BS in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

The success of our students in their education at UTEP and in building and sustaining a career is our primary interest. Graduates in metallurgical and materials engineering often pursue careers in industries such as oil & gas, R&D, aerospace, primary metals, and biomedical components. The job functions of our engineers include failure analysis, product development, quality assurance, and production management.

Marketable Skills

Students will develop the following marketable skills: 

  1. Communication: Reach mutual understanding through effective exchange of information, ideas, and feelings
  2. Critical thinking: Analyze and evaluate issues in order to solve problems and develop informed opinions
  3. Leadership: Step up, think, and act critically and creatively to bring others together to accomplish a common task
  4. Network building: Project-based learning, tours and formal interactions with industry partners 
  5. Problem-solving: Find solutions to difficult or complex issues
  6. Research: Be able to search, investigate and critically analyze information in response to a specific research question
  7. Teamwork: Participate as an effective, efficient member of a group in order to meet a common goal
  8. Technical expertise: Hands-on experience with testing and analysis equipment

The Metallurgical and Materials Engineering undergraduate curriculum focuses on a strong materials science and engineering foundation, a deep understanding of how materials are processed, and how to tailor materials structure and properties to satisfy industrial needs and performance requirements. Students may choose a concentration in forensic engineering and materials performance, extractive and process metallurgy or biomaterials. 


Our vision is to provide a modern Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Program of the highest quality.


The BS degree program in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (MME) will serve two broad purposes: (1) to provide sufficient theory and hands-on experiences in metallurgical and materials engineering for a graduate to perform effectively, in industry or other employment; and (2) to provide opportunities for all types of students, while maintaining a high level of excellence as students progress through the curriculum. The MME program will also provide basic engineering skills for problem-solving and lifelong learning, along with good communication skills, both oral and written. MME faculty will maintain a balance between the applied and theoretical aspects, and will strive to provide pre-professional employment opportunities (either research experiences or internships) by continuously engaging industry in program activities with students. 

Educational Objectives

  1. Graduates will secure employment and/or admission to a graduate program in metallurgical and materials engineering or related professions
  2. Graduates will advance in their career by continuing lifelong learning and personal/professional development
  3. Graduates work effectively as contributors and leaders on diverse, interdisciplinary teams enabling innovation at the leading edge of technology in an ever-changing global community. 
  4. Graduates will be more competitive as practicing professionals with broad understanding of material systems, associated manufacturing processes and engineering solutions.    

The Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (MME) program offers a Bachelor of Science MME degree with an option to develop an expertise in one of the four concentrations. If a student does not select a concentration, they are required to complete 4 elective courses (12 credit hours) from the list of all MME electives to satisfy the requirements for the BS MME degree.

  • Concentration 1: Forensic Engineering and Materials Performance
  • Concentration 2: Extractive and Process Metallurgy
  • Concentration 3: Biomaterials
  • Concentration 4: General Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Fast Track

The Fast-Track Program enables outstanding undergraduate UTEP students to receive both undergraduate and graduate credit for up to 15 hours of UTEP course work as determined by participating Master's and Doctoral programs.  Not all undergraduate programs have elected to participate in the Fast Track option, so students should see their departmental graduate advisor for information about requirements and guidelines. A list of courses that have been approved for possible use at the graduate level is found here

UTEP senior students with at least 90 hours accumulated toward their BSMME degree, a minimum of 24 of those hours at UTEP and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 may be eligible for admission into the following fast-track programs:

  • BS-MME/Master Program in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (MS-MME)
  • BS-MME/Master Program in Biomedical Engineering (MS-BME)

Students admitted to these programs take graduate classes that count both toward graduate degree requirements and undergraduate degree requirements, for up to 15 credit hours of graduate courses per approval of the undergraduate and graduate advisors.

Eligible graduate courses come from a list approved for fast-track by the Metallurgical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering (MMBME) Faculty.

Students must earn a B or better in the graduate course to count as graduate credit for the Master of Science in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering or for the Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering. If the grade is a C, it will not count towards the graduate degree but will still count towards the undergraduate degree.

Additional program requirements can be found here.

Degree Plan

BS in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Required Credits: 128

University Core Curriculum
University Core Curriculum requirements (some of which are listed below)42
Metallurgical & Materials Engineering Designated Core (All courses listed require a grade of C or better.)
CE 2326Econ for Engrs & Scientists3
CHEM 1305General Chemistry3
CHEM 1306General Chemistry3
MATH 1508Precalculus ((Listed if completed, but not required))3-5
or MATH 1310 Trigonometry and Conics
or MATH 1411 Calculus I
Additional Required Courses:
CHEM 1105Laboratory for CHEM 13051
MATH 1411Calculus I4
MATH 1312Calculus II3
MATH 2313Calculus III3
MATH 2326Differential Equations3
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics4
PHYS 2421Introductory Electromagnetism4
Total Hours22
BSMME (Lower Division) (All courses require a grade of C or better.)
Required Courses:
MME 1205Computation/Graph in Mater Sci2
MME 1405Intro to Metal and Matls Eng4
MME 2303Intro to Materials Sci & Engrg3
MME 2305Material & Energy Balance3
MME 2434Mechanics of Materials4
Total Hours16
BSMME (Upper Division and Concentrations)
Upper division and concentration courses- Total Hours51
Total BS MME Degree Hours128
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (Upper Division and Concentration Courses)
Required Courses:
MME 3195Junior Professional Orintati C1
MME 3306Rate Processes C3
MME 3308Appl Chemical Thermodynamics C3
MME 3309Circuits, Elect Mat & Devices C3
MME 3406Nanofuctnl Physical Metallurgy C4
MME 3407Mechanical Behavior of Matls C4
MME 3413Materials Characterization C4
MME 4219Senior Design Project 12
MME 4220Senior Design Project 22
MME 4303Metals Processing C3
MME 4309Corrosion C3
MME 4316Failure Analysis C3
MME 4404Mat. Synthesis & Manufacturing C4
Concentration Elective Course I C
Concentration Elective Course II C
Concentration Elective Course III C
Concentration Elective Course IV C
Total Hours 51


Forensic Engineering and Materials Performance

BSMME- Forensic Engineering and Materials Performance
Choice of 4 courses from the following:
MME 4315Metallogrphy and Micro Inter *c3
MME 4331Non-Destructive Examination c3
MME 4332Root Cause Analysis c3
MME 4333Fracture Mechanics c3
MME 4334Biomed Product Performance c3
MME 4335Functional Failure Analysis c3
MME 4390Special Topics in MME c3

Extractive  and Process Metallurgy

BSMME- Extractive Metallurgy
Choice of 4 courses from the following:
MME 4315Metallogrphy and Micro Inter *c3
MME 4340Mineral Processing c3
MME 4341Recycling Processes c3
MME 4342Hydrometallurgy *c3
MME 4350Material Joining Technologies c3
MME 4390Special Topics in MME c3
GEOL 4315Topics in Geological Sciences c3


BSMME- Biomaterials
Choice of 4 courses from the following:
BME 3303Fundamentals of BME I c3
BME 3305Fundamentals of BME II c3
MME 4304Printable Materials c3
MME 4310Polymer Engineering c3
MME 4312Biomaterials Science and Eng *c3
MME 4314Composite Materials c3
MME 4334Biomed Product Performance c3
MME 4390Special Topics in MME c3

General MME 

BSMME- General
Choice of 3 courses from the following and 1 course from another MME concentration:
MME 4310Polymer Engineering c3
MME 4314Composite Materials c3
MME 4315Metallogrphy and Micro Inter c3
MME 4321Engineering Alloys c3
MME 4331Non-Destructive Examination c3
MME 4350Material Joining Technologies c3
MME 4390Special Topics in MME c3

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication (six hours)

The objective of the communication component is to enable the student to communicate effectively in clear and correct prose or orally in a style appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.
Select six hours of the following: 6
For students whose secondary education was in English:
Written and Oral Communication
Writing About Literature
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
For students whose secondary education was not in English:
ESOL 1311Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl3
ESOL 1312Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl3
Total Hours12

American History (six hours)

The objectives of the history component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and history of the U.S., their comprehension of the past and current role of the U.S. in the world, and their ability to critically evaluate and analyze historical evidence. U.S. history courses (three hours must be Texas history) include:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture  (three hours)

The objective of the humanities component is to expand students' knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in disciplines such as literature and philosophy, students engage in critical analysis and develop an appreciation of the humanities as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Latina/o Presence in the U.S.
English Literature
English Literature
Intro to American Fiction
Intro to American Drama
Intro to American Poetry
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500
World History Since 1500
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics  (three hours)

The objective of the mathematics component is to develop a quantitatively literate college graduate. Every college graduate should be able to apply basic mathematical tools in the solution of real-world problems.
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Trigonometry and Conics
Math in the Modern World
Math for Social Sciences I
Calculus I
Precalculus 1,2
Math for Social Sciences II
Statistical Literacy
Elementary Statistical Methods
1 A higher-level course in the calculus sequence can be substituted.
2 TCCN MATH 1314 will also satisfy this requirement.
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences  (six hours)

The objective of the study of the natural sciences is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to enable the student to understand the bases for building and testing theories. The courses listed are for non-majors; the major courses in the discipline can be substituted for the non-major sequence. A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.):
Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I
Elem Astronomy-Solar System
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Human Anat/Physiology I
Human Anat/Physiology II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Intro General Chemistry Lab
Intro Organic & Biochem Lab
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
Intro to General Chemistry
Intro Organic & Biochemistry
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environment Science 2
Intro to Environmental Sci
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Physical Geography
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology
Intro to Historical Geol
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I
General Physics II
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Political Science  (six hours)

The objectives of the political science component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and evolution of the U.S. and Texas political systems, focusing on the growth of political institutions, and on the constitutions of Texas and the United States; and to enhance their understanding of federalism, states rights, and individual civil liberties, rights, and responsibilities.
Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences  (three hours)

The objective of the social and behavioral science component is to increase students' knowledge of how social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. Such knowledge will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity.
Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog
Intro-Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics
Principles of Economics
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics
Cultural Geography
An Intro. to Linguistics
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts (three hours)

The objective of the visual and performing arts component is to expand students' knowledge and appreciation of the human imagination as expressed through works of visual art, dance, music, theatre and film. Through study in these disciplines, students will form aesthetic judgments and develop an appreciation of the arts as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
History of Art I
History of Art II
Dance Appreciation
Intro-Art of Motion Pict.
Music Appreciation
Jazz to Rock
Music, Culture, and Society
Introduction to Theatre
Total Hours3

Component Area Option (six hours)

The objective of the institutionally designated option component is to develop the critical thinking skills and academic tools required to be an effective learner. Special emphasis is placed on the use of technology in problem-solving, communications, and knowledge acquisition.
Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking
Business/Profession Comm
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Eng Innovation and Leadership
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry
Total Hours6