MSE / EECS Joint Major

The materials used in integrated circuits run the gamut to include semiconductors, insulators, metals, polymers, and composites, motivating students to seek the joint major in electrical engineering and computer sciences and material science and engineering. The curriculum in this joint major is designed to provide a fundamental background in both disciplines, so that students will be conversant in all aspects of materials selection and design to optimize electronic, optical and magnetic properties in engineering applications. Students completing this joint major program will find career options in all branches of the microelectronics industries.

Freshman Year Fall Spring
Chemistry 1A and 1AL– General Chemistry or Chemistry 4A – General Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis1 4
E 7- Introduction to Computer Programming for Scientists & Engineers or CS 61A – Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs 4
Mathematics 1A – Calculus 4
Mathematics 1B – Calculus 4
Physics 7A – Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4
Reading and Composition Course from List A2 4
Reading and Composition Course from List B2 4
Humanities/Social Science Course2 3-4
Optional Freshman Seminar or E 92 (Survey Course)  1  1
Total 15-17 16-17
Sophomore Year
CS 61B or 61BL – Data Structures 4
MSE 45 – Properties of Materials 3
MSE 45L-Properties of Materials Laboratory 1
EE 16A – Designing Information Devices and Systems I 4
Mathematics 53 – Multivariable Calculus 4
Mathematics 54 – Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 4
Physics 7B – Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4
Physics 7C – Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4
Humanities/Social Science Course2 3-4
Total 16 15-16
Junior Year
CS 61C or 61CL– Machine Structures or EE 16B – Designing Information Devices II 4
E 40 – Engineering Thermodynamics or Physics 112 – Statistical and Thermal Physics 4
EE 105 – Microelectronic Devices and Circuits 4
EE 126 – Probability and Random Processes or Statistics 134 – Concepts of Probability 3-4
MSE 102 – Bonding, Crystallography, and Crystal Defects 3
MSE 103 – Phase Transformations and Kinetics 3
MSE 104 – Characterization of Materials 4
Physics 137A – Quantum Mechanics 4
Total 15 14-15
Senior Year
EE 117 – Electromagnetic Fields and Waves 4
EE 140 – Linear Integrated Circuits, EE 141-Digital Integrated Circuits (through Spring 2015), EECS 151 – Introduction to Digital Design and Integrated Circuits+151LA – Application Specific Integrated Circuits Laboratory4, or EECS 151-Introduction to Digital Design and Integrated Circuits+151LB – Field-Programmable Gate Array Laboratory4 4-5
MSE 111 – Properties of Electronic Materials or EE 130 – Integrated Circuit Devices 4
MSE 130 – Experimental Materials Science 3
Physics 141A – Solid State Physics 4
Technical Electives3 6-8
Humanities/Social Science Courses2 3-4 3-4
Total 18-20 13-16

1. Chemistry 4A is intended for students majoring in chemistry or a closely related field.

2. The Humanities/Social Science (H/SS) requirement includes two approved reading and composition courses and four additional approved courses, with which a number of specific conditions must be satisfied. Reading and Composition “A” and “B” must be completed by no later than the end of the sophomore year. The remaining courses may be taken at any time during the program. See for complete details and a list of approved courses.

3. Technical electives must include two courses:

  1. one from the following: CS 150 (through Spring 2015); EE 118, 143; EECS 151+151LA4, EECS 151+151LB4; and
  2. at least 3 units from the MSE 120 series.

4. EECS 151+151LA/LB may be used to fulfill only one requirement.

* A minimum of 120 units is required for graduation.