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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Materials Engineering BS + MS

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The Materials Engineering Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Scholars Program provides students the opportunity to earn their Materials Engineering, BS  and Materials Engineering, MS  degrees simultaneously, completing both degrees in five years, rather than the usual six years when completing them individually. The SAGE Scholars Program Coordinator works closely with the students to ensure a seamless transition from undergraduate to graduate status, without students having to file a formal application for admission to the graduate program. Students have the possibility to combine their senior project and MS project/thesis research requirements, enabling them to undertake more in-depth, publishable quality research which in turn better prepares them for PhD programs as well as professional careers. The Materials Engineering SAGE Scholars Program offers students intellectual stimulation and growth and the opportunity to strengthen their research competencies by working closely with their research mentors for a longer period of time.

Summary of Degree Units

Materials Engineering, BS 117
Materials Engineering, MS 24
Total 141

For more information, contact the SAGE Scholars Program Coordinator​ Ozgur Keles.

Admissions Requirements

All SJSU Materials Engineering, BS  undergraduates are eligible to apply for, and be admitted to, the Materials Engineering SAGE Scholars program if they fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Completed a minimum of 75 units towards the Materials Engineering BS degree;
  2. Completed MATE 115 MATE 141 MATE 151 , and ENGR 100W  with grades B or better;
  3. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, or GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 semester units;
  4. Have completed all lower-division work (including lower- division general education courses and American Institutions courses); and,
  5. Must not be declared in another major.

Students who have reached up to their first semester as classified seniors will remain eligible for entry into the SAGE program. Second semester, senior-level students enrolled in the term they expect to graduate from their baccalaureate degree are not eligible to enter into the SAGE program as these students will not gain the accelerated graduate-level benefit offered through the SAGE blended program option.

Academic Standing 

Requirements for program continuation and advancement to candidacy in the graduate program, include:

  • Meeting every semester with an academic advisor to plan and track coursework and graduate status. Once the BS degree is conferred, students meet every semester with their graduate advisor to plan a formal course of study;
  • Maintain GPA of 3.0 or higher with no individual grade below a C. Students not maintaining these standards will be placed on probation initially, followed by disqualification if the grades are not improved within two semesters; and, 
  • The proposed graduate program must be approved by the graduate coordinator before the student may be considered a candidate for the MS degree.
  • Students are converted to graduate status when they have completed 120 SAGE program-applicable units. The following University Requirements are waived or satisfied with required courses in the major: GE Areas A3, B, C2, and E, SJSU Studies (R, S and V) and Physical Education. Alternate courses that may satisfy these requirements are not counted in the calculation of the 120 SAGE program-applicable units.

Program Requirements (141 units)

Materials Engineering, BS (117 units)

Students must satisfy all of the major and Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements , which includes unit, GPA, and residency requirements as well as the below identified General Education , American Institutions, Graduation Writing Assessment, and Physical Education requirements. Courses that meet Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements are noted with an area designation (see Course Abbreviations ).

Exceptions for University Graduation Requirements  apply to this major.

University Requirements (21 units)

Major Preparation (34 units)

Major Requirements (62 units)

Materials Engineering, MS (24 units)

Approved Electives (3-5 units)

Culminating Experience (1 unit)

Plan B (Project)

Total Units Required (141 units)

The standalone Materials Engineering, BS  and Materials Engineering, MS  programs require 9 units of Electives each. Students satisfy these requirements in this SAGE Scholars Program by completing 6 units of Technical Electives within the BS program and 3 units of Approved Electives within the MS program. These 9 units are considered to count toward both the graduate and undergraduate degrees, thus allowing SAGE students to meet the minimum unit requirements for both degrees.

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