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Faculty and students in materials science and engineering study biomaterials, photovoltaics, polymers, semiconductors, and nanocomposites in collaboration with established areas of excellence on campus, including the Center for Composite Materials, the Institute for Energy Conversion, and the Delaware Biotechnology Institute.

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Materials Science & Engineering


Materials Matter

Materials engineers play a vital role in solving today’s most challenging energy and environmental problems, and the outlook for materials science engineers is incredibly promising. Engineering is one of the highest-paying industries for college graduates, and the job sector of materials science engineers is expected to see substantial growth in the coming decades. Developments in nanotechnology and in the use of biomedical materials, high-performance textiles, composites and sustainable materials are creating job opportunities.

Materials Science and Engineering uses the principles of physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering to develop better, safer and more sustainable materials. Everything we see and use is made from materials derived from the earth, and advanced materials are essential to nearly every modern technology. Materials engineers study the structures and properties of all types of materials – metals, polymers, ceramics, semiconductors and composites – and develop new ways to make them using nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing techniques.

Career Options

  • Design Engineer
  • Energy Systems Engineer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Nanofabrication Engineer
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Orthopaedics
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • Research and Development Engineering
  • Research Scientist

Graduate Programs

  • MS or PhD in Engineering
  • Advanced Systems Architecture
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Electromagnetics and Photonics
  • Materials Science
  • Nanofabrication
  • Sustainable Energy Systems
  • MBA
  • Law School
  • Medical School
  • Dental School

What’s special about this program?

With a materials science and engineering degree from the University of Delaware, you will be poised for success in industries that impact societal needs in energy, the environment, and biomedicine as well as other consumer needs such as semiconductor and electronics manufacturing.

Get involved        

Beyond academic programs, the UD student chapter of the Materials Research Society (MRS) provides a variety of activities to engage students and enhance success, including attending the national MRS meeting, professional networking with alumni, and community events.


Additional Registered Student Organizations include:

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Deep Roots Outreach Program

Engineers Without Borders

National Society of Black Engineers

Omega Chi Epsilon

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Society of Women Engineers

Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering

Tau Beta Pi

Sample curriculum


Introduction to Engineering (FYE)



General Chemistry




Analytical Geometry & Calculus A

General Computer Science for Engineers



Seminar in Composition



Freshman Materials Experience



General Chemistry 



Analytic Geometry & Calculus B



Fundamentals of Physics I



Breadth Requirement Elective I



Introduction to Materials Science



Analytic Geometry & Calculus C



Fundamentals of Physics II



Oral Communications in Business



Breadth Requirement Elective 2



Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics



Materials Chemistry & Kinetics



Engineering Mathematics I



Technical Elective 1



Breadth Requirement Elective 3



Materials Science & Engineering Lab I



Introduction to Polymers



Computational Materials Science & Engineering



Technical Elective 2



Breadth Requirement Elective 4



Solid State Physics & Quantum Mechanics



Structural & Mechanical Properies of Materials



Materials Science & Engineering Lab II



Technical Elective 3



Breadth Requirement Elective 5



Design of Materials & Their Application (DLE & Capstone)



Nanoscale Materials Laboratory



MSEG Elective



Breadth Requirement Elective 6


MSEG415 Degradation & Failure of Materials



MSEG Elective


  MSEG Elective



Technical Elective 4



Technical Elective 5


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