Courses for a Degree in Materials Science and Engineering

Materials science and engineering focuses on the design and discovery of new materials. These materials might be used to build airplane wings or tiny computer chips.

For this major you’ll take lots of materials science and engineering classes. But you’ll also need to take classes in the arts, science, math, and social sciences to earn your bachelor’s degree. These extra courses help make sure that you graduate from college with all of the skills you’ll need to prepare for a successful career in materials science and engineering.

Here are some of the courses you might take to earn a degree in materials science and engineering:

Materials Science and Engineering Courses:

  • Introduction to Materials and Manufacturing
  • Physics of Materials
  • Principles of Engineering Materials
  • Thermodynamics of Materials
  • Kinetics and Transport in Materials Engineering
  • Structures of Materials
  • Materials Laboratory
  • Electronic, Magnetic and Optical Materials for Modern Device Technology
  • Design and Applications of Biomaterials
  • Polymeric Materials
  • Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • Ceramic Materials
  • Computational Approaches
  • Structural and Chemical Characterization of Materials
  • Physical Metallurgy
  • Materials and Engineering Design
  • Design Problems in Materials Science and Engineering
  • Materials Processing Design
  • Materials Physics and Chemistry
  • Materials Issues in Electronics
  • Materials Science of Thin Films
  • Polymer Physics
  • Rheology of Polymeric Materials
  • Materials Energy Conversion
  • Molecular Simulation of Materials
  • Computational Nanoscience of Soft Matter
  • Foundations of Nanotechnology
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Biomolecular Engineering of Interfaces
  • High-Temperature Materials
  • Biocompatibility of Materials
  • Nuclear Waste Forms

General Curriculum Requirements

  • Arts Courses: Art, History, Languages, Literature, Music
  • Math Courses: Algebra, Calculus, Computer Science, Logic, Statistics
  • Natural Sciences Courses: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics
  • Social Sciences Courses: Anthropology, Economics, Government, Psychology, Sociology