Materials engineers advance the science and technology of producing materials for nearly every product imaginable from cell phones and artificial joints to automobiles and huge turbine rotors. Working with metals and alloys, ceramics, polymers, semiconductors, and combined materials called composites, they study a material’s properties and structure, evaluate its performance, and improve or customize it. Materials engineers also design reliable, economical manufacturing processes, and select the best material for the final product.


  • Ceramic engineer
  • Component engineer
  • Metallurgical engineer
  • Materials scientist
  • Polymer engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Procurement engineer
  • Quality control engineer
  • Research and development engineer
  • Consultant

What you’ll study

The curriculum includes:

  • courses on the fundamentals of engineering materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, electronic materials, and composites)
  • courses on the science of materials (thermodynamics and mass transport)
  • hands-on lab courses

You may choose elective courses that focus on a specialty area.

Because chemical engineering and materials science are combined in a single department, there are unique opportunities to pursue a double major and work with faculty on research projects.

The Bachelor of Materials Science and Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.