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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Option in Materials Engineering (code MAE_BS03) (135 units)

Modern engineering applications in all fields require new materials with properties well beyond those obtainable with the alloys available years ago. New materials, such as composites, ceramics, polymers, semiconductors and their manufacturing processes, are needed for such diverse applications as air transports, undersea deep submergence vessels, magnetic and semiconducting devices. Scientific knowledge in this area has expanded recently at a rate comparable to that experienced by the field of electronics. The materials option is offered to meet the demand for materials oriented engineers.

Course work is directed towards the understanding of the properties of materials in terms of their atomic structure, and emphasis is placed on the behavior of materials in engineering applications. The laboratories have equipment for studies in this field and include facilities for the determination of crystal structure, microscopic and X‑ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscope examination of solids, thermal and mechanical treatment and the determination of properties at low and high temperatures.

Degree Progress

Students must complete the following requirements within one calendar year of declaring the major. Some students may need to take courses during Summer Session to meet these requirements. At the end of the year, students who have not met the requirements must either declare another major or meet with an Academic Advisor to determine if the student's performance in the courses merits an additional semester to complete.

First-Time Freshmen: A grade "C" or better must be achieved in MATH 122 within one calendar year.

Transfer Students: A grade "C" or better must be achieved in MATH 123 and PHYS 151 within one calendar year.


Minimum 135 units including University General Education requirements.

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • CE 205 Analytical Mechanics I (Statics) (3)
    • CH E 200 Chemical Engineering Fundamentals (3)
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    • EE 211 Electric Circuits I (3)
    • EE 211L Electric Circuits Laboratory (1)
    • ENGR 101 Introduction to Engineering Profession (1)
    • MAE 172 Engineering Design Graphics I (3)
    • MAE 205 Computer Methods in Mechanical Engr (2)
    • MAE 272 Introduction to Manufacturing Processes (2)
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)

Upper Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • CE 406 Cost Engineering and Analysis (3)
    • CH E 415 Occupational and Environ Safety Engineeering and Managment (3)
    • ECON 300 Fundamentals of Economics (3)
    • EE 420 Solid State Electronic Devices (3)
    • MAE 322 Engineering Materials and Materials Processes (3)
    • MAE 330 Engineering Thermodynamics I (3)
    • MAE 361 Materials and Properties Lab (1)
    • MAE 371 Analytical Mechanics II (Dynamics) (3)
    • MAE 373 Mechanics of Deformable Bodies (3)
    • MAE 374 Mechanical Properties of Materials (1)
    • MAE 375 Kinematics and Dynamics of Mechanisms (3)
    • MAE 409 Modern Computational Aspects in ME (3)
    • MAE 459 Professional Practice Seminar (1)
    • MAE 490 Special Topics (3)
    • MATH 370A Applied Mathematics I (3)
  • Take approved engineering elective courses.

For more information on admission to this program, please contact Dr. Jalal Torabzadeh, Undergraduate Advisor, Mechanical Engineering Program.

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