The four-course sequence, MCB 2000, CHEM 2443, BME 3700, and BME 4701, constitutes the Biomaterials concentration. These MSE professional and technical elective courses are appropriate for undergraduate students in their Junior and Senior years. The courses will review different biomaterials including, metals, ceramics, polymers, composites and natural materials, focusing on materials for hard tissue replacement, tissue engineering scaffolds, materials for drug delivery applications and other emerging fields.

Energy Materials

The energy materials concentration is a four-course sequence including two required courses (MSE 4800 and MSE 4801) and two elective courses chosen from  CHEM 3563 (Physical Chemistry I), CHEG 5363, ME 3270, and ME 3285. These courses will allow an MSE major to gain in depth knowledge of materials requirements and challenges for fossil and renewable energy systems ranging from coal gasification to combustion, fuel cells, batteries, and sustainable fuels and energy production. The students will also attain the understanding of the fundamentals of materials degradation, mechanisms and mitigation.


The nanomaterials concentration is a four-course sequence including two required ‘nanomaterials’ courses and two elective nanotechnology-related courses which are mainly open to junior and senior undergraduate students, with a minimum total of 12 credits to be elected. The two ‘nanomaterials’ courses, “Nanomaterials Synthesis and Design” (MSE 4240) and “Nanomaterials Characterization and Applications” (MSE 4241), will review the nanoscale materials fundamentals, synthesis and characterization techniques, nanodevices fabrication, testing and applications, which are derived from the latest progress and documentation in the nanoscience and nanotechnology. The two elective courses can be chosen from a pool reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of this topical area, which includes Physics 3401 (Introductory Quantum Mechanics), Chemistry 3563 (Physical Chemistry I), Engineering 4243 (Nanoscience and Nanotechnology I), etc. These elective courses offered from other disciplinary departments will review the fundamentals in nanoscale materials physics and chemistry as well as the fundamentals in nanomaterials-based device engineering.


The metallurgy concentration allows an MSE major the opportunity to select four courses from MSE 3020, ME 3228, MSE 4021, MSE 4034, MSE 4038, MSE 3032, MSE 3034, and MSE 3036. The four courses selected will provide in depth knowledge and understanding of manufacturing, materials selection, and design processes for contemporary and advanced alloy systems. Emphasis is placed on the application of the fundamental principles that relate processing, structure, properties, and performance of metallic materials.

Electronic Materials

The electronic materials concentration is a four-course sequence including one required course (PHYS 3401) and three elective courses chosen from PHYS 3150, PHYS 4210, MSE 4241, and MSE 5317. These courses will allow an MSE major to gain the understanding of the principles of electronic materials and their applications to various devices and instrumentation in science and engineering. The students will also attain in depth knowledge of characterization of electronic materials.