Materials science is about understanding the physical origins of material behavior. Materials engineering is the design of materials to optimize their properties.
Materials science and engineering professionals can work in metallurgy or semiconductor manufacturing. They may design composites or engineer reliability into a system. Materials span a broad scale, ranging from foundry creations to atomic scale samples. Innovative materials play an important role in providing resources for a growing population. As our society becomes more complex, new materials become key components.
With a bachelor's degree in materials science and engineering, you can design materials that are central to quality-of-life improvements. Together we can make materials stronger, lighter, safer, greener, and more cost-effective. Our relatively small size as a department enables a rich, personalized learning environment that is also a lot of fun. Our students discover options to decrease metal waste from industry. They practice high pressure die casting. They can produce an aluminum alloy that can be gravity die-cast and anodized. They employ additive manufacturing in material design.
Materials are everywhere and part of everything. The MSE ﬁeld is immensely broad and provides opportunities in a wide range of industries, world locations, and a variety of functions. Michigan Tech MSE graduates enjoy high starting salaries and high employment rates.
Add to your degree at a flagship technological university with a materials science and engineering minor. A minor allows you to specialize in a discipline outside of or complementary to your major. We recommend that you begin your minor studies as early as possible in your academic career.
- Electronic Materials
- Structural Materials
- Nanoscale Science and Engineering (Interdisciplinary)