Materials Science and Engineering - BS

Materials science and engineering is an interdisciplinary field centered on understanding the physical properties of matter and designing materials with specific properties to serve a desired function. Materials scientists study the connections between the synthesis and processing of a material, its underlying structure and its resulting properties. Materials engineers develop materials and manufacturing techniques and integrate these materials into commercial products. 

Program Highlights 

  1. Flexibility to engage in one or more of several defined concentration areas, or with guidance of a faculty mentor, create a custom concentration area.

  2. Opportunities to participate in internships with industry partners or research in academic labs.

  3. Integration of laboratory experience with computational simulation.

  4. Preparation for employment as a professional engineer across a range of industries including energy, biomedical, semiconductor, and defense sectors.

The curriculum builds on a strong foundation in chemistry, physics and mathematics to explore the fundamental concepts and techniques critical to the field of materials science and engineering. Students have the flexibility to explore interdisciplinary studies or to focus in greater depth on one or more areas of concentration in the allotted nine hours of technical electives and nine hours of free electives. 

The freshman year is identical for degrees in aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, electronic systems engineering technology, industrial distribution, industrial engineering, manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology, mechanical engineering, multidisciplinary engineering technology, nuclear engineering, ocean engineering, and petroleum engineering (Note: not all programs listed are offered in Qatar). The freshman year is slightly different for chemical engineering in that students take CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 andCHEM 102/CHEM 112. Biomedical Engineering also requires a two semester sequence of chemistry courses consisting of CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112.  Students pursuing degrees in biological and agricultural engineering should refer to the specific curriculum for this major. It is recognized that many students will change the sequence and number of courses taken in any semester. Deviations from the prescribed course sequence, however, should be made with care to ensure that prerequisites for all courses are met.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 107 General Chemistry for Engineering Students 1,4 3
CHEM 117 General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory 1,4 1
ENGL 103
Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition 1
or Composition and Rhetoric
ENGR 102 Engineering Lab I - Computation 1 2
MATH 151 Engineering Mathematics I 1,2 4
University Core Curriculum 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II 1,4
ENGR 216/PHYS 216 Experimental Physics and Engineering Lab II: Mechanics 1 2
MATH 152 Engineering Mathematics II 1 4
PHYS 206 Newtonian Mechanics for Engineering and Science 1 3
University Core Curriculum 3,5 3-6
 Semester Credit Hours15-16
 Total Semester Credit Hours31-32
Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGR 217/PHYS 217 Experimental Physics and Engineering Lab III - Electricity and Magnetism 1 2
MATH 251 Engineering Mathematics III 1 3
MSEN 201 Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering 1 3
MSEN 205 Materials in Society 1 2
PHYS 207 Electricity and Magnetism for Engineering and Science 1 3
University Core Curriculum 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
COMM 205
Communication for Technical Professions 1
or Technical and Business Writing
MSEN 210 Thermodynamics of Materials 1 3
MSEN 250 Soft Matter 1 3
MSEN 301 Unified Materials Lab I 1,6 3
MSEN 260 Structure of Materials 1 3
MSEN 281 Materials Science and Engineering Seminar 1 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
MATH 308 Differential Equations 1 3
MSEN 305 Kinetics of Materials 1 3
MSEN 302 Unified Materials Lab II 1,6 3
MSEN 320 Deformation and Failure Mechanisms in Engineering Materials 1 3
MSEN 380 Communicating Materials Science and Engineering 1 1
MSEN 399 High Impact Professional Development 0
University Core Curriculum 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
MSEN 325 Properties of Functional Materials 1 3
MSEN 330 Numerical Methods for Materials Scientists and Engineers 1 3
MSEN 360 Materials Characterization 1 3
MSEN 400 Design and Analysis of Materials Experiments 1 3
Technical elective 1,7 3
University Core Curriculum 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Fourth Year
ENGR 482/PHIL 482 Ethics and Engineering 6 3
MSEN 401 Materials Research and Design I 1 3
MSEN 410 Materials Processing 1 3
Specialty elective 8 3
Technical elective 1, 7 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
MSEN 402 Materials Research and Design II 1 3
Specialty elective 8 6
Technical elective 1,7 3
University Core Curriculum 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours96