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Cornell University    
  Oct 17, 2017
Courses of Study 2017-2018

Materials Science and Engineering

In the College of Engineering .

Course Offerings  


R. B. van Dover, Director; S. P. Baker, N. Benedek, E. Donnelly, L. Estroff, E.P. Giannelis, D. Jena, C. Liddell-Watson, C. K. Ober, R. Robinson, D. G. Schlom, J. Suntivich, M. O. Thompson, C. C. Umbach, U. B. Wiesner, H. Xing

Materials Science and Engineering:

Offered by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Contact: 210 Bard Hall, (607) 255-9159,

The Materials Science and Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Prospective majors are required to take ENGRD 2610  or ENGRD 2620  before affiliating with the major. It is highly recommended that the course be taken as an engineering distribution during the sophomore year.

The major program develops a comprehensive understanding of the physics and chemistry underlying the unique properties of modern engineering materials and processes.

Students complete a series of electives to develop knowledge of materials, such as biomaterials, metals, ceramics, polymers, and semiconductors. Application-related courses are grouped into the areas of biotechnology and life science, energy and environment, materials for information science, nanotechnology, and technology management and ethics. These requirements are satisfied through a series of technical electives taken mainly in the senior year, which are selected from various engineering and science departments. Optional research involvement courses provide undergraduates with the opportunity to work with faculty members and their research groups on current projects.

The major requirements for a B.S. degree in materials science and engineering are:


Two materials-related electives covering two groups of different materials


Three application-related electives in at least two different types of applications


Two of the application-related electives must be taken from outside MSE


One additional technical elective outside MSE

Materials Science and Engineering Honors Program:

The B.S. degree with honors is granted to engineering students who satisfy the requirements given on the “Undergraduate Study and Graduation Requirements ” page as well as the following requirements.

  1. The 9 credits (giving a total of 141) of additional courses must be technical in nature, i.e., in engineering, math, chemistry, and physics at the 4000 and graduate level, with selected courses at the 3000-level. The courses must be approved by the major advisor.
  2. Senior thesis (MSE 4050 /MSE 4060 ) with a grade of at least A-.