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“My research experience has allowed me to think on my own. You have to meet with your advisor regularly to make sure you are on the right path, but it’s been valuable to think through the process of doing your own experiments.”

– Andrew Yankovich, materials science and engineering major.


IT Student Voices

Materials scientists and engineers advance the science and technology of producing materials for nearly every product imaginable, from cell phones and artificial joints to automobiles and huge turbine rotors. Materials engineers work with metals and alloys, ceramics, polymers, semiconductors, and combined materials called composites. They study a material’s properties and structure, evaluate its performance, and improve or customize it. Materials engineers also design reliable, economical manufacturing processes and select the best material for the final product.


The University of Minnesota is one of the best places in the world to study materials science and engineering. The union of chemical engineering and materials science in a single department offers unique opportunities to pursue a double major or work with faculty on research projects.

The curriculum includes courses on the fundamentals of engineering materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, electronic materials, and composites); the science of materials (thermodynamics and mass transport); and four hands-on lab courses. A faculty advisor will help you plan a degree in preparation for professional or graduate school. You may choose elective courses that focus on a specialty area or that provide a broad, diverse education.

Materials Science Careers: Ceramic engineer | Component engineer | Metallurgical engineer | Materials scientist | Procurement engineer | Quality control engineer | Research and development

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