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Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering Academic Offerings

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. 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. Discover how new and existing materials can solve modern-day challenges with our materials science bachelor’s degree.

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  3. 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 III 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?

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:

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



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. 

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.

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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