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    Mar 30, 2023  
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

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Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering


First Year

Hours Credit

MSE 101  1
1ENGL 101 * or ENGL 118 *, ENGL 102 * 6
CHEM 120 * or CHEM 128 *, CHEM 130 * or CHEM 138 * 8
MATH 141 * or MATH 147 *, MATH 142 * or MATH 148 * 8
EF 105 , EF 151  or EF 157 , EF 152  or EF 158  9

Second Year

MSE 201 , MSE 210 , MSE 250 , MSE 260 , MSE 290  11
PHYS 231 *, PHYS 232 * 7
MATH 200 , MATH 231 , MATH 241  or MATH 247  8
2General Education Elective (Social Sciences ) 6

Third Year

MSE 300 , MSE 302 , MSE 304 , MSE 320 , MSE 340 , MSE 350 , MSE 360 , MSE 370 , MSE 390  23
STAT 251  3
2General Education Electives (Arts and Humanities ) 3
3Technical Elective 3

Fourth Year

MSE 405 *(WC), MSE 480 , MSE 489 *(OC) 10
4Materials Science and Engineering Elective 6
ECE 301  3
EF 402  1
3Technical Elective 3
2General Education Electives (Cultures and Civilizations , Arts and Humanities ) 9

Total 128

* Meets General Education Requirements .
1 Students receiving a grade of A or B in ENGL 118  will complete their first year composition requirement by choosing ENGL 102 , a sophomore literature course in the English Department, or ENGL 355 .
2 General Education courses must include any two approved courses under the Arts and Humanities  cluster, any two approved courses under the Cultures and Civilizations  cluster, and two approved courses in the Social Sciences  cluster.
3Technical electives: BCMB 230 ; BIOL 140 ; BME 300 , BME 409 ; CBE 475 ; CHEM 350 ; any MSE course; ME 321 ; NE 483 , NE 484 .

4Materials Science and Engineering electives: MSE 410 , MSE 421 , MSE 425 , MSE 432 , MSE 440 , MSE 445 , MSE 466 , MSE 474 , MSE 476 , MSE 484 , MSE 485 , MSE 486 , MSE 494 , MSE 495 .


Honors Concentration

Students who wish to pursue the honors materials science and engineering concentration or the honors biomaterials concentration will normally be part of the Chancellor’s Honors Program. Candidates for these honors concentrations must complete the following requirements.

  • First-year courses for honors concentration in the engineering majors.
  • Two upper-division honors courses in Materials Science and Engineering via Honors-by-Contract or Honors Independent Study.
  • If participating in only the Chancellor’s Honors Program, the Honors-by-Contract paperwork goes to the Chancellor’s Honors Office on campus during the first 10 days of the semester. If participating in Engineering Honors and not Chancellor’s Honors, the Honors-by-Contract paperwork is submitted the first 10 days of the semester to the engineering major department. If participating in both Chancellor’s and Engineering Honors, the Honors-by-Contract paperwork is submitted to both areas. (Note: These honors requirements are course substitutions for the materials science and engineering major.)
  • A minimum of 3-credit hours of an honors senior design course. This requirement is normally satisfied as part of their senior capstone design course (MSE 489 ).


Five-Year BS/MS Program

The department offers a 5-year BS-MS program with a BS (major in materials science and engineering) and an MS (major in materials science and engineering or polymer 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 course work. Conditional admission to the 5-year program may be granted after completion of 65 hours of required course work, while full admission may be granted after the completion of 96 hours of required course work 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.


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