BS Four-Year Degree Plan: Material Sciences Track

The materials science program can be completed in four years or eight semesters. This does not include dual enrollment or any transfer credit which you may have earned in high school or at other universities.

It is recommended that students in the materials science program do not finish all of their general education courses before beginning to take courses in materials science. Some materials science courses require prerequisites, so it is important to meet with an advisor in the program before you schedule your first semester or as soon as you think you might be interested in this program.

Sample Schedule

This is only a sample schedule, and an advisor will be able to customize the best plan for you.

Check out the course rotation before scheduling your classes.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
MTH 261 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 5
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
General Education Elective 6

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
PHY 203 Foundations of Physics I 5
PHY 152 Introductory Circuits-Survey of Electronics 3
MTH 280 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 5
ENG 110 Writing I 3

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours17
PHY 204 Foundations of Physics II 5
MTH 302 Multivariate Calculus 3
General Elective 3
General Education Elective 6

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
PHY 291 Introduction to Computational Physics 3
MTH 303 Differential Equations 3
ENG 321 Writing II: Beginning Technical Writing 3
General Elective 3
General Education Elective 3

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
PHY 375 Modern Physics 3
PHY 353 Electricity and Magnetism 3
PHY 333 Intermediate Mechanics 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
General Education Elective 3

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
PHY 391 Mathematics for Science and Engineering I 3
PHY 386 Undergraduate Research I 1
PHY 385 Experiments in Modern Physics 2
PHY 343 Thermal Physics 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States Since 1877
3
General Education Elective 3

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
PHY 575 Quantum Mechanics 3
MAT 550 Introduction to Materials Science 3
MAT 540 Thermodynamics of Materials 3
General Elecitive 6

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
PHY 486 Undergraduate Research II 1
MAT 580 Structure of Solids 3
General Elective 12