Materials Science & Engineering

Bachelor of Science
Materials Science and Engineering

Materials scientists and engineers design, develop, and produce traditional and new advanced materials with diverse applications intended for use in a wide variety of industries. These include traditional materials-intensive industries such as structural clay, foundry, whiteware, polymers, plastics, fibers, textiles, composite materials, and automotive industries. Also included are high performance technology industries such as semiconductor, defense, biomaterials, aerospace, and communication industries. The broad career responsibilities of this discipline require competence in science, engineering, mathematics, and the social sciences. The curriculum develops skills in problem solving, engineering analysis, and design, as well as oral and written communication. 

The School of Materials Science and Engineering offers two areas of concentration within the Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering. The Inorganic Materials Concentration provides for more in-depth study of the engineering and science of materials such as ceramics, glasses, metals, optical and electronic materials; while the Polymeric Materials Concentration provides more emphasis on plastics, elastomers, fibers and fibrous materials, films, coatings and adhesives. Students select either the Inorganic Materials Concentration or the Polymeric Materials Concentration at the beginning of their sophomore year. Both concentrations in Materials Science and Engineering integrate laboratory with classroom experiences to prepare students for life-long learning and exciting career opportunities. Courses covering thermodynamics, kinetics, mechanical behavior, processing, fabrication and characterization of materials prepare students for careers in industry and for graduate school.

Click here to get the current curriculum for the Inorganic Materials Concentration

Click here to get the current curriculum for the Polymeric Materials Concentration


In addition to the common educational objectives of all engineering programs, baccalaureate degree graduates in Materials Science and Engineering will be able to:

• demonstrate learning consistent with Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Engineering Criteria 2011 for materials engineering programs;

•  function easily and well in the laboratory and plant environments; and

•  serve the local, national, and international materials communities. 

Specifically, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Engineering Criteria 2011 requires that baccalaureate degree graduates in Materials Science and Engineering be able to:

•  apply advanced scientific and engineering principles to materials systems;

• demonstrate an integrated understanding of the scientific and engineering principles underlying structure, properties, processing, and performance relationships;

•  apply this understanding to the solution of materials engineering selection and design problems;

•  apply appropriate experimental, statistical, and      computational methods to advantage in the solution of materials problems.

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