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BS Materials Science and Engineering - Structural and Functional Materials

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

30004 USD
9812 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
College of Engineering
Scores accepted
SAT (avg)1449
ACT (avg)31

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About this course

This materials science and engineering undergraduate program offers a BS degree in Materials Science and Engineering with concentrations in Polymer and Fiber materials, Structural and Functional materials and Biomaterials.

This versatile degree combines traditional instruction in ceramic, metallurgy, and polymer and fiber science and engineering with modern materials, including nano-, bio-, composite, electronic, and optical and magnetic materials. Freshmen and sophomores study basic chemistry, physics, mathematics, and engineering science and are introduced to the fundamental aspects of both hard and soft materials.

Two English courses taken in the freshman year provide the foundation for further instruction in communications that is integrated throughout the curriculum.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering program is to produce graduates well-rounded in the fundamentals of materials science and engineering who are prepared to meet the related needs of industry and government, and prepared for advanced academic study in materials-related disciplines.

Program Educational Objectives
The general educational objective of this Materials Science and Engineering undergraduate program is to provide its graduates with the fundamental knowledge to function effectively in materials-related positions in industry, government, and academics. The following specific Program Educational Objectives were established to ensure the attainment of this general objective consistent with the visions and missions of Georgia Tech and the College of Engineering, and ABET Criteria for Evaluating Engineering Programs:

  • To produce graduates with the fundamental knowledge and skills to function effectively in materials science and engineering related positions in industry and government, or to successfully pursue advanced study.
  • To produce graduates who advance in their chosen fields.
  • To produce graduates who function effectively in the global arena.

Grade Requirements
In order to encourage students to explore subjects of personal or professional interest without jeopardizing their GPA, the Institute has a limited pass/fail option. The policy of the School of Materials Science and Engineering regarding the use of pass/fail hours for credit is as follows: no course specifically required by name and number by the materials science and engineering curriculum may be taken on a pass/fail basis and used toward graduation, unless the course is offered only on that basis.

In cases of deficiencies obtained for the intended graduation term, refer to Section VII (on Deficiencies) of the Rules and Regulations published in the on-line General Catalog. Note that a deficiency (e.g., a single D deficiency) obtained the intended graduation term will delay graduation by at least one term.

Transfer Students
Students transferring into Materials Science and Engineering from another university or major should meet with the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Programs to discuss possible course substitutions and plan their remaining coursework.


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Eligibility Criteria

The minimum GPA requirement for high demand majors (Computer Science and Engineering) is 3.3 on a 4.0-grade scale. The GPA requirement for all remaining majors is 3.0 on a 4.0-grade scale.

Multiple GPA reviews are completed as part of the holistic review process.  An overall GPA review includes coursework taken at all previous institutions (domestic and international). Math and lab science GPA reviews include calculus level and higher math and lab science courses.

Applicants are expected to complete each admission-required course sequence (English, mathematics, lab science) with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher. Mathematics and/or lab science courses that do not satisfy Georgia Tech degree requirements may not be included within GPA calculations.  Lab sciences courses require three (3) hour lecture and one (1) hour lab components.

There is a “no grade forgiveness policy” as part of the transfer application review.

Repeat course grades where a “C” grade or higher has already been earned are not included within GPA calculations. Repeat course grades due to withdrawal (WF) or failing grades (below a C grade) are included within GPA calculations.

SAT Subject Tests

  • Students are not required to take SAT Subject Tests for admission to Georgia Tech. However, if you have taken the exams, you are welcome to submit your scores to our office for consideration with your application. You may also earn course credit for Chemistry and/or English subject tests.

AP Scores

  • AP test results that are submitted electronically at the time of application may be reviewed for freshman admission. However, you are not required to submit exam results when you apply. If you are admitted and choose to enroll, we would encourage you to submit all results at that time for possible course credit.

IB Scores

  • IB results are used to award course credit for incoming students. For students attending an IB school that does not award letter or number (0-100) grades, we will use the IB results to evaluate the academic performance for admission.


  • Students who are non-native English speakers are encouraged to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam.

Evaluating your Test Scores

  • All freshman applicants must take the SAT and/or the ACT with writing.
  • We accept both tests and have no preference between the two.
  • We use your highest section scores in the evaluation process.
  • Each time you submit new scores to us, we will update your record with your highest scores.
  • Our bottom line is that testing is only one part of our holistic review, and we want students to be able to put their best foot forward.

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Course Modules


  • APPH 1040     Sci Foundation of Health : 2
  • or APPH 1050            Sci of Phys Act & Health

 Core A - Essential Skills

  • ENGL 1101    English Composition I : 3
  • ENGL 1102    English Composition II ;  3
  • MATH 1712   Survey of Calculus : 4
  • or MATH 1552   Integral Calculus

 Core B - Institutional Options

  • CS 1315      Intro Media Computation

Core C – Humanities

  • Modern Languages*1,2 : 6

Core D - Science, Math, & Technology

  • Lab Science:4
  • PHYS 2211       Intro Physics I*1 :4
  • & MATH 1551     Differential Calculus :2
  • & MATH 1553     Intro to Linear Algebra :2

Core E - Social Sciences

Select one of the following:3

  • HIST 2111       United States to 1877
  • HIST 2112       United States since 1877
  • INTA 1200      American Government
  • POL 1101        Government of the U.S.
  • PUBP 3000      US Constitutional Issues

Select one of the following:3

  • ECON 2100     Economics and Policy
  • ECON 2105     Prin of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 2106     Prin of Microeconomics
  • Any SS :6

Core F - Courses Related to Major

  • CHEM 1211K  Chemical Principles I :4
  • CHEM 1212K  Chemical Principles II :4
  • CHEM 1315      Survey of Organic Chem :3
  • MATH 2551     Multivariable Calculus :4
  • MATH 2552     Differential Equations :4

Ethics Requirement*4

Major Requirements

  • MSE 1111          Introduction to MSE :1
  • MSE 2001          Prin&Appl-Engr Materials :3
  • MSE 2021          Matls Characterization :4
  • MSE 3001          Chemical Thermo-Material:3
  • MSE 3002          Strct Trans-Met,Cer&Poly :3
  • MSE 3005          Mech Behavior-Materials :3
  • MSE 3015          Elec,Optical&Magnet Prop :3
  • MSE 3021          Materials Laboratory I :2
  • MSE 3025          Stats&Numerical Methods :3
  • MSE 3210          Transport Phenomena :3
  • MSE 4022          Materials Laboratory II :2
  • MSE 4410          Capstone Engr Design I :3
  • MSE 4420          Capstone Engr Design II :3
  • MSE 4775          Polymer Science & Engr I :3

Non-Major Requirements

  • COE 2001          Statics :2
  • COE 3001          Deformable Bodies :3
  • ECE 3710           Circuits & Electronics :2
  • ECE 3741           Instrum & Electronic Lab :1
  • ISYE 3025         Engineering Economy :1

Structural & Functional Materials Concentration

  • MSE 4002          Cer Mate-Prop,Proces&App :3
  • MSE 4006          Process&Apps-Engr Alloys :3
  • MSE 4010          Environ Degradation :3

Select one of the following:6

  • MSE 3012        Thermal&Transport Props
  • MSE 3220        Operations & Mgt Methods
  • MSE 3225        Rheology
  • MSE 3230        Polymer & Fiber Process
  • MSE 4004        Materials-Electronic App
  • MSE 4025        Fiber Product Mfg
  • MSE 4140        Polymer Physics
  • MSE 4330        Fund Nanomats&Nanostrucs
  • MSE 4335        Soft Nano Bio Materials
  • MSE 4751        Intro to Biomaterials
  • MSE 4754        Elec Packaging Assembly
  • MSE 4755        Packaging Substrate Fab
  • MSE 4761        Industrial Ctrls & Mfg
  • MSE 4791        Mech Behavior-Composites
  • MSE 4793        Composite Mater& Process

Free Electives

  • Free Electives*3,5 :5

Total Credit Hours :132

Pass-fail only allowed for Free Electives, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

If PHYS 2231 is taken, extra hour goes to Free Electives.
If PHYS 2232 is taken, extra hour goes to Free Electives.
MATH 1113 and PHYS 2XXX(AP credit) are not allowed.
Allow CS 4001 or CS 4002 or HTS 2084 or HTS 3032 or INTA 2030 or LMC 3318 or PHIL 3105or PHIL 3109 or PHIL 3127 or PHIL 4176 or PUBP 3600
ME 1770 is recommended as a Free Elective, depending upon whether the student wishes to enter the work force directly after graduation or intends to pursue a graduate degree. Consultation with the academic advisor is highly recommended.

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How to Apply

Document for Submission :

Application documents may be submitted in the following ways. We strongly recommend electronic submission whenever possible.

Freshman & Dual Enrollment Applicants

  • Electronically via Common App.
  • Electronically through another service, such as Naviance or GaCollege411.
  • By mail (see Email Address).
  • Test scores must be sent directly to Georgia Tech via the testing agency (SAT code 5248, ACT code 0818).

Document Deadlines & Submission

Supporting documents will be added to your application as long as they are sent by:

  • *Early Action: December 1
  • **Regular Decision: February 1

You SHOULD NOT wait until the last minute to send documents to us. 
Scores from standardized tests already taken should be sent to us immediately so your file is not held up in initial review. Additional scores may be sent once available until the dates listed above.

*Early Action

  • Students who wish to be considered for academic scholarships, such as the President's Scholarship, Scheller Dean's Scholarship and others, must apply by October 15.
  • The Early Action application date is non-binding, and the application and evaluation is the same as for Regular Decision.

**Regular Decision

  • January 1 is the last date to apply for freshman admission for the following summer/fall term. The application and evaluation is the same as for Early Action.

Transfer & Non-Degree Applicants

  • Electronically from your registrar through an approved service (i.e. eScripts, Docufide, National Student Clearinghouse, etc.) 
  • By mail (see address below).

Mailing Address

Office of Undergraduate Admission
Georgia Institute of Technology
219 Uncle Heinie Way
Atlanta, GA 30332-0320

Our advice for completing this portion of the application

  • Take both tests! Many students feel more comfortable with one testing format over the other, resulting in higher scores.
  • Send us your scores when you take the test – don’t wait! Your scores may fluctuate with each test instance, but we will only use the highest section in our review of your application. Delaying sending us your scores could put you at risk of missing an application date or being excluded from information sent from our office.
  • Keep us informed. If you plan to retake a test after your submission date, tell us on your application.

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