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Materials Science and Engineering, Bachelor of Science Degree

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Materials Engineering

The first two years of the degree program are focused on developing a strong foundation in chemistry, physics and mathematics. As sophomores, students learn the basic principles of the atomic and microscopic structure and properties of various materials.

Advanced courses for upperclassmen include topics such as the following:

  • Structure, mechanical and physical properties of materials
  • Corrosion
  • Materials processing
  • Manufacturing

All materials science engineering students are required to complete two capstone courses during the senior year.

  • Fall semester: This course focuses on principles of materials science and engineering process design, including economics, safety, and social and ethical considerations.
  • Spring semester: In this course, students complete an individual design project, incorporating considerations learned in the fall.

Students must also take the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination administered by the Nevada Board of Professional Engineers. The FE exam is generally taken during the spring of your senior year. Register for ENGR 490 in order to have the exam recorded on your transcript.

Areas of emphasis

In addition to a general B.S. in materials science and engineering, you have the option to choose an area of emphasis for your degree. Two emphases are available, and you can see detailed major requirements and eligible electives for each emphasis by visiting the course catalog.

  1. Extractive metallurgy emphasis
  2. Nuclear materials emphasis

Recommended schedule

You can view the recommended sequence of courses for your emphasis on the Course Catalog. Please note that requirements and course offerings may change, and you should consult your advisor to ensure your course schedule meets your individual needs.

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