Materials Science, B.S.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Materials Science.

The Bachelor of Science in Materials Science provides both a strong preparation for those wishing to attend graduate school in materials science or related disciplines and for those who intend to enter the scientific workforce upon completion of a bachelor's degree. Students who wish to transfer into this program in 2021-2022 should consult first with the Physics Faculty Advisor.

The Bachelor of Science in Materials Science stands at the interface between physics, chemistry, computer & information science, and applied mathematics, with innovation and technology applications bridging to applied sciences. Its foundational structure is embedded in multiple CST disciplines. Indeed, the frontiers of the subject now demand participation of artificial intelligence/machine learning (CIS) methodologies. Materials science is important as a research and education driver that reaches students in almost every discipline of science and technology. Graduates proficient in this area are more and more in demand. Indeed, the national initiative in Quantum Information Science makes it clear that Quantum Materials will be a focus for industry and academia. The Temple CST Bachelor of Science program in Materials Science focuses on the science behind materials science, and is not an engineering program.

As a discipline, materials science represents the confluence of quantum theory, computational design, synthesis, and characterization, in a feedback loop to produce advanced materials for technology applications and subsequent processing by industry. Importantly, the theory and computational design component now harnesses artificial intelligence and machine learning to create heretofore unknown "designer" materials. These ideas are prominent in Department of Energy (DOE) and National Science Foundation "big ideas" such as the "Quantum Leap" that establish an understanding of complex matter-energy relationships, leading to next-generation quantum materials and technologies for sensing and computing, modeling, and communicating, from the micro- or nano-structure of materials to their physical, mechanical and chemical properties.

Materials Science evolved historically from the metallurgy of naturally occurring elements and their alloys (and glass) to embrace not only an enormous variety of "hard" elemental (metallic and semiconducting) alloys and oxide-based materials (superconductors, catalysts, etc.) that underpin technology applications, but also a vast array of "soft" materials including synthetic and natural polymers, as well as more recently the two-dimensional graphene-like constructs, which will be needed for future advanced/strategic technologies.

Undergraduate Contact Information:

Dr. James Napolitano, Chair
Science Education and Research Center, Room 406
215-204-1638

Dr. Bernd Surrow, Vice Chair
Science Education and Research Center, Room 420
215-204-1638

Dr. Zbigniew Dziembowski, Faculty Advisor
Science Education and Research Center, Room 412
215-204-7639
zbig.dziembowski@temple.edu

Bachelor of Science

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

  1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)
    • Students must complete all University requirements including those listed below.

    • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major. The specific writing-intensive course options for this major are:

      PHYS 2796Introduction to Modern Physics4
      SCTC 2396Writing for Science and Technology3
    •  Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.

      • See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.
      • Students who complete CST majors receive a waiver for 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.
    • Students must satisfy general Temple University residency requirements.
  2. College Requirements
    • 45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST), the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), or the College of Engineering (ENG).

    • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST), the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), or the College of Engineering (ENG).

    • All students in the College of Science and Technology are required to take a one credit first year seminar. SCTC 1001 CST First Year Seminar is the appropriate course option for every entering first year CST major. Transfer students should use SCTC 2001 CST Transfer Seminar to fulfill this requirement. Other courses that fulfill this requirement may be found on the CST College Requirements page.

  3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Science (74-77 s.h.)
    A least 9 courses required for the major must be completed at Temple. At least 8 Physics courses must be completed at Temple.
    Chemistry
    Select one of the following:4
    General Chemistry I
    and General Chemistry Laboratory I
    Honors General Chemical Science I
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory I
    Select one of the following:4
    General Chemistry II
    and General Chemistry Laboratory II
    Honors General Chemical Science II
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory II
    Mathematics and Quantitative Methods
    MATH 1041Calculus I4
    or MATH 1941 Honors Calculus I
    MATH 1042Calculus II4
    or MATH 1942 Honors Calculus II
    MATH 2043Calculus III4
    or MATH 2943 Honors Calculus III
    SCTC 1013Elements of Data Science for the Physical and Life Sciences3
    Physics
    Select one of the following:4
    Elementary Classical Physics I
    Honors Elementary Classical Physics I (F)
    General Physics I
    Honors General Physics I (F)
    Select one of the following:4
    Elementary Classical Physics II
    Honors Elementary Classical Physics II (S)
    General Physics II
    Honors General Physics II (S)
    Select two of the following: 13
    Scientific Computing I
    Scientific Computing II
    Scientific Computing III
    PHYS 2063Wave Physics (F)3
    PHYS 2796Introduction to Modern Physics (S)4
    PHYS 27XX (Optical and Electronic Properties of Materials: Thin Films, Nanomaterials, and Energetic Materials)3
    PHYS 28XX (Quantum Materials: Properties, Characterization, and Application)3
    Select one of the following: 23
    PHYS 37XX
    (Computational Design of Novel and Quantum Materials)
    PHYS 38XX
    (Computational Materials Science)
    Materials Science Electives
    Select five of the following:15-18
    Organic Chemistry I
    and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
    Organic Chemistry for Honors I
    and Organic Honors Laboratory I
    Organic Chemistry II
    and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
    Organic Chemistry for Honors II
    and Organic Honors Laboratory II
    Inorganic Chemistry
    Physical Chemistry Lecture I
    Crystallography and Diffraction 3
    Introduction to Polymer Chemistry 4
    Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I 5
    PHYS 37XX
    (Computational Design of Novel and Quantum Materials) 2
    PHYS 38XX
    (Computational Materials Science) 2
    Thermal Physics (F)
    Optics 6
    Introduction to Solid State Physics (S, even years) 7
    Engineering Statics
    Mechanics of Solids
    Material Science for Engineers
    Micro- to Nano-sized Machines
    Tribology and Surface Engineering
    Microscopy and Microanalysis of Materials
    Senior Capstone and Research
    3 credits of research in each semester of senior year
    Fall semester of senior year, select one of the following:3
    Undergraduate Research
    Undergraduate Research
    Spring semester of senior year, select one of the following:3
    Undergraduate Research
    Undergraduate Research
    Writing Intensive
    SCTC 2396Writing for Science and Technology3
    Total Credit Hours74-77
    (F) - Fall only course
    (S) - Spring only course

Calculation of Major GPA

Courses listed under the major requirements for the degree will be included in the calculation of the major GPA. Courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or required course would not be counted in the calculation of the major GPA. This would include MATH 1022, for example. 

Distinction in Major

A student who wishes to graduate with distinction in the major must complete all courses required for the physics major with a GPA of 3.5 or better, and carry out an independent study or undergraduate thesis project. Consult the undergraduate physics advisor for more details.

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

Bachelor of Science in Materials Science

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2021-2022 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
MATH 1041 or 1941Calculus I4
Select one of the following:4
Elementary Classical Physics I 
Honors Elementary Classical Physics I (F) 
General Physics I 
Honors General Physics I (F) 
SCTC 1001CST First Year Seminar1
SCTC 1013Elements of Data Science for the Physical and Life Sciences3
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
MATH 1042 or 1942Calculus II4
Select one of the following:4
Elementary Classical Physics II 
Honors Elementary Classical Physics II (S) 
General Physics II 
Honors General Physics II (S) 
Select one of the following:11.5
Scientific Computing I 
Scientific Computing II 
Scientific Computing III 
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15.5
Year 2
Fall
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry I 
Honors General Chemical Science I 
MATH 2043 or 2943Calculus III4
PHYS 2063Wave Physics (F)3
Select one of the following:1.5
Scientific Computing I 
Scientific Computing II 
Scientific Computing III 
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
 Term Credit Hours15.5
Spring
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry II 
Honors General Chemical Science II 
PHYS 2796Introduction to Modern Physics [WI] (S)4
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3
Elective1
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
PHYS 27XX (Optical and Electronic Properties of Materials: Thin Films, Nanomaterials, and Energetic Materials)3
PHYS 28XX (Quantum Materials: Properties, Characterization, and Application)3
GenEd Breadth Course3-4
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3-2
Elective1
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
SCTC 2396Writing for Science and Technology [WI]3
Materials Science Elective 123-4
Materials Science Elective 223-4
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3-1
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Select one of the following:33
PHYS 37XX
(Computational Design of Novel and Quantum Materials) 
PHYS 38XX
(Computational Materials Science) 
Select one of the following:3
Undergraduate Research 
Undergraduate Research 
Materials Science Elective 323-4
Elective3
Elective3-2
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following:3
Undergraduate Research 
Undergraduate Research 
Materials Science Elective 423
Materials Science Elective 523
Elective3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123
(F) - Fall only course
(S) - Spring only course