Undergraduate Admission

We are so glad you’re considering the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UNT!  To prepare for admission, begin by exploring the College of Engineering Viewbook and the UNT Viewbook. These resources help prospective students evaluate if the college and university are good fits for them by offering overviews of important information, student testimonials, and ways to get more information.

You can also view more information regarding the Materials Science and Engineering BS and Materials Science and Engineering minor in the UNT catalog.

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Degree Requirements

  1. Hours Required and General/College Requirements:  A minimum of 120 semester hours, of which 45 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree as specified in the General University Requirements in the Academics section of the Undergraduate catalog and the College of Engineering requirements.
  2. Major Requirements:  A minimum of 48 semester hours, including MTSE 3010, 3020, 3030, 3040, 3050, 3060, 3070, 3080, 3090, 3100, 4010, 4030, 4050, 4060, 4090, and 4100; two elective MTSE courses
  3. Other Required Courses
    1. MATH 1710, 1720, and 3310
    2. PHYS 1710/1730, 2220/2240, and 3010
    3. CHEM 1410/1430 and 1420
    4. MEEN 2130, ENGR 2060, and ENGR 2332
    5. ENGR 3450
  4. Minor:  Optional
  5. Electives:  Hours required for electives may vary based on course selection and the University Core Curriculum requirements. Electives may be required to satisfy the advanced hour requirement (45) and/or the minimum total hours required for the degree. For specific information see an academic advisor in the College of Engineering.
  6. Other Requirements:  A grade point average of at least 2.5 is required for all materials science and engineering courses.

How do I apply as an incoming freshman?

To qualify as a candidate for the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, prospective freshmen should fulfill the following requirements:

  • Meet graduation requirements for the Recommended Program or the Distinguished Achievement Program in high school
  • Take the SAT or the ACT as a junior and have scores sent to UNT
  • Freshman applicants should have a math SAT score of 540 or higher or a math ACT score of 22 or higher. Once admitted into the university, students must take a math placement test in order to determine which level course to enroll in. The Department of Mathematics offers examinations for math placement throughout the year.
  • Apply to UNT as a senior at www.applytexas.org by the admissions deadline
  • Request to have high school transcripts sent to the UNT Admissions office
  • Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.  To learn more about AP and IB credit, visit Credit by Examination.

How do I apply as a transfer student?

Each year, UNT welcomes more than 3,500 transfer students — more than any other institution in the state. We are proud to offer these students many resources to accommodate their unique admissions needs. 

Future transfer students should begin preparing for their college move by consulting the UNT Transfer Center, which helps students make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting them to a peer mentor and other campus resources.

Undergraduate Advising can offer other helpful resources for transfer students.

Students who transfer to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering should be eligible to enroll in Math 1710 (Calculus I) at UNT or in a higher level math class to qualify for the program. For applicants who do not meet the above requirements, admission will be granted to a pre-engineering program in the College of Arts and Sciences. The applicant will be eligible to be admitted to the College of Engineering after completing Math 1650 (Pre-Calculus) with a grade of C or better.  Visit Transferring to UNT to learn more.

How do I apply as an international student?

About 2,500 international students representing 140 countries call UNT their home and the university celebrates their presence on campus. The mechanical and energy engineering department is also proud of its diversity, as it welcomes an average of 50 international students each year from a multitude of countries across the world. 

For information about how to apply to the university as an international student, visit UNT International. This program offers translation services, detailed application instructions and testimonials of UNT students from across the world. 

How do I apply as an Honors student?

UNT has more than 1,300 honors students, and the student body continues to exceed expectations with each new incoming class.  The Fall 2011 student body included the most academically talented and largest freshman class, as well as the largest enrollment of doctoral students in UNT history. The average SAT score of an entering freshman in Fall 2011 at UNT was 1105 – considerably higher than the Texas average of 981 and the national average of 1011.

UNT is excited to welcome this growing number of academically talented students, and the university is committed to offering resources to fit their admissions needs.

Learn more about becoming an Honors student at UNT:

Sample Degree Plan:

The following is a suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to contact the MTSE Advising Office and their advisor each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites.

Sample undergraduate degree plan

Electives and the senior design project help students specialize in particular areas. These areas could be covered individually or with overlap between other areas. For instance, an interest in specializing in tissue scaffolding materials would cross polymers and biomaterials.

The program offers substantial electives and laboratories for senior projects that enable students to specialize in:

  • Microelectronics
  • Metals
  • Ceramics
  • Polymers
  • Energy
  • Failure analysis and design
  • Computational modeling
  • Biomaterials
  • Structural/Aerospace/Automotive
  • Characterization of Material Properties

*See the University Core Curriculum section of the Undergraduate Catalog for approved list of course options.

**See College of Engineering degree requirement section of the Undergraduate Catalog for approved list of course options.