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Materials Science and Engineering Program

2019-20 Materials Science & Engineering UG Program (BS, BSH, MINOR)

UG Director: Nick Melosh, nmelosh@stanford.edu
Student Services: Jacob Wilson, 113 Durand, jdwilson@stanford.edu
Department Chair: Alberto Salleo

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE/MATSCI) essential to the practice of engineering and technology as all facets of engineering depend critically on the materials utilized for specific applications, ranging from semiconductors for computer chips to polymers for new electronic devices.

One important goal of this work involves the development of processes for altering the structure of materials and thereby controlling their properties. This field brings together, in a unified discipline, developments in Physics, Chemistry and Biology that can be, and in fact are, applied to modern materials of technological, engineering, and scientific significance. Materials scientists and engineers utilize a distinctive suite of characterization techniques such as advanced electron microscopes that probe materials structure down to the atomic level. Moreover, our faculty is becoming increasingly involved with nano-technology, energy-related materials and bio-chemical processing.

Students who are interested in both science and its application to important technological problems should consider a career in Materials Science and Engineering. The Undergraduate Program n Materials Science and Engineering provides basic training for those who wish to become materials engineers, and it provides a foundation for more advanced work in the field. Such advanced study enables students to respond effectively to technological change. Able undergraduate Materials Science and Engineering students are encouraged to take at least one year of graduate study in the Stanford Coterminal degree program (see application deadlines at the bottom of this page) to extend their coursework and to obtain training in research. Conterminal degree programs are also recommended for any related undergraduate majors. Current research strengths of the department include nano-scale materials, bio-materials, energy and environmental materials, transmission electron microscopy, microelectronic materials science, structure and properties of thin film materials, semiconductors, magnetic materials, photovoltaic and photonic materials, metamaterials, mechanics and mechanical properties of solids, synthesis and applications of nanostructured materials, and computer modeling of materials behavior and processing of metals and alloys.

Research Experience for Undergraduates

It is possible for students to participate in current research projects with the department faculty and their research groups. The department plans to continue its summer research program through a grant from the School of Engineering/Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education in the 2018-2019 year. Information about individual programs may be obtained from the MSE department home page. Arrangements may also be made by direct consultation with the relevant professor.

Students who wish to receive further information about the programs in Materials Science and Engineering should contact Dr. Ryan Brock or Jacob Wilson.

ePS Planning Sheet

MATSC 2018-19 Program Sheet

MATSC 2018-19 4-Year Plans

MATSC 2018-19 Flowchart

Program Requirements

School of Engineering (SoE) Requirements

This set of requirements is monitored by the SoE and is required for all engineering majors. Petitions to transfer credit, deviate from the requirements, or approve appropriate AP credit must be made to the SoE Dean’s Office of Student Affairs in 135 Huang .

Mathematics and Science (40 units combined, minimum)

◦ Math (20 units minimum): Must include

  • CME100/ENGR 154 or MATH 51

  • CME 104/ENGR 155B or MATH 52

  • CME 102/ENGR 155A or MATH 53

  • 1 additional course1

◦ Science (20 units minimum)2,3,4: Must include a

  • Full year of either physics or chemistry

  • At least one quarter of study in the other subject. AP credit is also acceptable and must be approved by the Dean’s office (see “Approved Courses” page of this website for courses that fulfill the science requirement)

1 See “Approved Courses” page of this website for a list of SoE approved Mathematics & Statistics courses.

2 See “Approved Courses” page of this website for a list of SoE approved Science courses. AP credit is also acceptable with SoE Dean’s Office approval.

3 Choice of Physics or Chemistry may affect choice of MatSci Focus Area. See Focus Area listings later in this section

4 To reach the required 15 units in one year under the Physics option, students should enroll in both the appropriate 4-unit Physics courses and accompanying 1-unit lab courses.

Technology in Society (One course; 3-5 units)

See the “Approved Courses” page of this website for courses that fulfill the TIS requirement.The course chosen must be on the Approved list the year it is taken.

School of Engineering (SoE) Fundamentals

(Two courses minimum: one of the ENGR 50 options and one elective)

Course

Title

Units

One of the following courses3:

ENGR 50

Introduction to Materials Science – Nanotechnology3

4

ENGR 50E

Introduction to Materials Science – Energy3

4

ENGR 50M

Introduction to Materials Science – Biomaterials3

4

One additional course from the SoE ENGR Fundamentals list on Approved Page of UGHB website (3-5 units)

3 Students may choose to count a second ENGR 50/50E/50M course as part of the MSE fundamental requirements (one must be taken as a SoE fundamental requirement).

Departmental Requirements: MSE Fundamentals, Depth, & Focus Area Options

These requirements are specified and monitored by the department of Materials Science and Engineering. Petitions for exceptions must be made to the department. The MATSCI 140-150 series represents a stand-alone curriculum, which is recommended for undergraduates. The 190 series courses are advanced level courses, which may be substituted for the equivalent 150 series courses or can be taken as follow-on courses.

MSE Fundamentals (24 units)

All of the following courses:

Course Title Units

MATSCI 142

Quantum Mechanics of Nanoscale Materials 

4

MATSCI 143

Nanostructure and Characterization

4

MATSCI 1444

Thermodynamic Evaluation of Green Energy Technologies4

4

MATSCI 145

Nanomaterials Synthesis

4

 

Two courses from Undergraduate Core Courses and Advanced Level Courses:

Undergraduate Core Courses

Course Description Units
MATSCI 151   Microstructure and Mechanical Properties 4
MATSCI 152 Electronic Materials Engineering 4
MATSCI 156 Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, and Batteries: Materials for the Energy Solution 4
MATSCI 158   Soft Matter in Biomedical Devices, Microelectronics, and Everyday Life 4

Advanced Level Courses:

Course Description Units
MATSCI 190   Organic and Biological Materials 4
MATSCI 192 Materials Chemistry 4
MATSCI 193  Atomic Arrangements in Solids 4
MATSCI 194  Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria 4
MATSCI 195 Waves and Diffraction in Solids  4
MATSCI 196  Imperfections in Crystalline Solids 4
MATSCI 197  Rate Processes in Materials 4
MATSCI 198   Mechanical Properties of Materials 4
MATSCI 199  Electronic and Optical Properties of Solids 4

4 ENGR 30 (if taken 2016-17 or before)) can be substituted for MATSCI 144 (previously MATSCI 154), but cannot be used for both the SoE fundamental and MSE Fundamentals requirements. No petition is required for this substitution as long as a student’s overall units (including SoE Fundamentals and all MSE requirements) total 60 or more units.If ENGR 30 is substituted for MATSCI 144, MSE Fundamentals may contain only 23 units.

MSE Depth (16 units)

Course

Title

Units

4 of the following courses (at least one course must be WIM)

 

MATSCI 160

Nanomaterials Laboratory

4

MATSCI 161

Nanocharacterization Laboratory (satisfies WIM requirement)

4

MATSCI 162

X-Ray Diffraction Laboratory

4

MATSCI 163

Mechanical Behavior Laboratory

4

MATSCI 164

Electronic & Photonic Materials and Devices Lab (satisfies WIM req’t)

4

MATSCI 165

Nanoscale Materials Physics Computation Laboratory

4

Focus Area Options

(Choose one area; 4 courses with a minimum of 13 units 7)

Each focus area option below includes a recommendation for either a background in Physics or Chemistry, as well as a short description and list of recommended courses. Recommended class lists are not necessarily exhaustive and students are encouraged to explore the full catalog of relevant courses in the School of Engineering when designing a focus area option that matches their areas of interest.

BioEngineering

One year of Chemistry recommended

Students pursuing this focus area will learn more about biocompatible, biomimetic, or even naturally occurring biological materials, along with how they can be engineered or otherwise created.

Course

Title

Units

BIOE 80

Introduction to Bioengineering

4

BIOE 220

Intro to Imaging and Image-based Human Anatomy

3

BIOE 260

Tissue Engineering

4

BIOE 281

Biomechanics of Movement

3

BIOE 381 Orthopaedic Bioengineering 3

MATSCI 158

Soft Matter in Biomedical Devices, Microelectronics, and Everyday Life

4

MATSCI 190

Organic and Biological Materials

3

MATSCI 225 Bio-Chips and Medical Imaging 3

MATSCI 380

Nano-Biotechnology

3

MATSCI 381

Biomaterials in Regenerative Medicine

3

MATSCI 384

Materials Advances in Neurotechnology: Materials Meeting the Mind

3

Chemical Engineering

One year of Chemistry recommended

Students pursuing this focus area will learn more about the chemistry involved in the synthesis of materials, as well as the design of the systems and processes necessary to create them.

Course

Title

Units

CHEM 171

Physical Chemistry I

3

CHEMENG 130

Separation Processes

3

CHEMENG 140

Micro and Nanoscale Fabrication Engineering

3

CHEMENG 150

Biochemical Engineering

3

MATSCI 158

Soft Matter in Biomedical Devices, Microelectronics, and Everyday Life

4

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Chemistry

One year of Chemistry recommended, including CHEM 35

Students pursuing this focus area will gain a deep foundational knowledge of chemistry

Course

Title

Units

CHEM 151 Inorganic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 153 Inorganic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 171 Physical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 173 Physical Chemistry II 3
CHEM 175 Physical Chemistry III 3
CHEM 181 Biochemistry I 3
CHEM 183 Biochemistry II 3
CHEM 185 Biophysical Chemistry 3

Electronics and Photonics

One year of Physics recommended

Students pursuing this focus area will learn more about the design and function of electronic and/or photonic devices, as well as the underlying principles of physics relevant to their operation.

Course

Title

Units

EE 101A

Circuits I

4

EE 101B

Circuits II

4

EE 102A

Signal Processing and Linear Systems I

4

EE 102B

Signal Processing and Linear Systems II

4

EE 116

Semiconductor Device Physics

3

EE 134

Introduction to Photonics

4

EE 142

Engineering Electromagnetics

4

EE 155

Green Electronics

4

ME 210

Introduction to Mechatronics

4

MATSCI 343

Organic Semiconductors for Electronics and Photonics

3

MATSCI 346

Nanophotonics

3

Energy Technology

One year of Physics recommended

Students pursuing this focus area will learn more about materials used in modern energy technologies, potentially including solar cells, wind turbines, batteries, and fuel cells, as well as other emerging energy production or storage devices.

Course

Title

Units

CEE 107A

Understanding Energy

3-5

EE 155

Green Electronics

4

EE 293B

Fundamentals of Energy Processes

3

MATSCI 156

Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, and Batteries: Materials for the Energy Solution

3

MATSCI 302

Solar Cells

3

MATSCI 303

Principles, Materials, and Devices of Batteries

3

ME 262

Physics of Wind Energy

3

Materials Characterization Techniques

One year of Physics recommended

Students pursuing this focus area will learn more about the tools and techniques used in advanced materials characterization, particularly at the micro- and nanoscale.

Course

Title

Units

APPPHYS 201 Electrons and Photons 4

BIO 232

Advanced Imaging Lab in Biophysics

4

CHEMENG 345

Fundamentals and Applications of Spectroscopy

3

MATSCI 320

Nanocharacterization of Materials

3

MATSCI 321

Transmission Electron Microscopy

3

MATSCI 322

Transmission Electron Microscopy Laboratory

3

MATSCI 323

Thin Film and Interface Microanalysis

3

MATSCI 326

X-Ray Science and Techniques

3

Mechanical Behavior and Design

One year of Physics recommended

Students pursuing this focus area will learn more about the mechanical behavior of materials, including how to characterize them, and how these mechanical properties influence the design of technologies.

Course

Title

Units

AA 240

Analysis of Structures

3

AA 256

Mechanics of Composites

3

MATSCI 198

Mechanical Properties of Materials

4

MATSCI 241

Mechanical Behavior of Nanomaterials

3

MATSCI 358

Fracture and Fatigue of Engineering Materials

3

ME 80

Mechanics of Materials

3

ME 203

Design and Manufacturing

4

Nanoscience

Either Physics or Chemistry

Students pursuing this focus area will learn more about how materials properties change at the nanoscale, including the new and interesting ways in which these changes can be exploited for novel technologies.

Course

Title

Units

ENGR 240

Introduction to Micro and Nano Electromechanical Systems

3

MATSCI 241

Mechanical Behavior of Nanomaterials

3

MATSCI 316

Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology

3

MATSCI 320

Nano-characterization of Materials

3

MATSCI 346

Nanophotonics

3

MATSCI 347

Magnetic Materials in Nanotechnology, Sensing, and Energy

3

MATSCI 380

Nano-Biotechnology

3

Physics

One year of Physics recommended

Students pursuing this focus area will gain a deep foundational knowledge of physics. 

Course

Title

Units

PHYSICS 70

Foundations of Modern Physics

4

PHYSICS 110

Advanced Mechanics

4

PHYSICS 120

Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I

4

PHYSICS 121

Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II

4

PHYSICS 130

Quantum Mechanics I

4

PHYSICS 131

Quantum Mechanics II

4

PHYSCIS 134

Advanced Topics in Quantum Mechanics

4

PHYSICS 170

Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory & Statistical Mechanics I

4

PHYSICS 171

Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory & Statistical Mechanics II

4

PHYSICS 172

Solid State Physics

3

Self-Defined Focus

Either Physics or Chemistry

Student may petition for approval of a self-defined option containing a minimum of 12 units (4 courses) that comprise a cohesive program of study.

7 If the focus area option contains only 12 units, but the combined unit total in major (SoE Fundamentals, MSE Fundamentals, MSE Depth, MSE Focus Area) is at 60 or more, it will be allowed and no petition is necessary.

MSE Major Unit Requirement

Combined units from the following group of courses must total a minimum of 60 units. Units cannot be counted under more than one category.
SoE Fundamentals 7-9 units
MSE Fundamentals 24 units
MSE Depth 16 units
Focus Area Options4 13 units

By adding these 60 units to the 40 required math and science units and the minimum of 3 units for the Technology in Society course, your Materials Science undergraduate major program will require a minimum of 103 units of the 180 you need to graduate. Your advanced placement math and science units from high school may count toward the 40 units of basic math and science, thereby allowing you more electives during your Stanford career.

MATSC Coterm Information

Dept Application Deadline Contact Informational Website
MATSC 10/18/19 for Win 19-20
01/31/20 for Spr 19-20
07/17/20 for Aut 19-20

Jacob Wilson

jdwilson@stanford.edu

Mara Violanti

marav@stanford.edu

https://mse.stanford.edu/academics/undergraduate-program/coterminal-masters

msestudentservices@stanford.edu

Declaring a Major in Materials Science & Engineering

  • Enter your major declaration for Materials Science & Engineering in Axess (see Note 1).
  • Send email to Jacob WIlson, student services specialist, at jdwilson@stanford.edu, notifying him of you major declaration.
  • Download and complete the MSE Program Sheet. When completing the Program Sheet, include courses you plan to take as well as those you have already taken. Print your unofficial Stanford transcript from Axess and attach to your Program Sheet.
  • Review the list of MatSci faculty members (and their research themes) on the MSE website at http://mse.stanford.edu/people, and reach out directly to your top choice to see if they would be willing to take on a new advisee.
  • Meet with your major advisor to review the program sheet and have your advisor sign to approve it.
  • Procedures for requesting transfer/AP credits and program deviations are described in detail on the Petitions page. The relevant forms may be downloaded from the same page. SoE petitions must be approved by SoE Dean’s Office of Student Affairs in Huang 135.
  • Return completed Program Sheet to Jacob Wilson in Durand Building 113.

Note: Stanford requires the declaration of a major by the end of sophomore year. The department will accept later declarations from students who change major