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  • Materials Science and Engineering

    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 will think on their own, in addition to meeting traditional property demands. This field abounds with scientific challenges and technological excitement.

    About This Major

    • College: Engineering
    • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
    • Credits for Degree: 125
    • Minor: Yes
    • Combined-Degree Program: Yes
    • Academic Learning Compact
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    Critical TrackingRecommended Semester Plan

    Overview

    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 also is taught at the combined 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 Calculus 1 (MAC 2311), Calculus 2 (MAC 2312), Calculus 3 (MAC 2313), Differential Equations (MAP 2302), General Chemistry 1 and laboratory (CHM 2045/2095 and CHM 2045L), General Chemistry 2 and laboratory (CHM 2046/2096 and CHM 2046L), Physics with Calculus 1 and laboratory (PHY 2048 and PHY 2048L), and Physics with Calculus 2 and laboratory (PHY 2049 and PHY 2049L). 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
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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

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    Critical Tracking

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

    Semester 1

    • Complete 1 of 9 critical-tracking courses with a minimum grade of C within two attempts: CHM 2045 or CHM 2095, CHM 2046 or CHM 2096, EMA 3010, MAC 2311, MAC 2312, MAC 2313, MAP 2302, PHY 2048, PHY 2049
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    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
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    Recommended Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. Students are also 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).

    Semester 1 Credits
    If you don't place out of ENC 1101, take it in the fall.
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1 (GE-P) or
    CHM 2095 Chemistry for Engineers 1 (GE-P)
    3
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (GE-P) 1
    MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (GE-M) 4
    Composition (State Core GE-C) (E6; ACT/SAT placement scores do not exempt this requirement)​​ 3​
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (State Core GE-S) 3
    Total 14
    Semester 2 Credits
    CHM 2046 General Chemistry 2 (GE-P) or
    CHM 2096 Chemistry for Engineers 2 (GE-P)
    3
    CHM 2046L General Chemistry 2 Laboratory (GE-P) 1
    ENC 3246 Professional Communication for Engineers (GE-C) (E6) 3
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life (GE-H)​ 3​
    MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 (State Core GE-M) 4
    Total 14
    Semester 3 Credits
    EIN 4354 Engineering Economy (3) or
    MAN 3025 Principles of Management (4) or
    MAR 3023 Principles of Marketing (4)
    3-4
    EMA 3010 Materials 3
    MAC 2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3 (GE-M) 4
    PHY 2048 Physics with Calculus 1 (State Core GE-P) 3
    PHY 2048L Physics with Calculus 1 Laboratory (GE-P) 1
    Computer programming course (COP 2271 or see adviser for approved list) 2
    Total 16-17
    Semester 4 Credits
    EGM 2511 Engineering Mechanics: Statics 3
    EMA 3000L Sophomore Materials Lab​ 1​​
    EMA 3011 Fundamental Principles of Materials 3
    EMA 3800 Error Analyses and Optimization Methodologies in Materials Research 3
    MAP 2302 Elementary Differential Equations 3
    PHY 2049 Physics with Calculus 2 3
    PHY 2049L Physics with Calculus 2 Laboratory 1
    Total 17
    Semester 5 Credits
    EEL 3003 Elements of Electrical Engineering 3
    Humanities (State Core GE-H)
    (Select from ARH 2000 Art Appreciation: American Diversity and Global Arts (D), MUL 2010 Introduction to Music Literature (N; E2) or THE 2000 Theatre Appreciation (D))
    3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) (E6)
    (Needs to be [N] if ARH 2000 Art Appreciation: American Diversity and Global Arts (D) or THE 2000 Theatre Appreciation (D) is selected or
    (D) if MUL 2010 Introduction to Music Literature (N; E2) is selected)
    3
    Total 9
    Semester 6 Credits
    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 (E4) 2
    EMA 4314 Energetics and Kinetics in Material Science 3
    Total 14
    Semester 7 Credits
    ​EMA 3013C Materials Laboratory 2 (E2) 2​
    EMA 3413 Introduction to Electronic Materials 3
    EMA 3513C Analysis of the Structure of Materials 4
    EMA 4125 Transport Phenomena in Materials Processing 3
    EMA 4223 Mechanical Behavior of Materials 3
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    EMA 4324 Stability of Materials 3​
    EMA 4913 Research in Materials Science and Engineering 1 (1) or
    EMA 4915 Integrated Product and Process Design Program 1 (3)
    1-3
    ​Senior Materials Laboratory elective 2 1​​
    Technical electives 1 9
    Total 14-16
    Semester 9 Credits
    EMA 4121 Interfacial Engineering 3​
    EMA 4714 Materials Selection and Failure Analysis 3
    EMA 4914 Research in Materials Science and Engineering 2 or
    EMA 4916 Integrated Product and Process Design Program 2
    3
    Technical elective 1 3
    Total 12
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    1 The 12-credit technical electives must be chosen from an approved list of courses (see list below)

    EMA/ENU Courses Typically Taught in Fall CEMA/ENU Courses Typically Taught in Spring
    EMA 4061 Intro to Biomaterials 1 (3)
    EMA 4120 Physical Metallurgy 1 (3)
    EMA 4144 Physical Ceramics 1 (3)
    EMA 4161 Physical Properties of Polymers (3)
    EMA 4614 Production of Electronic Materials (3)
    EMA 4623 Process Metallurgy (3)
    EMA 4645 Processing of Ceramics (3)
    EMA 4666 Processing of Polymers (3)
    EMA 4062 Intro to Biomaterials 2 (3)
    EMA 4145 Physical Ceramics 2 (3)
    EMA 4224 Physical Metallurgy 2 (3)
    EMA 4462 Polymer Characterization (3)
    EMA 4615 Compound Semiconductors (3)
    ENU 4800 Nuclear materials (3)
    • 3 credits minimum of technical electives in the fall semester needs to be a materials processing course.
    • 3 credits maximum of technical electives can be approved courses from outside the MSE department (non-EMA or ENU courses).

    2 There are co-requisite requirements (certain technical electives) for the Senior Materials Laboratory electives. Students taking a certain laboratory elective need to be enrolled in the corresponding co-requisite technical elective course.

    Laboratory Elective Corequisite
    EMA 4041L Advanced Ceramics Laboratory 1 (1)
    EMA 4020L Metallurgy Laboratory (1)
    EMA 4161L Polymers Laboratory (1)
    EMA 4061L Biomaterials Laboratory (1)
    EMA 4414L Electronic Materials Laboratory (1)
    EMA 4614 Production of Electronic Materials (3)
    EMA 4645 Processing of Ceramics (3)
    EMA 4120 Physical Metallurgy 1 (3)
    EMA 4161 Physical Properties of Polymers (3)
    EMA 4061 Intro to Biomaterials 1 (3)
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majors: materials-science-and-engineering