Message from Allen Kimel, Associate Head for Undergraduate Studies

Gary L. MessingWelcome to the most innovative materials science and engineering undergraduate program in the world.

Our innovation comes from our cutting edge curriculum that allows our students to essentially create their own MATSE degree in a field that is of interest to them.  We bring the research being conducted at PSU, the largest materials science and engineering research institution in the country, to the undergraduates in the classroom and through many opportunities to engage in the research enterprise. As of spring 2016, our students are participating in these undergraduate research experiences within two of the newest state-of-the-art buildings, Millennium Science Complex and Steidle Building, on University Park campus or anywhere else in the country.  All of our students will be exposed to at least one course in computational materials science, the leading edge of the field. Additionally, we offer the only department directed International Internship in Materials Science program in the country, where our students can spend a semester abroad conducting research at one of 17 outstanding universities across Europe and Asia.

Undergraduate Degree Program

students in cap and gown on steps of steidleConsistently ranked as a top ten program in U.S. News & World Report rankings, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State is an international leader in materials education and research. Our undergraduate program serves students well with a broad understanding of materials as well as the fundamental techniques of science and engineering used in the discipline, a flexible curriculum that allows student to tailor their materials degree to their particular interests, and a focus on blending in-classroom academic experiences with high-level research and industrial opportunities.

Students are afforded an opportunity to enhance their undergraduate education through our active student organizations, domestic and international internships, professional seminars and workshops, networking opportunities, and much more.  In our department, your opportunities are limitless and your undergraduate academic experience is yours to create.


The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State offers students an ABET accredited engineering degree. ABET accreditation is an assurance that this department meets standards for producing graduates in the materials profession and allows students graduating from this program to take the Fundamentals of Engineering and Professional Engineering examinations.