Bachelor in Glass Engineering Science


Program Description


For a highly sought after, exclusive education in the science of glass engineering, look no further than Alfred University. Here we offer you the only undergraduate program of its kind in the nation, with small class sizes, plenty of opportunities for undergraduate research, and an extensive alumni network working in the glass and ceramic industry. Further, our Glass Engineering Science Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.


The only undergraduate Glass Engineering Science program in the nation.


Plenty of opportunities for undergraduate research and access to state-of-the-art research facilities.


An extensive alumni network working in the glass and ceramic industry.

What Do Glass Scientists Do?

Glass has been used for thousands of years, in drinking glasses, storage bottles, decorative objects, and jewelry. Glass has the same uses today, but it has become a truly high-technology material used in sophisticated windows that control light and heat, in fiber optics for high-speed communication, and in advanced medical treatments such as bone-setting materials. Engineers and scientists who understand glass and its production are needed by the glass industry and companies who use glass in their products.

What Will You Study?

In your first year, you will take Introduction to Engineering and the Glass Engineering Exploration Lab in addition to foundation courses in math, chemistry, and physics. In subsequent semesters, you'll develop expertise in general and glass materials through a blend of classroom and laboratory experiences. In your final year, you'll showcase your talents by conducting independent glass research in collaboration with a faculty advisor as part of our senior thesis requirement.

What Will You Do After Graduation?

The program prepares graduates for careers as materials engineers with specialized knowledge of glass. Our graduates are highly sought after by companies that develop and manufacture glass materials, often advancing to leadership positions in the field. Many of our graduates pursue advanced degrees to work as researchers in industry, government laboratories, and academia.

ABET Accreditation

The BS degree program in Glass Engineering Science is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Undecided Students

If you have varied interests in engineering but are unsure which you excel at or enjoy working with the most, consider exploring our Undecided Engineering Pathway. The Inamori School of Engineering provides this option to students who are undecided as first-year students and allows them to discover the field of engineering that's the best fit for them.

What Will You Do?

Within the past few years, graduates have obtained jobs as:
  • Process Optimizer (Development Program) - Ardagh Group
  • Development Engineer - Greatbatch Medical
  • Microscopy & Microanalysis Lab Assistant - KEMET
  • Furnace Development Engineer - Owens Corning
  • Research Scientist - Corning, Incorporated
  • Project Engineer - Owens-Illinois
  • Engineer - Northeast Electronics Corp.

Program educational objectives (or PEOs) are broad statements that describe what we expect graduates of AU's glass engineering science program to attain 3-5 years after graduation. PEOs are reviewed and revised regularly to ensure that the program educational objectives are relevant to the needs of today's employers.

Program Educational Objectives

During the first few years after graduation, graduates will be:

  1. Materials engineers with a specialized knowledge of the vitreous state, its science, engineering and manufacture and will be employed either in the public or private sector or will be pursuing an advanced degree.
  2. Diverse individuals who both understand the principles and can undertake the practice of engineering materials, particularly glass, to meet the needs of the population.
  3. Able to operate as effective engineers or managers in both glass and other related industries or academia, as scientists, engineers, and teachers, continuously learning as they do so.

What will you learn if you major in glass engineering science?
Program outcomes are the knowledge, skills, and abilities that we expect graduates of the program to attain at the time of graduation.

Program Outcomes (Student Learning Outcomes)

Graduates of the Glass Engineering-Science program at Alfred University will have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
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At Alfred University, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means you'll have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on ... Read More

At Alfred University, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means you'll have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the studio, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field. Read less