Apr 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Materials Science and Engineering Major, BS in Materials Science and Engineering


Graduation in materials science and engineering requires a minimum grade point average of 2.0 for all departmental courses taken at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. No more than seven credit hours of materials science and engineering courses in which a C- or lower is the highest grade earned may be counted toward graduation. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their advisor every semester.

uTrack Requirements

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.

Term 1

Credit Hours 15-16

Term 1 Milestone Notes

       One course from:

Term 2

Credit Hours 17

Term 2 Milestone Notes

Credit Hours 16

Term 6 Milestone Notes

  • No milestones

Term 7

Credit Hours 15

Term 7 Milestone Notes

  • No milestones

Term 8

  • 1 Expanded Perspectives  Elective 3 Credit Hours *
  • 1 Social Sciences  Elective 3 Credit Hours *
  • 3 Materials Science and Engineering Elective 3 Credit Hours
  • 2 Technical Elective 3 Credit Hours

Credit Hours 15

Term 8 Milestone Notes

  • No milestones

Total Credit Hours 125-126


  1. Chosen from Volunteer Core  list.
  2. Chosen from BCMB 230 ; BIOL 150 * or BIOL 158 , BIOL 159 *, BIOL 160 *, BIOL 168 *; BME 409 ; CHEM 260 , CHEM 360 ; CBE 475 ; ECE 301 ; EF 333 ; ENGL 360 *; GEOL 310 *; MATH 475 *; MSE 457 , MSE 483 , MSE 484 BME 485 , MSE 486 , any MSE course; other 300- or 400-level science or engineering courses as approved by academic advisor and department head.
  3. Chosen from MSE 405 , MSE 408 , MSE 410 , MSE 415 , MSE 425 , MSE 432 MSE 443 , MSE 450 , MSE 451 , MSE 455 , MSE 460 , MSE 466 , MSE 474 , MSE 475 , MSE 494 , MSE 495 , MSE 496R .

* Meets Volunteer Core Requirements .

Materials Science and Engineering Major – Honors Concentration

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

* 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 – 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.