Materials Science & Engineering BS / Materials Science & Engineering MS

Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering (BSMSE) and Masters of Science in Materials Science and Engineering (MSMSE)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 225.5
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 14.1801
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 17-2131

About the Program

The Materials Science and Engineering BS/MS program allows students to develop technical depth and breadth in their professional and related area, which enhances their professional productivity, whether in industry or as they proceed to the PhD. Their undergraduate courses provide the necessary technical prerequisite understanding and skills for the graduate studies, a natural progression. Because the technical concepts of engineering are common, the MS in a related discipline is readily achieved. 

Admission Requirements

Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4 and have taken coursework sufficient to demonstrate a readiness to take graduate coursework. 

Degree Requirements

General Education/Liberal Studies Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development *1.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
PHIL 315Engineering Ethics3.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience1.0
General Education Electives **12.0
Specialization Track Courses ***6.0
Free Electives6.0
Foundation Requirements
BIO 107Cells, Genetics & Physiology3.0
BIO 108Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory1.0
CHE 350Statistics and Design of Experiments3.0
CHEC 353Physical Chemistry and Applications III4.0
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
CHEM 241Organic Chemistry I4.0
ENGR 111Introduction to Engineering Design & Data Analysis3.0
ENGR 113First-Year Engineering Design3.0
ENGR 131Introductory Programming for Engineers3.0
or ENGR 132 Programming for Engineers
ENGR 210Introduction to Thermodynamics3.0
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
ENGR 231Linear Engineering Systems3.0
ENGR 232Dynamic Engineering Systems3.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
Professional Requirements
MATE 214Introduction to Polymers4.0
MATE 230Fundamentals of Materials II4.0
MATE 240Thermodynamics of Materials4.0
MATE 245Kinetics of Materials4.0
MATE 280Advanced Materials Laboratory4.0
MATE 315Processing Polymers4.5
MATE 341Defects in Solids3.0
MATE 345Processing of Ceramics4.5
MATE 351Electronic and Photonic Properties of Materials4.0
MATE 355Structure and Characterization of Crystalline Materials3.0
MATE 366 [WI] Processing of Metallic Materials4.5
MATE 370Mechanical Behavior of Solids3.0
MATE 410Case Studies in Materials3.0
MATE 455Biomedical Materials3.0
MATE 460Engineering Computational Laboratory4.0
MATE 491 [WI] Senior Project Design I 2.0
MATE 492Senior Project Design II 3.0
MATE 493 [WI] Senior Project Design III 3.0
Master's Courses
MATE 510Thermodynamics of Solids3.0
MATE 512Introduction to Solid State Materials3.0
MATE 897Research6.0
MATE 898 [WI] Master's Thesis9.0
Graduate Selected Core Courses ††12.0
GR Graduate Optional Core Courses 9.0
Graduate Technical Electives 3.0
Total Credits225.5

Sample Plan of Study

5 year, 3 co-op: Non-thesis option

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CHEM 1013.5CHEM 1024.5COOP 101*1.0VACATION
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 1011.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0 
ENGR 1113.0ENGR 131 or 1323.0ENGR 1133.0 
MATH 1214.0MATH 1224.0MATH 2004.0 
UNIV E1011.0PHYS 1014.0PHYS 1024.0 
(UG) General Education Elective**3.0 (UG) General Education Elective**3.0 
 17.5 16.5 18 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BIO 1073.0CHEM 2414.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
BIO 1081.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0  
ENGR 2204.0ENGR 2103.0  
ENGR 2313.0ENGR 2323.0  
PHYS 2014.0MATE 2304.0  
(UG) Free Elective3.0   
 18 17 0 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ECON 2014.0ECON 2024.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
MATE 2144.0MATE 2454.0(GR) Graduate Optional Core Course***3.0(GR) Technical Elective†††3.0
MATE 2404.0MATE 3154.5  
MATE 3553.0MATE 3413.0  
MATE 3703.0(GR) Graduate Selected Core Course3.0  
 18 18.5 3 3
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CHEC 3534.0MATE 3454.5COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
MATE 2804.0MATE 3514.0MATE 8973.0MATE 8973.0
MATE 3664.5PHIL 3153.0  
MATE 4553.0(UG) Track Elective††3.0  
(GR) Graduate Optional Core Course***3.0MATE 5103.0  
 18.5 17.5 3 3
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
CHE 3503.0MATE 4923.0MATE 4103.0 
MATE 4604.0(UG) Track Elective/(GR) Selected Core Course3.0MATE 4933.0 
MATE 4912.0(UG) General Education Elective**3.0(UG) General Education Elective**3.0 
(UG) Track Elective/(GR) Selected Core Course3.0(UG) Free Electives3.0(UG) Track Elective††3.0 
(GR) Graduate Selected Core Course3.0MATE 5123.0(GR) Graduate Selected Core Course3.0 
(GR) Technical Elective3.0(GR) Graduate Selected Core Course3.0(GR) Technical Elective3.0 
 18 18 18 
Total Credits 225.5

5 year, 3 co-op: Thesis option

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CHEM 1013.5CHEM 1024.5COOP 101*1.0VACATION
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 1011.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0 
ENGR 1113.0ENGR 131 or 1323.0ENGR 1133.0 
MATH 1214.0MATH 1224.0MATH 2004.0 
UNIV E1011.0PHYS 1014.0PHYS 1024.0 
(UG) General Education Elective**3.0 (UG) General Education Elective**3.0 
 17.5 16.5 18 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BIO 1073.0CHEM 2414.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
BIO 1081.0ENGL 1033.0  
ENGR 2204.0ENGR 2103.0  
ENGR 2313.0ENGR 2323.0  
PHYS 2014.0MATE 2304.0  
(UG) Free Elective3.0   
 18 17 0 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ECON 2014.0ECON 2024.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
MATE 2144.0MATE 2454.0(GR) Graduate Optional Core Course***3.0(GR) Technical Elective†††3.0
MATE 2404.0MATE 3154.5  
MATE 3553.0MATE 3413.0  
MATE 3703.0(GR) Graduate Selected Core Course3.0  
 18 18.5 3 3
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MATE 2804.0MATE 3454.5COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
MATE 3664.5MATE 3514.0MATE 8973.0MATE 8973.0
MATE 4553.0PHIL 3153.0  
CHEC 3534.0(UG) Track Elective††3.0  
(GR) Graduate Optional Core Course***3.0MATE 5103.0  
 18.5 17.5 3 3
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
CHE 3503.0(UG) General Education Elective**3.0MATE 4103.0 
MATE 4604.0(UG) Free Elective3.0(UG) MSE Elective3.0 
(UG) MSE Elective2.0(UG) MSE Elective3.0(UG) General Education Elective**3.0 
(UG) Track Elective/(GR) Selected Core Course3.0(UG) Track Elective/(GR) Selected Core Course3.0(UG) Track Elective††3.0 
MATE 8983.0MATE 5123.0MATE 8983.0 
(GR) Graduate Selected Core Course3.0MATE 8983.0(GR) Graduate Selected Core Course3.0 
 18 18 18 
Total Credits 225.5

Materials Science and Engineering Faculty

Michel Barsoum, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Distinguished Professor. Processing and characterization of novel ceramics and ternary compounds, especially the MAX and 2-D MXene phases.
Jason Baxter, PhD (University of California, Santa Barbara). Associate Professor. Solar cells, semiconductor nanomaterials, ultrafast spectroscopy.
Hao Cheng, PhD (Northwestern University). Assistant Professor. Drug delivery, molecular self-assembly, cell-nanomaterial interactions, regenerative medicine and cell membrane engineering.
Adam K. Fontecchio, PhD (Brown University) Vice Dean, Graduate College. Professor. Electro-optics; remote sensing; active optical elements; liquid crystal devices.
Alexander Fridman, DSc, PhD (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology) Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, John A. Nyheim Endowed University Chair Professor, Director of the Drexel Plasma Institute. Professor. Plasma science and technology; pollutant mitigation; super-adiabatic combustion; nanotechnology and manufacturing.
Yury Gogotsi, PhD (Kiev Polytechnic Institute) Director, A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute. Distinguished University & Trustee Chair Professor. Nanomaterials; carbon nanotubes; nanodiamond; graphene; MXene; materials for energy storage, supercapacitors, and batteries.
Haviva M. Goldman, PhD (City University of New York) Neurobiology and Anatomy. Associate Professor. Understanding how the size and shape of whole bones, as well as the distribution quantity and quality of the mineralized tissue that forms the bone, reflect both evolutionary constraints of skeletal growth and development, and responsiveness to mechanical loading during life.
Lin Han, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Assistant Professor. Nanoscale structure-property relationships of biological materials, genetic and molecular origins soft joint tissue diseases, biomaterials under extreme conditions, coupling between stimulus-responsiveness and geometry.
Maher Harb, PhD (University of Toronto). Assistant Professor. Solid state physics, ultrafast electron diffraction, time-resolved X-ray diffraction, ultrafast lasers, nanofabrication, nano/microfluidics, instrument development, vacuum technologies.
Haifeng Frank Ji, PhD (Chinese Academy of Sciences). Professor. <em>Chemistry</em> Micromechancial sensors for biological and environmental applications; Nanomechanical drug screening technology.
Vibha Kalra, PhD (Cornell University) Chemical and Biological Engineering. Assistant Professor. Electrodes for energy storage and conversion; supercapacitors; Li-S batteries; fuel cells; flow batteries; electrospinning for nanofibers; molecular dynamics simulations; Nanotechnology, polymer nanocomposites.
Richard Knight, PhD (Loughborough University) Associate Department Head and Undergraduate Advisor. Teaching Professor. Thermal plasma technology; thermal spray coatings and education; plasma chemistry and synthesis.
E. Caglan Kumbur, PhD (Pennsylvania State University). Associate Professor. <em>Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics</em> Next generation energy technologies; fuel cell design and development.
Harry G. Kwatny, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) S. Herbert Raynes Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Professor. Dynamic systems analysis; stochastic optimal control; control of electric power plants and systems.
Leslie Lamberson, PhD (California Institute of Technology) P.C. Chou Assistant Professor of Mechanical Angineering. Assistant Professor. Dynamic behavior of materials, dynamic fracture, damage micromechanics, active materials.
Kenneth K.S. Lau, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Chemical and Biological Engineering. Associate Professor. Surface science; nanotechnology; polymer thin films and coatings; chemical vapor deposition.
Christopher Y. Li, PhD (University of Akron). Professor. Soft and hybrid materials for optical, energy, and bio applications; polymeric materials, nanocomposites, structure and properties.
Andrew Magenau, PhD (University of Southern Mississippi). Assistant Professor. Structurally complex materials exhibiting unique physical properties designed and fabricated using an assortment of methodologies involving directed self-assembly, externally applied stimuli, structure-function correlation, and applied engineering principles suited for technologies in regenerative medicine, biological interfacing, catalytic, electronic, and optical applications
Michele Marcolongo, PhD, PE (University of Pennsylvania) Department Head. Professor. Orthopedic biomaterials; acellular regenerative medicine, biomimetic proteoglycans; hydrogels.
Steven May, PhD (Northwestern University). Associate Professor. Synthesis of complex oxide films, superlattices, and devices; materials for energy conversion and storage; magnetic and electronic materials; x-ray and neutron scattering.
Bahram Nabet, PhD (University of Washington) Associate Dean for Special Projects, College of Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering. Professor. Optoelectronics; fabrication and modeling; fiber optic devices; nanoelectronics; nanowires.
Giuseppe R. Palmese, PhD (University of Delaware) Department Head, Chemical and Biological Engineering. Professor. Reacting polymer systems; nanostructured polymers; radiation processing of materials; composites and interfaces.
Ekaterina Pomerantseva, PhD (Moscow State University, Russia). Assistant Professor. Solid state chemistry; electrochemical characterization, lithium-ion batteries, energy generation and storage; development and characterization of novel nanostructured materials, systems and architectures for batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells.
Caroline L. Schauer, PhD (SUNY Stony Brook) Graduate Advisor. Associate Professor. Polysaccharide thin films and nanofibers.
Wan Y. Shih, PhD (Ohio State University). Associate Professor. Piezoelectric microcantilever biosensors development, piezoelectric finger development, quantum dots development, tissue elasticity imaging, piezoelectric microcantilever force probes.
Wei-Heng Shih, PhD (Ohio State University). Professor. Colloidal ceramics and sol-gel processing; piezoelectric biosensors, optoelectronics, and energy harvesting devices; nanocrystalline quantum dots for bioimaging, lighting, and solar cells.
Karl Sohlberg, PhD (University of Delaware). Associate Professor. <em>Chemistry</em> Computational and theoretical materials-related chemistry: (1) complex catalytic materials; (2) mechanical and electrical molecular devices.
Jonathan E. Spanier, PhD (Columbia University) Associate Dean, Strategic Planning, College of Engineering. Professor. Light-matter interactions in electronic materials, including ferroelectric semiconductors, complex oxide thin film science; laster spectroscopy, including Raman scattering.
Kara Spiller, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Professor. Macrophage-biometerial interactions, drug delivery systems, and chronic would healing. Cell-biomaterial interactions, biomaterial design, and international engineering education.
Mitra Taheri, PhD (Carnegie Mellon University) Hoeganeas Associate Professor of Metallurgy. Associate Professor. Development of the ultrafast Dynamic Transmission Electron Microscope (DTEM) for the study of laser-induced microstructural evolution/phase transformations in nanostructured materials; use of various <em>in-situ </em>Transmission Electron Microscopy techniques.
Garritt Tucker, PhD (Georgial Institute of Technology). Assistant Professor. Computational materials science and engineering; microstructural evolutiona nd material behavior in extreme environments; interfacial-driven processes for improving material functionality; multi-scale physics modeling.
Christopher Weinberger, PhD (Stanford University). Assistant Professor. <em>Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics</em> Multiscale materials modeling of mechanical properties including DFT, atomistics, mesoscale and microscale FEM modeling.
Christopher Weyant, PhD (Northwestern University). Associate Teaching Professor.
Margaret Wheatley, PhD (University of Toronto) John M. Reid Professor. Ultrasound contrast agent development (tumor targeting and triggered drug delivery), controlled release technology (bioactive compounds), microencapsulated allografts (<em>ex vivo </em> gene therapy) for spinal cord repair.
Antonios Zavaliangos, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) A.W. Grosvenor Professor. Professor. Constitutive modeling; powder compaction and sintering; pharmaceutical tableting, X-ray tomography.

Emeritus Faculty

Roger D. Corneliussen, PhD (University of Chicago). Professor Emeritus. Fracture, blends and alloys, as well as compounding.
Roger D. Doherty, PhD (Oxford University). Professor Emeritus. Metallurgical processing; thermo-mechanical treatment.
Ihab L. Kamel, PhD (University of Maryland). Professor Emeritus. Nanotechnology, polymers, composites, biomedical applications, and materials-induced changes through plasma and high energy radiation.
Jack Keverian, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Professor Emeritus. Rapid parts manufacturing, computer integrated manufacturing systems, strip production systems, technical and/or economic modeling, melting and casting systems, recycling systems.
Alan Lawley, PhD (University of Birmingham, England). Professor Emeritus. Mechanical and physical metallurgy, powder metallurgy, materials engineering design, engineering education.
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