective * 3  
Term 8
1Arts and Humanities Elective * 3 No milestones
1Cultures and Civilizations Elective * 3  
MSE 408  or MSE 410 , MSE 489  6  
2Technical Elective 3  
TOTAL 128  
1 Chosen from University General Education list . Courses must include any two approved courses in the Arts and Humanities category, any two approved courses in the Cultures and Civilizations category, ECON 201 * or ECON 207 *, and a second approved course in the Social Sciences category.
2 Chosen from MSE 421 , MSE 466 , MSE 474 ; PHYS 411 . Credit for other courses that address processing, structure, properties, or behavior of nanomaterials may be substituted by permission of academic advisor and department head.

* Meets University General Education Requirement .  

Materials Science and Engineering Major – Honors Nanomaterials Concentration

In addition to satisfying the requirements for the materials science and engineering major, candidates for the honors nanomaterials concentration must also complete the following requirements.

  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.4.
  • Four 100- or 200-level honors courses* (14 hours minimum, at least two courses must be from Engineering Fundamentals, Physics, Math, Chemistry, Biology, Statistics, or Materials Science and Engineering 207 ).
  • Two upper-division honors courses in materials science and engineering (from MSE 347 , MSE 357 , MSE 367 , MSE 397 ).
  • Satisfy the breadth requirements for the Engineering Honors Program as shown on the Tickle College of Engineering website.
* While most students fulfill this requirement with 100- and 200-level courses, students may substitute upper level courses on approval of the Honors faculty.

Materials Science and Engineering Major – Nanomaterials Concentration – Five-Year BS/MS Program

The department offers a Five-Year BS-MS program with a BS (major in materials science and engineering) and an MS (major in materials science and engineering) for qualified students. The primary component of the program is that qualified students may take up to 9 hours of approved graduate courses for their senior undergraduate electives and have them count toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Tennessee. This program is designed for students attending the University of Tennessee for their Master of Science degree because other universities may not accept these courses for graduate credit since they were used to satisfy requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree. Significant components of the program are:

  • Students must have an overall GPA of 3.4 in required coursework. Conditional admission to the five-year program may be granted after completion of 65 hours of required coursework, while full admission may be granted after the completion of 96 hours of required coursework with a minimum overall GPA of 3.4.
  • Students must at least be conditionally admitted to the program prior to taking graduate courses for both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. All courses taken for graduate credit must be approved by the graduate program director. Students admitted to the program must request permission from the Graduate School to take approved courses for graduate credit.
  • Students admitted to the program must also follow the normal procedure for admission to the Graduate School. Admission of students into this program must be approved by the department and the Graduate School. Students will not be eligible for assistantships until they are enrolled as graduate-level students in the Graduate School.