Degree offered: B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering

Materials scientists who graduate from Lehigh University go on to work in research, development, operations, management, manufacturing and sales. They investigate the relationship between the structure of materials at the atomic or molecular level and their macroscopic properties. Generally speaking, materials scientists use existing materials to improve a product or process or develop new materials and processing methods, often connected to pursuits in nano-, bio-, structural, and optical engineering and electronics. They work in many different industries such as chemicals, electronics, transportation, communications and aerospace, as well as financial, educational and legal concerns in these sectors.

Interested in joining Lehigh University's Materials Science and Engineering Program? Apply today:

From glasses and metals to biomaterials and nanocomposites, advances in materials are drivers of technological progress.

Why Materials Science and Engineering?

  • Because you want to spend your days working with materials like glasses, metals, biomaterials and nanocomposites
  • Because you enjoy studying materials on a macroscopic level and want to apply your knowledge to large-scale processes and products
  • Because you want to develop new materials and processing methods

What sets us apart

Lehigh's materials science and engineering program offers a fundamental core of courses on the different material classes while also allowing students to choose areas of specialization, such as nanotechnology. Students work closely with award-winning professors who are at the top of their fields in a program that provides a balance of theoretical and practical knowledge.

Students in the program are provided with hands-on laboratory experiences, research opportunities and summer internships. Students have taken part in projects at government laboratories, in industry or at other universities, both in the United States and abroad. Students are also able to pursue a senior project in close collaboration with a faculty member. Projects are interdisciplinary and vary from stainless-steel welding to microelectronic packaging. Lehigh's microscopy facility—the most advanced university-based center of its kind in the United States plays a major role in the materials science curriculum.

Lehigh's degree in materials science and engineering can be combined with minors in a wide range of other subjects, including the minor in nanotechnology, the minor in polymer science and engineering, and the minor in mechanics of materials. Undergraduates may also participate in the department's annual Microscopy School, where leaders in the microscopy field join with Lehigh faculty to teach courses on the latest advances and techniques in nanocharacterization.

4+1 Accelerated Programs


The 4+1 Bachelor’s to Master’s Accelerated Programs allow eligible undergraduates to leverage up to 12 credits taken during undergraduate studies toward a master’s degree. Often, students can complete the credits for a master’s in one additional year of study at Lehigh beyond their four-year degree. | LEARN MORE >>

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Lehigh University
5 East Packer Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18015-3195

E-mail: Rhianna Kneebone

Lehigh University's Materials Science and Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Commission of ABET,