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About Materials Engineering

Materials Engineering (MATE) is the story of "stuff". All the stuff around you is made of various materials: your plastic toothbrush, porcelain toilet, metal car, and composites sunglasses!

For every manufactured product, choices were made about each material used in its design. Materials engineers are the experts who know which materials can be selected based upon the end user's needs. Materials engineers understand why materials behave the way they do and can develop new materials to fit specific purposes. 

Faculty Advisors

Students on Academic Probation should meet with Dr. Trevor Harding.

For additional information on MATE Faculty please see the Materials Engineering Faculty & Staff Directory Page.

Catalog Changes

These catalog changes apply to MATE majors only.

  • Students following the 2011-13 through 2017-19 catalogs who have switched majors may substitute AERO 121 or BMED 101 or CE 111 or CPE 100 or CSC/CPE 123 or EE 111 or ENVE 111 or ENGR 110 or IME 101 or ME 128 or ME 229 for MATE 110.  A petition is not required.
  • Students following the 2013-15 through 2017-19 catalogs may substitute MATE 280 (4) for MATE 380 (4).  A petition is not required.
  • Students following the 2013-15 through 2017-19 catalogs may substitute MATE 320 (4) for MATE 222 (4).  A petition is not required.
  • Transfer students following the 2005-07 through 2017-19 catalogs may substitute 3 1/2 excess units from a CHEM 124 equivalent course + 1/2 excess unit from a PHYS 131 or 141 or 132 or 133 equivalent course for CHEM 128 (4). A petition is not required.

  • Transfer students and change of major students following the 2009-11 through 17-19 catalogs can substitute CPE 101 (or transfer equivalent) for CSC 231/234.  A petition is not required.

  • Students following the 2013-15 through 2017-19 catalogs may use ENGR 459 + ENGR 460 + ENGR 461 (6 total units) for MATE 482 + MATE 483 + MATE 484 (5 total units).  The excess unit from ENGR 459 series can be used toward techical elective or technical breadth elective.  A petition is not required.

  • Students following the 2009-11 through 2015-17 catalogs may use MATE 410 and MATE 550 or BMED 432 as technical breadth electives.  Note: students can not get credit in both BMED 432 and MATE 550.  A petition is not required.

  • Students following the 2011-13 through 2015-17 catalogs may use CHEM 466 as a technical breadth elective.  A petition is not required.

  • Students following the 2009-11 through 2015-17 catalogs may use BMED 432 or BMED 531/MATE 550 as a technical elective.  Note: only one of these courses may be used as a technical elective.  A petition is not required.

  • Students following the 2011-13 through 2015-17 catalogs may use IME 430 (taken Summer 2016 only) and IME 471 (taken Summer 2016 only) as technical breadth electives.  A petition is not required.

  • Students following the 2017-19 catalog may substitute CHEM 305 (4) or MATE 470 Topic: "Thermodynamics of Materials" (4) for MATE 380 (4).  A petition is not required.

  • Students following the 2011-13 through 2015-17 catalogs may use BMED 401 for a Approved Elective/Technical Breadth Elective.  A petition is not required.

Flowcharts

Department flowcharts provide an example of an academic plan. The flowcharts serve as a guide for planning purposes.  

Curriculum Sheets

Curriculum sheets provide an outline of all the requirements needed to complete a degree.

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