Bachelor in Materials Science and Engineering


Program Description


Does a career in digital electronics and materials technology or engineering interest you? Look to the ABET Accredited Materials Science and Engineering program at Alfred University. This challenging program will provide exposure to the concepts relating to multi-material and composite technologies, well as composite material interactions with living biological systems for students interested in the focus of biomedical materials science.


A hands-on curriculum that introduces students to materials science during the first year.


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


A senior-thesis project that allows you to showcase your research skills and demonstrate your creative talents.

What do Materials Scientists and Engineers do?

Advanced materials are critical to nearly every modern technology and play an important role in solving today's most challenging energy and environmental problems. Materials Science and Engineering is the broad interdisciplinary field that uses the principles of chemistry, physics, engineering, and biology to develop better materials. Materials scientists and engineers study the structures and properties of all types of materials -- ceramics, glass, metals, polymers, and semiconductors -- and devise new ways to make them using nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing techniques.

What Will You Study?

During your first year, you'll take Introduction to Engineering and two Engineering Explorations Lab in addition to foundation courses in math, chemistry, and physics. Over the next few years, a blend of classroom and laboratory experiences will help you define your unique interests in this very broad field. In your senior year, you'll conduct independent research with a faculty advisor - on topics ranging from high-strength metal alloys to polymer recycling to oxide nanosheets for generating hydrogen from water.

What Will You Do After Graduation?

Graduates are prepared for careers as engineers, scientists, and managers in a wide range of materials-related industries. Many of our graduates pursue advanced degrees to work as researchers in industry, government laboratories, and academia.

ABET Accreditation

The BS degree program in Materials Science and Engineering 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 Development Engineer - Greatbatch Medical
  • Data Analytics Engineer - FacilityConnX
  • Project Engineer - Kaman Composites
  • Lab Technician - Corning Incorporated
  • NDT Technician - Pratt & Whitney Amercon
  • Post-Bachelor Research Assistant - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Program educational objectives (or PEOs) are broad statements that describe what we expect graduates of AU's materials science and engineering 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:

  1. Be employed in materials-related industries and will continue to move into positions with both increased technical skill requirements and increased managerial responsibilities.
  2. Be engaged in continuing their education and lifelong learning in both technical and non-technical fields including graduate studies in Materials Science and Engineering, and other science and engineering majors; MBA programs; medical school; law school or short course/workshops applicable to growth within a chosen technical field.
  3. Become leaders in the development of their professions including professional society activities, conference presentations, scholarly publications, and student recruiting and mentoring.

Program Outcomes (Student Learning Outcomes)

Graduates of the Materials Science and Engineering 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.
Last updated Sep 2018

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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