The Materials Science and Engineering Program at UC San Diego is interdisciplinary, with participation of faculty members from several departments. Faculty from the following departments participates in the Materials Science and Engineering Program: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), Physics, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), Structural Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), NanoEngineering, Chemistry, and Bioengineering. The Director of the program, in consultation with executive committee carries out the governance of the program. The executive committee coordinates all affairs of the Materials Science and Engineering Program, including student admissions, degree requirements, graduate courses in materials science given by various participating departments, maintenance of laboratory instructional facilities, seminars, special courses, part-time instructors, and related matters.
Undergraduate preparation for pursuing the M.S. and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering at UCSD would normally include a degree in materials sciences, or in engineering or physical sciences, such as physics, chemistry, geology, and related disciplines. Students are expected to have an adequate mathematics, physics, chemistry and related basic sciences background.