BS in Chemical Engineering with Emphasis in Materials

Degree Program Description

The materials emphasis builds on the core Chemical Engineering curriculum to include courses of interest to students who wish to pursue careers and/or interests in materials science and solid-state physics. The emphasis area requirements cover basic topics in materials science, after which the student is asked to choose at least one course covering a more specific area of materials: ceramics, polymers, biological materials, or composites. Students are then free to choose electives in other areas, including optical materials, semiconductors, advanced materials, structural materials, and materials characterization. Students selecting the materials emphasis have all the advantages of an education in chemical engineering along with specialized knowledge of materials, giving them a valuable base from which to build a career.

Major Program Requirements

Students must complete all BSChE requirements, including the emphasis area requirements below.

Emphasis Area Requirements
ENGINR 1200Statics and Elementary Strength of Materials3
ENGINR 2200Intermediate Strength of Materials3
CH_ENG 3075Introduction to Materials Engineering3
Choose one course from List A 3
Choose two courses from List A or List B 6
List A
Ceramic Materials and Processing
Introduction to Polymers
Composite Materials
List B
Biomaterials Interfaces of Implantable Devices
Transport Phenomena in Materials Processing
Physics and Chemistry of Materials *
Chemical Processing in Semiconductor Device
Pavement Materials and Design
Advanced Structural Steel Design
Semiconductors and Devices
Introduction to Optical Electronics
Micro/Nano Systems
Introduction to Rapid Prototyping
Engineering Materials
Materials Selection
Nondestructive Evaluation of Materials
Advanced Mechanics of Materials
Introduction to Materials Science
Modern Condensed Matter Physics

BIOL_EN 4480 is the same as BME 4480, CHEM 4490, NU_ENG 4319, and PHYSCS 4190 and satisfies the chemistry requirement.

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
MATH 15005MATH 17005
CHEM 13204CHEM 13304
CH_ENG 10002PHYSCS 27505
ENGLSH 10003CH_ENG 22253
Approved history/poli. sci. elective3 
 17 17
Second Year
MATH 23003MATH 41003
CHEM 21003CHEM 21103
PHYSCS 27605CHEM 21302
CH_ENG 22263CH_ENG 32623
CH_ENG 32613Humanities or social/behavioral sciences3
 17 14
Third Year
STAT 47103CH_ENG 30753
CH_ENG 32333CH_ENG 32343
CH_ENG 32353CH_ENG 43703
ENGINR 12003ENGINR 22003
Economics elective3Humanities or social/behavioral sciences3
 15 15
Fourth Year
CH_ENG 32433CH_ENG 49803
CH_ENG 43633Materials elective3
CH_ENG 43853Materials elective3
Chemistry elective3Humanities or social/behavioral sciences3
Materials elective 3Humanities or social/behavioral sciences3
 15 15
Total Credits: 125

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree. 

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress. This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities. For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center. No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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