The materials science and engineering bachelor's degree at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire addresses the world's growing need for skilled engineers. A mix of physics, chemistry and math, the esteemed major applies the tools of basic science with an engineering component that seeks to understand the behavior of materials, their development and their applications to modern technologies.
Rooted in experiential learning, you will graduate with knowledge of the field and the technology you will use in it. Create parts using 3D printers and develop out-of-the-box solutions to modern-day challenges. Training on cutting-edge, industry-standard instrumentation and software, including SolidWorks, COMSOL, LabView and MATLAB, will provide you with substantial professional experience.
Curriculum is intentionally structured to help you become a mature critical thinker. Unique assignments, study abroad and undergraduate research opportunities will refine your writing, communication and problem-solving skills.
You'll also get a chance to explore. Partnerships with area businesses through capstone projects, internships and other outside-the-classroom learning experiences will help you identify potential career paths, make connections and uncover new interests.
Support your college journey with scholarships! There are currently several scholarships available to students pursuing a career in materials science and engineering. For example, the Engineering in Materials Scholarship, offered by UWEC materials science program faculty, pays semester installments of $500 for up to four semesters for students in need.
Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.
To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your materials science and engineering degree.
Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC.
Materials science and engineering program details
- Program length: four years
- Availability: campus
- This major does not require a minor.
- Materials Research Society
- Women and Gender Minorities in STEM
- Society of Physics Students
- Sigma Pi Sigma
Accreditation information: Materials Science and Engineering at UW-Eau Claire is pursuing accreditation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. The process for accreditation has begun and is expected to be finalized by summer 2020. Accreditation is frequently retroactive for previous graduating classes.
Preparation for the real world. UW-Eau Claire’s materials science and engineering degree teams challenging coursework with practical, professional experience. A year-long capstone project will provide you with the opportunity to address a materials-related question or problem, providing you with real-world applications and input from industry experts. Opportunities like these build your technical knowledge of the field, improve your soft skills and strengthen your resume.
A Materials Science and Engineering Center full of state-of-the-art software and equipment. Use testing instruments, equipment and software found in the industry right now, including a scanning Auger nanoprobe, a transmission electron microscope, an x-ray diffractometer, a molecular beam epitaxial growth chamber and more. Not typically available to students at other universities, this expertise helps you stand out from other job applicants and allows you to do the job — and do it well — on day one.
Strong alignment with employer and industry needs. Built from the ground up, this program is responsive to the needs of employers, including those in Western Wisconsin as well as the broader materials engineering community. Long-standing relationships with local industry professionals — and an annual Science and Engineering Career Fair — lead to internship and career opportunities while ensuring graduates are prepared to meet workforce needs.
Exceptional teachers and mentors. Blugold materials science and engineering students receive an outstanding, personalized education. Faculty hold a Ph.D. in engineering or STEM and go out of their way to encourage an environment that promotes success and innovation. Small class sizes — 100% teacher taught — allow you to develop strong relationships with your peers and professors.
Collaborative research opportunities. Take advantage of research opportunities made possible through the Materials Science and Engineering Center. Create an entirely unique research endeavor or join a project already underway. Ongoing research includes topics like metallurgy, nanomaterials, polymers and colloids, and superconductors.
The field of materials science and engineering offers a wide range of career opportunities for Blugold graduates. Graduates find employment in microelectronics, energy production and storage, biomedical applications, aerospace, information technology, nanotechnology, manufacturing, and materials production.
Where are materials science and engineering alumni now?
- 3M Corporation, Minnesota
- Phillips Medisize, Wisconsin
- Preco, Wisconsin
- Kohler Company, Wisconsin
- Cardinal Glass, Wisconsin
Materials science and engineering careers
- Materials engineer
- Process engineer
- Quality assurance
- Research and development
- Design and manufacturing
- Technical journalism
- Forensic science
- Technical sales and marketing
- Production management
Conducting research strengthened my group communication, presentation, technical and problem-solving skills. From my internship, I have experience working in an industry setting and working directly with engineers. I've used software programs and tools commonly used in industry. I can talk about all those things when applying for jobs."
UW-Eau Claire's engineering curriculum is designed to meet the individual needs of students. Innovative learning experiences, a focus on design and access to state-of-the-art facilities will allow you to step into the world of engineering and immediately make an impact.
Classes for materials science and engineering degree majors might include:
- Introduction to Engineering
- Living in a Materials World
- Physics of Solids
- Chemical Principles
- Computer Systems
- Programming Languages
- Experimental Design and Analysis
Learn more about the comprehensive materials science and engineering major in the UWEC course catalog.
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