MSE / NE Joint Major

The interface between materials science and engineering and nuclear engineering is an especially challenging and rewarding one, giving students in this joint major an exciting range of options. With a sound curriculum steeped in the fundamentals, the joint major program prepares students to fully understand the behavior of materials in a reactor environment, including their design and optimization. Students completing this joint major will successfully compete for positions in the energy sector.

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
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
NE 24 – Freshman Seminar  1
Humanities/Social Science Course2 3-4
Total 16-17 16
Sophomore Year
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 C85 – Introduction to Solid Mechanics 3
Physics 7B – Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4
Physics 7C – Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4
NE 100 – Introduction to Nuclear Engineering 3
Humanities/Social Science Courses2 3-4
Total 15-16 14
Junior Year
E 40 – Engineering Thermodynamics 4
MSE 102 – Bonding Crystallography and Crystal Defects 3
MSE 103 – Phase Transformation and Kinetics 3
MSE 104 – Characterization of Materials 4
NE 101 – Nuclear Reactions and Radiation 4
NE 104 – Radiation Detection Lab 4
NE 150 – Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Theory 4
Technical Electives4 7
Humanities/Social Science Course2 3-4
Total 18 18-19
Senior Year
MSE 111 – Properties of Electronic Materials 4
MSE 112 – Corrosion 3
MSE 113 – Mechanical Behavior of Materials 3
MSE 130 – Experimental Materials Science 3
NE 120 – Nuclear Materials 4
NE 170A – Nuclear Engineering Design 3
Technical Electives4 9 3
Humanities/Social Science Course from Ethics List2,3 3-4
Total 16 16-17

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.Students must take one course with ethics content. This may be fulfilled within the Humanities/Social Science (H/SS) requirement by taking one of the following courses: Anthropology 156B; BioE 100; Engineering 125, 157AC; Environmental Science, Policy and Management 161, 162; Geography 31; IAS 157AC; Interdisciplinary Studies 100E; Letters and Science 160B; ME 191AC; Philosophy 2, 104, 107; Sociology 116.

4.Students must complete 16 units of upper division technical electives which must include at least 9 units of upper division nuclear engineering courses and at least 3 units from the MSE 120 series courses. The additional 4 units of upper division technical electives must be chosen in consultation with a faculty adviser. Technical electives cannot include any course taken on a P/NP basis; BioE 100; ChemE 185; CS 195, H195; Des Inv courses (except Des Inv 190E); Engin 125,157AC, 180; IEOR 172, 185, 186, 190 series, 191, 192, 195; ME 191AC, 190K, 191K. Students may receive up to 3 units of technical elective credit for graded research in MSE H194 or NE H194.

* A minimum of 120 units is required for graduation.