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Materials Engineering


The Materials Engineering Certificate is intended for working engineers in mechanical, materials, or manufacturing engineering. The certificate will provide either an upgrade in materials understanding, or advanced study in a particular aspect of the subject. Completion of the certificate will allow the student to develop a deeper understanding of materials and their applications in design and manufacturing.


Applicants must have completed an accredited Bachelor’s degree program in Mechanical or a related engineering discipline. They are expected to have prior course work in basic materials science and strength of materials.

Program Requirements:

Students must complete a total of 16 units as described below, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a grade of C or better in each course.

Required Courses (12 units):

  • MECH 281 Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue (2 units)
  • MECH 330 Structure and Properties of Modern Materials I (2 units)
  • MECH 331 Structure and Properties of Modern Materials II (2 units)
  • MECH 332 Structure and Properties of Modern Materials III (2 units)
  • MECH 333 Experiments in Materials Science (2 units)
  • MECH 345 Modern Instrumentation and Control (2 units)

Elective Courses (4 units):

  • AMTH 210 Introduction to Probability I and AMTH 211 Continuous Probability (2 units each)
  • AMTH 217 Design of Scientific Experiments and AMTH 219 Analysis of Scientific Experiments (2 units each)
  • CENG 211 Advanced Strength of Materials (4 units)
  • ENGR 260 Nanoscale Science and Technology (2 units)
  • ENGR 262 Nanomaterials (2 units)
  • MECH 273 Designing with Plastic Materials (2 units)
  • MECH 274 Processing Plastic Materials (2 units)
  • MECH 277 Injection Mold Tool Design (2 units)
  • MECH 334 Elasticity (2 units)
  • MECH 350 and 351 Composite Materials I and II (2 units each)

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