MSE Major Curriculum

For complete details on the major curriculum and requirements, please consult the College of Engineering Announcement and the Undergraduate Handbook. For help, please see the advisers in Engineering Student Services.

Core Program

Freshman Year Fall Spring
Chemistry 1A and 1AL– General Chemistry or Chemistry 4A – General Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis 4
Chemistry 1B – General Chemistry or Chemistry 4B – General Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis 4
E 7 – Introduction to Computer Programming for Scientists and Engineers 4
Mathematics 1A – Calculus 4
Mathematics 1B – Calculus 4
Physics 7A – Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4
Reading and Composition Course from List A 4
Humanities/Social Science Course1 3-4
Freshman Seminar or E 92 (Optional)  (1)  (1)
Total 15-16 16
Sophomore Year
E 45 – Properties of Materials 3
E 45L – Properties of Materials Laboratory 1
MSE 151- Polymeric Materials 3
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
Reading and Composition Course from List B 4
Total 16 14
Junior Year
E 115 – Engineering Thermodynamics 4
E 117 – Methods of Engineering Analysis** 3
MSE 102 – Bonding, Crystallography and Crystal Defects 3
MSE 103 – Phase Transformations and Kinetics 3
MSE 104 – Characterization of Materials 4
MSE 111 – Properties of Electronic Materials 4
MSE 112- Corrosion 3
Humanities/Social Science Courses1 3  –
Free Elective 3
Total 16 14
Senior Year
MSE 113 – Mechanical Behavior of Materials 3
MSE 130 – Experimental Materials Science 3
MSE 120 Series2 3
Humanities/Social Science Course1 3-5
Free Elective 3-5
Upper Division Engineering Technical Electives3 3-5
Humanities/Social Science Course1 3-4
Humanities/Social Science Course1 3-4
Free Elective 4-5
Total 15-19 13-18

1 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 engineering.berkeley.edu/hss for complete details and a list of approved courses.

2. MSE 120 series course.

3. An upper division Engineering technical elective (course number greater than or equal to 100) is chosen in consultation with the student’s faculty adviser. Technical electives cannot include: any course taken on a P/NP basis; courses numbered 24, 39, 84;  BioE 100; ChemE 185; CS C79, 195, H195; Des Inv 90, 190; Engin 125, 130, 157AC; IEOR 95, 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 (Honors Undergraduate Research). Other letter-graded research courses may be approved by petition.

* A minimum of 120 units is required for graduation.

**For the 2016-2017 academic year MSE undergraduate students can substitute E117 with an upper division math course, except for Math 151, 152. 153, 160 and 191 and above. The course cannot be used to fulfill any other major course requirement.