Should I major in materials science?

  • You're excited about engineering and processing materials that will enable new products and technologies
  • You're curious how the atomic structure of materials controls their properties
  • You're looking forward to career options in fields like chemicals, electronics, transportation, communications, and aerospace

Advances in materials drive technological progress. Materials scientists use existing materials to improve a product or develop new materials and processing methods, often within nano-, bio-, structural, and electronics engineering pursuits. Materials science and engineering students engage in hands-on laboratory experience, research opportunities, and summer internships. They can also pursue minors in nanotechnology, polymer science and engineering, and mechanics of materials.