Make Way for Unimpeded Progress
From Molecular Understanding to New Technology
High tech wouldn’t exist without polymers, ceramics, metals, composites and semiconductors. MSE is linked to every field of science and engineering, with applications ranging from computer chips and consumer electronics to building materials and solar power.
The University of Arizona’s MSE curriculum for undergraduates is inherently multidisciplinary, flexible and career oriented.
For nearly three decades, the UA Materials Science and Engineering Department has prepared students not only for jobs in industries such as aerospace and defense, information technology, health care and energy, but also for some of the best grad programs in the world.
Join UA MSE, and learn to shape the materials nature cannot provide!
Set Your Own Academic Course
MSE programs emphasize the exchange of ideas and expertise through experiential interactions across many disciplines. With its low student-faculty ratio, MSE offers small classes and provides individual attention.
The BS degree in materials science and engineering couples fundamental scientific principles of mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology with the application-based principles of engineering
A multidisciplinary curriculum allows you to focus on your interests: materials properties, failure analysis, thermodynamics and object-oriented computer programming. And, hands-on experience includes material characterization using industrial microscopy and spectroscopy equipment.
Strengthen Your Skills Outside the Classroom
MSE students do research and internships and participate on senior design teams, where they transform concepts in to actual products.
Expand your training and hands-on materials experience even further in the college’s design, build and compete clubs, and chapters of professional organizations such as the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineers, Keramos and Material Advantage.
Graduates Ready for the Workforce
UA MSE graduates are working in several industries for a variety of companies. For example:
- Aerospace and defense at Honeywell, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and Boeing
- Semiconductor manufacturing at Texas Instruments, Samsung and Intel
- Optics at Spectra-Physics, NP Photonics, and Edmund Optics
- Energy at Sion Power, General Plasma and Tucson Electric Power
- Mining, minerals and metallurgy at CLIMAX, Phelps Dodge and Steel Dynamics
- Biomedical at W. L. Gore & Associates and C. R. Bard Inc.
- Engineering service firms at Aker Solutions and Kleinfelder
Graduates also work in all branches of the U.S. military and in federal research facilities, including Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories.
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Trevor Lata, an MSE undergrad, is researching the behavior of sound waves as part of a National Science Foundation-funded program.I wanted to do engineering because I feel like there’s just such a fantastic myriad of things that can and will eventually be.
Clare Cronin, a UA Engineering Ambassador and Summer Engineering Academy counselor, toured ASU, Marquette University, Purdue University and Cal Poly before settling on the University of Arizona.I never realized how much research professors are doing just for engineering at the UA, and they want to get you involved with their projects.
Promises to Keep
Leah Herlihy, a failure analysis and materials lab intern at Honeywell Aerospace, always knew she wanted to be a Wildcat. Scholarships from the College of Engineering helped make it possible.The scholarships I have received through the college have helped me in tremendous ways, and I am forever appreciative of my donors.
Chris Cantoni, a quality engineer at Raytheon, helped design a convoluted, bathroom-themed machine that used 20 steps to accomplish the simple task of blowing up a balloon. The college’s 2013 Rube Goldberg team took second place at nationals for the creation.The bottom line is designing systems that are reliable.