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See the "Department of Materials Science and Engineering" section of this bulletin for additional information on the department, and its programs and faculty.

The department offers a B.S. as well as a minor in Materials Science and Engineering.

Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE/MATSCI)

Completion of the undergraduate program in Materials Science and Engineering leads to the conferral of the Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Materials Science and Engineering

The mission of the undergraduate program in Materials Science and Engineering is to provide students with a strong foundation in materials science and engineering with emphasis on the fundamental scientific and engineering principles which underlie the knowledge and implementation of material structure, processing, properties, and performance of all classes of materials used in engineering systems. Courses in the program develop students' knowledge of modern materials science and engineering, teach them to apply this knowledge analytically to create effective and novel solutions to practical problems, and develop their communication skills and ability to work collaboratively. The program prepares students for careers in industry and for further study in graduate school.

The B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering provides training for the materials engineer and also preparatory training for graduate work in materials science. Capable undergraduates are encouraged to take at least one year of graduate study to extend their course work through the coterminal degree program which leads to an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering. Coterminal degree programs are encouraged both for undergraduate majors in Materials Science and Engineering and for undergraduate majors in related disciplines.

Learning Outcomes (Undergraduate)

The department expects undergraduate majors in the program to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes. These learning outcomes are used in evaluating students and the department's undergraduate program. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Apply the knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to assess and synthesize scientific evidence, concepts, theories, and experimental data relating to the natural or physical world.
  2. Extend students' knowledge of the natural or physical world beyond that obtained from secondary education by refining their powers of scientific observation, the essential process by which data is gained for subsequent analysis.
  3. Design and conduct experiments, as well as understand and utilize the scientific method in formulating hypotheses and designing experiments to test hypotheses.
  4. Function on multidisciplinary teams, while communicating effectively.
  5. Identify, formulate, and solve engineering issues by applying conceptual thinking to solve certain problems, bypassing calculations or rote learning and relying on the fundamental meaning behind laws of nature.
  6. Understand professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  8. Demonstrate a working knowledge of contemporary issues.
  9. Recognize the need for, and engage in, lifelong learning.
  10. Apply the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  11. Transition from engineering concepts and theory to real engineering applications and understanding the distinction between scientific evidence and theory, inductive and deductive reasoning, and understanding the role of each in scientific inquiry.

Requirements 

Units
Mathematics
20 units minimum
Select one of the following: 5
Linear Algebra, Multivariable Calculus, and Modern Applications
Vector Calculus for Engineers
Select one of the following:5
Integral Calculus of Several Variables
Linear Algebra and Partial Differential Equations for Engineers
Select one of the following: 5
Ordinary Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
Ordinary Differential Equations for Engineers
One additional course 15
Science
20 units minimum
Must include a full year (15 units) of calculus-based physics or chemistry, with one quarter of study (5 units) in the other subject. 220
Technology in Society
One course minimum 33-5
Engineering Fundamentals
Two courses minimum
Select one of the following: 4
Introduction to Materials Science, Nanotechnology Emphasis 4
Introduction to Materials Science, Energy Emphasis 4
Introduction to Materials Science, Biomaterials Emphasis 4
At least one additional courses 43-5
Department Requirements: MSE Fundamentals, Depth & Focus Areas
Materials Science Fundamentals: All of the following courses:16
Quantum Mechanics of Nanoscale Materials
Materials Structure and Characterization
Thermodynamic Evaluation of Green Energy Technologies
Kinetics of Materials Synthesis
Two of the following courses:8
Microstructure and Mechanical Properties
Electronic Materials Engineering
Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, and Batteries: Materials for the Energy Solution
Soft Matter in Biomedical Devices, Microelectronics, and Everyday Life
Organic and Biological Materials
Materials Chemistry
Atomic Arrangements in Solids
Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria
Waves and Diffraction in Solids
Defects in Crystalline Solids
Rate Processes in Materials
Mechanical Properties of Materials
Electronic and Optical Properties of Solids
Materials Science & Engineering Depth16
Four laboratory courses for Sixteen units; Four units must be WIM
Energy Materials Laboratory (WIM)
Electronic and Photonic Materials and Devices Laboratory (WIM)
Nanomaterials Laboratory
X-Ray Diffraction Laboratory
Mechanical Behavior Laboratory
Nanoscale Materials Physics Computation Laboratory
Focus Area Options 5, 613
Total Units103-107

Focus Area Options (Four courses for a minimum of 13 units; select from one of the ten Focus Areas.)

Bioengineering
Introduction to Bioengineering (Engineering Living Matter)
Introduction to Imaging and Image-based Human Anatomy
Tissue Engineering
Biomechanics of Movement
Orthopaedic Bioengineering
Soft Matter in Biomedical Devices, Microelectronics, and Everyday Life
Organic and Biological Materials
Biochips and Medical Imaging
Nano-Biotechnology
Biomaterials in Regenerative Medicine
Materials Advances for Neurotechnology: Materials Meet the Mind
Chemical Engineering
Physical Chemistry I
CHEMENG 130
Micro and Nanoscale Fabrication Engineering
Biochemical Engineering
Soft Matter in Biomedical Devices, Microelectronics, and Everyday Life
Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry I
Inorganic Chemistry II
Physical Chemistry I
Physical Chemistry II
Physical Chemistry III
Biochemistry I
Biochemistry II
Biophysical Chemistry
Electronics & Photonics
Circuits I
Circuits II
Signal Processing and Linear Systems I
Signal Processing and Linear Systems II
Semiconductor Devices for Energy and Electronics
Introduction to Photonics
Engineering Electromagnetics (Formerly EE 141)
Green Electronics
Introduction to Mechatronics
Organic Semiconductors for Electronics and Photonics
Nanophotonics
Energy Technology
Fundamentals of Energy Processes
Green Electronics
Understanding Energy
Fundamentals of Energy Processes
Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, and Batteries: Materials for the Energy Solution
Solar Cells
Principles, Materials and Devices of Batteries
Physics of Wind Energy
Materials Characterization Techniques
Nanocharacterization of Materials
Transmission Electron Microscopy
Transmission Electron Microscopy Laboratory
Thin Film and Interface Microanalysis
X-Ray Science and Techniques
Fundamentals and Applications of Spectroscopy
Advanced Imaging Lab in Biophysics
Electrons and Photons (PHOTON 201)
Mechanical Behavior & Design
Analysis of Structures
Mechanics of Composites
Mechanical Properties of Materials
Mechanical Behavior of Nanomaterials
Fracture and Fatigue of Materials and Thin Film Structures
Mechanics of Materials
Mechanics of Materials
Design and Manufacturing
Nanoscience
Introduction to Micro and Nano Electromechanical Systems
Mechanical Behavior of Nanomaterials
Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology
Nanocharacterization of Materials
Nanophotonics
Magnetic materials in nanotechnology, sensing, and energy
Nano-Biotechnology
Physics
Foundations of Modern Physics
Advanced Mechanics
Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I
Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II
Quantum Mechanics I
Quantum Mechanics II
Advanced Topics in Quantum Mechanics
Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory, and Statistical Mechanics I
Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory, and Statistical Mechanics II
Solid State Physics
Self-Defined Option
Petition for a self-defined cohesive program. 7

For additional information and sample programs see the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs.

Honors Program

The Materials Science and Engineering honors program offers an opportunity for undergraduate Materials Science and Engineering majors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher to pursue independent research at an advanced level, supported by a faculty adviser and graduate student mentors. The main requirements are as follows:

  1. Application to the honors program (must be pre-approved by faculty adviser)
  2. Enrollment in MATSCI 150 Undergraduate Research and participation in an independent research project over three sequential full quarters
  3. Completion of a faculty-approved thesis
  4. Participation in either a poster or oral presentation of thesis work at a Stanford Symposium/event or, at your faculty adviser’s discretion, in a comparable public event.

Since this requires three full quarters of research in addition to a final written thesis and presentation following completion of the work, students must apply to the program no less than four quarters prior to their planned graduation date. Materials Science and Engineering majors pursuing a typical four-year graduation timeline should meet with student services no later than the Winter Quarter of their junior year to receive information on the application process.

All requirements for the honors program are in addition to the normal undergraduate program requirements.

To apply to the MATSCI Honors program:

  • Have an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher (as calculated on the unofficial transcript) prior to application.
  • Seek out a faculty research adviser and agree on a proposed research topic. If the research adviser is not a member of the MSE faculty, or not a member of the School of Engineering Academic Council, students must have a second adviser who fulfills these requirements.
  • Compose a brief (less than 1 page) summary of proposed research, including a proposed title, and submit along with unofficial transcript and signed application/faculty endorsement.
  • Submit application to MATSCI student services (Durand 113) at least four quarters prior to planned graduation.

To complete the MATSCI Honors program:

  • Overall GPA of 3.5 or higher (as calculated on the unofficial transcript) at graduation.
  • Complete at least three quarters of research with a minimum of 9 units of MATSCI 150 for a letter grade (students may petition out of unit requirement with faculty adviser approval). All quarters must focus on the same topic. Maintain the same faculty adviser throughout, if possible.
  • Present either a poster or oral presentation of thesis work at a Stanford event or, at the faculty adviser’s discretion, in a comparable public event.
  • Submit final drafts of an honors thesis to two faculty readers (one must be your research adviser, and one must be an MSE faculty member/SoE Academic Council member) at least one quarter prior to graduation. Both must approve the thesis by completing the signature page.
  • Submit to MATSCI student services (Durand 113) one copy of the honors thesis and signed signature page (in electronic or physical form) at least one quarter prior to graduation.

Materials Science and Engineering (MATSCI) Minor

A minor in Materials Science and Engineering allows interested students to explore the role of materials in modern technology and to gain an understanding of the fundamental processes that govern materials behavior.

The following courses fulfill the minor requirements:

Units
Engineering Fundamentals
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Materials Science, Nanotechnology Emphasis
Introduction to Materials Science, Energy Emphasis
Introduction to Materials Science, Biomaterials Emphasis
Materials Science Fundamentals and Engineering Depth
Select six of the following: 24
Quantum Mechanics of Nanoscale Materials
Materials Structure and Characterization
Thermodynamic Evaluation of Green Energy Technologies
Kinetics of Materials Synthesis
Microstructure and Mechanical Properties
Electronic Materials Engineering
Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, and Batteries: Materials for the Energy Solution
Soft Matter in Biomedical Devices, Microelectronics, and Everyday Life
Nanomaterials Laboratory
Energy Materials Laboratory
X-Ray Diffraction Laboratory
Mechanical Behavior Laboratory
Electronic and Photonic Materials and Devices Laboratory
Nanoscale Materials Physics Computation Laboratory
Organic and Biological Materials
Materials Chemistry
Atomic Arrangements in Solids
Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria
Waves and Diffraction in Solids
Defects in Crystalline Solids
Rate Processes in Materials
Mechanical Properties of Materials
Electronic and Optical Properties of Solids
Total Units28