Materials Science and Engineering

major

Everything Americans use is composed of materials, from computer chips to flexible concrete skyscrapers, from plastic bags to artificial hips, from fiber optical cables to automobiles. Materials Science and Engineering makes these materials reliable and useful through design, processing, and analysis of controlled compositions, microstructures, and properties. Without new materials, the next generation of computers, automobiles, aircraft telecommunications, skyscrapers, and medical implants will not exist. Materials of the future will be smart and think on their own, in addition to meeting traditional property demands. This field abounds with scientific challenges and technological excitement.

This is an archived copy of the 2021-2022 catalog. To access the most recent version of the catalog, please visit http://catalog.ufl.edu.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

Department Information

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering strives to serve the scientific and engineering community of the state and nation by providing quality education in the field, conducting basic and applied research to enhance science in the field, and supplying short courses, technology transfer, industrial consulting, and distance learning to promote engineering in the field.
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Email | 352.846.3300 (tel) | 352.392.7219 (fax)

P.O. Box 116400
549 Gale Lemerand Drive
RHINES HALL
GAINESVILLE FL 32611-6400
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 Curriculum

The bachelor's degree program provides a broad materials science and engineering core with specialization in ceramics, electronic materials, metals or polymeric and biomaterials. Biomaterials is also taught at the combination bachelor's/master's level.

Admission Requirements

It is the department’s policy to admit the best-qualified transfer applicants as demonstrated by academic achievement.

Successful applicants must have earned:

  • An overall 2.5 grade point average, based on the first two attempts, in the eight preprofessional (critical-tracking) courses
  • A minimum grade of C in the following:
    MAC 2311Analytic Geometry and Calculus 14
    MAC 2312Analytic Geometry and Calculus 24
    MAC 2313Analytic Geometry and Calculus 34
    MAP 2302Elementary Differential Equations3
    CHM 2045/2095General Chemistry 13
    CHM 2045LGeneral Chemistry 1 Laboratory1
    CHM 2046/2096General Chemistry 23
    CHM 2046LGeneral Chemistry 2 Laboratory1
    PHY 2048
    2048L
    Physics with Calculus 1
    and Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 1
    4
    PHY 2049
    2049L
    Physics with Calculus 2
    and Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 2
    4

    Only the first two attempts in each course, including withdrawals, will be considered for admission to or retention in the department
  • A cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for all courses

Educational Objectives

The program objectives of the MSE program at the University of Florida are to produce engineering practitioners and graduate students who in three to five years after graduation will:

  • Have successful careers in Materials Science and Engineering or related disciplines.
  • Be prepared to successfully participate in continuing education or education toward advanced degrees.

Department Requirements

A minimum grade of C is required in ENC 3246.

The department encourages students to accept internships and opportunities to study abroad. However, it is highly recommended that students seek academic advising for appropriate registration planning.

Mission

The department strives to serve the scientific and engineering community of the state and nation by providing quality education in the field, conducting basic and applied research to enhance science in the field, and supplying short courses, technology transfer, industrial consulting and distance learning to promote engineering in the field.

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for progress toward each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

Semester 1

Semester 2

  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking course with a minimum grade of C within two attempts
  • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 3

  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts
  • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 4

  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts
  • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 5

  • Complete all 9 critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C in each course within two attempts
  • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 6

  • Complete EMA 4125 and 1 additional EMA 3000/4000 level course

Semester 7

  • Complete 2 additional EMA 3000/4000 level courses

Semester 8

  • Complete all remaining EMA 3000/4000 level required courses

Students are expected to complete the general education international (N) and diversity (D) requirements. This is often done concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H or S).

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities); Writing Requirement: 2,000 words; with International or Diversity 3
Expository and Argumentative Writing (Take in the fall if you don't place out of it)  
Select one: 3
General Chemistry 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences)  
Chemistry for Engineers 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences)  
CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 1
MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Mathematics) 4
State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement: 6,000 words 1 3
 Credits14
Semester Two
Quest 2 (Gen Ed Social/Behavioral Science); Writing Req.: 2,000 words; with International or Diversity 3
Select one: 3
General Chemistry 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences)  
Chemistry for Engineers 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences)  
CHM 2046L General Chemistry 2 Laboratory (Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 1
ENC 3246 Professional Communication for Engineers (Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement: 6,000 words) 3
MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 (Critical Tracking) 4
 Credits14
Semester Three
Select one: 3-4
Engineering Economy  
Principles of Management  
Principles of Marketing  
EMA 3010 Materials (Critical Tracking) 3
MAC 2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics) 4
PHY 2048 Physics with Calculus 1 (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 3
PHY 2048L Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 1 (Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 1
Select a computer programming course: 2
Computer Programming for Engineers (or see advisor for approved list)  
 Credits16-17
Semester Four
EGM 2511 Engineering Mechanics: Statics 3
EMA 3000L Sophomore Materials Laboratory 1
EMA 3011 Fundamental Principles of Materials 3
EMA 3800 Error Analyses and Optimization Methodologies in Materials Research 3
MAP 2302 Elementary Differential Equations (Critical Tracking) 3
PHY 2049 Physics with Calculus 2 (Critical Tracking) 3
PHY 2049L Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 2 1
 Credits17
Semester Five
EEL 3003 Elements of Electrical Engineering 3
EGM 3520 Mechanics of Materials 3
EMA 3050 Introduction to Inorganic Materials 3
EMA 3066 Introduction to Organic Materials 3
EMA 3080C Materials Laboratory 1 (Writing Requirement: 4,000 words) 2
EMA 4314 Energetics and Kinetics in Materials Science 3
 Credits17
Semester Six
EMA 3013C Materials Laboratory 2 (Writing Requirement: 2,000 words) 2
EMA 3413 Electronic Properties of Materials 3
EMA 3513C Analysis of the Structure of Materials 4
EMA 4125 Transport Phenomena in Materials Processing (Critical Tracking) 3
EMA 4223 Mechanical Behavior of Materials 3
 Credits15
Semester Seven
EMA 4324 Stability of Materials 3
EMA 4913
Research in Materials Science and Engineering 1
or Integrated Product and Process Design Program 1
1-3
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Senior materials laboratory elective 1
Technical electives 9
 Credits17-19
Semester Eight
EMA 4121 Interfacial Engineering 3
EMA 4714 Materials Selection and Failure Analysis 3
EMA 4914
Research in Materials Science and Engineering 2
or Integrated Product and Process Design Program 2
3
State Core Gen Ed Humanities; Writing Requirement: 2,000 words or more 3
Technical elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits125

Senior Materials Laboratory Electives

There are corequisite requirements for certain electives. Students taking a laboratory elective must also be enrolled in the corresponding corequisite technical elective course.

Laboratory Elective
EMA 4041LAdvanced Ceramics Laboratory 1 11
EMA 4020LMetallurgy Laboratory 21
EMA 4061LBiomaterials Laboratory 31
EMA 4161LPolymers Laboratory 41
EMA 4414LElectronic Materials Laboratory 51

Technical Electives

EMA/ENU Courses
Typically taught in Fall
EMA 4061Biomaterials: Structure and Properties3
EMA 4120Physical Metallurgy 13
EMA 4144Physical Ceramics 13
EMA 4161Physical Properties of Polymers3
EMA 4614Production of Electronic Materials3
CEMA/ENU Courses
Typically taught in Spring
EMA 4062Biopolymers: Manufacture, Stability and Biocompatibility3
EMA 4145Physical Ceramics 23
EMA 4224Physical Metallurgy 23
EMA 4462Polymer Characterization3
EMA 4615Compound Semiconductor Materials3
EMA 4623Process Metallurgy3
EMA 4645Processing of Ceramic Materials3
EMA 4666Polymer Processing3
ENU 4800Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Materials3
  • 3 credits minimum of technical electives in the fall semester needs to be a materials processing course.
  • 3 credits maximum of non-EMA or ENU technical electives can be approved courses from outside the MSE department.

The major enables students to develop an understanding of materials systems and their role in engineering. Emphasis is placed on the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering principles to materials science and engineering; to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data; and to design a program name system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability.

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

ABET EAC Program Educational Objectives, Student Outcomes, and Enrollment and Graduation Numbers can be found on the college website.

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Pass an assessment by two or more faculty and/or industry practitioners of performance on a major design experience.
  • Pass assessment in two courses of individual assignments targeted to each learning outcome. Assessment will be provided by the instructor of the course according to department standards.
  • Complete an exit interview in your final semester.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering principles to materials science and engineering.
  2. Design and conduct materials science and engineering experiments and analyze and interpret the data.

Critical Thinking

  1. Design a materials science and engineering system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability constraints.
Communication
  1. Communicate technical data and design information effectively in speech and in writing to other materials engineers.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4
EMA 3013C R
EMA 3050 I
EMA 3066 R I
EMA 3080C I I
EMA 3513C R A
EMA 4223 R
EMA 4714 A A A

Assessment Types

  • Assignments
  • Laboratory reports
  • Research papers
  • Oral presentations
  • Exams
  • Additional assessments include:
    • Outcome assessment
    • Student exit survey