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Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering Majors

All majors within the department emphasize critical thinking, communication, and the sort of broad-based problem-solving and analytical skills employers are looking for. Undergraduate research opportunities within each program allow you to apply what you are learning in class to new situations — oftentimes with an opportunity to be paid as a research assistant.

The materials science and biomedical engineering department offers the following programs:

  1. Biomedical Engineering, BS Program type: Major Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus
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    Help address the increasing demand for biomedical solutions, particularly relating to the health care needs of an aging U.S. population, with a degree in biomedical engineering.

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  2. Materials Science, BA or BS Program type: Major; Certificate Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus
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    Discover how new and existing materials can solve modern-day challenges with our materials science bachelor’s degree.

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  3. Materials Science and Engineering, BS Program type: Major Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus
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    Dive into the complex and growing field of materials science and engineering. Students graduate with knowledge of the field and the state-of-the-art software and instrumentation used in it.

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All majors offer:

  • A four-year plan
  • Coursework that builds the technical and soft skills employers are looking for in graduates today
  • The technical expertise of faculty
  • Cutting-edge curriculum
  • Small class sizes and one-on-one support
  • Direct and independent use of state-of-the-art scientific instrumentation through the Materials Science and Engineering Center
  • Ample access to research opportunities with faculty
  • Internship opportunities with local industry

I wanted to come to UW-Eau Claire because I wanted to interact with the people who have the most knowledge to share — the professors. Knowing that professors, not TAs, teach every class here was huge for me.

Tayo Sanders II Materials Science

Materials Science answers the why

Why does changing the structure, or the organization of the atoms within the material, change the properties we observe, such as mechanical strength, optical or electronic behavior, or temperature stability? The materials science majors combines the hands-on learning of this applied degree with flexibility to pursue a complementary interest, like chemistry, geology, or entrepreneurship. 

Materials Science & Engineering and Biomedical Engineering answer the how

How can we design materials and interfaces with biological systems for new applications? Our engineering majors tackle real-world problems by applying fundamental science concepts to build new applications ranging from better batteries to medical devices.

For more details about each major:

BME curriculum details and documents:

This biomedical engineering degree provides students with broad and rigorous exposure to the engineering curriculum.



MSE curriculum details and documents:

This ABET-accredited engineering degree provides students with broad and rigorous exposure to the engineering curriculum. This major requires a significant increase over the 62 credits required in the materials science degree. 

Materials Science curriculum details and documents

This major gives students a broad foundation in all classes of materials, including nanomaterials, metals, polymers, and ceramics. It offers course elective choices within materials science and an emphasis allowing students to specialize in a particular area of interest within the broader scope of materials science.

Materials Science Certificate

The details for the Materials Science Certificate can be found in the online course catalog.



Materials Science and Engineering at UW-Eau Claire

Hear from students in the materials science and engineering program about how the major helps them to think critically and communicate effectively — skills that are highly sought after in today's job market.

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New Major Addresses Market Demand

The UW System Board of Regents has approved UW-Eau Claire's new bachelor's degree program in biomedical engineering. The new major complements UW-Eau Claire's existing programs and meets demonstrated demand by students and the job market.

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