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Undergraduate Academic Options

Please review our academic options and possibilities below

Bachelor of Science in Materials Engineering

The MSE department offers a 5-year BS degree as well as accelerated BS/MS (5-year) and BS/PhD (approximately 7 years) degree options, for students who meet the requirements. The undergraduate BS program consists of five major components: the Engineering Core Curriculum, the Core MSE Curriculum, Tracks for students' technical electives, a capstone Senior Design, and the Co-op Experience.

Freshman YearCommon Engineering CoursesVacation!
Sophomore YearCommon CoursesCo-op
Pre-Junior YearMaterials CoursesCo-op
Junior YearMaterials CoursesCo-op
Senior YearMaterials CoursesGraduation!

Drexel Engineering Core Curriculum (Years 1 & 2)

The Engineering Core Curriculum is an innovative, introductory curriculum, which covers the first two years of the program and is essentially common for all engineering students — the primary difference being that MSE majors need to take MATE 221 in the winter term of their sophomore year. Courses taken in the first two years provide students with the fundamental math, science and engineering skills and knowledge required for the core MSE curriculum, In the spring term of the sophomore year, students having the fundamental knowledge in engineering start their first six-month Co-op position.

The Core MATE Curriculum (Years 3, 4, & 5)

Beginning in the pre-junior or third year, students focus on the core MSE curriculum, which includes the choice of a track in one of the following areas: Advanced Materials Design and Processing, Biomaterials, Electronic and Photonic Materials, Nanoscale Materials and Nanotechnology, Soft Materials and Polymers, or a “custom” track, which enables students to focus their technical elective courses in an area of specialized interest.

The Co-Op Program (Years 2, 3, & 4)

The Drexel cooperative education (Co-op) program, organized by the Steinberg Career Development Center (SCDC) enables students to balance classroom theory with practical experience prior to graduation. Every BS undergraduate student spends three six-month Co-op periods working in industry or in a research laboratory. Through their Co-op experiences, students gain valuable real-world skills that lead to improved learning and enhanced professional development. BS/MS students have the option of waiving their third Co-op to finish the MS portion of their degree.

Students interested in pursuing either the BS/MS or BS/PhD accelerated degree programs may be provisionally accepted upon entering Drexel. Once they reach their pre-junior year, students meeting the credit and GPA requirements can formally apply.

B.S./M.S. Combined Degree in Materials Engineering

Our combined B.S./M.S. degree, like our B.S. degree program, is a 5-year program that allows students to take courses instead of a third co-op if needed. The junior and senior years of study are spent taking a combination of required undergraduate and graduate courses.

Freshman YearCommon Engineering CoursesVacation!
Sophomore YearCommon CoursesCo-op
Pre-Junior YearMaterials CoursesCo-op
Junior YearMaterials Courses
Senior YearMaterials CoursesGraduation!

What is the Bachelor's/Master's (B.S./M.S.) Dual Degree Program?

It is an accelerated program providing the academically qualified student an opportunity to earn both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in program areas of his/her choice in five years, the time normally required to finish a bachelor's degree alone.

What are the real world advantages of completing the B.S./M.S. program?

The program combines the practical work experience of Drexel undergraduate cooperative education with the graduate credentials of an advanced degree. Students may earn both degrees in the same major, or may complete their master's degree in a different field. With both an undergraduate and graduate degree and practical work experience, B.S./M.S. graduates enter the work force with specialized knowledge and training—a definite plus which can give the Drexel B.S./M.S. student a wide range of career opportunities.

How can I complete two degrees and co-op in five years?

This is a demanding program. But several benefits are built into the B.S./M.S. dual degree program which make it possible to do in the time allotted. For instance, 12 fewer undergraduate credits are required for the degree. Also, co-op experiences may be adjusted (2 co-op periods instead of 3) giving the B.S./M.S. student two additional quarters to take courses. If needed, students may take one evening course per term while on co-op.

Who is eligible to apply for the program?

Exceptional students with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 and who are enrolled as five-year co-op students are eligible for the program. Students formally apply for the program after they have completed 90 credits and before completion of 120 credits, but are strongly encouraged to begin planning for it as early as their freshman year.

What is the application process?

Interested students must make formal application for the program to their dean. The application is accompanied by a Plan of Study, prepared in consultation with an undergraduate and graduate advisor and approved by-the department head and dean. Approval of entry into the program is granted by the undergraduate and graduate department heads and the academic dean.

What are the requirements?

Students enrolled in the B.S./M.S. program must complete 181 undergraduate quarter credits for the bachelor's degree and at least 45 graduate quarter credits for the master's degree. All graduate department requirements must be satisfied in full, including a thesis, if required by the program. Master's thesis requirements may be completed in the summer term of the final year with prior approval. B.S./M.S. students work closely with the program advisor to make sure that they are following their plan of study and progressing appropriately.

For additional information, please contact Yenneeka Long.

B.S./Ph.D. Combined Degree in Materials Engineering

The College of Engineering's accelerated B.S./Ph.D. program, SuperNOVA, combines high-level research with the core engineering and departmental curricula required for a bachelor's degree. As early as their first year, SuperNOVA students begin working with faculty advisors, who guide them through research plans that are intended to culminate in the students' theses. Students and advisors work together to develop a personalized, research-intensive accelerated program that will result in an integrated B.S. and Ph.D. in as little as six or seven years as opposed to the traditional track of eight, nine or more years of sequential study.

Double Major including Materials Engineering

In addition to the courses taken by all engineering students in the freshman and sophomore years, students pursuing a Double Major including Materials Engineering must take MATE 130 (Materials Laboratory II) and CHEM 241 (Organic Chemistry I).

The Double Major including Materials Engineering requires the standard Materials curriculum, in addition to the courses required for the students joint major. For students taking a Double Major including Materials Engineering, the Senior Design Project should be performed jointly with the department in which the student is also majoring.

Minor in Materials Science and Engineering

In addition to the core engineering curriculum and the courses required for the major in Chemical, Civil, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, students electing to pursue the Minor in Materials Engineering must take:

  • MATE 221 – Intro. to Mechanical Behavior of Materials (3 credits)

as well as 21 or more credits from the following courses:

  • MATE 214 - Intro. to Polymers (4 credits)
  • MATE 240 - Thermodynamics of Materials (4 credits)
  • MATE 245 - Kinetics of Materials (4 credits)
  • MATE 341 - Defects in Solids (3 credits)
  • MATE 351 - Electronic & Photonic Materials (4 credits)
  • MATE 355 - Structure & Characterization Cryst. Solids (3 credits)
  • MATE 370 - Mechanical Behavior of Solids (3 credits)
  • MATE 455 - Biomedical Materials (3 credits)

Substitution of these courses with equivalent courses offered by other departments and/or institutions may be made with the approval of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering on a case-by-case basis. At least 2/3 of the content of a substitute course must be the same as that of the course in the cited list. Some of the above courses do have prerequisites which are not included in the number of required credits but could possibly be used as technical or free electives in your home department.

Students taking the Minor in Materials Engineering are encouraged to select a Senior Design topic that is relevant to materials.

For additional information, please contact the Academic Program Coordinator, Sarit Kunz.

Minor in Business, Major in MSE

Are you looking to be a leader
in the field of materials science and engineering?
Do you want to use your skills to
pursue entrepreneurial
endeavors and opportunities?
Majoring in Materials
Science and Engineering

with a Minor in Business
may be right for you!

The LeBow College of Business requires taking 6 of the following courses for a minor:

  • ACCT 115: Financial Accounting Foundations
  • BLAW 201: Business Law I
  • BLAW 360: Intellectual property and Cyber Law
  • FIN 301: Introduction to Finance
  • FIN 335: Entrepreneurial Finance
  • MKTG 301 WI: Introduction to Marketing Management
  • MGMT 364: Technology Management
  • MGMT 260: Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • MGMT 365: Business Planning for Entrepreneurs
  • ECON 201: Economics I
  • ECON 202: Economics II

Two of the courses listed, Economics I and II, are required by the MSE B.S. curriculum. Therefore, a student can receive a business minor by taking 4 of the other courses above in the place of the 3 liberal studies courses and 1 technical elective in the MSE B.S. curriculum. For students participating in the recently introduced specialization tracks program, a reduced track consisting of 3 courses will be decided upon. The business minor results in 3 additional credits compared to the regular curriculum (195 vs. 192).


To find out more about the Business Minor in Materials, please contact Yenneeka Long.

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Last updated Tuesday, February 5, 2013