Materials Science and Engineering

The materials science and engineering concentration is designed to complement other science and engineering concentrations with an in-depth understanding of materials, including their structure, processing, properties and performance.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 20 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • Students need sophomore status and a minimum 3.00 GPA to enroll in the concentration in materials science and engineering.
  • Students must maintain a 2.50 GPA in all courses in the concentration.
  • To enhance the understanding of the subject matter, the selected courses are sequential in nature and require certain prerequisites. Consequently, students should carefully note the semester in which any of these courses are offered.
  • Interested students should consult with a SEMTE advisor to verify eligibility and to review all courses required for the concentration. To schedule an advising appointment, please contact the SEMTE advising office at
  • * For courses that are restricted to Engineering BS/BSE students a BIS advisor can obtain an override with the Materials Science and Engineering advising program by emailing

Chemistry 1 Set Required
Choose elective courses from the following:
Select in consultation with an advisor.

CHM 114 General Chemistry for Engineers, SQ (4) (Prerequisites: CHM 101 with C or better OR Mathematics Placement Test score of 50% or higher OR Pre/Co-requisites: MAT 170 (or MAT 171, 210, 251, 265 or 270) with C or better if completed)


CHM 113 General Chemistry I, SQ (4) (Prerequisite(s): CHM 101 with C or better, Mathematics Placement Test score of 50% or higher, or Pre/Co-requisite(s): MAT 170, 171, 210, 251, 265 or 270 with C or better if completed; Credit is allowed for only CHM 113 or 117)


CHM 116 General Chemistry II, SQ (4) (Prerequisites: CHM 113 or CHM 117, or CHM 114 with C or better. Credit is allowed for only CHM 115, 116 or 118)

Core Required Courses

MSE 250 Structure and Properties of Materials (3) (Prerequisite: CHM 114 or CHM 113; Pre/Co-requisite: CHM 116) (Required)

MSE 355 Structure and Defects (3)*(Prerequisite: Engineering BS/BSE student or students with approved Materials minor; MSE 250 with a C or better; Pre/Co-requisite: MAT 343 or Graduate Engineering student) (Required)

MSE 356 Structure, Properties and Defects Lab (1) * (Prerequisite: Pre/Co-requisite: MSE 355) (Required)

Upper Division Requirements
Two MSE courses at the 300 level or higher

Any MSE 300 level course

Any MSE 400 level course

Except NOT FROM: MSE 301 OR MSE 308 OR MSE 484 OR MSE 494 [*SCIENCE*FUN*]

Materials-Related Requirement 1 Course Required

BME 318 Biomaterials (4)* (Prerequisites: Biomedical Engineering BSE student; CHM 114, 116, or BIO 181 (or BME 111 or BIO 188) with C or better; MAT 274 (or 275) with C or better)

CEE 353 Civil Engineering Materials (3)* (Prerequisite(s): CEE 213 (or CNE 213) with C or better; BSE Civil Engineering or Construction Engineering major; Credit is allowed for only CEE or CNE 353)

CHE 458 Semiconductor Material Processing (3)* (Prerequisites: Engineering BSE student; CHE 334 and CHE 342 with C or better)

CHM 471 Solid-State Chemistry (3) (Pre/Co-requisite: CHM 346 with C or better if completed; Credit is allowed for only CHM 471 or 571)

EEE 352 Properties of Electronic Materials (4)* (Prerequisites: CHM 114, 115, 116 or 118; EEE 241; PHY 241 with a C or better; Engineering BS/BSE student)

EEE 436 Fundamentals of Solid-State Devices (3)* (Prerequisites: Engineering BS/BSE students; EEE 352 (ECE 352))

MSE 300 or 400 level course

PHY 481 Materials Physics I (3) (Prerequisites: PHY 311 with C or better; PHY 315 with C or better; Credit is allowed for only MSE 526, NAN 511, PHY 481 or 511)

Except NOT FROM: MSE 301 OR MSE 308 OR MSE 484 OR MSE 494 [*SCIENCE*FUN*]


All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









Interdisciplinary Studies Advising
All appointments:

Downtown Phoenix
Arizona Center, Suite 380

Santa Catalina Hall

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