Materials Science and Engineering, Comprehensive Major

(Code 251-001)

University Requirements

Credit Requirements
Minimum total for graduation 1120
Upper division credits (courses numbered 300 and higher)39
Liberal Education Core36
Academic Concentrations
Grade Point Requirements 2
Total2.00 average
Resident2.00 average
Major2.00 average
Minor2.00 average
Certificate2.00 average
University Residency Requirements 3
Minimum total30
Senior year23
Major, Standard, upper division in residence12
Major, Comprehensive, upper division in residence21
Certificate25 percent of credits
Procedures Required for Graduation
Obtain admission to the degree program and/or the College offering it.
Apply for graduation on CampS.

Certain programs exceed this minimum.


See special requirements in each College.


See special requirements for the College of Education and Human Sciences.

Liberal Education Core

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire measures learning outcomes to ensure that its graduates have achieved a liberal education and prepared themselves to contribute to a complex society. Upon graduation, each undergraduate will have met the four learning goals of our liberal education core and the 11 learning outcomes they comprise. 

Knowledge Goal
Knowledge Outcome 1 (K1): Natural SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 2 (K2): Social SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 3 (K3): HumanitiesTwo (2) learning experiences
Knowledge Outcome 4 (K4): Fine ArtsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Goal
Skills Outcome 1 (S1): Written and Oral CommunicationTwo (2) learning experiences
Skills Outcome 2 (S2): MathematicsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Outcome 3 (S3): CreativityOne (1) learning experiences
Responsibility Goal
Responsibility Outcome 1 (R1): Equity, Diversity, and InclusivityTwo (2) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 2 (R2): Global PerspectivesOne (1) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 3 (R3): Civic and Environmental IssuesOne (1) learning experiences
Integration Goal
Integration Outcome 1 (I1): IntegrationTwo (2) learning experiences
Service-Learning Goal
Service-Learning30 hours

College Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)

University Graduation Requirements. All candidates for degrees must fulfill the requirements for credits, curriculum, GPA, and University residency as specified in the section of this catalog titled University Graduation Requirements.

College Graduation Requirements: Grade Point Averages. All candidates for degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences must earn minimum resident and total GPAs of 2.00 in the major, the minor, and the certificate. The resident and total GPAs for the major are computed using all attempted credits applicable to the major including those offered by departments other than the major department. The resident and total GPAs for the minor and the certificate are computed similarly.

Major-Minor and Major-Certificate Requirements. A standard major (a minimum of 36 credits) must be supplemented by a minor (a minimum of 24 credits) or by a certificate (12 to 18 credits) to meet graduation requirements for completing a first and second degree program. No minor or certificate is required with a Comprehensive Major (60 or more credits) or with two majors of 36 or more credits each.

Certain degree programs which include Comprehensive Majors may require more than the minimum of 120 credits for graduation.

Acceptable academic program combinations are determined at the college level. A major and a minor or a major and certificate or two majors (if available) may not be elected in the same department or program, except in the approved combinations listed here.

College Credits. Earn at least 90 credits in courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bachelor of Science Degree in the College of Arts and Sciences (B.S.)

Fulfillment of all University Graduation Requirements (which includes the Liberal Education Core); all College-level degree requirements (major and minor/certificate emphases, GPAs, earning at least 90 credits in Arts and Sciences course work); mathematics competency at the MATH 111, MATH 112 or MATH 113 level.  Mathematics competency can be met in one of three ways:  (1) Achieve a score on the mathematics placement test that qualifies the student to enter MATH 114.  (2) Earn a grade of at least C (not C-) or a mark of S in MATH 111, MATH 112, or MATH 113.  (3) Achieve a satisfactory score on the MATH 112 competency test.  This test may be attempted no more than two times.

Major Requirements

The Bachelor’s of Science in Materials Science and Engineering (MS&E) is a traditional engineering major that is STEM-focused and rigorously structured.  Students in this major develop a strong foundation in mathematics, and the major emphasizes science themes more strongly than other engineering disciplines.  As with all engineering degrees, the application of fundamental ideas through design is central to the major.

A minimum of 92 credits is required for the major and a minimum of 128 credits for the degree.  Students, who typically begin their study as Pre-MSE majors, must apply to be admitted to the MS&E major (application materials available at the Materials Science office).  A minimum average GPA of 2.5 in eight “foundation” courses (Chem 115 or Chem 103 & 104, Math 114 & 215, MSE 120 & 221, PHYS 231, and WRIT 114, 116, or 118) is required for admittance to the major; students should apply during registration in the spring semester of their sophomore year.  In addition to core courses, students must complete two engineering electives; electives can be selected from appropriate UW-EC, UW-River Falls, UW-Stout, or Chippewa Valley Technical College courses.

Core courses:
MSE 120Introduction to Engineering2
MSE 221Living in a Materials World3
MSE 256Introduction to Computer Aided Design1
MSE 315Materials Characterization4
MSE 334Soft Materials4
MSE 350Thermodynamics of Materials4
MSE 357Phase Transformation & Kinetics3
MSE 362Microelectronic Materials Processing2
MSE 367Macroprocessing of Materials3
MSE 368Macroprocessing Materials Lab2
MSE 372Transport Phenomena3
MSE 374Physics of Solids4
MSE 386MS&E Junior Seminar I 10.5
MSE 387MS&E Junior Seminar II 10.5
MSE 451Computational Materials Science4
MSE 475Nanomaterials3
MSE 486MS&E Capstone I 12
MSE 487MS&E Capstone II 12
CHEM 115Chemical Principles6
General Chemistry I 2
General Chemistry II 2
CHEM 325Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory4
MATH 114Calculus I4
MATH 215Calculus II4
MATH 312Differential Equations and Linear Algebra4
MATH 345Introduction to Probability and Mathematical Statistics4
PHYS 231University Physics I5
PHYS 232University Physics II5
PHYS 255Statics3
Elective Courses, Choose from:6
Quantitative Analysis
Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory
Fundamentals of Biochemistry
Programming for New Programmers
Introduction to Programming in C++
Computing for the Sciences and Mathematics
Advanced Programming and Data Structures
Computer Systems
Programming Languages
Calculus III
Digital Signal Processing
Discrete Mathematics
Advanced Calculus I
Introduction to Real Analysis
Introduction to Real Analysis II
Introduction to Complex Variables
Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory
Numerical Analysis I
Numerical Analysis II
Introduction to Mathematical Modeling
Linear Programming
Introduction to Optimization
Digital Image Processing
Linear Regression Analysis, with Time Series
Experimental Design and Analysis
Microelectronic Materials Processing Lab
Electric and Electronic Circuits
LabVIEW Basics
LabVIEW Applications
Consult your Materials Science and Engineering advisor for elective options from other institutions.


1. Students must be admitted to the MS&E major to take these courses.
2. Only 6 credits apply to the major.