The Chemistry/Materials Science Interdepartmental Program provides undergraduates an opportunity to pursue a major that encompasses both engineering and physical science.
The Chemistry/Materials Science Interdepartmental Program provides undergraduates an opportunity to pursue a major that encompasses both engineering and physical science. It is an undergraduate program only, leading to a B.S. degree in the College of Letters and Science. Students in the program develop a strong background in chemistry as well as explore the properties and applications of engineering materials. A notable aspect of the major is that it offers students a much stronger grounding in the fundamentals of chemistry than any other engineering program. Graduates of the program are well prepared for careers in the microelectronics, aerospace, biomedical and energy industries where the synthesis and processing of new materials are strongly dependent on chemical methods. In addition, the program provides excellent preparation for graduate studies.
The preparation for the CHEMISTRY/MATERIALS SCIENCE major is virtually identical to that of the CHEMISTRY major. The required chemistry courses include a number of the same courses specified for the Physical Chemistry Concentration. These are combined with materials science classes which introduce students to the processing, characterization, and properties of metals, ceramics, polymers and semiconductors. Students experience few difficulties in terms of course preparation or prerequisites as they cross-over from chemistry and take upper division materials science courses.
Preparation for the Major
- Chemistry 20A (H), 20B (H), 20L, 30A(H), 30AL
- Mathematics 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A
- Physics 1A(H), 1B(H), 1C(H), 4BL
- Materials Science 104
Chemistry and Biochemistry Courses: 110A, 113A, 171, 185, [172 OR C180 OR C181]
One Chemistry Elective: 110B, C113B, 172, C174, C175, C176, C180, C181
One Chemistry Laboratory Elective: 114, 184
Materials Science Courses: 110, 110L, 120, 131, [121 OR 150 OR 160]
Two Materials Science Electives: 111, 121, 122, 132, 150, 160, 162, CM180
One Materials Science Laboratory Elective: 121L, 131L, 161L