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Materials Science Majors

Every day we come into contact with hundreds of manufactured objects that are essential to modern life: vehicles, clothes, machines in our homes and offices, sport and leisure equipment, computers and phones, and medical technology. Everything we see and use is made from materials derived from the earth: metals, polymers, ceramics, semiconductors and composites. Materials Science and Engineering majors study structure, properties and behavior of all materials, develop processes to manufacture useful products from them, and research environmentally friendly materials.

Materials are evolving faster today than any time in history, enabling scientists and engineers to improve the performance of existing products and to develop innovative technologies that will enhance every aspect of our lives. Materials Science and Engineering has become a key discipline in the competitive global economy and is recognized as one of the technical disciplines with the most exciting career opportunities.

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Marc McEllistream, Materials Science
Phillips Science Hall 177
101 Roosevelt Avenue

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Comprehensive majors (no minor required)
  • Materials Science - Applied Materials
  • Materials Science - Chemistry of Materials
  • Materials Science - Geomaterials
  • Materials Science - Liberal Arts
  • Materials Science - Mathematics of Materials
  • Materials Science - Nanoscience
  • Materials Science - Physics of Materials

Where you'll find our grads

  • Graduate student Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • Lab Analyst, 3M, Card Materials Business, Maplewood, MN
  • Materials Scientist, Fiberstar Bio, Eau Claire, WI
  • GMP Scientist, Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc.,  Madison, WI

Did you know?

The field of materials science and engineering is the study of “con-densed matter” (that is, solids and liquids), and how that understanding can be applied to fabricating devices and structures of utility. A relatively young discipline, materials science is an outgrowth of two traditional areas: the study of matter (and its structure-property relationship) that originated in chemistry and physics and develop-ments in various “materials” engineer-ing fields (notably, microelectronics, metallurgy, and plastics). 

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

Tayo Sanders III, '15 Materials Science, Rhodes Scholar

Prepared for Success

Typical positions held by materials science graduates include materials science engineer, technical journalism, forensic science, technical sales and marketing, research and development, design and manufacture, quality assurance, production management; continued education at the graduate level.

Why UW-Eau Claire

Faculty Experts

Our outstanding faculty are proud of the individual attention they give their students. You’ll learn in small class settings and get lots of one-on-one attention from professors who inspire learning and truly want you to succeed. Faculty draw from several areas of expertise, including, chemistry, physics, materials science, and have experience in polymer engineering, metallurgy, industry and working with super conductors.

Research Opportunities

Students have summer and academic year research opportunities at UW-Eau Claire and other locations across the United States.

Innovative Facilities

Students have the opportunity to use excellent on-campus state-of-the-art materials science facilities including instrumentation housed in the Materials Science Center. Instrumentation includes: a scanning Auger nanoprobe, a transmission electron microscope, a scanning electron microscope, an x-ray photoelectron spectrometer, a scanning tunneling electron microscope, atomic force microscopes, a high resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer, x-ray diffractometer, x-ray fluorescence spectrometer and a molecular beam epitaxial growth chamber to name a few!

Suggested Freshman Curriculum

  • Intro to Nanoscience and Materials Science
  • Precalculus and Calculus I
  • Chemical Principles of General Chemistry I and II
  • University Physics 1
  • Social Science/Humanities Elective
  • University writing requirement — depending on placement exam
  • Wellness or Physical Activity

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