lab notesThe curriculum in Materials Science and Engineering is designed to help you achieve your fullest academic potential, while building a competitive package that fosters your professional, personal, and intellectual growth. We strive to provide our graduates with a well-rounded education and research experience that will serve them well should they go directly into industry or continue on to graduate school.

Our program offers a large and diverse faculty with a high faculty to student ratio. We offer an in depth education over the full spectrum of materials science and engineering. Undergraduate students customize their curriculum by choosing specialization courses. In addition we offer minor options in polymers, and EPM science. To assist students in charting their course of study we have prepared a recommended academic plan and offer several academic advisers for each class level.


To help guide you, we have prepared a recommended academic plan for students at Univeristy Park and Commonwealth campuses.  Please use the links below to download the recommended academic plan for your location:

Recommended Academic Plan - University Park Campus

Recommended Academic Plan - Commonwealth Campuses


In the junior and senior years, students take specialized and in-depth courses within the department. While some courses are required for all MatSE students, the curriculum does allow for a large amount of flexibility with eight materials specialization courses. These eight courses allow students to essentially make their own Materials Science and Engineering degree by choosing any materials-related courses that speak to their interests. For more information about choosing specializations click here.


Our program offers two minor areas of study in electronic and photonic materials (EPM) and polymers.  Use the links below for more information:

Polymer Science Minor

Electronic and Photonic Materials (EPM) Minor