A cross-disciplinary dual degree option is available in which students earn a BS in microelectronic engineering from the Kate Gleason College of Engineering and an MS in materials science and engineering from the College of Science. The option was inspired by trends involving the convergence of advanced materials with nanofabrication and microelectronics in modern microdevices and systems. The BS/MS option requires the 150 semester credits and includes a graduate thesis. Graduate course work is substituted for one co-op experience to make it an accelerated five-year option. A student may apply for admission in the third year with a grade-point average of at least 3.0.


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Rochester Institute of Technology College of Science

At the end of their second year in the Physics BS program, students who wish to enter the BS/MS program must notify their advisor of their interest.

A minimum of 30 semester credit hours is required for the completion of the program. This includes five required core courses, graduate electives, and either a thesis or project. The core courses are specially designed to establish a common base of materials-oriented knowledge for students with baccalaureate degrees in chemistry, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, and related disciplines, providing a new intellectual identity to those involved in the study of materials.

The program has an emphasis on experimental techniques, with one required experimental course as part of the core. Additional experimental courses are available for students who wish to pursue course work in this area. These courses are organized into appropriate units covering many aspects of the analysis of materials. This aspect of the program will enhance a student’s confidence when dealing with materials-related problems.

Elective courses may be selected from advanced courses offered by the School of Chemistry and Materials Science or, upon approval, from courses offered by other RIT graduate programs. Elective courses are scheduled on a periodic basis. Transfer credit may be awarded based on academic background beyond the bachelor’s degree or by examination, based on experience.