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 majors:
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.
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?
Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering answers the how
How can we optimize the performance of specific materials by using processing to control structure to manipulate the properties? Can we design new materials for new applications from sporting goods to medical devices or biomaterials and from nanocomposites to new materials for batteries and new energy sources?
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.
- Required BME major courses for first year students starting in the 2021 catalog year and later.
- Required BME major courses for current students transferring into the BME major. This shows the rollout of courses for students who plan to graduate in Spring 2023.
- Recommended courses and timeline for students majoring in BME and completing pre-med preparation.
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.
- Required MSE major courses for students in the 2020 catalog year and earlier. Some pre-requisites and course timings have changed. Please contact your faculty advisor with any questions.
- Required MSE major courses for students in the 2021 catalog year and later.
- Online catalog for full descriptions of requirements and courses
- Application form with Chem 103/4 or 115 or application form with Chem 105/106 or 115 to apply to the MSE program
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.