Materials science and engineering is important in the competitive global economy and is recognized as one of the technical disciplines with the most exciting career opportunities. The new and innovative materials science and engineering program helps students learn the "science of stuff" with an eye towards engineering and design. The MS+E major complements our existing materials science major that allows students to fine tune their degree through one of eight emphases.
Both majors give students a broad foundation in all classes of materials, including nanomaterials, metals, polymers, ceramics, semiconductors and composites. They also emphasize critical thinking, communication, and the sort of broad-based problem-solving and analytical skills employers are seeking. We offer small class sizes, one-on-one time with faculty and other students, a broad education in areas that employers demand, and time to pursue your "AND". The Materials Science + Engineering major is currently going through the ABET accreditation process. More information can be found here.
Coming out of high school I knew that I both enjoyed and was good at math, chemistry, and physics, so I initially figured I would choose one of these as my major. However, I also had an interest in Engineering and I just couldn’t decide which one to pick. Then I heard about Materials Science, which was a perfect combination of all of the subjects that I enjoyed.
Leading in research to get you career-ready
UW-Eau Claire is the Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, and the materials science and engineering program is a leader in student-faculty collaborative research. These one-on-one or small group projects allow students to apply what they are learning in class to new situations, oftentimes with an opportunity to be paid as a research assistant and/or conduct summer research.