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Materials Science and Engineering

studnets in Kristi Kiick's laboratory
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.

College of Engineering

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

EGGG101

Introduction to Engineering (FYE)

 

CHEM111

General Chemistry

 

MATH241

 

Analytical Geometry & Calculus A
CISC106

General Computer Science for Engineers

 

ENGL110

Seminar in Composition

 

MSEG111

Freshman Materials Experience

 

CHEM112

General Chemistry 

 

MATH242

Analytic Geometry & Calculus B

 

PHYS207

Fundamentals of Physics I

 

 

Breadth Requirement Elective I

 

MSEG201

Introduction to Materials Science

 

MATH243

Analytic Geometry & Calculus C

 

PHYS208

Fundamentals of Physics II

 

COMM212

Oral Communications in Business

 

 

Breadth Requirement Elective 2

 

MSEG211

Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics

 

MSEG212

Materials Chemistry & Kinetics

 

MATH351

Engineering Mathematics I

 

 

Technical Elective 1

 

 

Breadth Requirement Elective 3

 

MSEG305

Materials Science & Engineering Lab I

 

MSEG303

Introduction to Polymers

 

MSEG304

Computational Materials Science & Engineering

 

 

Technical Elective 2

 

 

Breadth Requirement Elective 4

 

MSEG312

Solid State Physics & Quantum Mechanics

 

MSEG311

Structural & Mechanical Properies of Materials

 

MSEG315

Materials Science & Engineering Lab II

 

 

Technical Elective 3

 

 

Breadth Requirement Elective 5

 

MSEG401

Design of Materials & Their Application (DLE & Capstone)

 

MSEG402

Nanoscales Materials Laboratory

 

 

MSEG Elective

 

 

Breadth Requirement Elective 6

 

MSEG415 Degradation & Failure of Materials

 

 

MSEG Elective

 

 
  MSEG Elective

 

 

Technical Elective 4

 

 

Technical Elective 5