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Materials Science and Engineering, Nanotechnology Emphasis, B.S.

In addition to adhering to the General Education  requirements, students must meet the following requirements to receive the B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering with an emphasis in Nanotechnology at UC Merced.

All students in the School of Engineering, regardless of major, are required to complete all requirements for all majors with a C- or better. (ENGR 191: Professional Seminar is the only exception, which requires a P grade.)

Students in the School of Engineering must repeat a required course after receiving a grade of D+, D, D-, F, Unsatisfactory, or Not Passed, and may do so no more than twice beyond the initial enrollment in the class.


Required Major Preparation [36 Units]

All School of Engineering students are required to complete the following lower-division major preparation courses.

Engineering Fundamentals Requirement [18 Units Specified]

The following fundamentals courses are required:

Materials Science and Engineering Core [29 Units Specified]

The MSE core consists of courses designed to give all students a common foundation of core knowledge and skills specific to the discipline:

Lower Division Requirement [4 units]

Complete the following course:

Additional Degree Requirements [5 Units Specified]

Nanotechnology Emphasis

Nanotechnology is shaping – and will continue to shape – the needs of future workforces. To prepare our graduates for current and future industrial needs, it is pertinent to have an education program that clearly shows students how nanotechnology connects and interacts with each traditional field. Also, aspects of nanotechnology that are not covered by traditional disciplines need to be taught. We therefore offer a Nanotechnology Emphasis that fills this educational gap and is complementary to our other programs. In addition to teaching nanoscale synthesis, characterization and fabrication, as well as simulation, other salient aspects of this Emphasis include:

  1. enabling students to learn the knowledge and skills that bridge basic research and applications-specific device development;
  2. enabling students to integrate knowledge from different fields, and thus to stay abreast of the exciting scientific breakthroughs and discoveries that are advancing the field of nanotechnology every day.

Nanotechnology Emphasis Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion (as assessed through homework assignments, lab reports, quizzes and examinations), graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate fundamental understanding of nanomaterials, nanoscale devices and systems, and instrumentation for nanotechnology;
  • demonstrate the basic hands-on ability to make nanomaterials such as nanoparticles and 1D nanostructures;
  • demonstrate knowledge of how to characterize nanomaterials;
  • demonstrate the ability to apply basic knowledge from different fields in the context of nanotechnology;
  • view nanotechnology from inter- and multi-disciplinary perspectives.

Nanotechnology Core Requirement [10 units]

 Complete the following three courses in addition to the MSE core courses:

Elective Requirement [3-4 units]

Complete one of the following elective courses: