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Bachelor of Science in Material Science and Engineering University of California, Riverside




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Education in Materials Science and Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is concerned with the study of the structure, properties and applications of materials. The foundations of materials science and engineering are the basic sciences of physics, chemistry, and mathematics. An engineer working with the great variety of materials responses at the electrical, optical, magnetic, mechanical, and chemical levels must have a solid scientific foundation and breadth of basic knowledge from the physical sciences and engineering.

Many applications today require broad-based materials knowledge. A materials engineer may specialize in a specific class of materials (magnetic materials, nanostructured materials, polymers, biological materials, etc.) or a specific area of materials science (electrical properties, mechanical properties, materials processing, materials testing, etc.), but should possess a broad background in materials science and engineering. Increased emphasis on cost, weight, and size reduction, while still improving product performance, creates challenges for monolithic materials, and opportunities for composites, nanostructures and other new materials. Miniaturization of components frequently is limited by the interactions of dissimilar materials at a microscopic and nanometer scale. A materials engineer must be able to optimize the overall performance of complex systems involving several materials.

Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California - Riverside

In 2007, the Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) established a new program and started to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering. The MSE program at UCR aims to provide fundamental knowledge for understanding of materials with the objective of predicting, modifying, and tailoring the properties of materials to achieve enhanced performance of the materials and devices based on these materials. This degree program is administered by the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Committee in Charge, which consists of Professor Alexander A. Balandin (Department of Electrical Engineering), Professor Cengiz Ozkan (Department of Mechanical Engineering), Professor Nosang Myung (Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering), Professor Mart Molle (Department of Computer Science and Engineering) and Professor Valentine Vullev (Department of Bioengineering). The committee is chaired by Professor Balandin.

The Committee in Charge, which consists of the representatives of each department in the Bourns College of Engineering, has the responsibility for approval and management of the Materials Science and Engineering courses. The teaching faculty for this interdepartmental program is drawn from the College of Engineering. The courses included in the MSE major curriculum have either MSE subject abbreviation or the department subject abbreviation, e.g., ME, CEE, EE, etc. Each department of the College of Engineering offers a focus area within the MSE program through a set of technical electives (TE), which emphasize a certain aspect of materials science and engineering.

During the first two years the students take general education courses (mathematics; physics; chemistry; breadth requirements) and the lower-division courses offered by the participating departments. A dedicated MSE course offered during the freshman year (MSE 1: Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering), introduces the students to the basics of the materials science and engineering. During the third year, the students take the materials core courses. The core courses are offered jointly by all departments.

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Here are the different ways in which you can study Bachelor of Science in Material Science and Engineering.

Full Time (Minimum of 180 units)

Tuition fees

$45,381.00 (34,00,739) per year

Tuition and Fees: USD $15,627 Plus Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition: USD $29,754




Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering

900 University Avenue,



92521, United States

Entry requirement for international students

You are considered a freshman applicant if you are in high school or have not yet enrolled in a regular session at a college or university after high school graduation (excluding the summer immediately after graduation).

English Language Proficiency

If English is not the applicant’s native language, or the language of instruction at school, English proficiency must be demonstrated in one of these ways: Pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 80 or higher (iBT); Pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 60 or higher on the Paper Based Test (PBT); Pass the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of 6.5 or higher; Achieve a score of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP Exam in English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition; Achieve a score of 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level Examination in English (Language A); Complete a transferable college course in English Composition with a C grade or better.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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