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2009-2010 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2009-2010 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Materials: Materials and Biomaterials Engineering Option

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This option emphasizes science and engineering principles and how these interact with processing and high-performance materials, providing an ideal program of study for students who are more inclined towards careers in product development, industrial engineering or research, rather than in management.

New freshman students will be considered for this option during an initial advising session before the beginning of their first semester. Admissions will look for a secondary school background in mathematics and science similar to that expected for admission to study in biology, engineering, medical laboratory science,and nursing.

 Department Policy Statements

  1. Upper-division students with at least a 2.5 grade point average may, upon approval of the department chairperson, earn up to 3 credits in Experiential Learning, which may be applied to fulfill a free or a materials/textiles elective.

  2. Students must consult with their academic advisor prior to registering for any classes. Transfer students should be aware of possible scheduling problems, due to the sequential nature of the Department’s curricula, that may cause a delay in meeting graduation requirements. Transfer students are therefore especially encouraged to meet with their academic advisor early in order to satisfy prior-year requirements as soon as possible. In any case, final responsibility for keeping pace with the curriculum and taking the required courses in sequence rests with each student

 Calculation of GPA in Textile Science majors

Students must have a minimum 2.000 cumulative grade point average (GPA) for all courses taken at the university in order to graduate. Students must also have a minimum 2.000 cumulative GPA in the major. For purposes of this computation:

  1. All courses with a MTX or TEC prefix count in calculating the GPA;
  2. Courses required for the major but taken outside the major discipline are not counted in the calculation of the major cumulative GPA;
  3. As is the case for all University courses, only the most recently-earned course grade (whether higher or lowers) shall enter in the calculation of the major cumulative GPA.



First Year

Second Year

Third Year

First Semester: 17 credits

General Education Elective - 3 credits

Second Semester: 13 credits

  • General Education Electives - 6 credits

Fourth Year

First Semester: 16 credits

  • Technical Electives - 6 credits

Second Semester: 15 credits

  • Technical Electives - 6 credits

Total Credits: 123


In the junior and senior years some specific courses maybe offered every other year. Upper division students must take these courses when offered as soon as possible, or risk not graduating on time. The senior year technical electives may be selected from upper division courses in any science or engineering subject.

Materials/Materials and Biomaterials Engineering is a revision of the Textile Science/Applied Fiber Materials major that went into effect in the fall of  2004.

Distribution Requirements/General Education Requirements for Civil, Computer, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

Degree candidates in the College of Engineering must satisfy the university’s General Education requirements, as described in the Academic Policies section of this Catalogue.

  • General Education requirements in Areas M and S and the Tier 1 Writing/Information requirement are automatically satisfied by the courses shown as required for these majors.
  • The General Education requirements in Areas C, G, and D may be fulfilled by selecting courses from the approved lists in each area, using the General Education electives shown in the course requirement tables for each major.
  • The requirements for General Education areas E, I, W, and O will be specified within courses that are included in each major. Requirement tables for these areas are included for each major.

General Education Departmental Requirements

Students majoring in the Materials and Biomaterials Engineering Option will meet their departmentally-determined General Education requirements as follows:

Area I. Tier 2

Satisfied by:

Area W, Tier 2

Satisfied by:

Area O

Satisfied by:

Alternative Paths Program Requirements

Depending on the results of placement testing, new freshman students may be placed into one of the following first-year curricula in lieu of the standard curriculum.

Materials/Materials and Biomaterials Engineering Option

First Year Courses for Precalculus-Ready Freshmen

First-Year Courses for Algebra-Ready Freshmen

First Semester: 15 credits

  • General Education Electives - 6 credits


* Students receive 3 administrative credits for Math 100. Administrative credits do not count towards the total credits required for graduation.
** This course can also be taken as GEE 202 Materials for Medicine and Engineering for the Year 2020.

Further Information

For further information, including faculty and fields of interest, please see the Department of Materials and Textiles  and the College of Engineering .

Total credits: 127

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