Undergraduate Admissions

Materials Science and Engineering

Materials science students working with petri dishes.

Create. Innovate. Touch lives.

Make breakthroughs in process engineering, quality control, or materials design. Michigan Tech’s program ranks third in the nation as the most-focused materials engineering college (10th in the US for best value).

Materials scientists work at the forefront of technology, applying physics, chemistry, and biology to compose new products—many of which have the potential to greatly improve quality of life. You’ll be prepared to create and innovate products that touch our everyday lives: prostheses, automobiles, mountain bikes, computers, cell phones, and more.

Experiment with characterizing and making new materials in a suite of labs dedicated to undergraduate studies. Learn in the metal foundry and casting facility. Use scanning electron microscopes and computer simulation labs.

"When I toured campus I spent time with the advisor and saw all the labs. I felt like people here were excited for more students to come and that I would be cared about as an individual." Julia Scruton, Materials Science and Engineering

Be Ready for What Tomorrow Needs:

  • Improve the efficiency of scrap metal recovery for Gerdau by working with the Advanced Metalworks Enterprise team.
  • Use state-of-the-art equipment and technology for lab assignments, research, and projects
  • Publish an open-source library of designs that will let scientists slash the cost of the syringe pump using 3D printing.
  • Access a wide range of material characterization tools such as optical microscopes, scanning electron microscopes, and x-ray diffractometers.
  • Participate in the McArthur Research Interns program which provides opportunities for undergraduates to pursue leading-edge materials research under the guidance of a research-active faculty advisor and mentor.

Create the Future with Careers In:

  • Reliability engineering
  • Research engineering
  • Semiconductor processing engineering
  • Materials engineering
  • Quality assurance engineering

Huskies Get Hired By:

  • ArcelorMittal
  • Waupaca Foundry
  • Mercury Marine
  • All major automotive manufacturers
  • John Deere
  • Caterpillar

Customize your Degree:

Minors available in:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electronic Materials
  • Manufacturing
  • Minerals Processing
  • Nanoscale Science and Engineering
  • Polymer Science and Engineering

You can also earn a master’s in one additional year through the Accelerated Master’s program.

Take Courses Like:

  • Materials Processing
  • Polymer Engineering
  • Materials Forensics
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Corrosion and Environmental Effects

Learn more about materials science and engineering at Michigan Tech!