Majors

Curriculum: Course 3 Materials Science and Engineering

The requirements for Course 3 are outlined in the degree chart. Students in this major are responsible for completing required and restricted elective subjects in addition to a capstone experience.

Required Subjects

Students begin taking core subjects in the fall semester of their sophomore year (3.012, 3.014, and 3.016), which together address fundamentals, laboratory techniques, and computation. In later terms, the core subjects cover specific topics in MSE. In the junior or senior year, students also take a project-based, group laboratory subject (3.042 Materials Project Laboratory). CI-M (Communication Intensive Subjects in the Major), REST (Restricted Electives in Science and Technology) and Institute Laboratory requirements are built into the required subjects.

Restricted Elective Subjects

A selection of subjects in Course 3 have been designated by the faculty as “restricted electives”, meaning they provide depth and breadth to the study of materials science and engineering and qualify for the 48 units of restricted electives in the Course 3 requirements. You can see a current list of these electives on the degree chart. In rare circumstances, students may request for a subject not listed on the degree chart to be counted towards the restricted elective requirements. In this case, the student should petition the DMSE Undergraduate Committee.

Capstone Experiences

Course 3 requires the completion of a capstone experience, either the Course 3 Internship Program or the Course 3 Undergraduate Thesis. Students should make the choice between these tracks in the spring semester of their sophomore year, when applications to join the Course 3 Internship Program are due. Students are notified of events and deadlines related to these capstone experiences by the DMSE Academic Office.  

Course 3 Internship Program (3.930, 3.931)

This program provides academic credit for industry internships in Materials Science and Engineering conducted over the summer terms of the sophomore and junior year. Information sessions about how to participate in this program are offered in the fall and early spring semester.

Course 3 Undergraduate Thesis (3.THU)

For more information, please read the Course 3 Undergraduate Thesis Guidelines.     


Curriculum: Course 3-A Materials Science and Engineering

The requirements for Course 3-A are outlined in the degree chart. Students in this major are responsible for developing a program proposal, which details their curricular goals achieved through a combination of core subjects, restricted electives, and electives outside of DMSE.

Course 3-A Program Proposal

The program proposal form is due to the DMSE Academic Office at the beginning of the junior year.

Required Subjects

Students must choose five subjects in the DMSE Core, totaling at least 60 units. These include 3.012, 3.014, 3.022, 3.024, 3.032, 3.034, 3.042, and 3.044. Students may choose to apply either 3.016 or 18.03 towards their required subjects, but not both.  

Laboratory and Communication Intensive Subjects

The Laboratory Requirement can be satisfied by 3.014 Materials Laboratory. Students must choose at least two subjects in the major that are designated as communication-intensive (CI-M) to fulfill the Communication Requirement. Normally, the first CI-M subject is 3.014 and it is completed in the sophomore year. The second CI-M subject is usually completed in the junior or senior year. Students should refer to the 3-A degree chart for a list of the approved 3-A CI-M subjects.

Restricted Electives

A selection of subjects in Course 3-A have been designated by the faculty as “restricted electives”, meaning they provide depth and breadth to the study of materials science and engineering and qualify for the 36 units of restricted electives in the Course 3-A requirements. You can see a current list of these electives on the degree chart. In rare circumstances, students may request for a subject not listed on the degree chart to be counted towards the restricted elective requirements. In this case, the student should petition the DMSE Undergraduate Committee.

Program Goals and Supporting Subjects

3-A is a flexible program designed to support co-curricular goals such as studying finance, business, policy, and other fields of engineering and science. When creating a 3-A Program Proposal, students must describe their program goals in 1-2 sentences.

Examples of Program Goals

“To study computational materials, simulation, and visualization techniques.”

“Study of entrepreneurship with a focus on materials markets and products.”

“Combining study of electronic materials and patent law policy.”

Students must then support their program goals by indicating a group of subjects they intend to complete. These subjects must be graded on a letter basis and total at least 72 units. The subjects should also be in academic programs outside of DMSE.


Curriculum: Course 3-C Archaeology and Materials

The requirements for Course 3-C are outlined in the Course 3-C degree chart. Students in this major are responsible for completing core and restricted elective subjects in addition to an undergraduate thesis. For more information about the curricular requirements of Course 3-C, please contact Prof. Dorothy Hosler, Course 3-C Academic Advisor.


Advising

Faculty Advisors

Students are assigned a single faculty advisor (i.e. “Registration Officer”) after a student has declared a major (usually the summer before the sophomore year). The advisor is available to review subject registration, discuss post-graduate and extra- curricular plans, and to oversee the student’s academic progression. Students meet with their faculty advisor on Registration Day to review and approve their subject registration.

Peer Advisors

Peer advisors are seniors in Course 3, 3-A, and 3-C chosen by SUMS (Society of Undergraduate Materials Scientists) undergraduate officers. Once identified, these peer advisors are matched to undergraduate faculty advisors and incoming sophomore majors by the DMSE Academic Office. They work collaboratively with faculty advisors to provide academic guidance and resources to sophomores.


DMSE Academic Office

The DMSE Academic Office administers the undergraduate and graduate programs in DMSE. We are available to support students with academic concerns and can support, connect, and refer students to appropriate resources across the Institute. To contact us, email dmse-ugoffice@mit.edu or visit us in 6-107.