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Explore the materials science bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

Discover how new and existing materials can solve modern-day challenges with a materials science bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Courses rooted in STEM and scientific principles offer small class sizes, one-on-one time with faculty and real-world, experiential learning. 

Using chemistry and physics, you’ll distinguish how properties of materials depend on chemical bonding while learning critical-thinking skills that will enhance your lab work. Unique projects and research opportunities give you the freedom to explore areas that interest you, like nanomaterials, polymers, metals and ceramics. And the ability to work with sophisticated research instruments — normally reserved for graduate students at other universities — is made possible thanks to our exceptional Materials Science and Engineering Center. 

Through a strong curriculum that emphasizes communication, analytical skills and intuitive problem-solving, you’ll gain the know-how and experience that employers look for while working alongside students and faculty who are just as curious and passionate as you.

Peter McCamley and Mathew Guenther capstone project injection molding for MS+E

Specialized curriculum gives students competitive edge

A capstone project turned into full-time jobs in the plastics industry for materials science grads Peter McCamley and Mathew Guenther. The duo worked as a team to develop processing and testing procedures of injection-molded plastic parts for the materials science and engineering materials processing lab. 

Using the injection molder to melt and inject plastic pellets into molds to generate plastic parts, such as bottle caps and key fobs, the students gained firsthand research and development experience — an opportunity that prepared them well for their future. 

“Being able to work closely with faculty and instruments gave me a unique experience that set me apart from the rest of the crowd,” Mathew said.

Mathew is now a quality engineer at a plastics company in Wisconsin, while Peter works as a process engineer for a plastics company in Minnesota. 

Materials science degree scholarships

The UW-Eau Claire Foundation provides many scholarships for incoming and current Blugolds. There are currently thousands of dollars in scholarships for students seeking a materials science degree from UW-Eau Claire.

For example, the Roxanne Accola Memorial Scholarship offers a $1,400 award to select STEM students. Some scholarships, like the Robert Lipert and Nivedita Pandit Sciences Blugold Promise Scholarship ($1,000), are renewable and can assist you throughout your entire college career.

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 degree.

Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC.

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Quick facts

Materials science program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Offered: in person
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • This major does not require a minor.
  • This program is also available as a certificate. 
  • Students majoring in this program may choose either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.
Student organizations
  • Materials Research Society
  • Women and Gender Minorities in STEM
  • Society of Physics Students
  • Sigma Pi Sigma

Materials science bachelor's degree program highlights

Access to high-caliber tools and instruments right away. At UW-Eau Claire, you'll learn how to use real-world tools and instruments as early as your first year. Our state-of-the-art facilities include equipment for imaging, elemental and chemical analysis, processing, prototyping and more. 

Opportunities to participate in undergraduate research. Work alongside exceptional faculty scholars on ground-breaking research projects. In addition to being able to explore the various areas of STEM and material science, you'll gain important research skills and contribute to the world of science in a meaningful and lasting way.

The Materials Science and Engineering Center. Here you’ll find an unrivaled collection of materials science instrumentation. Connecting faculty researchers and local companies, the center puts knowledge to practical use by solving area businesses’ current materials issues and helping you obtain the necessary skills to launch into a successful career.

Connection to local employers. Meeting potential employers and gaining a better understanding of the different types of jobs available to you is a critical component of the materials science program. To help you explore career paths and meet future employers, we host an annual, on-campus Science and Engineering Career Fair. This event is an excellent opportunity to make connections and submit your resume for current or future internships and job openings. 

What jobs can you get with a materials science degree from UWEC?

UW-Eau Claire's materials science bachelor's degree will prepare you to tackle real-world problems — both inside and outside a lab setting. Graduates find themselves ready for a variety of career paths and opportunities, including graduate school.

Where are materials science alumni now?

Materials science careers

Math, science, physics and biology all intrigue me, and I didn't want to choose just one thing to do going into college. Materials science is a great choice because it encourages students to explore all sectors of STEM and to understand how they are all interconnected.

Elizabeth Laskowski Materials Science
Dr. Elizabeth Glogowski watches as student Liz Stubbs focuses on her work in the materials science lab at UW-Eau Claire.

The value of student orgs

Recognized nationally for her work in science, Elizabeth Stubbs found a supportive and knowledgeable community within the materials science program — and especially within the Women and Gender Minorities in STEM student organization. The growing org offers support to women and gender minorities majoring in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math and gives them the confidence to pursue their dreams.

“Women are often discouraged from entering the science field due to stereotypes and years of being told that they won't make it in a difficult field," she explained. "This is so wrong. Increasing diversity in the scientific field WILL lead to developing solutions to global problems.”

Upon earning her doctorate, Elizabeth hopes to pursue a career in research and development.

Materials science bachelor's degree program curriculum

While at UW-Eau Claire, you'll experience an innovative, well-rounded education, with classes and opportunities that are bound to quench your thirst for discovery. The chance to use cutting-edge technology begins as soon as you step on campus. You'll learn about a wide variety of subjects that interest you and have opportunities to further explore those you want to learn more about.

Classes for materials science majors may include:

Learn more about the comprehensive materials science major in the UWEC course catalog.

Learn more about the materials science certificate in the UWEC course catalog

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Department information

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