The Washington State University Pullman Catalog

Materials Science and Engineering

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Materials Science and Engineering (120 Credits)

Criteria for Certification – Materials Science and Engineering Program

The School for Mechanical and Materials Engineering will establish the total number of students to be certified into the Materials Science and Engineering program.

Students should apply for certification in the semester after they have completed the following five courses: MATH 171, MATH 172, CHEM 105, CHEM 106, and PHYSICS 201. Students must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and a C or better grade for each of the five courses listed above to be considered for certification. Transfer students who meet the aforementioned minimum requirements may apply during their first semester at WSU, but no decision will be made until the end of the semester when the final grades become available.

Students need to submit an application for certification to the Undergraduate Student Services office, Sloan 205 or electronically to The application deadline is the Monday after finals week in December and May for the fall and spring semester respectively.

The applicants will be ranked based on the average GPA of the math, science, and engineering courses completed. For those who are borderline, the semester and cumulative GPA will be considered and used as a reference. In addition to GPA, other factors may also be taken into consideration, such as the number of math science, and engineering courses taken at WSU. The committee has the authority to weigh these factors in its decision for certification.

Students who are deficient under the University’s Academic Regulations are subject to decertification. The undergraduate studies committee will determine the eligibility and probation conditions for decertified students who will be permitted to apply for recertification.

Any further questions should be addressed to the Undergraduate Student Services office located in Sloan 205 or to
First Year
First TermCredits
CHEM 105 [PSCI]4
Creative & Professional Arts [ARTS]3
MATH 171 [QUAN]4
MSE 1102
Second TermCredits
Biological Sciences [BSCI]3
CHEM 1064
MATH 1724
Second Year
First TermCredits
CE 2113
Humanities [HUM]3
MATH 2202
MATH 273 2
MSE 2013
Second TermCredits
CE 2153
CPT S 121 or E E 2212 - 4
Diversity [DIVR]3
MATH 3153
ME 2201
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
E E 3042
MSE 3023
MSE 3163
MSE 320 [M]3
MSE 4023
STAT 360 or 3703
Second TermCredits
ME 3102
MSE 3213
MSE 3232
MSE 4013
MSE 4033
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
ME 416 [CAPS]3
MSE 4133
MSE 425 [M]3
Engineering and Science Elective13
Second TermCredits
MSE Elective23
Technical Elective33
Engineering and Science Elective13

1Six credits from BIOLOGY 301, BIO ENG 481, CE 341, CHEM 331, 332, 345, 346, 347, E E 214, ME 212, 303, 304, 313, 316, 348, 414, 449, 461, 472, PHYSICS 303, 304, 463, MBIOS 303, any 400 or 500-level MSE (except Integrated Capstone course in MSE), or any 500-level ME .
2Any 400 or 500-level MSE course except MSE 499 not used to fulfill other requirements.
3Any upper-division CE, CH E, CHEM, CPT S, E E, MATH, ME, MSE, PHYSICS, or STAT course not used to fulfill other requirements(except Integrated Capstone courses in Engineering).

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