Our MSE Undergraduate Curriculum

MSE in many ways is one of the broadest degrees that you can receive in engineering. At the heart of our curriculum is the understanding of how the structure of matter is manipulated to create materials with valuable properties (mechanical, electrical, optical etc.) that will address the problems in the world – from energy to consumer electronics to construction to healthcare. As such, armed with an MSE degree you will have the ability to invent technologies that can shape any industry.

We also have been very thoughtful in how we are teaching our courses and pull specific threads through our core MSE courses (like writing and presentation giving) to ensure that all our graduates are armed with real world skills that will complement their technical prowess.

Sample Curriculum for Students Entering Fall 2020 & After

37 Credit Units

Year 1

Fall Spring
MATH 104
CHEM 101
CHEM 053
PHYS  140/or MEAM 110
ENGR 101 or ENGR Elective
MATH 114
CHEM 102
PHYS 141
ENGR 105
SS/H (WRIT)

Year 2

Fall Spring
MATH 240
MSE 201
MSE 220
MSE 221
EAS 203 (Ethics)
MATH 241 or ENM251
MSE 202
MSE 215
MSE 260
SS/H

Year 3

Fall Spring
MSE 301
MSE 330
MSE 360
MATH
TECH Elective
MSE 393
MSE Elective
TECH Elective
SS/H
SS/H/TBS

Year 4

Fall Spring
MSE 460
MSE 495
MSE Elective
SS/H
SS/H/TBS
MSE 405
MSE 440
MSE 496
FREE Elective

1. Tech Electives are Engineering, Natural Science, or Mathematics courses.

2. VIPER Program: Students may substitute VIPER 120/121 for EAS 203.

3. M&T joint degree or dual degree with Wharton (or with College) may use up to two (200 level and up) “NON” engineering courses in the non-engineering concentration in the Tech elective category, by submitting the MSE Course Substitution Form.

4. EAS 545 & EAS 546 can be Tech electives, by submitting the MSE Course Substitution Form.

Course Planning Guide for MSE Students Entering Fall 2020 & After

Sample Curriculum for Students Entering Before Fall 2020

40 Total Credit Units

Year 1

Fall Spring
MATH 104
CHEM 101
CHEM 053
PHYS  140/or MEAM 110
TECH Elective
SSH (e.g. writing requirement)
MATH 114
CHEM 102
CHEM 054
PHYS 141
TECH Elective: ENGR 105

Year 2

Fall Spring
MATH 240
MSE 220
MSE 221
TECH Elective
SSH: EAS 203
MATH 241 or ENM251
MSE 215
MSE 250
MSE 260
SSH

Year 3

Fall Spring
MSE 330
MSE 360
ENGR Elective
Mathematics
FREE Elective
MSE 393
TECH Elective
SSH
FREE Elective
FREE Elective

Year 4

Fall Spring
MSE 460
MSE 495
TECH Elective
SSH
SSH
MSE 405
MSE 440
MSE 496
SSH
ENGR Elective

1. Tech Electives are Engineering, Natural Science, or Mathematics courses.

2. VIPER Program: Students may substitute VIPER 120/121 for EAS 203.

3. M&T joint degree or dual degree with Wharton (or with College) may use up to two (200 level and up) “NON” engineering courses in the non-engineering concentration in the Tech elective category, by petition.

4. EAS 545 & EAS 546 can be Tech electives, by petition.

Course Planning Guide for MSE Students Entering Before Fall 2020*

*and after Fall 2017.
For MSE Majors who entered before Fall 2017, please contact Vicky Lee for planning materials.

MSE Concentrations

Within a major, students can pursue concentrations that will appear in their official transcript. Within MSE we offer three concentrations:

  1. Electronic and Optical Devices and Sensors
  2. Energy and Sustainability
  3. Nanotechnology

Read more about MSE Concentrations here.

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Contacts:

Dr. Vanessa Chan 
Professor and Undergraduate Chair
vanessazchan@seas.upenn.edu

Ms. Vicky Lee
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
LRSM, Room 201
Phone: 215-898-8337
vickylt@seas.upenn.edu