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Materials Science and Engineering, B.S.

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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 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 unless the course is offered as Pass/No Pass only, 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. Students may repeat a course only one time (for a total of two attempts to earn a C- or better). If students do not complete these requirements, they may take these courses at another institution or petition the school who hosts the course for a third attempt. The third attempt is not guaranteed at UC Merced.


Materials Science and Engineering, B.S. Four-Year Course Plan  

Requirements for the Materials Science and Engineering Major

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

Required Major Preparation [48 Units]

Computing Requirement [4 units]

Choose one of the following options:

Biological or Environmental Systems Science Requirement [4 units]

Choose one of the following courses:

Additional Degree Requirements [10 Units]

Complete the following courses: 

Engineering Fundamentals Requirement [18 Units]

Complete the following courses:

Materials Science and Engineering Core [26 Units]

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

Technical Elective Requirement [12 units minimum]

Technical electives should be selected in a manner that is complementary to, yet integrated with, your major area of study, and should be determined through close interaction with your major area advisor.

At least 8 units of these 12 units must be upper division courses. At least 6 units of these electives must be selected from those that are “MSE 1xx” or ENGR 170 or ENGR 170L or ENGR 143 or ENGR 145, excluding MSE 195, which may be used instead to help satisfy the remaining 6 required technical elective units. No more than one of the following courses may be used to fulfill technical elective requirements: ENGR 156, ENGR 158, or ENVE 164.

The following list has been approved; you may also choose graduate level MBSE courses or technical electives from others offered in the School of Engineering, subject to prior approval by the MSE faculty and the satisfaction of any prerequisites on a case-by-case basis:

Transfer Students

To be admitted to the Materials Science and Engineering major transfer students must meet the following requirements:

Applicants will, at the time of admissions have completed at minimum each of the following courses (or their equivalent) with a “C-” or better:

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