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Materials Science and Engineering—BS

Create Innovative Products that Touch Lives

Fuse your creativity and interest in materials to mold a rewarding career. A bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering (EMSE) will prepare you to create and innovate products that touch our everyday lives: prostheses, automobiles, mountain bikes, computers, cell phones, and more.

At Michigan Tech, you will not only explore a wide variety of materials—ranging in scale from the nano- to the macro—you will also take an active role in their development and production. Find out what controls the properties, behaviors, and performance of metals, plastics, ceramics, biomaterials, electronic materials, and more.

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. These professionals have contributed to major scientific breakthroughs including

  • New materials that allow energy conversion for a cleaner environment
  • Artificial skin for burn victims
  • Nanotechnologies that make computers smaller, faster, and more economical
  • Tough new composites that enable mountain bikers to climb higher and faster
  • Microscopic silicon chips that rewire themselves to conform to users’ needs
  • Medical diagnostic equipment such as ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging

Unparalleled Undergraduate Opportunities

Research, Facilities, and More

  • Our state-of-the-art facilities, including a suite of labs dedicated to undergraduate studies, allow students to experiment with characterizing and making new materials. Our casting facility affords undergraduate students unique training in the use of scanning electron microscopes for characterization.
  • Undergraduate research opportunities are plentiful in the department. As early as your sophomore year, you can gain valuable experience working with a faculty mentor in diverse research thrust areas:
    • Nanomaterials
    • Energy
    • Battery technology
    • Biomaterials
    • Environment
    • Failure analysis
  • Funding is available through the Charles and Carroll McArthur Undergraduate Research Endowment. Faculty often hire undergraduate students to work on funded research projects.
  • Our department specializes in working with metals.
  • Get ready to contribute on the job from day one. Our students benefit from hands-on experiences ranging from Enterprise to Senior Design to internships/co-ops.
  • Faculty and staff focus on giving students the personal attention and support necessary not only for academic success, but also a positive overall undergraduate experience. Faculty encourage students to take advantage of their open-door policy. Class sizes are small (our student to faculty ratio is one of the lowest at Michigan Tech), and faculty are very teaching-oriented (teaching assistants do not lead instruction in the department). The department hosts social events throughout the academic year, such as barbecues and sporting events.
  • Opportunities for intercultural exchange abound at Michigan Tech. The Study Abroad Program sends students to countries around the world for stints ranging from two weeks to one year. D80 allows students to apply their engineering studies to problems facing economically disadvantaged communities.

What career pathways are a good fit for our graduates?

Students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering are prepared to transition directly to entry-level jobs in industry. The majority of our alumni find positions in process engineering, quality control, and materials design. A large number go into the electronics, auto, and foundry industries. An advanced degree is desirable for research positions. Students interested in a career in academia should explore graduate education options.

Graduates of our program are working all over the world, in positions including:

  • Reliability engineer
  • Composites engineer
  • Research engineer
  • Semiconductor processing engineer
  • Failure analysis engineer
  • Materials engineer
  • Quality assurance engineer

Where have our materials science and engineering graduates found employment?

Employers of our alumni include:

  • ArcelorMittal
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Boston Scientific
  • Caterpillar
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Motors
  • IBM
  • Karl Schmidt Unisia Foundry
  • Kohler Company
  • Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
  • Nucor Steel
  • Thyssen Krupp Waupaca

Educational Objectives and Programs Outcomes for the B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering