MSE / ME Joint Major

Students interested in the mechanical behavior of materials have the option of pursuing a joint major in materials science and engineering and mechanical engineering. The curriculum addresses key fundamentals of both disciplines, preparing students in materials selection and design for structural and functional applications. Students completing this joint major enter professional positions in the aerospace, automotive, energy, and manufacturing industries, along with many others.

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 4
E 25 – Visualization for Design 2
Mathematics 1A – Calculus 4
Mathematics 1B – Calculus 4
Physics 7A – Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4
Reading and Composition Course from List A 2 4
Reading and Composition Course from List B2 4
Optional Freshman Seminar or E 92 (Survey Course)  1 1
Total 14-15 16-17
Sophomore Year
E 26 – Three-Dimensional Modeling for Design 2
E 27 – Introduction to Manufacturing and Tolerancing 2
MSE 45 – Properties of Materials 3
MSE 45L-Properties of Materials Laboratory 1
Mathematics 53 – Multivariable Calculus 4
Mathematics 54 – Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 4
ME 40 – Thermodynamics 3
ME C85 – Introduction to Solid Mechanics 3
Physics 7B – Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4
Humanities/Social Science Courses2 3-4 3-4
Total 19-20 13-14
Junior Year
Physics 111A – Instrumentation Laboratory or EE 16A – Designing Information Devices and Systems I 3-4
ME 104 – Engineering Mechanics II (Dynamics) 3
ME 106 – Fluid Mechanics 3
ME 109 – Heat Transfer 3
ME 132 – Dynamic Systems and Feedback 3
ME 108 – Introduction to Engineering Materials or MSE 113 – Mechanical Behavior of Engineering Materials 3-4
MSE 102 – Bonding, Crystallography, and Crystal Defects 3
MSE 103 – Phase Transformation and Kinetics 3
MSE 104 – Characterization of Materials 4
Humanities/Social Science Course2 3-4
Total 15-17 16-17
Senior Year
ME 102A – Experimentation and Measurement 4
ME 102B – Mechanical Engineering Design 3
ME 107 – Mechanical Engineering Laboratory 3
MSE 112 – Corrosion 3
MSE 130 – Experimental Materials Science 3
Technical Electives3 6 6
Humanities/Social Science Course2 3-4
Total 16-17 15
  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 coe.berkeley.edu/ hssreq for complete details and a list of approved courses.
  3. A total of 12 upper division technical elective units are required. These must include 6 units of upper-division Mechanical Engineering courses, one of which must be from the following list: ME 101, 110, C117, 119, 128, 130, 135, 146, 165, C176 or Engin 128. In addition, 3 units must be from the MSE 120 series. Technical Electives cannot include any course taken on a P/NP basis; BioE 100; ChemE 185; CS 195, H195; Des Inv 190; Engin 125, 130AC, 140, 157AC; IEOR 172, 185, 186, 190 series, 191, 192, 195; ME 191AC, 190K, 191K. Students may receive up to three units of technical elective credit for work on a research project in MSE H194 or ME H194 or ME 196. Other letter-graded research courses may be approved by petition.

* A minimum of 120 units is required for graduation.