UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

Materials Science & Engineering

In today's world there is a constant demand for new materials of superior quality or with particular combinations of properties. It is the task of the materials engineer to use chemical and physical processes to provide new materials, more useful and valuable products, and improvements in the properties of existing materials on a cost-effective basis.

Materials engineering, like other branches of engineering, is based on mathematics, physics, and chemistry.

Necessarily, the engineer must work with every type of material, whether it be metal, glass, plastic, or naturally occurring rock or wood; and electrical conductors, semiconductors, or insulators, transparent or otherwise. The variety of available materials is as wide as the applications; to use them to good effect, the engineer must understand the nature of the substances that might be used for a particular purpose and the chemical and physical processes that are involved in their production.

Being in a central position in the development and design of new products, the materials engineer has excellent and varied career opportunities, extending from fundamental research through primary production processes and subsequent manufacturing to quality control and failure analysis.

Mission Statement: The Materials Department is committed to provide comprehensive undergraduate and graduate education in Materials Engineering, outstanding research, and service to our students, College, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the community, as well as to active participation in professional societies.

Program Educational Objectives: The educational objectives of the undergraduate Materials Engineering Program are:

  1. Graduates have successful careers in materials engineering and/or related fields, including graduate education.
  2. Graduates utilize their materials engineering knowledge to address contemporary issues for society.
  3. Graduates apply their knowledge of materials engineering to problem solving and projects in their chosen field of employment.

Accreditation: The materials engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, (410) 347-7700.

Materials Minor. The Materials minor is directed toward students who want to strengthen their background in materials engineering. The 18-credit minor requires MatlEng 330, 402, and 451. Choose any three additional courses from the following list: MatlEng 380, 410, 411, 421, 431, 442, 455, 461, 465, 471, and 481. More information on the minor may be obtained from the Materials Department, (414) 229-5181.


The minimum number of credits required to complete the Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in materials engineering is 124. Students who need background preparation courses in math, English, foreign language, and chemistry may need additional credits.

Engineering Core Courses: 24 credits

EAS 200

Professional Seminar


Ind Eng 367

Introductory Statistics for Physical Sciences and Engineering Students


CompSci 240

Introduction to Engineering Programming


Civ Eng 201



Civ Eng 202



Civ Eng 303

Strength of Materials


MatlEng 201

Engineering Materials


ElecEng 301

Electrical Circuits I


Materials Engineering Major: 28 credits

MatlEng 330

Materials and Processes in Manufacturing


MatlEng 402

Physical Metallurgy


MatlEng 410

Mechanical Behavior of Materials


MatlEng 411

Materials Laboratory


MatlEng 442

Thermodynamics of Materials


MatlEng 443

Transport and Kinetics in Materials Processing


MatlEng 452

Ceramic Materials


MatlEng 453

Polymeric Materials


MatlEng 490

Senior Design Projects I


MatlEng 491

Senior Design Projects II



Mathematics Requirement: 14-16 credits1

One of the following Calculus sequences must be completed:

Math 231-232-233
Math 221-222 (Honors)
ElecEng 234 (Analytical Methods in Engineering)

Chemistry Requirement: 5-10 credits1

One of the following sequences must be completed:

Chem 105 (Suggested)
Chem 102-104

Physics Requirement: 10 credits

Physics 219-220
Physics 209-214 & 210-215

GER Distribution Requirement: 15 credits







English 310

Writing, Speaking, and Technoscience in the 21st Century


Social Science




One of the arts, humanities, or social science courses selected must also meet the UWM cultural diversity requirement.

Free Electives: 4 credits

English Composition Requirement: 0-6 credits1

The English Composition requirement is satisfied by:

  1. Earning a satisfactory score on the English placement test, or
  2. Earning a grade of C or higher in English 102.

Foreign Language Requirement: 0-8 (for students starting fall 1999 or later)

The foreign language requirement can be completed with one of these options:

  1. Two years of a single foreign language in high school;
  2. Two semesters of a single foreign language in college; or
  3. Demonstrate ability by examination.

1 Placement Examinations. Once admitted to UWM, most engineering students are required to take placement examinations in mathematics, English, and chemistry. Students with previous college-level credits in these areas may not be required to take placement exams. The placement exams are administered by the UWM Testing Center, Mellencamp Hall, Room B28, (414) 229-4689. The results of these tests help students determine the appropriate course in which to register. Background prerequisite courses may be required in addition to the courses listed above.

Technical Electives – Materials Engineering Major. 24 credits of technical electives are to be selected from the following lists. At least 18 of the Technical Electives credits must be from Groups A1 and A2 as outlined below:

Group A1 Technical Electives (Structure): Select at least 2 courses:

MatlEng 380

Engineering Basics for Materials


MatlEng 461

Environmental Degradation of Materials


MatlEng 465/
MechEng 465

Friction and Wear


MatlEng 481

Electronic Materials


MatlEng 483

Materials for Energy Systems


MatlEng 485

Introduction to Biomaterials


MatlEng 511

Advanced Materials Characterization


Group A2 Technical Electives (Processing): Select at least 2 courses:

MatlEng 421

Metal Casting Engineering


MatlEng 431

Welding Engineering


MatlEng 455

Engineering Opposites


MatlEng 460

Nanomaterials and Nonmanufacturing


MatlEng 471

Engineering Composites


Group B Technical Electives: Select no more than 6 credits:


Co-op Work Period1


English 206

Technical Writing


Ind Eng 112

Engineering Drawing and Computer-Aided Design/Drafting


Ind Eng 360

Engineering Economic Analysis


Math 413

Introduction to Numerical Analysis


MatlEng 699

Independent Study


MechEng 110

Engineering Fundamentals I


MechEng 111

Engineering Fundamentals II


Any Physics course 250 level or above
Chem 104 (3 credits), 221, and any Chemistry course 300 level or above
Any BME, Civ Eng, CompSci, ElecEng, Ind Eng, MechEng 300 level or above
Any Biology course 150 or above
Any Geoscience course 300 level or above

English 428, 429, 435


1 Students who earn 3 or more credits of Co-op may use 3 of those credits as approved technical electives.


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