University General Course Catalog 2016-2017 
    Jun 24, 2024  

Materials Science and Engineering (Extractive Metallurgy Emphasis), B.S. in M.S.E.

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The Bachelor of Science in Materials Science & Engineering is designed to prepare students for a wide range of positions in the modern technological workforce. Materials engineers fill critical jobs in materials research, design, selection, and production.  They work in many technology sectors including materials production, advanced manufacturing, sustainable energy, aerospace, electronics, and nearly all fields of technology and manufacturing in between.

Contact Information

Chemical and Materials Engineering Department
474 Laxalt Mineral Research Building
(775) 784-6771
Fax (775) 327-5059

All Freshmen, Sophomores and Incoming transfer students: College of Engineering Advisement Center
108 Edmund J. Cain Hall Building
(775) 682-7721 

Juniors and Seniors: Assigned Faculty Advisor

Transfer to Nevada

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking Print degree planner icon at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access established transfer course equivalencies to assist in your planning.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Materials Science & Engineering  (MSE) program are recommended to have taken high-school level physics and chemistry, and should be prepared to take calculus in the first year in the program (as a freshman).  Students not meeting these recommendations can speak with an advisor in the College to develop a preparatory plan of study to reach this level as quickly as possible (as necessary).

Progression Standards

This major includes requirements to monitor progress toward graduation in four years. Students must complete these progression requirements by the semester indicated to ensure that they are making minimal progress in their degree program. Students should meet with their academic advisor at least once per semester to monitor their academic progress.
Students must complete the first year progression requirement before enrolling in upper-division engineering coursework. Students may attempt critical courses up to three times. Withdrawals count as attempts. Students who exceed the repeat limit are not making good academic progress and will be placed on program probation.

* Courses marked with an asterisk must be completed with at least a “C”.

Graduation Requirements

Total Units 128
Cumulative GPA 2.0
University GPA 2.0
Major GPA 2.0
Residency Requirement 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
Major Residency Requirement 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
Upper-Division Requirement 40 Upper-Division Units
Half Program Units/4 Year Institution 64


I. Silver Core General Education Requirements (27-30 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Silver Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.

A. Silver Core Writing and Prerequisite (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Silver Core Mathematics and Prerequisite (4 units) - CO2

C. Silver Core Natural Sciences (8 units) - CO4, CO4L

D. Silver Core Social Sciences (3 units) - CO6

E. Silver Core Fine Art (3 units) - CO7

F. Silver Core Humanities (6 units) - CO5, CO8


* Courses marked with an asterisk (*) must be completed with at least a “C”. 

II. Additional Silver Core Requirements (0 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Silver Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV).  Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society Course - CO9

B. Diversity & Equity Course - CO10

The following courses count in the General Education Requirement:

C. Global Context Course - CO11

D. Ethics Course - CO12

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis Course - CO13

F. Application Course - CO14

III. Additional School Requirements (0 units)

IV. Major Requirements (99 units)

A. Math and Science Foundations (22 units)

F. Technical Electives (0 units)

V. Minor Requirements (0 units)

VI. Electives (0 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule

A. First Year

B. Second Year

C. Third Year

Spring Semester (16 units)

D. Fourth Year


+ Choice of electives must satisfy extractive metallurgy emphasis. (Emphasis elective details are available from the department and on the web site.) All electives require approval by department advisor.

* In addition to the general university requirements of at least a “C” (2.0) average for graduation, MSE students must earn at least a “C” in those courses designated with an asterisk (*) and must also maintain at least a “C” average in the Core Curriculum Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and the major requirements courses.

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