Recommended Electives

Complement Your Materials Science and Engineering Education

The electives listed below are a few recommended classes to help you and your major professor guide your coursework to complement your research objectives, though it is in no way a comprehensive list of all the courses available. The list will be updated annually with any new courses approved by major professors and graduate advisors.  

  • Biological Materials
  • BIM 202: Cell and Molecular Biology for Engineers (4 units).
    BIM 214: Cell Mechanics (4 units).
    BIM 262: Molecular Biophysics (4 units).
    BIM 289A: Cellular and Molecular System Engineering (4 units).
    BPH 241: Membrane Biology (3 units).
    ECH/EMS 245: Micro- and Nano-Technology in Life Sciences (4 units).
    EMS 288: Physical Biology of Cells (4 units).
    FST 202: Physical Chemistry of Foods (3 units).

  • Chemical Engineering
  • ECH 170: Introduction to Colloid Surface Phenomena (3 units).
    ECH 254: Colloid and Surface Phenomena (4 units).
    ECH 264: Emulsions, Microemulsions, Bilayers (4 units).
    ECH 253A: Advanced Fluid Mechanics (4 units).

  • Chemistry
  • CHE 210A: Quantum Chemistry (3 units).
    CHE 222: Chemistry of Nanoparticles (3 units).
    CHE 226: Principles of Transition Metal Chemistry (3 units).
    CHE 228C: Solid State Chemistry (3 units).
  • Civil Engineering 
  • ECI 244: Life Cycle Assessment (4 units).
    ECI 245A: Applied Environmental Chemistry – Inorganic (4 units).
    ECI 268: Infrastructure Economics (3 units).
  • Computational 
  • CHE 204: Mathematical Methods in Chemistry (3 units).
    ECH 261: Molecular Modeling (4 units).
    ECS 223: Parallel Algorithms (4 units).
    ECS 289K: Scientific Computing (1-3 units).
    STA 135: Multivariable Data Analysis (4 units).
    MAE 207: Engineering Experiments and Uncertainty (4 units).
  • Electrical, Optical and Magnetic Properties 
  • EEC 146A: Integrated Circuits Fabrication (3 units).
    EEC 150A: Signals and Systems I (4 units).
    EEC 236: Nonlinear Optical Applications (3 units).
    EEC 237B: Laser Physics II (4 units).
    EEC 242: Advanced Nanostructured Devices (3 units).
    EEC 289L: Solid State Devices and Physical Electronics (3 units).
    ECH/EMS 246: Photovoltaics and Solar Cells (3 units).
    EMS 288: Glass – Science and Technology (4 units).
    PHY 108: Optics (3 units).
    PHY 240A: Condensed Matter Physics (3 units).
    PHY 243A: Surface Physics of Materials (3 units).
    PHY 243B: Surface Physics of Materials (3 units).
    PHY 243C: Surface Physics of Materials (3 units).
    PHY 250: Special Topics (3 units) (Topic varies by instructor). 
  • Engineering Education
  • ECI 289C: Engineering Education Lesson Design I (2 units).
  • Fiber and Polymer Science 
  • FPS 250A-F: Special Topics in Polymer Fiber Science (4 units).
  • Imaging and Spectroscopy 
  • BIM 289B: Biomedical Imaging (4 units).
    CHE 205: Spectroscopy (3 units).
    CHE 216: Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (3 units).
    CHE 240: Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3 units).
    CHE 241B: Laser and X-Ray Spectroscopy (3 units).
    CHE 241E: Microscopy and Imaging (3 units).
    EMS 230: Fundamentals of Electron Microscopy (3 units).
    EMS 230: Electron Microscopy Lab (2 units).
  • Management 
  • MGT 255: New and Small Business Ventures (3 units).
    MGT 250: Technology Competition and Strategy (3 units).
    MGT 251: Management of Innovation (3 units).
    MGT 267: Teams and Technology (3 units).
    MGT 290: Topics in General Management (3 units).
  • Mechanical Properties
  • EMS 248: Fracture of Engineering Materials (3 units).
    EMS 249: Fatigue Mechanisms (3 units).
    MAE 250C: Mechanical Performance of Materials (4 units).
  • Nuclear Science 
  • BIM 243: Radiation Detectors in Biomedical Applications (4 units).
    GEL 227: Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry (4 units).
    GEL 251: Advanced Topics in Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry (3 units).
    PHY 224A: Nuclear Physics (3 units).
    PHY 245A: High-Energy Physics (3 units).
    PHY 252B: Techniques of Experimental Physics (3 units).
  • Thermodynamics
  • ECH 252: Statistical Thermodynamics (4 units).
    EMS 244: Interaction of Materials and their Environment (3 units).