BS Three-Year Degree Plan: Material Sciences Track

The materials science program can be completed in three years or six to nine semesters. This does not include dual enrollment or any transfer credit which you may have earned in high school or at other universities. However, a three-year degree plan is not best suited for every student. It assumes:

  • No remedial course work is required.
  • The student does not fail any classes.
  • The student does not change either the major or minor.
  • The student is willing to take classes each summer.

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)

CHM 160 General Chemistry I 4
MTH 261 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 5
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
CSC 111 Introduction to Computing 3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches 3
Total hours19

Second semester (spring)

MTH 280 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 5
PHY 203 Foundations of Physics I 5
CSC 121 Introduction to BASIC Programming
or CSC 125 Introduction to C++ Programming
ENG 110 Writing I 3
Culture and Society/Humanities 3
Total hours19-20

Third semester (summer)

MTH 302 Multivariate Calculus 3
PHY 204 Foundations of Physics II 5
Total hours8

Fourth semester (fall)

MTH 303 Differential Equations 3
PHY 375 Modern Physics 3
PHY 351 Circuit, Signals, and Controls 3
PHY 391 Mathematics for Science and Engineering I 3
Self-Understanding/Social-Behavioral 3
Culture and Society/Social Sciences 3
Total hours18

Fifth semester (spring)

PHY 385 Experiments in Modern Physics 2
Self-Understanding/Humanities 3
MAT 750 Experimental Design 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
ENG 321 Writing II: Beginning Technical Writing 3
PHY 392 Mathematics for Science and Engineering II 3
PHY 252 Introduction to Circuit Analysis 3
Total hours20

Sixth semester (summer)

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
General Elective 3
Total hours6

Seventh semester (fall)

MAT 550 Introduction to Materials Science 3
PHY 353 Electricity and Magnetism 3
PHY 575 Quantum Mechanics 3
MAT 540 Thermodynamics of Materials 3
Self-Understanding/Creativity and Vision 3
MAT 580 Structure of Solids 3
PHY 386 Undergraduate Research I 1
Total hours19

Eighth semester (spring)

PHY 476 Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics 3
PHY 343 Thermal Physics 3
PHY 373 Radiation Physics 3
PHY 486 Undergraduate Research II 1
PHY 575 Quantum Mechanics 3
Physics or Materials Science Elective 3
Total hours16