Materials Science and Engineering - BS

Materials Science and Engineering is an interdisciplinary field centered on understanding the physical and chemical properties of matter and designing materials to serve a specific function (a battery cathode that can store more charge, a lightweight but strong alloy to improve the efficiency in cars, smaller faster semiconductors to make our electronics smarter and more efficient, as a few examples). Materials scientists study the connections between how we make and manufacture a material and how it affects its structure and resulting properties. Materials engineers develop materials and manufacturing techniques and integrate these materials into commercial products. 

The BS curriculum builds on a strong foundation in chemistry, physics, and mathematics to explore the fundamental concepts and techniques critical to the field of materials science and engineering. Students have the flexibility to explore interdisciplinary studies or to focus in greater depth on one or more areas of concentration in the allotted technical electives and specialty electives. 

This department also offers additional studies in the following Academic Areas of Interest:

  • Soft Materials
  • Structural Materials
  • Electronic Materials
  • Materials Characterization and Failure Analysis
  • Corrosion Science and Engineering

For your success, our program offers:

  • Hands-on lab series starting in sophomore year, culminating in a capstone design course
  • Flexibility to choose three specialty electives outside of the major to complement your BS curriculum
  • Industry-relevant capstone projects
  • Faculty mentoring program starting sophomore year