Students in their first year acquire knowledge in basic mathematics, physics, and chemistry, etc., in 200-level and 300-level courses. Following these courses, they are required to take quantum mechanics and thermodynamics courses, which teach the fundamental principles of materials physics and materials synthesis methods. Students will then broadly and systematically learn physics and chemistry in relation to different types of materials, deepen their understanding of the basic-level subjects, and acquire various techniques through experiment courses. The Independent Research Project is designed to help students develop practical skills for conducting research, promoting creativity, explaining processes and expressing ideas, and other essential abilities that are required of researchers and engineers.
Students in their first year of undergraduate studies receive basic education that centers on Institute-wide compulsory courses regardless of their discipline. The 100-level courses are designed to teach common, basic skills that are required of science and technology students. The aim of these courses is to provide knowledge and cultivate the versatile intellect necessary for studying at the Institute.
Students who complete their 100-level courses advance to their undergraduate major. Courses at the 200- and 300-levels specific to the Materials Science and Engineering Undergraduate Major are taken in accordance with the curriculum.
At the final stage of the 300 level is the Independent Research Project (equivalent to the Undergraduate Thesis Research that was in place previously). The project is intended to serve as a capstone for students to consolidate and reinforce all of the skills acquired in their major. Furthermore, they may choose to enroll in the Advanced Independent Research Project. The purpose of this course is to enhance student interest in scientific and technological research that began with the Independent Research Project, as it provides the opportunity for them to actively engage in science- and technology-related activities.
* The timeline depicts a standard case in which students complete their bachelor's degree program in four years.
Students need to pass an entrance exam to advance from a bachelor's to a master's program. To advance from a master's to a doctoral program, students must pass an advancement assessment.
Students who complete the Materials Science and Engineering Undergraduate Major may continue to study the same discipline in more depth at the graduate major level. They may also advance to one of the following closely related interdisciplinary graduate majors: Energy Science and Engineering Graduate Major, Human Centered Science and Biomedical Engineering Graduate Major, or Nuclear Engineering Graduate Major.