Admission to the College as a Freshman

Students applying to UW–Madison need to indicate an engineering major as their first choice in order to be considered for direct admission to the College of Engineering. Direct admission to a major means students will start in the program of their choice in the College of Engineering and will need to meet progression requirements at the end of the first year to guarantee advancement in that program.

Cross-Campus Transfer to Engineering

UW–Madison students in other schools and colleges on campus must meet the course and credit requirements for admission to engineering degree granting classifications specified in the general college requirements. The requirements are the minimum for admission consideration. Cross-campus admission is competitive and selective, and the grade point average expectations may increase as demand trends change. The student’s overall academic record at UW–Madison is also considered. Students apply to their intended engineering program by submitting the online application by stated deadlines for spring and fall. The College of Engineering offers an online information tutorial and drop-in advising for students to learn about the cross-campus transfer process.

Off-Campus Transfer to Engineering

With careful planning, students at other accredited institutions can transfer coursework that will apply toward engineering degree requirements at UW–Madison. Off-campus transfer applicants are considered for direct admission to the College of Engineering by applying to the Office of Admissions with an engineering major listed as their first choice. Those who are admitted to their intended engineering program must meet progression requirements at the point of transfer or within their first two semesters at UW–Madison to guarantee advancement in that program. A minimum of 30 credits in residence in the College of Engineering is required after transferring, and all students must meet all requirements for their major in the college. Transfer admission to the College of Engineering is competitive and selective, and students who have earned more than 80 transferable semester credits at the time of application are not eligible to apply.

The College of Engineering has dual degree programs with select four-year UW System campuses. Eligible dual degree applicants are not subject to the 80 credit limit.

Off-campus transfer students are encouraged to discuss their interests, academic background, and admission options with the Transfer Coordinator in the College of Engineering: or 608-262-2473.

Second Bachelor's Degree

The College of Engineering does not accept second undergraduate degree applications. Second degree students might explore the Biological Systems Engineering program at UW–Madison, an undergraduate engineering degree elsewhere, or a graduate program in the College of Engineering.

University General Education Requirements

All undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are required to fulfill a minimum set of common university general education requirements to ensure that every graduate acquires the essential core of an undergraduate education. This core establishes a foundation for living a productive life, being a citizen of the world, appreciating aesthetic values, and engaging in lifelong learning in a continually changing world. Various schools and colleges will have requirements in addition to the requirements listed below. Consult your advisor for assistance, as needed. For additional information, see the university Undergraduate General Education Requirements section of the Guide.

General Education
  • Breadth—Humanities/Literature/Arts: 6 credits
  • Breadth—Natural Science: 4 to 6 credits, consisting of one 4- or 5-credit course with a laboratory component; or two courses providing a total of 6 credits
  • Breadth—Social Studies: 3 credits
  • Communication Part A & Part B *
  • Ethnic Studies *
  • Quantitative Reasoning Part A & Part B *

* The mortarboard symbol appears before the title of any course that fulfills one of the Communication Part A or Part B, Ethnic Studies, or Quantitative Reasoning Part A or Part B requirements.

Summary of Requirements

The following curriculum applies to students admitted to the materials science and engineering degree program (MS&E) in or after fall semester of 2019.

Mathematics and Statistics19
General Science and Engineering Foundations25-26
MS&E Required Courses43
Materials Emphasis Elective Requirements12
Communication Skills6
Liberal Studies16
Free Electives6-7
Total CreditsAt least 128

Mathematics and Statistics 

MATH 221 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 15
or MATH 217 Calculus with Algebra and Trigonometry II
or MATH 275 Topics in Calculus I
MATH 222 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 24
or MATH 275 Topics in Calculus I
MATH 234 Calculus--Functions of Several Variables4
MATH 319 Techniques in Ordinary Differential Equations3
or MATH 320 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
STAT 324 Introductory Applied Statistics for Engineers3
Total Credits19

General Science and Engineering Foundations

PHYSICS 201 General Physics5
or PHYSICS 207 General Physics
or PHYSICS 247 A Modern Introduction to Physics
PHYSICS 202 General Physics5
or PHYSICS 208 General Physics
or PHYSICS 248 A Modern Introduction to Physics
CHEM 103
CHEM 104
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
or CHEM 109 Advanced General Chemistry
CHEM 343 Introductory Organic Chemistry3
or CHEM 341 Elementary Organic Chemistry
Science Elective
Select one of the following:3
Chemistry Across the Periodic Table
Fundamentals of Analytical Science
Fundamentals of Analytical Science
Intermediate Organic Chemistry
Modern Physics for Engineers
Introduction to Solid State Electronics
Introduction to Modern Physics
Animal Biology
Introductory Biology
Introductory Biology
Engineering Foundation
Introduction to Engineering
M S & E 260 Materials Experience (or another CoE Intro to Engineering course)2
Computer Sciences
Select one of the following:3-4
Programming I
Data Science Programming I
Programming II
Data Science Programming II
Problem Solving Using Computers
Programming III
Total Credits25-26

Materials Science and Engineering Required Courses

M S & E 330 Thermodynamics of Materials4
M S & E 331 Transport Phenomena in Materials3
M S & E 332 Macroprocessing of Materials3
M S & E 333 Microprocessing of Materials3
M S & E 351 Materials Science-Structure and Property Relations in Solids3
M S & E 352 Materials Science-Transformation of Solids3
M S & E 360 Materials Laboratory I1
M S & E 361 Materials Laboratory II2
M S & E 362 Materials Laboratory III2
M S & E/​CHEM  421 Polymeric Materials3
M S & E 441 Deformation of Solids3
M S & E 451 Introduction to Ceramic Materials3
M S & E 456 Electronic, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Materials3
M S & E 460 Introduction to Computational Materials Science and Engineering3
M S & E 470 Capstone Project I1
M S & E 471 Capstone Project II3
Total Credits43

Materials Science and Engineering Emphasis Electives

Select 6 credits from: M S & E courses numbered 400 or above, B M E/​PHM SCI  430, M E 417, M E 418, or M E 419 16
Select 6 credits of select engineering, science and math/statistics coursework in consultation with an M S & E faculty advisor 26
Total Credits12

Communication Skills

ENGL 100 Introduction to College Composition3
or COM ARTS 100 Introduction to Speech Composition
or LSC 100 Science and Storytelling
or ESL 118 Academic Writing II
INTEREGR 397 Engineering Communication (was EPD 397 before Fall 2020)3
Total Credits6

Liberal Studies

Complete 16 credits of liberal studies requirements.3

Free Electives

Select 6-7 elective credits.4

University Degree Requirements

Total Degree To receive a bachelor's degree from UW–Madison, students must earn a minimum of 120 degree credits. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 degree credits. Students should consult with their college or department advisor for information on specific credit requirements.
Residency Degree candidates are required to earn a minimum of 30 credits in residence at UW–Madison. "In residence" means on the UW–Madison campus with an undergraduate degree classification. “In residence” credit also includes UW–Madison courses offered in distance or online formats and credits earned in UW–Madison Study Abroad/Study Away programs.
Quality of Work Undergraduate students must maintain the minimum grade point average specified by the school, college, or academic program to remain in good academic standing. Students whose academic performance drops below these minimum thresholds will be placed on academic probation.
  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.


First Year
MATH 2215MATH 2224
CHEM 1095PHYSICS 201, 207, or 2475
M S & E 2602Science Elective3
Communications A3Liberal Studies Elective3
Liberal Studies Elective3 
 18 15
Second Year
MATH 2344MATH 319 or 3203
Computer Science Elective3PHYSICS 202, 208, or 2485
M S & E 3304M S & E 3523
M S & E 3513M S & E 3612
M S & E 3601Liberal Studies Elective3
 15 16
Third Year
CHEM 341 or 3433M S & E 3313
M S & E 3323M S & E 3333
M S & E 3622M S & E/​CHEM  4213
M S & E 4513STAT 3243
Liberal Studies Elective3Liberal Studies Elective4
Free Elective3 
 17 16
Fourth Year
M S & E 4563M S & E 4713
M S & E 4701M S & E 4413
Tech Emphasis Elective3M S & E 4603
Tech Emphasis Elective3Materials Emphasis Elective3
Materials Emphasis Elective3INTEREGR 397 (was EPD 397)3
Free Elective 3 
 16 15
Total Credits 128


Each College of Engineering program has academic advisors dedicated to serving its students. Program advisors can help current College of Engineering students with questions about accessing courses, navigating degree requirements, resolving academic issues and more. Students can find their assigned advisor on the homepage of their student center. 


Engineering Career Services (ECS) assists students in identifying pre-professional work-based learning experiences such as co-ops and summer internships, considering and applying to graduate or professional school, and finding full-time professional employment during their graduation year.

ECS offers two major career fairs per year, assists with resume writing and interviewing skills, hosts workshops on the job search, and meets one-on-one with students to discuss offer negotiations.

Students are encouraged to utilize the ECS office early in their academic careers. For comprehensive information on ECS programs and workshops, see the ECS website or call 608-262-3471.


Izabela Szlufarska (Chair)
Michael S. Arnold
Susan Babcock
Chang-beom Eom
Paul Evans
Padma Gopalan
Sindo Kou
Roderic Lakes
Dane Morgan
John Perepezko
Ian Robertson
Kumar Sridharan
Donald Stone
Dan J. Thoma
Paul Voyles
Xudong Wang

Assistant Professors

Dawei Feng
Jiamian Hu
Jason Ken Kawasaki
Daniel Rhodes
Jun Xiao

See also Materials Science and Engineering Faculty Directory.


Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Note: Undergraduate Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes are made publicly available at the Departmental website. (In this Guide, the program's Student Outcomes are designated by our campus as "Learning Outcomes.")