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 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 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:
MSE curriculum details and documents:
This major requires a significant increase over the 62 credits required in the materials science degree. These additional technical credits provide students with broad and rigorous exposure to the engineering curriculum.
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.